These particular houseplants are much coveted by home decor enthusiasts because of their beautiful color and graceful growing pattern. They also happen to be deceptively easy to care for, despite how exotic they look. Here’s how to grow a silver satin pothos plant!
If you happen to come across one of these silver satin pathos plants at your local nursery, grab it! The ones you find for sale may be small at first, and may seem a bit more expensive than other similar plants, but they’ll grow quickly and easily and give you lots of that beautiful blue/green/silver foliage. I was a little unsure of my purchase when I bought my first one, but I quickly fell in love with this type of plant, like so many others before me. Because of the growing pattern of the leaves and the way they turn outward to show off their color, I find them so easy to work with when I’m styling for photo shoots. You’ll definitely love it on shelves and table tops in your home just as much.
How to Spot a Silver Satin Pothos Plant
You’ll know it when you see it. Unlike other variegated varieties where the yellow or white is kind of spotted on the leaf, the “silver” markings of the silver satin pothos almost seem to float on top of the deep blue/green leaves, kind of like a sparkling dew that’s been painted on. The variegation catches the light and shimmers every so slightly without a hint of yellow, just pure silver.
How to Care for and Grow a Silver Satin Pothos
Despite their exotic, fancy looks, silver satin pothos plants are actually incredibly easy to care for.
The silver satin pothos isn’t necessarily a low-light plant, but it doesn’t require more than what light is available in the typical room with a small window. It prefers indirect light, so if you have a very sunny window, you may want to move your silver satin pothos a little further into the room. We get morning sun in our living room, filtered through trees and my plant absolutely thrives quite far away from the windows sitting on the mantel, so I would classify the light it receives as “quite indirect”. 🙂
As far as watering needs go, I consider the silver satin pothos to be the perfect plant. I love my little Friday afternoon watering ritual. I take my favorite watering can, and walk around the house giving each plant a little glug-glug of water, just that once a week. The whole thing takes about five minutes, but I feel like I’ve really accomplished something and I love the opportunity to check on new growth and see how everybody’s doing. 🙂
Honestly, if a plant doesn’t fit into this routine of mine, it doesn’t last long around here. I prefer not to have to water daily, or every second day, or remember when the last time I watered something was these days. I just water on Friday afternoons and if it works, it works. And in the case of the Silver Satin Pothos, it works.
The only exception to this that I will note is that if your “glug-glug” is a little bigger one week, or for a few weeks, you mind find that the soil of your plant hasn’t had the chance to dry out before the next watering. If this is the case, skip that week. If you’re over-watering, you’ll start to see a leaf or two turning yellow. Just trim those away and carry-on, trying to remember to skip a week of watering in the future if necessary.
Other Special Care for Silver Satin Pothos plants
Like all houseplants, your silver satin pothos can benefit from a bit of plant food every now and then. Ideally, this plant likes to be fed once a month, so I just try to remember to add a bit of plant food to my watering can one Friday afternoon a month. Truthfully though, the silver satin pothos can put up with a lot of neglect and if you get busy for a few months and forget to feed it, it will continue to thrive pretty happily until you get back to your regular routines. Basically, there’s nothing not to love about this plant.
I was first introduced to silver satin pothos when we were photographing the home of one of our clients and she said it was her very favorite. I picked a tiny one up the next time I saw one at our local nursery and now I definitely see why she loves them so much.
Consider silver satin pothos one to add to your collection as soon as possible! 🙂
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Courtenay Hartford is the author of creeklinehouse.com, a blog based on her adventures renovating a 120-year-old farmhouse in rural Ontario, Canada. On her blog, Courtenay shares interior design tips based on her own farmhouse and her work as founder and stylist of the interior photography firm Art & Spaces. She also writes about her farmhouse garden, plant-based recipes, family travel, and homekeeping best practices. Courtenay is the author of the book The Cleaning Ninja and has been featured in numerous magazines including Country Sampler Farmhouse Style, Better Homes and Gardens, Parents Magazine, Real Simple, and Our Homes.