House Plant Care - Pothos

House Plant Care - Pothos

By Vijay Krishna

House Plant Care - Pothos

It deserves a place in any collections of house plants. Although it is considered invasive in tropical regions, pothos aka Epipremnum aureum like philodendron, the variegated varieties make up what we like to call the Pothos Fab Four: 'Marble Queen’, ‘Golden’, ‘Enjoy’, and 'Neon'. Sometimes a 'Golden' or' Marble Queen' pothos unpleasantly produce green leaves, instead, give it a separate space to grow as a green plant.


Sustaining the Plant

Pothos can survive in areas receiving no more than 50 feat-candles, but be prepared for a long adjustment period where it pauses its growth for a period. At the beginning bringing the soil to maximum saturation won't kill the pothos, but if you keep it moist, in a few months you might find a fungal infection that causes black spots to form in the middle of leaves. Regular aeration can avoid this infection.


To Do: For Growth

From 100 to 300 foot-candles, you'll get good pothos growth. Above that, variegation will be more pronounced. If you start exposing the pothos to direct sun, you may notice some fading of the green after some weeks—it's probably best to block direct sun with a sheer curtain. Keep the soil evenly moist, which will give the leaves a perky bounce as you pat them. if the plant starts to wilt, do a quick pour all around the surface. When the plant is growing, you can use any fertilizer as directed.


Pothos roots will grow quickly, and you should watch out for when they begin to emerge from the pot's drainage holes. That's a good sign that a larger pot is necessary. Another is when your plant has been growing steadily for several months and, suddenly, numerous leaves, sometimes on the same vine, become yellow and fall off. This could mean the roots of that vine have rotted. Repotting the plant will effectively reset the soil nutrients and structure.


More about Pothos

The main concern for long-term satisfaction with pothos is the plant's oldest leaves starting to yellow and fall off, the list of factors that can cause this are; including loss of soil nutrients or root damage from a dry spell. As the stem propagation is very easy, you can plant one in the soil for the new growth. However, if you repot your plant and refresh the soil in a timely manner, you can enjoy the plant pleasantly for a longer time.