Pothos (Epipremnum aureum), also referred to as golden pothos, money vine, or devil’s ivy, is the arum family’s hardy indoor foliage plant (Araceae), native to southeast Asia. It matches and is therefore often mistaken for the common philodendron. Plant Pothos is a tropical tree with dense, waxy, green, heart-shaped leaves with yellow splatters. As a potted plant, it is widely cultivated as a hanging plant. Furthermore, since it’s an outdoor plant, it grows several times bigger than houseplants.
The basic treatment of pothos is straightforward since it enjoys a large variety of habitats. They do well in bright indirect light and low light and can be raised in dry areas or water vases. While it can also grow in soil that’s high in nutrients, it does just as well in soil low in nutrients. Since they can withstand low light, Pothos plants make a perfect addition to your bathroom or office. While pothos enjoy a wide range of light situations, they don’t do well in the bright sun.
The fact that the plant thrives in water or dry soil makes pothos very common. Cuttings may be extracted from a parent plant and planted as a houseplant in water. This is especially useful when you want to place your plant in a jug of water. On the other hand, you can also grow it in soil and the plant will do well even after reasonable intervals of dryness. Do note that you should not make drastic changes while it’s growing. For instance, a pothos plant rooted in soil will have difficulty adjusting to water and vice versa.
Temperature and Humidity
In low moisture conditions, pothos can do well, but they prefer a location with higher humidity since they are tropical plants. They can withstand the moderate climate of temperature between 55 and 85 ° F but prefer higher temperatures between 70 and 90 ° F.
Pothos are not heavy feeders, but as most potted soils have no nutrients, you should fertilize the plant every month, or twice a month, with any balanced houseplant fertilizer.
The pothos plant has the potential to be toxic due to the presence of calcium oxalate. This substance can cause discomfort and vomiting so you need to be mindful of keeping it around pets and children. The sap present in the plant may also cause highly sensitive individuals to break out.
A NASA study has evaluated golden pothos as one of the best houseplants for air purification and toxin elimination, demonstrating its effectiveness in reducing formaldehyde, benzene, and toluene
Pothos will gradually become pot dependent. The roots have probably filled the pot when the leaves droop, no matter how often you water them. Lift the plant carefully and check to see if this is the issue. When the plant overgrown its current pot, you can put it in a larger container with potting soil. You should grab the plant by its stems and root them in water or potting soil. You should transfer the cuttings as soon as possible, so the plant can start being nourished.
Unless the plant has grown as a cutting in water, you shouldn’t allow your plant to stay in it. Pothos can grow in both water and soil, but it’s difficult for them to shift from one growing medium to another. Ideally, it needs to stay in what it’s accustomed to and will thrive this way.
Just like other plants, the pothos plant is susceptible to infestations of mealybugs. These bugs can graze on the plant and deprive it of leaf nutrients. As a result, leaves can become twisted and stunted during such infestations.
Insufficiency of water and sunlight can cause several issues in the pothos plant. For starters, it can result in the leaves and cause root rot. Overwatering, for instance, can also cause yellowing of the leaves. However, you need to monitor all leaves of the plant and decide accordingly since it could just be old leaves falling out.
The pothos plant is an incredibly versatile houseplant that’s fit for any environment. As long as you don’t make any drastic changes to its environment, you’ll find the plant thriving well.
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