Pothos or Devil’s ivy is one of the perennial plants recommended for beginner gardeners, who are not yet sure of having a green thumb. Although easy to maintain, it still requires some precautions. It is a liana which in nature, in the humid tropical zone, can grow up to 20 m in height by curling and hanging by aerial roots on tree branches and other epiphytes. Its stems generally do not exceed 4 cm in diameter. It is common to confuse this Epipremnum with species of Philodendron type liana, whose appearance is very close.
In cold places, Pothos can be planted indoors and it’ll not require too much care or sunlight, it helps to purify the air, thriving even if it’s neglected for a while.
Botanical name: Epipremnum aureum
Common name: Golden pothos, silver vine, taro vine, devil’s vine, devil’s ivy
Flowering time: Rare If planted indoor
Foliage: Heart-shaped green leaves, Persistent (perennial plant)
Height: 2-3 m
Plant type: Indoor plant
The pothos or Scindapsus is mainly grown in pots in our latitudes but can be grown in the ground if it is protected by a greenhouse heated in winter.
Planting Pothos indoor
Scindapsus likes to feel cramped and therefore does not need a large pot.
The pothos should be planted in a special potting soil for indoor plants.
Choose a bright location, but without direct sunlight and away from heat sources such as radiators.
Potting Pothos can be done from February to October.
Planting Pothos outdoor
Growing pothos outdoors is only possible in tropical environments: Mix your garden soil with potting soil and choose a partially sunny but not hot place.
Please note, growing Pothos outdoor is only possible where the climate is relatively warm in winter (zones 10 and 11).
Propagating Pothos plants
Propagating Pothos from cutting is the simplest and fastest technique for the plant multiplication. The cuttings take place in spring.
- Take cuttings of about 10-15 cm, not bearing flowers.
- Take off the bottom leaves to keep only the last pair.
- Dip the base of the stem in cutting hormone (optional but recommended)
- Plant the cutting (s) in a special cutting substrate.
- Create a transparent bell to keep the humidity.
- Place your cuttings in a warm place, bright but without direct sun.
- Keep the soil moist.
You can also divide the pothos by taking the shoots that grow at the base and replanting them in a light, moist substrate.
Caring for Pothos
The pothos is very easy to grow. It requires very little maintenance and is fairly resistant to different diseases. This shrub grows very well indoors throughout the year and can be taken out from May to September as soon as the weather permits. A temperature of 18 to 25 ° is recommended for good growth.
Adding organic fertilizer can restore the plant’s vitality, but it is not essential.
How often to water Pothos?
The Scindapsus remains a plant very susceptible to rotting. It should, therefore, be minimally monitored to avoid these inconveniences which do not prevent (and which do not forgive either!). As with most indoor plants, it is advisable to let the potting soil dry between each watering. In winter, watering once per week will be necessary if the ambient humidity of its growing space is not too low. The light potting soil must also be very draining (sphagnum moss then appears to be ideal) to permanently eliminate any risk of rotting. Finally, the aerial roots will be delighted to receive a few sprays from time to time.
Overwatering or a lack of water can make the Pothos leaves turning yellow.
Fearlessly shorten the drooping stems by 1/3 in the spring, your plant will quickly regain its beautiful appearance and new vigor. Too long stems will tire the plant. You can also prune the Pothos to promote its branching and give it a more compact shape. Remember to also cut down the shoots located in the center of the tuft.
The aerial roots located at the nodes on the stem are very useful for the plant, so it is recommended to let them intact.
If you wish, add a regular liquid fertilizer for green plants, once a month in spring and summer.
Varieties of Pothos
Golden Pothos: Heart-shaped leaves splashed in creamy gold.
Marble Queen Pothos: Heart-shaped foliage splashed in creamy white.
Satin Pothos or Satin Money Plant: Its leaves are speckled with gray and it grows very quickly
Neon Pothos: Golden yellow heart-shaped foliage.
Cebu Blue Pothos: Arrow-shaped blue-green leaves with a little metallic shine.
Manjula Pothos: Wide, heart-shaped green leaves with shades of silver.
Pothos N Joy: Soft green foliage with large spots of pure white
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