Satin Pothos in LECA

This is an uncommon type of Pothos, in fact, its not even actually a Pothos. It belongs to the Scindapsus family, but is commonly referred to as a Pothos.

Satin Pothos

This is an uncommon houseplant; though it can be found in some nurseries. It is a type of Scindapsus, not a true Pothos as it is commonly referred to as. Its scientific name is Scindapsus pictus.

leaf in hand
Close up of my Satin Potos leaf with its classic silver and green coloration

It is a straightforward and forgiving plant to grow; it loves water, which makes overwatering a nonissue. Some people leave their cuttings in water for months to years; as long as you change the water, it should do well in just water.

If you want to pot it up in a growing medium, I strongly recommend LECA. LECA is why I started this blog and why I sell cuttings. Once you have a water rooted cutting, you should be able to transplant it into LECA immediately.

So, What Is LECA?

It is a clay ball that wicks water from the bottom of the plant vessel to the plant roots. This means that overwatering is a thing of the past; if you have water in the bottom 1/3 of your container, your plant should thrive. It involves no soil, which means little risk of bugs, which was a huge selling point for me!

I go into much more detail on what LECA is and how to transplant your cutting; here, I strongly recommend LECA to all plant lovers. I use it exclusively and swear by it.


Satin Pothos are a very forgiving plant, they tolerate most types of light, even low light. They also love humidity. I put a cutting of mine in my White’s tree frog’s terrarium, and it grew like a weed with huge areal roots; humidity, constant water, and lots of light make these plants go crazy.

lots of leaves with green and silver
I grew this Satin Pothos from a one leaf cutting off my large Satin Pothos mother plant


They do tend to be thirsty. Since I use LECA, I just ensure my plant has a reservoir every week, and it’s good to go. The frequency does change throughout the time of year.


This is a vining plant, meaning it will grow like a weed along any surface it can access. I have some growing along walls (this is generally considered to be a bad idea in the plant community, but I like the aesthetic, so I risk it). Some people love to have their Satin Pothos climb; this will get you much larger leaves. I tend to prefer the trailing/singing aesthetic.


These plants generally have small to medium leaves with the classic silver variegation, bigger if you have them climb; these will grow in long vines instead of a bushy plant.

I love my Satin Pothos, it was actually my first ever houseplant. Overall, they are easy to care for, even more so if you put them in LECA, in my opinion. If you want to learn more about LECA, click here for my quick start guide. I hope you love your new baby plant. I’d love to see how it grows! Feel free to DM me with questions.

Feel free to message or DM me with questions. Love to talk all things plant and will gladly help you on your plant journey.

One Comment

  1. Laura Wilson

    What causes a chaos plant to turn the leaves yellow?

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