Golden Pothos or Devil's Ivy

Botanical Name: Epipremnum aureum 

pothos, golden pothos, devil's ivy, epipremnum aureum

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 stems 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.

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?

Show off those beautiful trailing stems in a hanging basket.

Or you can train it to climb. A tree-climber in its native tropical habitat, this plant has aerial roots that can be trained to climb a moss stick or trellisUse 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.

Choose a plant based on your preference because they're all easy to grow. 'Golden Pothos' (shown at bottom) is a popular cultivar variegated with yellow. 'Marble Queen' is heavily variegated with white and 'Neon' has bright yellow-green leaves.


Pothos Care Tips

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 the top 1 in (2.5 cm) of soil to dry between waterings. It will not tolerate soggy soil. Overwatering will cause leaves to turn yellow and fall off. Use a pot with a drainage hole.

Humidity: Average room humidity.

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

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 at least 4 weeks to root.