Pothos Care

Pothos Care

Family: Araceae
Common Name: Golden Pothos, Money Plant, Devil’s Ivy, Devil’s Vine, Silver Vine, Taro Vine, Silver Pothos (See below for available varieties)
Botanical Name: Epipremnum Aureum, Scindapsus pictus

If you are a beginner who loves beautiful plants, but are afraid of commitment, this lush, leafy tropical evergreen is perfect for you. Its heart-shaped leaves will undoubtedly allure you, but its placement at the top of the easy-care plant list what will make you fall in love. They also help clean -- the air, that is! There are a few different species that are considered Pothos, Epipremnum and Scindapsus. They have similar care requirements so this guide will cover these three genus. These indoor vines both have an unbelievable resilience and ability to grow where many houseplants cannot, like in darker corners of your home or office. They can be trained to climb up trellises and poles or can be left to dangle over the edges of tables, shelves and countertops. Pothos are not only easy care plants, but their beauty and grace should not be overlooked.

Scindapsus Silver Satin Pothos indoor potted plant

Light

Pothos prefer medium to bright indirect sunlight, but can live in lower light conditions. However, the leaves will be smaller and the vines will become leggy if the light is not bright enough.

Water

Water the soil thoroughly after the soil is almost completely dry. When the leaves start wilting, it is the best time to water it. Water more often in the growing season and reduce the frequency during the winter months.

Temperature

Most average household temperatures ranges will be adequate for these indoor plants. However, if they remain in temperatures under 55℉, this will stunt their growth. Prolonged exposure to cold temperatures can be fatal to these tropical indoor plants.

Humidity

As with most tropical indoor plants, Pothos will benefit from higher humidity, but will do fine in average household air.

Fertilizer

This genus of plants highly benefits from regular fertilizing. Use a weak solution of a complete liquid fertilizer every two weeks throughout the growing season. 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, or top dress the soil with worm castings or rich compost.

Pro Tips

  1. To encourage the foliage to become fuller, trim back the foliage.
  2. Plant a few smaller plants into one larger pot to create a very full 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.

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