Plant care: Pothos

Posted by: Author scentandviolet December 15th, 2018

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Ivy, trailing pothos, devil's ivy, money tree, hunter's robe... pothos (Epipremnum aureum) is a species of flowering plant in the family of Araceae, native to the island of Mo'orea. Named devil's ivy for being almost impossible to kill (and we guess Mother-in-law's tongue was already taken) in India and region it is known as money tree and it is often gifted to new businesses for grand opening. 

Pothos enjoy a wide range of environments from bright indirect light to low light conditions. They can even be grown in soil or vases of water. They will thrive in nutrient rich soil, but do almost as well in nutrient poor soil. Pothos are noted to be one plant that can help purify indoor air.

Pothos plants do well in a variety of environments, except direct sunlight where they do not thrive. They do make a great addition to an bathroom or office because they can tolerate low light. If the pathos is highly variegated they may not grow as well in low light or may lose their variegation if the light is too low. Only the green parts of the leaves can make energy for the plant, so it must be able to get enough light for energy or its growth will slow or the leaves will compensate for the lack of light by becoming more green. It must be noted that pothos prefer bright but indirect light.

Water a pothos plant well, until the water comes out the drip holes in the bottom of the pot, and then allow the top 50% of the soil to dry out before watering again. If left continually in damp soil, the roots will rot. When it starts to droop, it needs a good drink. Don’t wait until the leaves start to shrivel or some leaves will be lost.

Pothos can be grown in water or in dry soil, but once started in one growing medium they have a hard time when switched to another. Cuttings can be rooted in water and kept in water as a houseplant. Pothos can also be started in soil and will tolerate moderate periods of dry soil with little effect to the plant.

Short plant care instructionsPothos plants prefer bright, indirect light but do well in low light conditions such as an office enviroment. Water plant when the top 50% of the soil has dried out. Do not overwater or the roots will start to rot.


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