Scindapsus Pictus Green is famously known as “Satin Pothos”. It has other names like silver pothos, silver vine. The term pictus refers to the unusual yet natural painting on the leaves as specks of white and silver hues. It is a beautiful exotic, flowering plant of the family Araceae and is native to India, Thailand, Bangladesh, Borneo, Java, Philippines, and Sumatra.
It is an evergreen, perennial climbing vine that grows upto 10 feet tall anchored in a fertile soil. Pictus’ heart-shaped leaves are divinely painted in deep matte green and further beautified by the silvery white blotches strewn on the upper leaf surface. Moreover, the characteristic inflorescence flowers are rarely seen in these species.
These climbing vines can attach to any surface like poles, trees, fence, and trellises through its aerial roots. This ornamental plant is resistant to harsh weather conditions that is why it is an indoor houseplant.Get this exotic and alluring plant from Botanic zone Id.
Though it’s a low maintenance houseplant, it will require adequate care that primarily includes adequate light, water, temperature, and humidity. Moreover, you can dust it out, wash, and prune wilted leaves to make it look highly maintained and appealing. Trimming Pictus is best done just before spring.
Protect your beautiful Scindapsus Pictus Green vine from direct bright sunlight and only expose it to cool light falling indirectly. The best way is to place it either east or west of the window that is covered with light translucent curtains. Keep in mind that direct exposure to the Sun will not only burn its leaves but also will deprive it of its characteristic variegation.
Overwatering can lead to vine rotting and yellowing of leaves. Therefore, only water this pretty climber when you feel the soil dry and a bit crumbly. More precisely, immerse 2 inches of topsoil at a time when watering.
Scindapsus grows well in light and aerated soil. Make sure you provide enough drainage to the soil by the addition of perlite, pine barks, peat and vermiculite. You can use store bought light soil that contains all essential nutrients and offers good drainage.
Temperature and Humidity:
Since it is a tropical plant, it requires warm temperatures for better growth and development. Optimal temperature range is 65 to 85 degrees Fahrenheit. Same high requirement of humidity about 50% that can be maintained by placing a humidifier or a wet pebble tray. However, avoid spray misting to prevent overhydration in aerial roots.
Fertilizer and Pesticide:
A pictus houseplant requires water-soluble fertilizer in spring and fall when it is rapidly growing and developing. In spite of being resistant to pests, satin pothos is susceptible to spider mites and scales. The simple and easy way is to wash and rinse it thoroughly even the underside of leaves must be cleaned. You can use houseplant horticulture oils or mild to safe insecticides in case of infestation.
Repotting is necessary when roots get compacted and even come out of drain holes. Thus, replace the vine in a pot approximately 2 inch bigger. If you are not clear about your observations, you can do re-potting every year.
How toxic is Scindapsus Pictus Green?
Yes, it’s toxic but not so deadly. In other words it is mildly poisonous when ingested by humans, pets, and other animals. Calcium oxalate present in its aerial parts can irritate the oral cavity including mouth and throat. It can also develop a rash on skin if topically contacted.
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