Pothos (Epipremnum aureum) is an evergreen climbing vine native to tropical areas of Asia. Pothos is commonly found as a house plant due to its distinct look, bright gloss leaves, and ability to do well indoors.
Pothos is a sturdy plant that can tolerate little attention. Put a Pothos in a room with some sun light, a standard indoor room temperature, and some water, and the plant will do nicely. Outdoors a Pothos can grow and climb up to 60 feet high grabbing onto trees as it reaches for the light. Indoors it is more tame growing upwards of 6 feet if properly supported.
Pothos is a vine like plant that sprouts heart shaped leaves of a glossy vibrant green. The leaves are often variegated with distinct patterns ranging from light green, to yellow, to white. An indoor mature Pothos can grow leaves that are 10 inches long and 7 inches wide.
Like many house plants, Pothos is well known for its abilities to help improve indoor air quality. By removing formaldehyde, xylene, and benzene from the air in its vicinity, Pothos is a functional plant that does wonders for indoor air purity. Pothos is an all around positive addition to any interior.
Pothos has a different look from many other house plants and is often potted with upright growing or bushy house plants to make a nice looking arrangement. With pretty basic needs common to many house plants, Pothos is versatile, pleasant in appearance, and one of the easiest house plants to have.
Common Names: Pothos, Silver Vine, Devil’s Ivy
Pothos Growing Requirements
- Light – Pothos is a flexible plant that tends to be fine with medium light. Too much bright light and the leaves will curl and scorch. As with many houseplants, Pothos likes indirect light. Variegated varieties prefer a little bit more sun. If they do not receive enough light the variegation will eventually fade.
- Soil – General purpose potting soil is fine for Pothos. Not a picky plant, just about any soil will be fine for growing Pothos.
- Watering – As a super easy house plant to grow, Pothos is not fussy about its watering. When the soil starts to dry out, give the plant some water. Feel the dirt about 1 inch down. If it’s dry then water. Don’t give a Pothos too much water as that will invite fungus and disease.
- Climate – A durable plant, Pothos does well in indoor temperatures. Pothos can tolerate temperatures down to 60 degrees before being chilled. Pothos is not overly particular about the surrounding humidity of the area it is in doing well in lower and higher humidity environments.
- Flowering – Pothos are rarely seen flowering. On the rare occasion that they do flower, Pothos produces spike and spade flower shoots, usually during Summer months.
- Pruning – Pothos can quickly grow leggy if left unkempt. Trim back vines to promote a fuller plant. Leaves that turn yellow or brown may be removed. Prune to fit your individual taste as far as look is concerned.
- Pests – Generally speaking Pothos is a hardy plant indoors. As with most house plants, the common varieties of aphids, gnats, scale, spider mites, mealy bugs, and other common house plant insects can on occasion infest a plant.
- Disease – Pothos can contract symptoms from fungus growth and bacteria if the soil is too wet. Let the soil dry out a good amount between watering to minimize disease. Water in the soil at the base of the plant not on the leaves to reduce leaf spot bacteria.
With a distinct look, interesting variegated patterns, low maintenance requirements, and air cleaning abilities, Pothos is just about the best house plant you could ask for if you want a house plant that grows as a vine. Pothos will do well in a variety of indoor locations. Working well to accent many other house plants, Pothos is an all time class plant for indoor growing.