Pothos Plant: Become a Devil’s Ivy Expert* (Epipremnum aureum)

How exciting! You’re interested in Pothos. They’re beautiful plants with heartshaped green leaves. It’s one of the few indoor plants that are beginner friendly, and since it tolerates low light, you can place it in various locations to match your home decor.

This article is a brief overview of pothos plant care tips, with links to go deeper into different sections. 

Quick Pothos Care Growing Guide

Okay, so now let’s get into some tips on how to grow pothos plants.  

Names: Pothos is referred to by its common name, called Devil’s Ivy, or the scientific name Epipremnum aureum.

Origin: Native to areas in Malaysia and Southeast Asia. It can be grown indoors like other tropical plants.

Size: Pothos can climb and reach 30 to 60 feet long. Although indoors, it generally stays 3 to 10 feet in length. Since it’s a trailing vine, it is usually perfect for a hanging basket or plant stand designed for hanging plants where the vines can drape down.

Benefit: Using indoor plants helps filter and clean air in your home. Pothos is often included in the list of top species for better air quality.

Varieties

different pothos varieties in kokedama decor

There is a wide range of pothos varieties available. Each will still have the heart-shaped leaves but come in different colors.  

One of the most popular varieties is the Golden pothos. It is green with some yellow variegation. Yellow can help it stand out as an accent color. However, if you want a pothos that pops with color, check out the Neon pothos. The leaf on this variety is a bright (almost neon) green that will really stand out.

If you want to avoid the yellow, you could select a variety such as “Marble Queen.” Marble queen has white variegation that can help it match other home paint color schemes without standing out as much.

And if you’re like.. just give me some of those gorgeous green leaves without the white or yellow variegation, look to the Jade pothos, which are just solid green leaves.

Some newer variations include different leaves than the standard green heartshaped leaves, such as the Baltic Blue.

Ideal Plant Conditions

neon pothos in bathroom

The main things to remember when growing pothos is light, soil, and feeding.

Light Requirements

The basic pothos light requirements are a great thing about this plant. You can place it in various locations but avoid direct sunlight since pothos plants thrive in bright indirect light. 

Pothos will tolerate low light, but like all plants, it needs sun. 

Preferred Soil Mixture

Pothos likes welldraining potting mix that still holds on to moisture (coco coir and peat moss are excellent for this). Also, aim for a slightly acidic pH in your potting soil range of 6 to 6.5pH.

Avoid overwatering, as this could lead to root rot and kill your plant. Wait until the soil is dry enough to water again to maintain proper moisture.

Fertilizer

Usually, most fresh potting soil will have fertilizer for about six months of new growth. After that, you should use liquid houseplant fertilizer.

Propagating

showing how to propagate pothos in water

It is almost effortless to propagate pothos plants because pothos can be easily propagated in water, although the soil method is usually the best. 

A complete guide will show you how to propagate pothos plants properly. 

FAQ About Pothos Plant Care

Are pothos plants poisonous?

While brushing up against a pothos plant causes no harm (unlike poison ivy), it can lead to severe danger if ingested. This is because these plants have poisonous compounds (insoluble calcium oxalate crystals) that are very dangerous to humans and pets.

Here are some links to specific pets which feature more information:

Are Pothos Toxic to Cats? Poisonous Plant Questions (Solved)
Is Pothos Safe for Reptiles? (Plant Toxicity Explained)
Is Pothos Safe for Birds? Toxic / Poisonous? (Solved)

How do you make pothos fuller looking?

This is a common question as pothos can start to get leggy since it’s a trailing vine plant. To make it bushier and complete looking, you can combine multiple plants in the same pot.

Either at the time when propagating pothos, or just adding a younger plant to the old one. Filling in a “bald spot.”  

Here is a complete article that goes over more pothos tips on improving a leggy pothos‘ looks.

So, to wrap this up, if you have a brown thumb instead of green and find it impossible to grow indoor gardening plants, check out pothos. They are easy to grow for beginners, and due to their natural tendency to climb and hang, it makes for a fantastic plant display.

Also, pothos plants make excellent gifts! Due to their low standard of care (indirect lighting, well draining soil with proper moisture, and regular feeding is all they need).