Scientific name: Scindapsus pictus 'Exotica'
Synonyms: Pothos Silver Splash another Variety is known as Pothos Trebie
Imagine having a piece of living silver sparkle right in your living room. That's exactly what Scindapsus Silver Splash offers - a touch of wild elegance that adds an instant dash of Hollywood glamour to your indoor space. Native to the lush Southeast Asian rainforests, it thrives in high humidity with low maintenance - perfect for both novices and experienced plant enthusiasts.
With its striking silver-streaked leaves, this houseplant is nature's own masterpiece, a true head-turner. Not only is it a visual stunner, but it's also incredibly easy to care for, making it an ideal choice.
Whether you're aiming for a chic urban jungle or a rustic, earthy look, Pothos Silver Splash effortlessly elevates your interior design. Hang it in a stylish macramé planter, let its vines trail down a bookshelf, or allow it to crawl along a trellis - your creativity knows no bounds.
Place it in indirect light, though it will tolerate lower lighting conditions, water when the top half of the soil is dry, and voila! You've got a superstar who's low on demands but high on elegance.
Several species of the genus Scindapsus pictus 'Argyraeus' are moderately toxic to cats due to the presence of calcium oxalate crystals in their tissues. These crystals can be absorbed through the skin and mucous membranes if the plant is ingested or if the leaves, stems, or roots are broken and exposed.
Pothos Silver Splash Common Symptoms
- Yellowing Leaves: Can signal overwatering. Allow the soil to dry before watering. Adjust your watering schedule to ensure the soil remains consistently moist, not soggy. TOP TIP: Wait for all the leaves to curl sightly, this is a good sign your plant is thirsty.
- Leaf Browning or Curling: This is often a sign of low humidity or inadequate watering; hence, curling is a good sign to know when to water. Increase humidity by misting the leaves regularly, and consider using a humidity tray. Ensure you're watering consistently, keeping the soil evenly moist but not waterlogged. Checkout watering tips in our Beginners Guide to Thriving Plants.
- Leggy Growth and Sparse Foliage: Your Pothos Silver Splash is not getting enough light. Place your plant in bright, indirect sunlight. You can also rotate the plant occasionally to promote even growth.
- Root Rot: Overwatering or poor drainage can lead to root rot. Repot your plant into well-draining soil and a pot with drainage holes. Be cautious not to let the soil become waterlogged.
- Lack of Vigorous Growth: Stagnant growth may be due to nutrient deficiency. Feed your Scindapsus Silver Splash with a balanced, diluted fertiliser during the growing season (spring and summer) to provide the necessary nutrients for robust growth.
- Pests: They are relatively pest-resistant; however, they can be susceptible to common household pests if not kept in their optimal conditions. If Pests are detected, immediately quarantine and treat with an organic pesticide, until the infestation subsides. Click here to learn more about Identifying and Treating Household Pest Infestations.
Pothos Silver Splash Care Instructions
- Origin: Southeast Asia
- Height: Can reach 3 meters long.
- Light: Bright filtered light is best. Avoid direct sunlight. Will tolerate low light but will grow very slowly.
- Water: Keep consistently moist, allowing the plant to just reach dryness before watering again. Slight curling is a good sign your plant needs water. Avoid waterlogged soil.
- Humidity: Preferably 50% or higher. To raise the humidity for your plant. Place a plant on a pebble tray. Will also tolerate average room humidity if care is taken with watering.
- Temperature: Pothos prefer warm environments of between 17 °C and 27°C.
- Soil: A well-draining Potting mix with added perlite is ideal.
- Fertilizer: Fertilise once a month from Spring to Autumn with a diluted balanced liquid fertiliser.
- Pruning:. Pruning your Silver Splash is a straightforward process that can help maintain the plant's health and appearance. Use sharp, clean scissors or pruning shears to trim leggy or damaged vines, cutting just above a leaf node to encourage new growth. Regularly remove yellowing or browning leaves to promote a tidy, vibrant appearance. Pruning also helps to control the plant's size, making it suitable for various indoor spaces. Remember that this plant is quite forgiving, so don't hesitate to give it a little trim when needed to keep it looking its best.
- Repotting: Repotting is crucial task for maintaining a healthy and happy Pothos Silver Splash. Begin by choosing a pot no bigger than 5cm larger than it’s previous container with good drainage to accommodate the growing roots. Gently remove the plant from its current pot, being careful not to damage the roots. Shake off excess soil, inspect the roots for any signs of damage or rot, and trim if necessary. Fill the new pot with fresh, well-draining potting mix and plant the Scindapsus Silver Splash at the same level as it was in the previous pot. Water it thoroughly and place it in bright, indirect light to help it settle into its new home. Repotting every 2-3 years or when the roots become crowded is generally sufficient. This will give your Pothos Silver Splash room to flourish and continue adding charm to your living space.
- Propagation: The best method is through stem cuttings. Select a healthy vine section with at least two leaves, and trim it just below a node. Place the cutting in water or directly in well-draining soil. In water, roots will develop in a few weeks, and then you can transplant it into soil. For soil propagation, create a small hole, insert the cutting, and keep the soil lightly moist, you can also pop it into a sealed clear bag for extra humidity, cracking it open once a week for extra fresh air. Provide bright, indirect light, and within a few weeks, new growth will emerge. Propagation is an excellent way to share the beauty of this plant with friends or expand your collection in the course of five months!