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How To Make Your Plants Happy: Golden Pothos Care Guide

Drawing of golden pothos

Light

This plant prefers medium to bright, indirect light but can survive in low light conditions as well (it may just grow slower). The more light this plant gets, the more yellow variegation you will see on the leaves. Avoid direct sunlight as this may burn the leaves.

Water

Does not need a lot of water to survive, wait until the soil is dry and water about once a week in warmer months and every 10-14 days in cooler months. If the leaves look droopy, that indicates your plant may be thirsty. Do not soak the plant completely but keep the top soil moist.

Environment

Ideal temperature is about 60°F -80°F. This plant is able to survive in lower temperatures for short periods of time but prefers standard household temperatures. A humid environment is preferable for the pothos plant but it can also endure lower humidity. If the leaves are brown, this indicates that the air is too dry and you may want to mist the leaves a bit or move nearby other plants in your home.

Growth

This vining plant can grow up to 40'! Give it a balanced fertilizer one a month but avoid any during the winter. If your plant stops growing, you may want to reduce the amount of fertilizer and only provide plant food twice a year.

Repotting

Repot the plant to a larger pot when the roots have filled up the current pot size. This plant prefers to be somewhat root bound, so choose a new planter that is about one or two sizes larger and filled with fresh, well-draining potting soil.

Propagating

The pothos can be easily propagated! Cut the stem under one of the nodes and root it in water. Move the rooting cutting into potting soil when the roots are around 2" big so they can start to get nutrients.

Toxicity

All parts of the plant are mildly toxic to pets and humans so please keep out of reach of cats, dogs, and children. May cause oral irritations or difficulty swallowing if ingested. 

Golden pothos on a stool

About the Golden Pothos

Botanical Name: Epipremnum aureum

Nicknames: Golden Pothos, Devil's Ivy, Money Plant, Devil's Vine, Taro Vine, Soloman's Ivy

The Golden Pothos is a fast-growing and hardy plant is tolerant of a wide variety of growing conditions. The trailing plant is easy to take care of and hard to kill, making it great for beginners. The waxy green, heart-shaped leaves are variegated with yellow and gold and love to vine themselves to their surroundings or hang down from hanging baskets. While it prefers bright, indirect light, it can also tolerate low-light conditions and thrive on neglect. These plants are excellent at purifying the air of formaldehyde, benzene and carbon monoxide while also helping eliminate odors. It can also help relive eye irritation from staring at computer screens. 
Reduces stress and anxiety

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