Botanical name: Pellionia pulchra
Common names: Satin Pellionia, Watermelon Pellionia
Satin Pellionia bears small variegated leaves in green and silver, with darker stems and is perfect for the terrarium, bottle garden or a hanging basket plant.
The Satin Pellionia has a high humidity requirement and does not like cold draughts but if provided with these requirements it is a beautiful hanging basket indoor plant.
Satin Pellionia is native to South East Asia in Burma, Malaysia and Vietnam.
Another variety of Pellionia that is grown indoors is Pellionia repens commonly called Polynesian Ivy Vine which bears a pale central band on each leaf where the outer margin may be olive or bronzy green.
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Satin Pellionia (Pellionia pulchra) grows best under bright light and consistently moist soil. It requires a warm, humid environment inorder to thrive.
The best soil for Satin Pellionia should be loose, free-draining soil that is rich in organic matter. Continue reading for more on the best growing conditions for Satin Pellionia.
Satin Pellionia grows best in bright light or semi-shade and away from direct sunlight. It can also grow under a grow light.
Do not expose your Satin Pellionia to direct sunlight as it can result in sunscorched leaves. Check out this guide on understanding light for houseplants.
Water Satin Pellionia liberally during the growing season and keep the soil moist at all times. Reduce watering during the cold season to keep the soil slightly moist. Read more on how to water houseplants.
Ensure that the soil for your Satin Pellionia is free-draining and the pot has a drainage hole to prevent the soil from getting soggy as it can lead to root-rot disease and eventual death of your plant.
The best temperature for Satin Pellionia is average warmth with a minimum of 150C.
Protect your Satin Pellionia from cold draughts as they can cause leaf drop. Check out this guide on understanding temperature for houseplants.
Satin Pellionia prefers a humid environment inorder to thrive. To raise humidity for your Satin Pellionia, set the pot on a wet pebble tray or use a cool mist humidifier. Check out these techniques on how to raise humidity for houseplants.
Satin Pellionia can also be grown in a plant terraium as a high humidity and warmth can be maintainted in a terrarium. Read more on how to make a terrarium for houseplants.
Feed Satin Pellionia with a water soluble fertilizer every 4 weeks during the growing period.
Withhold feeding your Satin Pellionia during the cold season as growth is minimal and feeding at this time may cause fertilizer burn. Read more on how to feed houseplants.
Repot Satin Pellionia during the growing season only when the plant has become pot-bound as it grows best when pot-bound.
Use a pot one size larger than the current one and ensure that the pot has a drainage hole to avoid getting soggy soil as it can lead to root-rot disease and eventual loss of your plant.
The best soil for Satin Pellionia should be rich in organic matter and free-draining to prevent it from getting soggy while providing the required nutrients.
Most multi-purpose potting mixes are ideal for Satin Pellionia. Buy quality Potting Mix for your Satin Pellionia from Etsy.
Pruning Satin Pellionia involves; pinching any flower buds as they appear. The flowers require a lot of nourishment from the plant which may affect its proper growth.
Remove any dead foliage frequently to keep your Satin Pellionia neat and tidy.
Pinch off the growing tips of your Satin Pellionia to encourage bushyness and prevent the plant from becoming leggy. Read more on how to prune houseplants.
Satin Pellionia propagation can be done at the beginning of the growing season from stem-tip cuttings or by plant division.
Take stem-tip cuttings of about 4-5 in. length from a healthy Satin Pellionia. Ensure each Satin Pellionia cutting has at least one set of leaves and 2-3 leaf nodes.
Satin Pellionia stem cuttings root easily and there is no need for a rooting hormone.
Place the set up in warm shaded place and maintain the soil moist until new growth emerges and substantial growth has been observed on the Satin Pellionia cuttings.
Transfer the new Satin Pellionias to individual pots and begin routine care. For a fuller plant, plant several cuttings in one pot.
Water the Satin Pellionia thoroughly at least 1 day before to make it easier to divide and also hasten establishment. A well hydrated plant suffers less shock and takes a shorter time to take root.
Take out your Satin Pellionia from its pot and carefully divide it into several sections. Ensure each sections has adequate roots and at least one set of leaves.
Select a 6 or 8 in. pot and ensure that the pot has a drainage hole to prevent the soil from getting soggy as it can lead to rotting.
Fill the pot with free-draining soil and make a hole in the center of the pot. Ensure that the hole is slightly wider than the root base of the Satin Pellionia section.
Place the Satin Pellionia section in the previously made hole and lightly firm the soil around the base while taking care not to bury it too deep; maintain the section at the same soil level it was in the previous pot.
Water the soil thoroughly and place the set up in a well-lit, warm place until the new plant is well established after which you can begin routine care.
Satin Pellionia (Pellionia pulchra) problems indoors are brought about by cultural faults in watering, humidity and temperature among others. Continue reading for more on these problems, their remedies and solutions.
Brown leaf tips and edges in Satin Pellionia are caused by dry air (low humidity) especially where the temperatures are very high.
Satin Pellionia can also be grown in a plant terraium where a high humidity can be maintainted. Read more on how to make a terrarium for houseplants.
Satin Pellionia brown, wilting leaves are brought about by underwatering which results in too little moisture in the rootzone. As such, there isn't enough moisture for the plant to take up, therefore, the leaves begin to wilt.
Water your Satin Pellionia liberally and maintain the soil moist at all times during the growing season. Reduce watering in the cold season but do not allow the soil to dry out completely. Read more on how to water houseplants.
Leaf drop in Satin Pellionia is due to sudden drop in temperature as a result of exposure of the plant to cold draughts.
Protect your Satin Pellionia from cold draughts to prevent sudden drop in temperature. Maintain an average room temperature with a minimum of 150C. Check out this guide on understanding temperature for houseplants.
Brown-grey dust on the leaves of Satin Pellionia is an indication of powdery mildew disease which is prevalent in a warm humid environment.
Isolate the affected to prevent spread to the other houseplants and treat it accordingly. Ensure that there is free air circulation for your plant to reduce disease infestations.
Satin Pellionia (Pellionia pulchra) is non-toxic to humans and pets. Satin Pellionia is safe to grow indoors.