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Pothos Care: The Complete Guide

Pothos Care: The Complete Guide

Pothos are an iconic, low-maintenance houseplant perfect for beginners and plant-pros alike. From the Epipremnum family, Pothos are known for their heart-shaped leaves, trailing vines, and air-purifying qualities – the perfect addition to any collection.

THE SCIENCE

Family: Araceae

Genus: Epipremnum

Commonly: pothos, devil’s ivy, hunter’s robe

THE BASICS

WATER

Give your Pothos a good soak when the soil is almost completely dry and ensure excess moisture can drain from the bottom of the pot.

Watch the leaves for the plant’s tell: if the leaves start to droop or curl, it’s time to water!

LIGHT

Pothos prefer to be in bright, indirect sunlight and though they can tolerate lower light conditions, you may notice slowed growth.

Coloring on golden, marble, or neon Pothos will be most vibrant with bright light!

Avoid long periods of direct sun to keep the leaves from burning.

HUMIDITY & TEMP

Pothos prefer warmer temps and higher humidity but can be acclimated to typical home conditions.

Ensure there is circulation near your plants to allow oxygen in the soil and be cautious of any vents blowing directly on the leaves.

THE NITTY GRITTY

SOIL

A well-draining, aerated soil is best: potting mix, perlite, orchid bark, and other chunky mediums are an excellent choice.

Repot as needed to refresh nutrients and give your plant room to grow.

Check out our signature blend, Dirt Bag – specifically mixed for aroids like these to ensure optimal soil quality and promote growth!

FERTILIZATION

A balanced liquid fertilizer during the growing season will keep your Pothos well-fed.

Dilute to half strength or stop fertilizing in the fall and winter when the plant is heading into dormancy.

Incorporate our Arber Plant Food during your routine waterings to promote lush, bright foliage.

PESTS

Pothos are generally hardy, but keep an eye out for pests like spider mites and mealy bugs.

Regularly inspect the underside of the leaves and stem joints for hiding pests.

Pro-tip: Gently wiping the leaves with a damp cloth prevents dust build-up and deters pests from setting up camp.

OTHER DEETS

PRUNING & PROPPING

Pruning your Pothos will help control its shape and size while promoting new growth! Remove older, yellowing leaves to encourage more energy.

Propagate stem cuttings in water or soil and share the joy of Pothos with fellow plant parents (or even just expand your own collection 😏).

Check out Water Propagation 101 for the how-to!