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.
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 HousePlantsForYou.com