Identify my plant, please!

How often should I water this houseplant?

Hi Kelly,

Green and yellow pothos plant
Pothos Pole Plant

Your plant is a pothos plant. You can easily kill these plants by over watering, so when in doubt do not water. Water a pothos plant well, until the water comes out the drip holes in the bottom of the pot, and then allow the top 50% of the soil to dry out before watering again. Over-watering is almost the only way to kill a pothos. Bright yellow leaves indicate that a pothos has gotten too dry before you watered it. This can cause you to lose a few laves but the plant will be fine. New growth and parts of older leaves turn black when a pothos plant is over-watered. This indicates that the roots have stayed too wet and may be damaged. I recommend waiting until the leaves get a little soft and droop just a tiny bit before watering a pothos. Never allow a pothos to sit in water for more than 10 minutes.

You can read all of my care tips for a pothos in the Popular Houseplant section of the website.

These plants are considered poisonous and should be kept away from pets and children. Read more about common houseplants that are poisonous in Don’t Feed Me To Your Cat! A Guide to Poisonous Houseplants.