Emerald Pothos

A Beginner's Guide to Emerald Pothos Care | All you Need to Grow!

Family: Araceae
Common Names: Emerald Pothos
Botanical Names: Epipremnum aureum ‘Emerald’

If a plant were a mood ring, this one would give off a powerful signal! This fast-growing houseplant is in the mood to make your life a little more unpredictable! The Emerald Pothos is no stranger to being called easy; in this case, it's no insult! This vigorous vining houseplant requires attention when it needs it! A little water when dry, a little food when it's growing, and enough light to keep its fire alive!

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Emerald Pothos prefers medium to bright indirect sunlight for at least 6 hours each day but can live in lower light conditions. However, the leaves will be smaller, and the vines will become leggy if the light levels remain low for long periods. Place your pothos close to an east or north facing window or set back from a south or west-facing window to avoid the direct rays of the sun. Direct sunlight will burn the leaves or cause discoloring. Artificial light will do just fine for them, but the light should shine for at least 8 hours a day! Learn about indoor lighting for houseplants!


Water the soil thoroughly after the soil is almost completely dry. It is a good indication that it needs water when the leaves start wilting. Water more often in the growing season and reduce the frequency during the winter months. It is best to refrain from watering if you cannot decide if it's time to add more. Larger pothos can live without water for longer periods, but younger, less established plants need to be watered on a regular basis until their roots have fully developed. When you water your Emerald Pothos make sure you water it slowly, and deeply. You will want to evenly distribute the water throughout the entire root system. Pothos are not sensitive to tap water, but every few months you can leach the soil by flushing out salts and minerals that may have accumulated in the soil. Do this by running water through the soil for a few minutes.


In general, pothos are not picky about the soil they grow in, but Emerald Pothos do best in loose and light nutrient-rich potting soil. Use a soil medium that can retain moisture but also allows for proper drainage to avoid root rot. Most pre-mixed soils will suffice. Make sure that there is plenty of organic matter, like coco-coir, peat moss, or shredded leaves, and avoid soils that contain moisture retaining crystals. If your soil drains too quickly, we recommend re-potting your Emerald Pothos into a compost-rich soil mixture with fewer drainage materials. Learn how to create your own universal soil mixture for all of your indoor plants!


Most average household temperature ranges will be adequate for your Emerald Pothos. However, their growth will cease if they remain in temperatures under 55. Prolonged exposure to cold temperatures can be fatal to these tropical indoor vines. Extremely high temperatures (over 90°F) can cause the soil to dry out quickly, requiring you to adjust your watering routine. You will be watering your pothos more frequently when it’s hot, and we also recommend providing air circulation to avoid mold, fungus, and pests!


As with most tropical indoor plants, Emerald Pothos will benefit from higher humidity levels (over 50%) but will do fine in average household air. Learn how to increase the humidity in the air around your indoor plants!


Epipremnum aureum ‘Emerald’ highly benefits from regular fertilizing. Use a weak solution of a complete liquid fertilizer every two weeks throughout the growing season (diluted to ¼ of the recommended strength). Do not fertilize during the winter months. Sometimes your indoor plants will grow all year long. If this is the case, fertilize them during this time with a ¼-strength diluted liquid fertilizer once a month, or top dress the soil with worm castings or rich organic compost. 

Growth Rate

This glorious Hi Color Marble Queen Pothos grows is a rapid grower once established and given proper care and love! Its leaves can grow up to 2' long, and the vines can reach 20+' in length, but this rarely happens indoors.

Pet Friend or Foe

Emerald Pothos is toxic so please keep it away from small children and pets! Foe!

Pro Tips

  1. To encourage the foliage to become fuller, trim back foliage.
  2. Plant a few smaller plants into one larger pot to create a large, fuller plant.
  3. Encourage your pothos to climb on unexpected structures like staircases and ladders.
  4. Rotate your pothos ¼-turn once a week to keep a balanced, full figure.
  5. Wash the leaves every month to deter pests and rinse off any dust accumulation!
  6. If you notice white fuzzy spots appearing on the leaves and stems of your pothos this is a sign of mealy bugs. Treat both the soil and the foliage with diluted neem oil once a week until they have disappeared. Learn how to use neem oil to prevent and remove pests!
  7. After you trim your pothos, take the cuttings and place them in a vase (with water), and in a few weeks your cuttings will develop roots! Once the roots reach 1-2" in length, plant the cuttings into soil to create a new plant!

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