An “Epipremnum aureum“, or a Pothos plant as we know it, was originally found in the jungles of Malaysia, China, Australia, and islands in the Pacific and Indian Oceans.
Since the light at the floor of a dense, tropical jungle is often not very bright, pothos plants used the aerial roots on their long vines to cling to the trunks of trees and grow upwards towards the sunlight.
Pothos plants are sometimes referred to as “Devil’s Ivy” because it is a very forgiving plant that quickly recovers and starts growing again even after suffering from poor care and poor growing conditions.
With this Epipremnum, you can get oxygen-rich air into your home! The leaves have stomata which absorb contaminated substances.
If you put it in a light spot and water, it will continue to faithfully do its work.
A pothos plant produces long, vines and looks wonderful in a hanging basket. You can also attach the stems to a moss or styrofoam pole and have a tall, upright plant.
Temperature : Best temperature for a Pothos plant: grows well in temperatures between 55°F – 80°F (12.8°C – 26.7°C). If temperatures drop below 45°F (7.2°C), a pothos plant stops growing and the leaves turn black.
Lighting preference : A Green Jade pothos with solid green leaves does well in low light. The lighter the colors in the leaves of a pothos plant, the more light the plant requires.
Irrigation of water : The Scindapus Epipremnum is a real jungle plant you have to water regularly. Water well and then allow the top 50% of the soil to dry out before watering again. Over-watering is the main reason a pothos plant dies. Bright yellow leaves indicate that the soil has dried out a bit too much before you watered it. Leaves turn pale yellow and get black marks when a pothos plant is over- watered. Over watering a pothos plant also causes new growth to turn black.
Humidity : Basic household humidity is all a Pothos plant requires and Spray the plant occasionally to remove dust.
Fertilization and feeding : Feed every two weeks in the spring and summer when the plant is actively growing and monthly in the fall and winter. Use a well-balanced plant food diluted to ½ the recommended strength.
Soil : Use a well-aerated, quick-draining potting soil that dries out quickly. This type of soil prevents the roots from staying wet too long and eventually dying.
Toxicity :Pothos plants are poisonous plants with a level #2 toxicity, and is toxic to dogs, cats, and small children.
Pot Size : A Pothos likes to be root-bound in a small pot. Do not rush to move the plant to a larger pot, wait until the roots have filled the existing container. The new pot should be only one size larger than the current pot and have drip holes in the bottom.
Pruning :Aggressively prune the long vines to keep the plant looking bushy and full. 5”- 6” pothos Stem Cuttings can be rooted in water or vermiculite and used to propagate new plants.
Diseases : Over-watering can causes plant diseases such as crown, leaf, and root rot. Once the roots are damaged, it is difficult to save a pothos plant.
Air Purification : NASA lists a Pothos plant as a ” clean air plant” that helps remove harmful chemicals such as formaldehyde from the air