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Easy Care Pothos

Pothos (Epipremnum aureum) is one of the easiest and most useful of houseplants. In the tropics, this climber pushes its way up from the dark jungle floor into the light at the tops of the trees. As a houseplant, it is usually grown in a hanging basket, although it is also available climbing on a “totem pole.” Golden Pothos or “Devil’s Ivy”, with green, yellow, and white variegation, is the most popular variety, but you will also find the white and green Marble Queen Pothos, the solid green Jade Pothos, and the yellow-leaved Neon Pothos. All have thickish heart-shaped leaves on sturdy vines that will grow to 20’ or more. When vines are allowed to dangle, the new leaves tend to get smaller and smaller, but if allowed to climb upward into the light, leaves can get very large. In places like southern Florida, pothos leaves reaching the top of a telephone pole can be 3’ across or more.

Pothos (pronounced POH-thos)are popular for their attractive foliage, as well as their ease of care. They are tolerant of lower light levels and of dry indoor air. Allow the soil to dry partially, and provide good drainage. Prune back longer vines to promote fuller growth in the pot. Pothos is listed as toxic if ingested, so keep out of the reach of small children or chewing pets.


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