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Pothos plant is a household favorite and is on my list of the ten best house plants, for their easy care and durability. Also called Scindapsus aureus or Epipremnum aureum, they are known in some places as Devil's Ivy and Money Plant. The Pothos plant has been found to be extra efficient at helping to clean indoor air.

Golden Pothos House Plant Care

Pothos Plant
Golden Pothos

Golden Pothos is one of the most common varieties. It has a glossy green leaf "painted" with yellow. It should stay that way in bright light but if kept in lower light it may start to lose some of the yellow in the leaf and show more of the green. Lower light will also mean less frequent watering of indoor plants.

Other common Pothos plants are the Marble Queen Pothos, which is marbled with white and green with picture below, the all green Jade Pothos and the Pothos "Neon".

Pothos plant care questions? You can send a Pothos house plant question but before you do, please finish reading this page, this information on watering your indoor plants, how to help keep your house plant's root system healthy and lighting for your house plants. These are most important for your house plant's health and this is some of the information I will refer you to when you send an email.

I have grown Pothos plants in rooms lit by the afternoon sun and had good results. This Pothos had very large leaves, some about 10 inches across, and great variegation, but the water usage goes way up. They will wilt and scorch if let to dry in a sunny spot so the indirect light is safer.

Pothos plants will produce aerial roots if kept in optimum conditions and will attach themselves to wood, brick or your walls if they get a chance. Pothos is a good plant to use if you want a "climbing" plant. Very often they are used in hanging containers and allowed to trail over the edge, which makes a great display.

Pothos Plant Care - How to Water

From spring through summer, water pothos after the topsoil has dried out. Let dry almost completely fall through winter. There are a few things to consider before you decide to water any indoor house plant so please read the sections on watering your potted plants and lighting for more information and for better plant health.

Other Pothos Plant Care Tips

Temperatures for pothos plants should be kept between 60 - 85 degrees Farenheit. A bright, indirectly lit spot is ideal. If your Pothos plant is variegated, the variegation may fade in lower light.

As the vines get longer, lift the longest and cut back almost to the soil, just above a leaf node. This will promote new runners and will help keep your pothos plant from becoming too leggy or sparse. Pinching out new growth tips will also help induce fuller growth.

Neon pothos plant

Neon Pothos Plant

Mealy bugs are one of the most common insect problems that you will have with Pothos plant. Keep a watchful eye out for this pest, especially when you first bring your new pothos plant home. An oval shaped, somewhat flattened body and six legs distinguish this insect, although they can appear to have more legs because of their "antennae" and "tails". Here is a picture of mealybugs, if you are wondering what they look like...

A waxy, protective substance covers the body of adult mealybugs and egg sacs giving them a cottony appearance. Normally found in hidden areas, mealybugs can be hard to detect. Check the undersides of the leaves and in leaf axils. If your pothos plant feels sticky, mealybugs may be the cause. They excrete a sticky substance called honeydew. The color of mealybugs will be white or gray.

Isolate new additions to your houseplant family for a week or two. This will give any disease or insects problems you may not have noticed time to appear. And you will be protecting existing members of your green family from infection.

Washing down your Pothos plants, new ones in particular, with a gentle spray is also a good idea and can help stop mealy bugs or other insects before they get to a point where they can damage your plants. Apply to top and lower leaf and stem surfaces. A mixture of water and mild dish detergent can be used. Use a few drops of detergent for a quart of water. This can be done each time you do your scheduled plant care.

Never apply anything to your plant's foliage until it has been watered and moved out of any direct sun. Once a week for at least four to five weeks and your plant should be safe. Learn more about indoor plant care with one of these great indoor plant care books from Amazon.com.

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Pothos Marble Queen Plant Care

Pothos Plant
Marble Queen

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