Pothos - Growing Instructions & Care

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Pothos - Growing Instructions & Care

Pothos (pow·thows)
Family: Araceae
Common Name: Golden Pothos, Money Plant, Devil’s Ivy, Devil’s Vine, Silver Vine, Taro Vine, Silver Pothos (See below for available varieties)
Botanical Name: Epipremnum species, Scindapsus species
Pet Friendly:  No

If you're searching for a low-maintenance indoor plant that adds lush greenery to your living space, look no further than Pothos plants. These tropical evergreens, belonging to the epipremnum and scindapsus genera, are fast-growing and come in a vast array of vibrant and patterned varieties, making them an attractive choice for plant enthusiasts.

Pothos plants are the perfect option for those who want to add some greenery to their home or office without investing a lot of time and effort. They can thrive in areas where other houseplants cannot, such as darker corners, and are incredibly resilient. You can train them to climb up trellises and poles or let them trail over the edges of tables and shelves.

With their ability to purify the air, Pothos plants are an excellent choice for those looking to improve indoor air quality. All they need is moderate watering and a well-draining potting mix to keep them happy and healthy.

Here are 7 bullet-point instructions to help you grow your Pothos plants to their fullest potential:

  • Light: Pothos prefer medium to bright indirect sunlight, but can tolerate lower light conditions. Supplement with LED lights if necessary, and avoid direct sunlight.
  • Water: Water the soil thoroughly after it is almost completely dry. Check for dryness by picking up the plant - if it feels light, it's time to water. Water more often in the growing season and reduce frequency in winter. Soak the entire root system if soil becomes compacted.
  • Soil: Use loose, nutrient-rich potting soil that allows for drainage to avoid root rot. Pre-mixed soils with organic matter will suffice, but avoid moisture retaining crystals.
  • Temperature: Most average household temperatures are adequate, but keep plants away from temperatures under 55°F. Ideal temperatures range from 65-80°F.
  • Humidity: Pothos plants will benefit from higher humidity, but can do fine in average household air.
  • Fertilizer: Regular fertilizing with a weak solution of complete liquid fertilizer every two weeks throughout the growing season is highly beneficial. Do not fertilize during winter.
  • Growth Rate: Pothos plants are fast-growing vines that can reach over 10 feet with proper care. Use a plant support or stake to help attach aerial roots.

To encourage fuller foliage, trim back the plant, and plant a few smaller plants in one larger pot to create a fuller look. Rotate the plant once a week for a balanced, full figure, and trim back leggy vines to force new growth in spring and summer. For an added bonus, take pruning cuttings from your scindapsus or epipremnum and place them in water to develop roots and plant in soil once they reach 2 inches long.

Don't wait any longer to bring some greenery into your space! Purchase your Pothos plant and growing supplies from American Plant Supply today.

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