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How to Care for Pothos Houseplants

Pothos is one of the plants that are perfect for beginner plant parents. Aside from the fact that they are absolutely stunning, they are also quite easy to care for. These plants are usually found in houses as a decorative accessory for it can be placed in hanging pots, baskets or at the top shelf with their leaves trailing down. 

They have the scientific name Epipremnum aureum and belong to the Araceae family of the Plantae kingdom. They are also called several names like the devil’s ivy or devil’s vine for they have the characteristics of being hard to kill. It may also be called a money plant in some other countries because of its almost round and flat leaves that somehow imitate the shape of a coin. 

It is originally from Solomon Island but is now found in many tropical countries. They are known to be viners or trailers and can grow up to 6-10 ft long. It is also said that when they are in their natural habitat, they can grow up to 30-50 ft long and can bear really large leaves when they climb around the large trunks of trees. 

Most plants are normally shiny in texture and grow about 4-12 inches long. They are usually mistaken for philodendron they look alike, they both have somewhat heart-shaped leaves. But Pothos have thicker and textural leaves while philodendrons have darker and smoother leaves that are less likely to be variegated. 

They are fast growers, and easy to multiply, and as mentioned in the first paragraph that they are actually easy to take care of, and here are their care guides. 

 

1. For Sunlight 

Pothos grow best in indirect light. Most varieties can tolerate anywhere from low to bright indirect light. They grow more when they have more light. They do not like direct sunlight though. They will burn if they are left in direct light.

2. Temperature 

Pothos are happiest in climates between 60-85F. They can tolerate a little warmer or cooler, but they will be happiest in that range.

3. Watering 

Pothos like moist soil, but be mindful not to overwater them. We wait until the top 2" inches of soil are dry before re-watering. If the leaves start turning brown we recommend you watering your Pothos plant more. If the plants start turning yellow try watering your pothos plant less. These plants are known for root rot, so we advise to underwater if you are unsure.

4. Soil 

A well-draining soil is good for this plant. Recommended getting a well-draining pot, the one with drainage holes so that excess water can exit the plant.

5. Fertilizer 

Pothos are not heavy feeders but will occasionally need light feeding. They can be fertilized once every 3 months to keep them growing healthy. 

6. Propagating 

Pothos can be propagated using stem cuttings. It should be cut from a mature stem and with several leaves for more successful propagation. The cuttings can be placed in a jar filled with water and placed in a room that is reached by sunlight. The water should be replaced every three days.

7. Repotting 

Since pothos plants are fast growers, their roots tend to grow out of their pots as well and can be rootbound which means that they should be repotted already just 1-2 inches bigger from the old pot. It is not recommended to get an extremely large pot so you won’t have to repot again but this is actually wrong because roots won’t be able to fill the newly available growing space rapidly enough making them moist and making them more susceptible to harmful microbes. 

 

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