How To Take Care Of Your Pothos

How To Take Care Of Your Pothos

Also called Devil’s Ivy and one of the hardiest houseplants available, it is often seen trailing off desks or shelves, so is ideal for the ‘beginner’ whether in the home or office. A long trailing vine with quite striking glossy, green variegated leaves in white, yellow or pale green striations, it is very adaptable and fast growing. Hardy, even when apparently neglected, like all house plants it will do best with regular watering, nutrition, filtered light and air circulation.

How much light does your Pothos need?

It does well in bright, indirect sunlight and even low or artificial light (fluorescent) although if not quite enough light, they can lose their interesting and varied leaf pattern; conversely, pale looking leaves can mean they are getting too much light!

What type of soil does your Pothos need?

Moist, well-drained, neutral and slightly acidic is best. They can survive well in a standard houseplant potting mix or a chunky, well-drained aroid mix, so that hanging baskets or macramé planters are both suitable types of containers.

What temperature is best for your Pothos?

Pothos (such as our beautiful Pothos N'joy) like a high humidity and temperature range of 15-30C although they don’t mind low humidity conditions either. A spell in the bathroom is a good idea too!

How much water does your Pothos need?

As with most indoor plants, moist soil most of the time is the ideal. Too little will stunt growth, too much can cause root rot. It's ok to let them dry out between watering, but don’t ever let the roots dry out.

What’s the best fertiliser for your Pothos?

They are not heavy feeders, so once every 2-3 months is fine with a diluted formula, with very little needed in Winter when the plant goes through its relative dormant stage.

General Care Tips for Your Pothos:

Since Pothos are a vine, they can be staked and trained. Re-pot in Spring/Summer in a pot 1-2 sizes larger in depth and diameter, using a fresh potting mix and remember to water well afterwards. They grow well in most sorts of pots but if your Pothos lives in a low light area, use terra cotta pots, which help wick away the moisture (therefore preventing them becoming too wet) Mealy bugs and scale are the main pest problems, so use a cotton swab dipped in alcohol to kill them or a horticultural oil spray.

The Green Grower’s rating of Pothos:

Due to their hardiness and adaptability, ideal for virtually any situation and they will reward you with good looks, fast growth and plenty of propagation opportunities. Toxic to cats and dogs.

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