Pothos are tropical vining plants that are best known for the unique leaf patterns of their foliage. Generally, they are pretty fast growers and enjoy trailing around the home. Many plant parents fall in love with this plant because of its natural aesthetics and that they're easy to care for!
The Golden pothos is a family favorite for its bright yellow markings, hence the name "Golden" pothos. Propagating this plant is pretty easy and takes about a month to see roots. Pothos, in general, are pretty sensitive to cold temperatures, so it's important to place it in a bright and warm area in your home. We find that the Golden pothos may need a little attention during the colder seasons.
Native to the Society Islands of French Polynesia
The botanical name for pothos is Epipremnum aureum. Some other names for pothos are devil’s ivy, devil’s vine, and money plant.
The list of pothos varieties is endless! Here are some of the popular types: Marble queen pothos, Jade pothos, Neon pothos, Snow queen pothos, Silver pothos, Pearls and jade pothos, Glacier pothos, Manjula pothos, Cebu blue pothos, Hawaiian pothos, Jessenia pothos, and Trebi pothos.
For healthy plants, we recommend that you add water to the glass every 1-2 weeks (or if you see that water levels have lowered) to replenish the water that evaporated or absorbed from the plants. Then, replace the water every 2-4 weeks.
Most tap water works great but distilled or filtered waters are recommended if available.
We recommend adding 1-2 of liquid nutrients to your pothos' water every month. To further encourage and support leaf growth, we recommend adding an additional drop of nutrients if you see a new leaf forming.
Pothos is known to survive low-lit conditions, but its best to place your pothos well-lit environment because it loves to get plenty of bright indirect light.
Dimmer lighting or cooler temperatures can slow your pothos growth rate and lead to health problems over a prolonged time.
For pothos, and other tropical plants, Ideal temperatures are from 65-85 degrees Fahrenheit. A general rule of thumb for many houseplants is that if you are comfortable, then they will be comfortable too!
Pothos prefer moderate to high humidity, but can do well in most home settings regardless of humidity level.
Pothos are a great intro plant to propagation as they grow quickly and propagate at a high rate. We recommend water propagation which can be done by filling a glass with water, then taking a pothos cutting and submerging a 1 or 2 nodes under water. Replace water every week or two until you see roots begin to develop! At that point you'll have the option of replanting into soil or continuing to care for your pothos in water. We've known pothos to last for years in water with a bit of nutrients.
Identification: Brown or mushy leaves
Cause: If the leaf is crispy, this is most likely a sign that the air is too dry. On the other hand, a lack of oxygen in the water can cause newer leaves to grow in brown and soft. It is also natural for older leaves (closer to the roots) to turn brown or die because it simply outgrown its natural cycle.
How to treat:First, remove any brown or dying leaves using sterile scissors or knife. If the cause for this issue is a dry environment, make sure your plant is not too close to any AC vents, heaters, or an open window. Also, mist regularly if the environment is usually very dry. If the cause is a lack of oxygen, simply replace the water for the plant. After, continue to replace the water every 2-4 weeks.
Identification: leaves are curling at the ends or dropping
Cause: There are multiple causes for this issue. One, the air in your environment is too dry. Two, your plant is not receiving enough oxygen from the water. And three, your plant is experiencing extremely cold temperatures.
How to treat:To fix this issue, move your plant away from any AC vents, heaters, or open windows. Also, mist regularly if your environment is usually very dry. If the cause is a lack of oxygen, simply replace the water for the plant and then continue on a 2 week to monthly water replacement schedule.
Identification: long runs of stem in between leaves
Cause: Pothos do well in low light conditions but, when lighting conditions are too low, they often express this by stretching in between new leaf growth in an effort to track down brighter light. Leaving pothos in less than ideal lighting can lead to an unhealthy plant but likely won't end up killing it.
How to treat:The simple fix to this is testing a few other locations for your pothos. You'll still want to avoid direct sunlight, but any wall across from a window is a safe bet to try!