Pothos, or Epipremnum aureum, is a vining plant native to the tropical Pacific that’s now widely kept as a houseplant and has become well-known for its low maintenance and tolerance of low light. A healthy Pothos will have large and beautifully green leaves with some variegation and vines that trail downwards from the pot. This is also a popular plant because it’s easy to propagate from cuttings, allowing you to start more plants from one larger one. Pothos is also popular because of its ability to filter the air to remove toxins like benzene.
Sold in two nursery pot sizes:
5”-8” Plant height (including pot) with a pot width of 3.5”.
10”-15” Plant height (including pot) with a pot width of 6”.
Pothos is an easy-to-please houseplant. Bright indirect light is best but a Pothos will survive in a low-light location, and it’s a good idea to put your Pothos on a tall bookshelf or other location so you can really appreciate the beauty of its trailing vines.
The most common mistake that Pothos growers make is overwatering. Pothos dislike soggy roots, so you should allow the soil to dry out between watering.
Pothos has been found to be an effective air purifier, and produces more oxygen at night, helping you sleep better.
LOOKING AFTER THE PLANT
To keep your Pothos happy, learn to read the signs it gives you. It’s important to allow the soil to dry out between waterings, but if leaves are drooping, then it’s likely that your plant needs a drink. Use well-draining potting soil, and fertilize using a balanced houseplant fertilizer no more than once a month. Keep an eye on the roots as your plant grows, and if the roots consume the pot, then be sure to move it to a larger container.
PLANT CARE WITH PETS AND CHILDREN
Pothos is toxic if ingested by humans or animals, so keep it out of their reach or look into alternative houseplants.