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Pothos

Learn how to care for the Pothos!

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The Pothos, or the Epipremnum aureum, is native to Southeast Asia. It has the reputation of being one of the easiest houseplants to take care of. Its common name, Pothos, comes from the genus it was once classified under: Pothos aureus.

There are a few different cultivars of the Pothos you can look out for to adorn your home with, including the Golden Pothos which is known for its heart-shaped green leaves with variegation in yellow. The Jade pothos which has dark green, vibrant leaves, and the Marble Pothos that bares green leaves with white variegation.

In the wild, it is known to overgrow forest floors and tree trunks due to its aerial root system which can be used to help it grow vertically in the home up a coir pole. In good indoor conditions, you can expect the Pothos to trail to 10 feet long and grow leaves that are 3 feet in length if trained to climb! The Pothos is particularly fitting for indoor settings because it is able to filter gaseous toxins like formaldehyde from the air.

Fun fact: pothos plants, along with other Aroids like philodendrons, monsteras, and ZZ plants, can be easily propagated in water. Learn now to propagate your pothos plant here.

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Sunlight

Thrives in bright, indirect light, but can tolerate medium to low indirect light. Not suited for intense, direct sun.

Water

Water every 1-2 weeks, allowing soil to dry out between waterings. Expect to water more often in brighter light and less often in lower light.

Humidity

Don’t sweat it. Any humidity level will do.

Temperature

Most houseplants prefer temps in the 65°F-85°F range (18°C-30°C). It’s best not to let it go below 60°F (15°C).

Soil

Use a well-draining potting mix. Mix in ingredients such as perlite or lava rocks to increase soil aeration as need.

Common Problems

The Pothos is an easy-going plant and is generally pest-free. Treat pests as soon as they appear with weekly sprays of a natural pesticide like neem oil and regular wipe-downs of the plant.

SYMPTOM: Wilting plant, dry potting mix
CAUSE: Thirsty plant, underwatered

SYMPTOM: Yellowing leaves, black stems
CAUSE: Overwatered

Precautions

Pothos can be irritating to cats, dogs, and humans if foliage consumed. Best practice is always to keep houseplants out of reach of small children and pets.


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