Pothos Plant

About

An “Epipremnum aureum“, or a Pothos plant as we know it, was originally found in the jungles of Malaysia, China, Australia, and islands in the Pacific and Indian Oceans. Since the light at the floor of a dense, tropical jungle is often not very bright, pothos plants used the aerial roots on their long vines to cling to the trunks of trees and grow upwards towards the sunlight. Pothos plants are sometimes referred to as “Devil’s Ivy” because it is a very forgiving plant that quickly recovers and starts growing again even after suffering from poor care and poor growing conditions.

Pothos Plant Description

A pothos plant is a highly adaptable, glossy-leafed plant with leathery, pointed, heart-shaped leaves. When growing outdoors, the leaves of a pothos plant can be as large as 10”-12” (25cm-30cm). Indoors, the leaves are much smaller, usually ranging in size from 4”-6” (10cm-15cm). The solid green pothos is often confused with a heart-leaf philodendron. A pothos plant produces long, vines and looks wonderful in a hanging basket. You can also attach the stems to a moss or styrofoam pole and have a tall, upright plant.

Pothos Plant Varieties

The leaves of this hardy plant come in several colors and leaf patterns.

Golden Pothos plant has yellow and green leaves.

Marble Queen Pothos has white and green leaves.

Jade Pothos has solid green leaves.

Neon Pothos has bright green neon-colored leaves

n’joy Pothos has green leaves with a cream and yellow variegation.

Satin Pothos has dark green leaves with silver markings

Learn to identify and care for a Satin Pothos, Pothos Siver Splash   Learn to grow, care for, and identify a Marble Queen Pothos

Satin Pothos              Neon Pothos                       n’Joy Pothos              Marble Queen Pothos

Quick Care Tips

Minimum temperature 55°F (12.8°C)

Select the right variety for the lighting in your home

Easily propagated from stem cutting in the spring

Allow the tip 50% of the soil to dry out before watering

Conclusion

Pothos are easy to care for and a perfect plant for people just starting to grow indoor houseplants (as long they are careful not to over water). Best of all, there is a pothos plant variety for almost any location in your home or business. These plants are  poisonous and are toxic to dogs, cats, and children. Please keep the long vines out of reach. Read more about common houseplants that are poisonous in Don’t Feed Me to Your Cat: A Guide to Poisonous Houseplant.

 

FAQ

Why Does My Pothos Plant Get Yellow Leaves a Few Days After I Water It?

A pothos plant gets yellow leaves a few days after you water it when you allow the soil to get too dry before watering. Water well, until the water comes out the bottom drip holes. Don’t water again until the top 50% of the soil dries out or the leaves start to droop a little. You can save an under-watered pothos plant, but an over-watered pothos can quickly die.

Why Are the Stems of My Pothos Plant Brown and Mushy and the New Growth All Black?

A pothos plant develops brown, mushy stems and new growth turns black when your pothos plant is over-watered. Cut off the dead stems and don’t water your pothos plant again until the soil has totally dried out; this gives new roots a chance to develop. You can also carefully take the pothos plant out its pot and get rid of the wet soil. Allow the plant to sit out bare root overnight and replant in new, fresh, dry soil.

How Do I Get My Pothos Plant Bushy Again? I Have Long Runners on My Plant but Nothing in the Middle.

You need to aggressively prune a pothos plant to help it get it full again. By cutting several inches off of each of the long runners, you’ll encourage new growth to develop all along the stem. You can use the Stem Cuttings to propagate a new pothos plant.

I Kept My Pothos Plant in My Sun Room All Winter. The Temperature Was Warm During the Day, but Sometimes Dipped to About 45° (but Never Below Freezing). The Plant Is Still Barely Alive, but Many of the Leaves Are All Black and Ruined. What Happened to My Pothos Plant?

Pothos plant leaves turn black when the air in the room is too cold (below 55° for a long period of time). Cut the damaged leaves off your pothos plant; trim back the stems, and move your plant to a warmer location. The roots are fine and your pothos plant should grow back in no time.