Pothos Plant Care Guide

Pothos Plant
Safe for Pets?
Toxic to Pets
Plant Size
Medium
Sunlight Tolerance
Shade
Suitable for
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Pothos plants are arguably one of the easiest houseplants to care for. They won’t die on you, even if you forget to water them for a week or two. They can also tolerate low-light conditions to some degree, which makes them a very popular plant for places that lack bright windows like offices and bathrooms.

Popular Varieties of Pothos Plant

Pothos plants come in many sizes and colors. What pothos you pick will most likely depend on the desired visual effects. Some varieties of pothos plants will give an aura of warmth and light, while others will give a sense of richness and abundance. Popular varieties include:

Golden Pothos

The most common variety you will come across in stores is the golden pothos. These plants come with heart-shaped leaves that have a splash of creamy gold and yellow. Golden pothos that are in the path of sunlight for a prolonged period of time may gradually grow large leaves (up to 12 inches wide) so we suggest growing them in partial shade conditions if you want to keep the size in check.

Neon Pothos

This variety of pothos comes with plain golden yellow leaves. The leaves don’t have variegation as other common types of pothos do. You will notice that the leaves start to get gradually darker as the plant gets older. You can expect neon pothos to grow about fifteen inches tall.

Jessenia Pothos

This pothos also comes with heart-shaped leaves that are lush green in color. You will like this houseplant if you are looking for something with unique character as every leaf will come with slightly different patterns. In general, Jessenia pothos will grow much slower than other varieties like the golden pothos.

How to Care for Pothos Plant

Here are some good tips you should know as you maintain a pothos plant.

1. Growing a variety that has a lot of variegation on the leaves? We suggest growing such varieties of pothos in places with plenty of indirect sunlight. Otherwise, the leaves may not maintain their level of variegation in low-light or shaded conditions.

2. Another reason that makes pothos a popular houseplant is the fact that it can be grown in both soil and water. You can take a cutting from a mother plant and have it rooted in water.

3. Fertilizer isn’t all that necessary for the maintenance of this plant. If necessary, you can add fertilizer to the grow medium once every three months. This will help the plant grow faster.

4. Please be aware that pothos are poisonous to pets. They may cause symptoms like vomiting and skin irritation for animals that get exposed to them. The sap of the plant may also cause people with highly-sensitive skin to break out in rashes. Make sure you consider this before you bring one of these plants home.

5. Pests like fungus gnats can start to appear around the plant if the soil is not well-maintained. The most important tip here is to ensure there’s no standing water in the soil.

Common Questions About Pothos

How Often Do You Water a Pothos Plant?

As we mentioned earlier, pothos plants have very high tolerance so they don't need to be watered all that regularly. The best technique is to water the plant once the top one or two inches of the soil starts to feel dry. You may need to water more regularly in the summer, especially if the leaves start to wilt or turn yellow in color.

Should You Mist Pothos?

Misting is not a necessary part of pothos care. Misting helps certain species of tropical plants to prosper, but given the resilience of pothos plants, just your occasional watering should be just fine for these houseplants.

Do Pothos Like Small Pots?

They can grow in small pots but a larger-sized pot may be necessary if you want the plants to grow in size. Re-potting will also be necessary if the roots start to block the pot drainage holes or if the roots start to emerge from the soil.