How to Grow & Care for Scindapsus Pictus 'Silvery Ann' (2023)

How to Grow & Care for Scindapsus Pictus ‘Silvery Ann’ (2023)

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Scindapsus Pictus is a name that is derived from the GREEK word ‘skindapsos’ which means a plant that has a growing habit of upon tree trucks. The plant tends to grow by climbing along the trunks and limbs of trees and letting them attach with aerial roots. So in order to plant them in your house you need to know some requirements that help the plant to grow in a healthy way and in this article, I have explained all about it. 

Quick takeaways:

  • The Scindapsus pictus plant is native to Southeast Asia. 
  • The plant is particularly famous because of having heart-shaped matte leaves that are splashed with spots of iridescent gray, and fast-growing trailing vines. 
  • The plant is able to grow up to 4-10 feet long. 


Scientific NameScindapsus pictus ‘Silvery Ann’
Common NameSatin Pothos, Silver Pothos, Pothos Silvery Ann
LightBright indirect sunlight
WateringOnce a week, water if the top half of the soil is dry
Temperature60-75°F (15°C-23°C). 
Hardiness ZoneUSDA Hardiness Zones 9-11
Soil TypeEqual proportion of soil, OM, perlite/vermiculite
Soil pH6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic to slightly acidic)
FertilizingA balanced feed once a month in spring and summer
RepottingEvery 2-3 years
PruningWhen the foliage becomes dull or if it has trailed for too long
PropagationStem Cuttings and Division
ToxicityToxic to humans and pets
Mature SizeCan grow up to 1 meter and can spread up to 10 feet
Bloom TimeSummer, but rarely blooms

How to Grow Scindapsus Pictus ‘Silvery Ann’?

If you want to grow Scindapsus pictus ‘silvery ann’ in your house there are various options but the easiest one the by propagation because planting through seeding the plant does take more time and after potting you need to take care of them by marinating their environment so that they grow healthy and beautiful. 

There are two different ways to grow Scindapsus pictus by propagation such as:

  • Water propagation
  • Growing propagation
  • Propagating with rooting hormone

Water propagation:

  1. For planting the plant using Scindapsus pictus you need to cut the plant stem from two growing nodes. 
  2. After that, you need to dip the cut into a clear jar that is filled with water. 
  3. You need to change the water at one time every week. 
How to Grow & Care for Scindapsus Pictus 'Silvery Ann'

Growing in the container:

  1. If you want your plant to make a Water propagation
  2.  Container you should place the longest vines on top of the pot that is able to press the nodes into the soil. 
  3. You can also use propagation pins or wires that will help to pin the leaf nodes down. 
  4. For propagating Scindapsus pictus you need to avoid overwatering as that will cause the cutting rot. 
  5. Also, make sure to give the cutting enough moisture as the cutting can dry out and die. 
  6. You need to place the container in the right place which is the key to success. 
How to Grow & Care for Scindapsus Pictus 'Silvery Ann'

Propagating with rooting hormone:

  1. The rooting hormone is a type of powder or liquid that has growing hormones that you can easily get online or at garden centers. 
  2. You just need to dip the cut end into the growing hormone which will increase success in rooting. 

How to Care for Scindapsus Pictus ‘Silvery Ann’

For a person planting Scindapsus pictus as a beginner then you need to know how to care for them. The following are some important requirements that you need to fulfill for the plant that helps the plant to grow into a beautiful and healthy plant:

  • Light
  • Soil
  • Watering
  • Temperature
  • Potting and repotting
  • Fertilizer
  • Pruning


  • For growing Scindapsus pictus you need to provide light that ranges from bright to indirect light. 
  • Providing the plant the lower than optimum light will force the plant to grow more chlorophyll which increases photosynthesis which will make the plant revert the variegated foliage to green. 
  • You can also plant them indoors but for that, you need to place the plant 2-3 feet near the window that contains curtains that will help to filter the sunlight which helps to protect the plant’s foliage. 
  • You need to avoid the plant from full sun exposure to keep this easy. You can grow the plant below the canopies of larger plants. 


  •  Scindapsus pictus has minimal watering needs as they have the quality of tolerance to drought. 
  • Don’t overwater the plant which may increase the risk of root rotting. 
  • The right schedule for watering the plant is at least once a week.
  • During summer you may need to water the plant frequently and in winter season reduce the water frequency. 
  • To check whether the plant needs water you can check it by sticking your index finger about a few inches on the soil surface and if you find it is dry to touch you need to water the plant thoroughly.  


  • For planting Scindapsus pictus the temperature range is between 60-75°F (15°C-23°C).
  • The plant has less tolerance of growing in low temperatures and you should not go below 60°F.
  • In case you are growing the plant next to a window you need to protect the plant from cold drafts or freezing air that will kill the foliage of the plant. 
How to Grow & Care for Scindapsus Pictus 'Silvery Ann'


  • The Scindapsus Silvery Ann is able to tolerate the humidity from low to high level. 
  • The ideal humidity for growing the plant is 50 to 70%.
  • For maintaining the humidity you can use the Humidifier Or a pebble or tray that helps the plant to grow in an optimum way and give the plant stunning foliage. 


  • The ideal pH level for growing Scindapsus Silvery Ann is between 6.1 to 6.5.
  • You need to add a commercial soil mix that helps the soil to hold enough moisture. 
  • You can also make your own soil by mixing equal amounts of fresh garden soil, perlite, vermiculite, pumice, and coarse sand. 
How to Grow & Care for Scindapsus Pictus 'Silvery Ann'


  • In case if this is not a good feeder you need to give Scindapsus Silvery Ann fertilizer in a perfect way. 
  • Not giving the plant fertilizer will make them grow fewer and smaller leaves. 
  • Avoid using cheaper fertilizers. 
  • The perfect balanced ratio for mixing 14-14-14 NPK
  • Avoid overfeeding the fertilizer. 
  • You should fertilize the plant once a month, most important in the summer and spring seasons. 

Potting & Repotting:

  • The need of repotting the Scindapsus Silvery Ann comes in 2 to 3 years
  • The repotting of plants depends on how the plant is potted in the initial stage. 
  • Generally, when you see the root bound from the base of the plant there you need to repot the plant. 
  • During the process of repotting the plant you need to prepare a fresh soil mix then gently remove the plant and clean the pot having excess soil. 
  • Now fill the container with the potting mix and dip the plant in the center and keep watering the plant
How to Grow & Care for Scindapsus Pictus 'Silvery Ann'


  • The  Scindapsus Silvery Ann is able to grow up to 10 feet tall
  • If you are growing the plant in a hanging basket there the plant can grow more. 
  • So growing length totally depends on how the plant is being planted. 
  • If you maintain your plant cutting then you will see the plant looks vibrant and healthy. 
  • You should always trim off the spent foliage and yellowed leaves so that the whole plant doesn’t die. 


For growing the plant without any problem of pests, diseases, etc you need to follow the mention above ways how to care for them and how you need to grow the   Scindapsus Silvery so that you get the result. 

Becky Decker