How to care for a pothos house plant

Pothos Care Guide

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Care Guide:

Golden pothos trailing on bookshelf in small living space

The pothos plant (aka "Devil's Ivy"), is a fast-growing trailing plant, that is arguably the most popular indoor tropical plant to date, and for good reason. They thrive in low light making them ideal for indoor living, and they are very forgiving if you miss a watering or two. They come in many different varieties, shapes and colors, making them a standard in the plant hobby. Their robust durability allows for a low maintenance and hardy houseplant that is fantastic for beginners or those wanting to brighten up their home. 

 

Light: Low light is where this beauty shines! Although medium-to-bright, indirect light allows even better growth. Always play around with the location you place your pothos as they are very adaptable to their surroundings. 

 

Water: 

Try keep the soil evenly moist and water every other week or so if the soil dries out. These can survive longer periods of time without water than the majority of tropical plants in your home. Never allow the soil to get to soggy as this can and will lead to Root RotIf you have a light watering hand these are the perfect plants for you!

variegated pothos houseplant trailing indoors in bedroom

Soil: 

In general, these are really adaptable to their environments and do well in most soils. We find that they do extraordinarily well in 'aroid mixes' and even in common commercial soil mixes. 

Temperature: Generally, average room temperature is a great temperature. Since pothos are tropical, 60 degrees and up will allow them to thrive. 

Humidity: Usually, higher humidity is preferred, but a misting 2x a day will work great! This is why these are such low maintenance plants! 

Fertilizer: Try use a reputable water soluble fertilizer and feed every other week and once a month in winter as they won't be drinking as much. 

Maintenance: As a low maintenance plant, these have very little needs or demands, so in general keep them evenly moist, remove dead or dying leaves and leave them alone. These do well with a little neglect and will trail or hang along any surface thats around them. They are definitely a rewarding plant as they grow quit fast and it's leaves have the potential to get five or more inches long when fully mature! Always allow the water to fully saturate the soil: meaning the water runs out of the bottom of the pot. This allows for even distribution or the water between the roots. 

Troubleshooting:

Common Pests- We notice that the most prevalent pest you would encounter is fungus gnats, thrips, and spider mites. These usually occur when the plant gets overwatered or the humidity in the room becomes too dry causing the plant to become stressed. A common remedy would be weekly leaf inspections and using a neem oil leaf shine treatment at least once a month. 
Overwatering- This causes a whole lot of issues! This happens when the soil is still moist or damp and it gets watered again. This is very common and can be prevented by soil observation. If overwatering occurs, this will lead to a plethora of fungal and bacterial disease.

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