Golden Pothos Devil’s Ivy

Golden Pothos the Devil's Ivy

Golden Pothos

The Golden Pothos is one of the most popular houseplants because it is so easy to care for. Also known as Devil’s Ivy, Golden Pothos is a gorgeous vining plant with heart shaped leaves that are variegated in green and yellow. It’s a fast growing plant that is very hardy and can tolerate a variety of indoor conditions. The vines can reach ten feet or more in length which makes them ideal for hanging baskets. If a moss pole or other type of support is provided, the Pothos will create a beautiful climbing houseplant.

The Golden Pothos is an excellent beginner plant. This plant isn’t fussy at all and can thrive in both bright sunlight or the dim lighting in a home. The only lighting conditions it can’t tolerate is full direct sun and total darkness. However, the vine will have much more of the yellow variegation if it is exposed to bright filtered light.

Pothos prefer a relatively moist soil, but care must be taken not to over water the plant. They have a very shallow root system less water is needed to soak through the soil down to the roots. During the growing season Pothos will do much better if they are watered often. Through the winter months, light or moderate watering is adequate enough to keep the plant thriving. To avoid root rot, make sure that the soil is wet and not soaked.

Golden Pothos the Devil's Ivy

Golden Pothos

Because Pothos are so hardy, they only need a fertilized about once a month. A good quality plant food with a 20-20-20 mix is recommended to give the plant the needed nutrients. Plant food can be used all year round, but it’s more important to fertilize the plant when it’s actively growing. If the plant stops producing new growth, reduce the frequency of fertilizing to once every two or three months.

The Golden Pothos is one of the easiest houseplants to propagate. The vines can simply be clipped and rooted in water. The new roots will form at the leaf nodes which are directly under a leaf. Remove the lowest leaves and place the cuttings in water. You can also propagate the vine by air layering, but they root very quickly in water. And, you don’t even have to worry about trimming the plant for propagation because the vine will start a new shoot at the cut area.

Although the plant is susceptible to several pests, infestations are rare. Fungal and bacterial problems are the main cause of failure with this houseplant. These problems which cause root rot and leaf spots can be avoided by making sure the soil is only moist and not soaked. Pests include spider mites and mealy bugs, but mealy bugs are most common. They can easily be removed by using a cotton swab dipped in rubbing alcohol or an insecticidal soap.

Written by Connie Corder, Copyright 2010


  1. falon
    Jan 3, 2012

    Hi, I have a devils ivy and I’ve had it since June 2011. I just recently changed the pot it was originally in. Now It’s acting wierd. I thought it was going to get better but its creating brown spots on the yellow not healthy looking leaves. I cut the dead leaves off, but it just seems that after I do that, more leaves with yellow and brown spots keep coming back. Can you please help me???

    • Cee
      Jul 12, 2012

      Too much exposure to light perhaps or maybe the soil is to acidic for the plant. Possible you could have overfed the plant with plant food? Try moving it into some neutral soil and give it some time to adapt before adding anything into the other than water.

  2. leslie
    Jan 17, 2012

    Hi I have the same plant and I transplanted them. They go into shock for a little while. If you watered them don’t water them for a good three weeks until their soil is dry. If you over water they may turn yellow telling you they have been over watered. Good luck!

  3. falon
    Jan 20, 2012

    Thanks Leslie. I have not watered it in a while and it seems to be doing some what better hope it works 🙂 thanks again

  4. shaela
    Mar 18, 2012

    My devil ivy plant seems like its growing slowly had it for about month in a half and it has brown spots on few leaves along with some brown along the roots and vines

  5. shaela
    Mar 18, 2012

    I have a sweetheart plant that seems a little limpy any suggestions on that

  6. lisa
    Aug 14, 2012

    My husband put my two pots outside on the backyard, he doesn’t want them in side the house since they were producing flies and now the leaves are turning brown because is so hot outside any advice? I love that plant 🙁

    • deb
      Sep 12, 2013

      see if you can put them in a shady area outside

  7. Angie
    Oct 7, 2012

    I just bought this plant. It was in a 4 inch pot, and it had many different stems and leaves and looked like the pot was not large enough. I transplanted it, using the same soil I used to transplant other plants. I drowned my plant because I was taught after switching containers you need to water the plant very well. The water has drained out and it’s all good there.
    I don’t have many places to put the plant, I decided on a south window which gets sunlight coming in at an angle. The only problem is my room gets cold. It’s turning winter and my room has already gotten 64 degrees. I will try and get a small heater, but my room is still very cold. Will my plant be okay? It’s in a larger pot, in good sunlight, etc. Its just the coldness I’m worried about.

  8. ben
    May 30, 2013

    My pothos ivy is about 5 years old and grows outside. It now has leaves that are about 12 inches wide and its stalk is about 1 inch wide. Further the stalk has some serious heavy duty anchors that are attached to the wooden fence.

    A couple of years ago it vine’d/grew horizontally and i was able to guide its direction. But it froze during the a bad winter. Subsequently, the ivy sprouted again but only after the 2nd year, ie this year, had the leaves become giant size again.

    The problem i have is that its growing vertically and its destination is not a good place. Its about 10 feet high now.

    My question is can the anchors be severed in order to release its grasp on the wooden fence?

    What i would like to do is to take a exacto knife and carefully severe the anchors and then carefully bend the stalk with breaking it and breaking the beautiful leaves- guiding it horizontally again.

    Any ideas or thoughts?

    • ben
      May 30, 2013


      “with breaking” should be “without breaking”

      • Duncan
        Jul 8, 2013

        Hi Ben,

        Yes, the ‘anchors’ are aerial roots; if they are attached to a wood fence, then the plant isn’t getting much moisture or nutrition from them, just support. I think you should be OK cutting and redirecting; you may need to loosely tie the vines up along the new route, until it takes hold. (Where are you? Must be somewhere very temperate!)

  9. lilly
    Jul 10, 2013

    Hello all, has anyone started their pothos from seeds? If so, where did you buy them?

  10. My love pothos
    Aug 19, 2013

    My question is,if you wipe the pothos plant leaves with alcohol does it really work or does it hurt the plant.

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