Your Guide To: Pothos

Everything you know to care for this gorgeous trailing plant.

Pothos is a gorgeous addition to your space that’s famously easy to care for. Equally brilliant as a hanging plant or as part of a table-scape, this plant’s long vines and intricate motifs mean it never goes unnoticed. Hang this plant from your kitchen ceiling, or tuck it up above your favorite reading chair for an instant upgrade.

How to Keep A Pothos Happy

Pothos plants are a family of hearty, vining plants with large, thick leaves. They can adapt to a wide range of growing conditions and are easy to keep alive. Do keep in mind that pothos plant leaves are considered toxic, so be careful around pets and children who might want to try a taste.

How Much Light Does a Pothos Need?

The ideal light setting is a moderate amount of natural sunlight. But this plant can grow well under any light, including artificial light. A pothos placed in a low light setting may look a little less green, but it will continue to grow its signature trailing vines.

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How Do I Know When To Water My Pothos?

Pothos plants can tolerate dry soil, but they won’t do well if they are watered too much or too often. For best results, let the soil your pothos lives in dry out a little bit in between waterings. Every week, test the soil by feeling the top inch of dirt with your fingertip (or better yet, take all the guesswork out of watering with a Sustee stick).

When this soil is dry to the touch, saturate your pothos plant’s potting soil with water from a small container or watering can. Take your plant down if it is hanging so it is at your eye level when you water it. Pour water out slowly, moving in a clockwise motion so that you can evenly water your plant’s roots. Any excess water will drip into the tray at the bottom of your plant. Remove this water before returning your plant to its place.

How Do I Use Plant Food for My Pothos?

Plant food is an important part of fostering healthy vine growth and new leaves as your plant gets used to its new digs. For a hanging-size pothos plant in a container that’s between 5 and 6 inches in diameter, insert 3 new plant food spikes (included with your plant purchase) into the soil once a month during the spring, summer, and fall. During the winter, when the plant is experiencing less growth, you can cut back to replacing the plant food every two months.

What Is the Ideal Environment for a Pothos?

Pothos plants enjoy some humidity. Misting leaves occasionally will help your plant thrive. Even if high humidity isn’t available, this is a plant that will adapt to the humidity level in your space. Keep the temperature between 60 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit where your pothos is placed. That’s average room temperature, so it shouldn’t be too hard. Keep this plant away from drafty air as much as possible.

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How Do I Prune and Maintain My Pothos?

Despite its ornate appearance, maintenance for this plant is simple. Vines can cascade up to 10 feet, but if they’re getting in your way, you can lightly prune them back using pruning shears. You may also want to wipe down leaves occasionally if they start to get dusty and lose their sheen. If your plant is in a hanging position, remember to rotate it a quarter turn every time you water it to make sure that light is being distributed evenly to each part of the plant.

How to Address Common Pothos Plant Issues

The most common issues with pothos plants come from overwatering or a low light setting. Yellow leaves or leaves that fall off can mean that you are watering your plant too often or too much. Make sure that you are letting the top inch of soil dry out before you water your pothos plant

What to Do If You Still Have Questions

If your pothos plant doesn’t seem to feel at home in your space, we’re here to help! You can chat with a live Greendigs representative on our website. You can also shoot us an email at [email protected].

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