Golden Pothos or Devil's Ivy

Botanical Name: Epipremnum aureum

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Extremely easy to grow. Golden pothos is a popular house plant well known for its long, trailing stems that can grow to 8 ft (2.4 m) or more.

Cut them back a couple times a year to keep the plant bushy and full. Cutting right above a leaf node (the place where the leaf is attached to the stem) will encourage the stem to branch out, giving you a fuller plant.

Glossy, heart-shaped leaves emerge green and become variegated with yellow or white. Although this plant tolerates low light well, its leaves may lose their variegation. It will look its best in moderate or bright light. It makes an excellent office plant because it grows well under fluorescent lights.

Show it off

Trailing stems make pothos an attractive plant for a hanging basket.

Or you can train it to climb. Pothos has aerial roots that can be trained to climb a moss stick or the Achla Designs Spiral Trellis (shown here).

Made of durable cast iron, its finished with a black powder coating to resist rust. that is inserted into the soil. Use florist wire to hold the vines while they grow and wrap themselves around the support.

Repot in spring as needed. You can control its growth by cutting the vines back and trimming up to a third of its roots. Pot it in the same size container to keep it small.

Air-Cleaning Plant

Pothos is one of the best plants for removing formaldehyde from carpet and other materials in our homes. Beautiful, low-maintenance, and cleans the air. What's not to love?

Pothos Care Tips

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Origin: Solomon Islands

Height: To 8 ft (2.4 m)

Light: Low light to bright light. No direct sun. Although pothos will tolerate low light, it will have more leaves and better variegation if kept in bright light.

Water: Allow soil to dry slightly between waterings. It will not tolerate soggy soil. Yellow leaves are a sign of overwatering.

Humidity: Average room humidity.

Temperature: Average to warm 60-80°F/16-27°C

Soil: Any good potting mix that drains well.

Fertilizer: Feed every 2 weeks spring through fall with a balanced liquid fertilizer diluted by half. In winter, feed monthly.

Propagation: Stem tip cuttings root easily in water or moist perlite or vermiculite. Cut a 4-6-inch stem tip with a couple leaves attached. It takes about 4 weeks to root.

Green Thumb Tip

Too much water will cause leaves to turn yellow and fall off.

Allow the top 1 in (2.5 cm) of soil to dry between waterings. Use a pot with a drainage hole.

Buying Tip

Choose a plant based on your preference because they're all easy to grow.

'Golden Pothos' (shown at left) is a popular cultivar variegated with yellow.

'Marble Queen' is heavily variegated with white. 'Jade' is dark solid green and 'Neon' has bright yellow-green leaves.

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