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All About Scindapsus pictus ‘Exotica’

Posted on December 09 2022

Looking for a Satin Pothos? You may have already figured this out, but: You’re actually looking for a Scindapsus pictus, and there are plenty to choose from! What makes the Scindapsus pictus ‘Exotica’ stand out of the crowd? These plants have large patches of the addictive satin-silver variegation, some of the biggest leaves of the species, and a slight curl towards the leaf’s edge. With easy care requirements, the Scindapsus Pictus Exotica is just the one for you!

Meet Your Match:

    • Nickname: Satin Pothos
    • About the Family: The Scindapsus pictus ‘Exotica’ is a relative of other Scindapsus varieties, such as Silvery Ann and Silver Satin.
    • Understanding the Family Tree: Araceae (Family), Scindapsus (Genus), Scindapsus pictus (Species), Scindapsus Pictus ‘Exotica’ (Cultivar).
    • Hometown: Tropical Asia.

    How to Care for Your Scindapsus pictus ‘Exotica’:

      • Watering: Allow the first 1-2 inches to dry and leaf edges to curl slightly before rewatering.
      • Humidity: Average-High.
      • Soil: Well-draining mix.
      • Fertilizer: Balanced fertilizer every 4 weeks during the growing season.
      • Environment: Keep your Scindapsus in bright indirect light and temperatures above 65 degrees.
      • Propagation: Stem cuttings.
      • Toxicity: Toxic to people and pets.

      The Best Unboxing Practices:

        Properly caring for your newly unboxed Scindapsus pictus Exotica for the first week of its new life is crucial to the extended wellness of your plant. Follow these practices to get the best results:
          • Watering: Exotic Forest ships freshly watered plants. Do not water your Scindapsus Pictus Exotica until it exhibits the proper signs.
          • Repotting: Do not immediately repot your plant, which would likely result in shock and leaf-loss. Allow it to acclimate to its new environment for at least one week. 
          • Lighting: Place your Scindapsus in filtered, low light for a few days to acclimate. Relocate your Scindapsus pictus Exotica to your desired location that fits its care needs afterward. Do not ever place a freshly un-boxed plant in direct sun.

          What You’re Getting:

          • You will receive a carefully selected, quality evaluated 6” diameter plant approximately 12" long. All Exotic Forest plants are rooted and thriving. 

          What Makes Us Special:

          • Shipment Methods: Plants are precious, and we want yours to arrive safely! We ship our plants via UPS, with a maximum of 4-day shipping. 
          • Our Packing: Have you received ‘squished’ plants from other companies? Our solution to this common issue is bamboo stakes and biodegradable packing peanuts (starch), which securely holds your plant in place during shipment. 
          • Chemical-free: We are committed to keeping our plants and customers safe. We never treat our plants with chemical pesticides. 
          • Quality Standards: Exotic Forest strives to meet stringent quality standards and evaluates each plant we resource from our nursery. Pest-free, healthy plants are a requirement!
          • Customer Service: Your satisfaction is our priority. If you are experiencing issues with or have questions about how to care for your Scindapsus pictus ‘Exotica’, reach out to us at or via our social media accounts. Are you tired of receiving pre-written responses? We believe that plant parents want to talk to people, not robots. A knowledgeable team member reads and replies to each individual concern: no cookie-cutter answers here!
          • Returns: While we do not accept returns at this time, you can contact us at with photos of your plant and receipt to discuss the specific plant care issues you’re experiencing with your Scindapsus pictus ‘Exotica’ and possible resolutions.
          • Your Personal Plant-Care Resource: Do you love your new addition? We couldn’t be happier! Join our mailing list to receive exclusive offers, updates, and care tips.

          FAQ about Scindapsus Pictus Exotica Care:

            • What’s the difference between the Scindapsus pictus Exotica vs Satin Pothos? Funny story: they’re the same thing! There are quite a few varieties of Scindapsus pictus that are labeled as the “Satin Pothos.” You’ll have your work cut out for you choosing just one!
            • Is Scindapsus a Pothos? No, while they are cousins on the plant-family tree, Scindapsus and Epipremnum (aka Pothos) are two separate gena.
            • What’s the difference between the Scindapsus pictus vs Epipremnum? As you’ve already gathered, these two “gena” are related but different. Scindapsus pictus has dark green leaves with silver variegation (the leaf size and amount of variegation depend on the cultivar you select). “Epipremnum” is the scientific name for “Pothos,” which come in all types of shapes, sizes, and colors (just not that addictive silver). While both are easy-care plants, the Scindapsus requires higher levels of light and more frequent watering. 

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