Pothos Care Guide
Pothos (Epipremnum aureum), often referred to as "Devil’s Ivy", is a popular, hardy houseplant known for its heart-shaped leaves and trailing vines. They're perfect for beginners and can adapt to a variety of environments.
- Pothos plants are adaptable to a variety of light conditions.
- They thrive in indirect, bright light but can also tolerate low light.
- Avoid placing them in direct sunlight for prolonged periods, as this can scorch the leaves.
- Pothos like to dry out between waterings. Check the top 2 inches of soil; if it's dry, it's time to water.
- Overwatering can lead to root rot. Ensure your pot has good drainage to prevent standing water.
Temperature & Humidity
- Pothos prefer temperatures between 15-27°C.
- They can handle a bit of humidity, but they aren't particularly demanding in this regard.
- A well-draining potting mix is ideal. Consider a mix designed for houseplants or a combination of regular potting soil and perlite.
- During the growing season (spring and summer), feed your pothos once a month with a balanced houseplant fertilizer diluted to half the recommended strength.
- Reduce fertilizing in fall and winter when the plant's growth slows down.
- You can trim your Pothos if it becomes too long or leggy. This will encourage bushier growth.
- Cut just above a leaf node (where a leaf attaches to the stem). You can propagate the cuttings if desired!
- Pothos are easily propagated using stem cuttings. Place cuttings in water until roots form, then plant in soil.
- Make sure your cuttings have 3-4 leaves for best results.
Common Issues & Solutions
-Yellow Leaves: Often a sign of overwatering. Check the soil and ensure proper drainage.
-Brown Leaf Tips: This can be caused by low humidity or the soil being too dry.
-Pothos can occasionally be bothered by pests like spider mites, aphids, or mealybugs. Check regularly and treat with insecticidal soap or neem oil if needed.
Note - Pothos are toxic if ingested, so keep them out of reach of pets and children.