The best way to Take care of Golden Pothos

The Golden Pothos plant would possibly win the award for the most well-liked houseplant. You’ll see it in indoor buildings, places of work, and most greenhouses.

The scientific title for the Golden Pothos is Epipremnum Aureum. It is usually generally referred to as Satan’s Ivy and it’s a vining foliage plant. It comes from the Araceae plant household.  

Epipremnums are available a number of sizes and styles! The Golden Pothos likes to wrap round objects and climb no matter it might connect to. The leaves are a heart-like form and it’s beautiful to have a look at. It’s so common because of its simple care.

I discover this plant thrives even after I neglect about it. In the event you don’t have one already, it’s a fantastic addition to your plant household. On this publish, I’m going to share some tips about retaining your Golden Pothos alive and properly!

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First, once you get a plant, buy one that appears wholesome. Indicators of a wholesome plant will probably be upright leaves (no drooping) full of latest development and no yellow or brown leaves.

When you’ve discovered your new plant, it’s time to discover a pot. I really like terra cotta or earthenware pots. Make certain the pot has a drainage gap so the water has a approach of escaping or your plant will probably be liable to root rot (extra on that later within the publish).

You want a pot that’s one measurement up from the pot that it got here in, which is about 2 inches greater. Typically I discover a fantastic ornamental pot and not using a gap. If I don’t wish to drill a gap on the backside (utilizing a drill bit), then I wish to put my plant in a terra cotta pot.

Then, I place that pot within the ornamental pot. I take it out of the ornamental pot to water and let all of the water drain out earlier than placing it again in. 

The Pothos get pleasure from a normal indoor potting combine. I like Miracle Gro indoor potting mix. Relying on the dimensions of the pot, I’ll add a scoop of Perlite and a scoop of orchid bark for added aeration. This fashion, the soil isn’t as compact.

Including these will let water drain and never sit within the plant for too lengthy. As your pothos grows, it is going to want repotting so it’s not root-bound. Spring is the perfect time to repot your plant to a much bigger pot.

When repotting, go up one pot measurement (as acknowledged above) to provide your plant room to develop.


Now that your plant is potted, the place do you have to place it? The Golden Pothos is VERY forgiving relating to lighting and may tolerate numerous lighting conditions. 

If in case you have it in brighter mild, it is going to develop sooner; when you’ve got low mild, then it may be a sluggish grower. The most effective lighting scenario to your Golden Pothos is shiny, oblique mild. It can’t tolerate direct daylight as a result of it is going to doubtless burn.

In its native surroundings, the pothos sits decrease within the forest, beneath the bushes. It doesn’t see quite a lot of direct solar as a result of the sunshine is filtered by the bushes of the forest. I like to think about this after I’m inserting it in my residence. 

I like my pothos to be close to, or in a room with a window. I’ve minimal window remedies on my home windows so the utmost quantity of daylight can pour in. This helps to create a shiny and wholesome surroundings for my crops.

In the event you shouldn’t have a room with a window, this plant will nonetheless do properly. I’ve one pothos in a rest room and not using a window. The pothos loves the humidity from the bathe. Regardless that there isn’t a window, the plant is doing nice! 

In case your Golden Pothos leaves start to lose their variegation, then the plant isn’t getting sufficient mild. Merely place it nearer to a window or in brighter mild to maintain the variegation.

One factor to notice concerning the Golden Pothos and its placement is that it’s poisonous to people and pets. Don’t let a pet or baby chew the leaves on accident.

The within of the plant comprises calcium oxalate crystals. These crystals have a really dangerous impact on people and pets in the event that they enter the mouth. Please watch out and place your plant away from pets or children.


The Golden Pothos doesn’t like to sit down in water or be moist for too lengthy. Determining your crops water schedule (and dry out time) will support you tremendously.

This plant loves consistency. You’ll doubtless have this plant for years to return in the event you can determine a constant care schedule. 

I wish to water my Pothos when the plant is just about dried out. It may be holding slightly moisture however the high 2/3 of the plant are dried out. As soon as it’s dry and prepared for a drink, I give it a beneficiant watering.

I let the water stream out and instantly discard any water that’s left pooling within the saucer. The plant loves lukewarm water (round 60 levels Fahrenheit). If in case you have metropolis water, then pour your water the day earlier than in an open container and let the chemical substances evaporate.

You don’t have to do that, however it’s just a bit additional step that can assist your plant in the long term. Collected rainwater and properly water are wonderful water sources as properly.

Water your pothos properly within the rising season (spring and summer time months) and within the winter, don’t water as totally however simply hold the soil moist.

I wish to keep in mind that if my Golden Pothos is in brighter solar, it is going to dry out sooner and want extra watering. If the pothos is in a darker room, it is going to take longer to dry out and want much less watering.

If the leaves flip yellow, that is doubtless because of overwatering, so again off watering and let your Pothos dry out extra.


Within the wild, these crops will develop fairly giant and they’ll truly flower. Indoors although, the plant will doubtless not flower, however there’s a small likelihood! In the event you just like the vine look of the pothos, simply let it develop!

You’ll be able to place it on high of a shelf or a pedestal and it’ll ultimately path down. You’ll be able to place the vines over objects and even clip them onto objects to advertise the vines to connect to things. In the event you desire the “bushy” search for your pothos, then pinch off new development.

If there’s a vine that’s getting too lengthy, then you possibly can prune the vine. To do that, use a freshly cleaned pair of scissors or shears. Cleansing your instruments will hold your plant from being launched to any micro organism once you minimize it.

Minimize the vine 1/4-/1/2 above a leaf. You’ll be able to propagate your freshly minimize vine or give it to a pal!


The Golden Pothos could be very simple to propagate. In reality, it is without doubt one of the best crops to propagate. In different nations (and in some elements of America), this plant is named an invasive weed. So, this “invasive weed” will multiply and propagate rapidly!

Let’s go over some propagation strategies. The 2 strategies are water and soil. I discover water to be essentially the most satisfying methodology. Merely minimize (like acknowledged above) a wholesome vine.

I like my vines to be between 6-12 inches. Relying on the glass vessel I’m inserting it in, I’ll take away all leaves on the underside of my chopping so there are not any leaves within the water. 

Make certain all foliage is above the water line. Let your plant sit in a sunny spot and you will note little roots start to seem. Change water anytime it will get cloudy or soiled and provides the vessel a rinse.

As soon as roots begin to develop, you possibly can go away your plant within the water (roots will get good and lengthy) or switch it to soil.

In the event you’d like to put your contemporary chopping straight in soil then use a pencil or chopstick and place your chopping in a small pot of soil. Hold the filth moist and verify on it each few days. Whether it is dry then give it a lightweight drink. Roots will kind and your chopping will develop by itself!


The Golden Pothos like to be fed within the spring and summer time months (often known as the rising season) utilizing a balanced fertilizer. Unsure what a balanced fertilizer is? 

The fertilizer can have 3 letters on the bundle: NPK. The “N” stands for Nitrogen. Nitrogen helps with chlorophyll manufacturing, which ends up in photosynthesis, which ends up in a much bigger, more healthy plant and extra foliage! The “P” stands for Phosphorus.

Phosphorus helps with retaining the roots of your plant wholesome and promotes root development. The final letter “Okay” stands for Potassium. Potassium helps your plant distribute vitamins. It additionally helps your plant struggle off illness.

Consider it as an immunity booster to your plant! A standard fertilizer for houseplants will work nice to your pothos. Make certain to learn the label of your fertilizer and observe the directions. I like utilizing half of the advisable fertilizer quantity with the pothos.

Utilizing an excessive amount of fertilizer may cause your plant to burn. Burning signifies that too many vitamins have been saved within the root system they usually can’t settle for/soak up water anymore.

If there’s a likelihood that your plant has had an excessive amount of fertilizer then give it watering to flush the roots. Don’t fertilize the subsequent time in order that your plant has time to recuperate and relaxation. 

I exploit liquid fertilizer for my crops. Understanding my fertilizer is a liquid offers me the peace of thoughts that the fertilizer is evenly distributed all through the water (not like granules or a powder combine). I don’t fertilize the pothos within the winter time, however give it a relaxation interval.


One other fantastic side of the Golden Pothos is that it might inform you what it wants! The leaves present when they’re in want of one thing or if they’re getting an excessive amount of of one thing.

The most typical factor your pothos will do is have droopy leaves. If this occurs, your plant is thirsty and wishes watering. After just a few hours of being watered, the leaves will slowly perk up and grow to be extra agency. It’s wonderful to see the distinction!  

In case your leaves are turning yellow, this can be a signal of overwatering. The yellowing of the leaves is known as Chlorosis. Chlorosis signifies that chlorophyll shouldn’t be forming in your plant. In case your leaf is popping yellow, it’s doubtless a name for assist.

Again off watering and ensure your plant is drying out between watering in order that it doesn’t get waterlogged. If it continues to occur, then pop your plant out of the pot and verify for root rot.

The quickest option to inform in case your plant has succumbed to root rot is discovering mushy, black or darkish roots. In the event you see this, typically your plant might be saved however there’s a likelihood the roots are performed and the plant received’t make it.

In the event you can, snip the lifeless roots out of the basis system and place the plant in a pot of contemporary soil (not the waterlogged soil from the earlier pot). Give your plant a while and hopefully it is going to come again to life!

There are totally different types of the Pothos and their care could be very comparable. Within the picture above, this variegated Pothos on the left is known as Marble Queen.

I really like the stark variegation! I hope you retain an eye fixed out for the Golden Pothos and take one residence in the event you don’t have one already! -Janae