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Pothos Care

Pothos Varieties & Care

July 23, 2022

Epipremnum aureum, commonly pothos, is a trailing, leafy vine that can reach lengths of up to 40 feet in tropical jungles. Its genus name is derived from the Greek words epi (meaning upon) and premnon (meaning a trunk) in reference to its growing on tree trunks. It is native to China, India, Australia, Southeast Asia, and Indonesia, the pothos plant usually confines itself to about six to 10 feet. Its leaves are bright and waxy with a noteworthy pointed heart shape, and are often green or variegated in white, yellow, or pale green. It is rare for them to flower or produce berries, especially indoors, but certain varieties can have tiny, petal-less white flowers that feature small berries.

Watering: Allow to dry out a bit between waterings, but be mindful not to leave dry for too long. The leaves of your pothos will begin to droop when they're needing water and will perk up within a couple of hours after remedying its need.
Light Requirements: Low to moderate light. Avoid direct sun and avoid low-light for variegated varieties.
Humidity Needs: Average Colorado household humidity is sufficient. Increased humidity can help new leaves unfurl without damage, however.
Soil Preference: 
A well-draining general potting mix is ideal.
Will benefit from a well-balanced fertilizer applied 2x/month during spring/summer months. 
Once roots begin to fill pot or emerge from the bottom. Will tolerate being somewhat pot-bound
Pet Safe: No - If ingested by a cat or dog, the plant may irritate the mouth, lips and tongue. The pet may also experience increased salivation, vomiting and/or difficulty swallowing.
Common Issues: 
Yellowing leaves due to overwatering or being allowed to sit in water. Not susceptible to common pests.

Pothos Varieties

Pothos Varieties

*Not a representation of all varieties

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