5 Simple Tips on How to Grow Pothos (Devil’s Ivy) Plants

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Are you a little “thumb” shy when it comes to housing an indoor plant? Well not to worry, Pothos plants are a great starter plant for newbies!

A Pothos plant, also known as “Devil’s Ivy,” is one of the easiest, indoor plants to grow. If you are a forgetter of watering…this may be the plant for you!

The scientific name for a Pothos plant is Epipremnum aureum. (ummm….I have no idea how to pronounce that, so let’s stick with “Pothos”). The plant is tolerant of fluorescent light making it the perfect plant for the office or your desk at home.

Just like many indoor plants, the Pothos plant is an air purifier. Being high on the list of purifiers, it helps rid chemicals in the air such a  formaldehyde, trichloroethene, toluene, xylene, and benzene. (thespruce.com).

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How to Grow Pothos

The Pothos plant can be planted in a hanging basket, or as a potted plant. Pothos vines do not cling to tressles or supports on their own, they are self supporting, but they can be trained to do so.

These plants can really take flight with long beautiful vines getting up to 30ft. long. They are easy to maintain though, just clip/prune when they are getting to be too long.

Watering & Soil

Ordinary, well draining potting soil with a slightly acidic pH balance is preferred. Pothos like to have their soil dry out completely between waterings. This is great news for the beginning Gardner!

Be sure to fertilize the soil during growing season, about once/month (or as directed on fertilizer).

If black spots and rotting begin to occur, this means the soil has been too wet. Try to revive it by placing in the sun and allowing the soil to completely dry out before watering it again. The plant can actually tell YOU when it wants water. Look for signs of drooping leaves, but be sure to water right away when this is noticed or you may begin to lose some leaves.


Indoor Pothos can thrive in bright, indirect light. They also are able to tolerate fluorescent light making them great options for the office, home office, or even dorm rooms.

If growing outdoors in zones 10-11, or in the warm season for other zones, they prefer to be in part shade to shady areas.

If the plant begins to loose its various colors, it may turn more green. If the plant is getting too much light, suddenly paler leaves will be present and it needs to be moved to a more lighted area.

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Pothos plants enjoy hight humidity, but can survive in low humidity. Temperatures of 50F are desirable; they enjoy the average room temp. or 65-75F.

A couple ways to add humidity to your home (especially in the winter months) is to use a humidifier. Spritzing the plant with a water bottle may help as well.


Like most plants, eventually it will grow out of its pot. When this happens, you’ll notice drooping leaves that do not improve with watering. It’s all good though, because you just have to re-pot in a pot one or two sizes larger filled with fresh potting soil.

This is a great time to take advantage or splitting your plant to enjoy two beautiful pathos or giving one as a gift if you don’t want your plant to become much bigger.

I hope these five tips to caring for your Pothos plant will help give you the boost to get started! It is a great plant for beginners as it is quite self sufficient requiring little care.

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Source for this post: www.thespruce.com

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