The Pothos family is full of a diverse array of tropical vining plants with fun and interesting color patterns in their leaves. 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!
Pothos Exotica is a favorite at Modern Botanical, they grow great in water and the leaves are super interesting. The green leaves vary in shape from rounder to a ones with more of a point and have a splash of silver color. They are a little more difficult to propagate then other pothos, however once rooted they do great.
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 Exotica is also known as the Scindapsus Pictus Exotica, Silver Pothos, Silver Philodendron, Silver Splash and Silver Vine.
The list of pothos varieties is endless! Here are some of the popular types: Snow queen pothos, Jade pothos, Neon pothos, Golden pothos, Marble queen 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 common plant to propagate because they tend to do so at a very high rate, are a fairly common house plant to find in stores, and are easy to care for. Propagating pothos generally entails removing one or two nodes, with attached leaves and submerging those nodes in water. Given proper temperatures and lighting, most pothos will begin shooting roots within a few weeks any only continue growing from there.
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: color patterns in the leaves are fading, leaves becoming a solid green color
Cause: When your pothos is creating solid green leaves, this means that it is reverting back to its parent plant (jade pothos). This is caused by not receiving enough bright indirect light.
How to treat: Move your plant to an area where it would be exposed to more bright indirect light and wait for the leaves to recover their color. For newer leaves, you don't have to worry because they will gain their markings as they age.