Whether you know it as Epipremnum, Pothos, Devil's Ivy, or any other of it's many common names, there's one thing we can all firmly agree on - it is one of the easiest houseplants to keep and a complete crowd pleaser here at Prickly Plants!
They can be seen tumbling and trailing down a bookshelf or from a macrame plant hanger, or trained to grow up a moss pole to mature and get large luscious leaves.
The History of Pothos
Pothos is a genus of flowering plants in the family Araceae. With it's discovery dating back as far as the 1800's, it is native to China, the Indian Subcontinent, Australia, New Guinea, Southeast Asia, and various islands of the Pacific and Indian Oceans. They have become famous all over the world thanks to their resilient nature ands ability to handle a wide variety of conditions!
Not only have they become very popular, but they have also become widely cultivated! There are many varieties of pothos in the world today, with new types being cultivated and grown every year! Some of those cultivars include:
- Golden Pothos
- N'Joy Pothos
- Happy Leaf Pothos
- Marble Queen Pothos
- Global Green Pothos, and many many more!
Light: Like most houseplants, pothos grows best in bright, indirect light. However in my personal experience, it can handle most lighting conditions! I have noticed it thrive in a high light environment and also survive lower light situations too. Did you know that's part of why it recieved it's common name 'Devil's Ivy'? Because it has the ability to survive and thrive in lower light, which is uncommon for a plant!! However growth will appear larger, fuller, darker and closer together when it is receiving adequate light!
Water: Pothos is highly forgiving in this category! I always recommend towater when the top 50% of soil is dry. This keeps the plant consistiently happy and reduces stress and potential damage to the plant. In saying that however, I also notice that it can tolerate some underwatering in my house - which can happen, right?
Humidity: Pothos enjoy regular household humidity, and are fairly fuss free in this category!
Fertilising: Your pothos will love you for this! Fertilising 1-2 times a month in growing seasons, or when you notice her actively pushing out new growth will fully support it to grow big, beautiful and healthy! We always recommend using an organic based fertiliser, and diluting it down accordingly!
Toxicity: unfortunately, this plant can be toxic to children and pets, so it is best to keep it away from little fingers and paws!
We firmly believe every plant parent, new or experienced, should have at least one pothos in their home! So go on, treat yourself and allow this beautiful vining plant to take over your heart and your home!