Pothos Plant Features
A perfect houseplant for beginners, pothos is one of the easiest you can grow -- and one of the most popular. This hardy indoor plant features dark green leaves splashed and marbled in shades of yellow, cream, or white. Pothos is wonderfully versatile in the home: You can grow it in hanging baskets to trail down, let it climb a totem or trellis, or grow horizontally along a tabletop or mantle.
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Pothos Growing Instructions
Pothos requires no special care indoors; it tolerates low light (but grows well in medium- and high-light spots, as well), low humidity, and the occasional missed watering. That said, pothos prefers moist (but not wet or saturated) soil, so it's best to water it when the top inch or so of the potting mix is dry.
Because it's such an easy houseplant, you don't need to worry about fertilizing pothos a lot. Feed it at least twice a year (every six months or so) with a general-purpose houseplant fertilizer (available from your local garden center). If you wish to fertilize the plant more frequently, you can certainly do so to encourage faster growth.
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Pothos also functions as a living air purifier making it ideal for home and office settings. It's one of the best houseplants for any room of your home.
This easy-care houseplant is not intended for human or animal consumption.
Indoors: High light
Indoors: Low light
Indoors: Medium light
Medium water needs
Purifies the air
Super-easy to grow
Complement your Pothos with these varieties:
Arrowhead plant and pothos make a delightful climbing combo!
Dieffenbachia and pothos are lovely complements to one another.
Ponytail palm and pothos are perfect, easy-care houseplants to grow together.
Varieties: Our Favorites
Epipremnum aureum 'Glacier'
Glacier pothos is a spectacular selection that has rich green foliage accented with crisp white variegation (unlike most other varieties, which are variegated with shades of cream, gold, and yellow). It's a little slower growing than most other pothos types, as well.Exotic Angel
Golden pothos has medium green, heart-shaped leaves streaked with golden-yellow variegation.
Epipremnum aureum 'Jade'
Jade pothos shows off dark green, heart-shaped leaves lightly variegated with creamy gold.Exotic Angel
Epipremnum aureum 'Manjula'
Manjula pothos shows off creamy-white leaves edged and variegated in green.Exotic Angel
Epipremnum aureum 'Marble Queen'
Marble Queen pothos is a highly variegated variety with heart-shaped leaves and creamy-white variation.Exotic Angel
Epipremnum aureum 'Neon'
Neon pothos shows off bright, chartreuse leaves.Exotic Angel
This plant bears beautiful, dark green heart-shaped leaves decorated with irregular silver spots. It's excellent in hanging baskets or climbing up a moss or wood totem.Exotic Angel
Scindapsus pictus 'Argyraeus'
Also called satin pothos (or philodendron Trebi), silver pothos has dark green leaves that have abundant silvery markings and a velvet-like sheen.Exotic Angel