Pothos plants are easy to care for and they thrive in a large range of environments. Pothos are the perfect plants for people too busy for houseplants. With a trailing, vine-like habit, attractive heart-shaped leaves, an ability to help purify the air and to thrive in low light and humidity while withstanding neglect for long periods of time.
While pothos do well in a variety of light conditions and can even tolerate low light, moderate indoor light is ideal. Outdoors they can be grown in shade to partial shade. Wherever you decide to display your Pothos, just be sure to avoid direct sunlight. A highly variegated Pothos may lose its variegation when placed in low-light conditions. Since only the green parts of the leaves can make energy, the leaves will compensate for the lack of light by turning greener. Pale leaves that turn yellowish in color could indicate that your plant is getting too much light.
Keep soil moist but be careful not to overwater. Easier said than done, right? Pothos do best when their soil can dry out between watering. To achieve this watering technique, allow only the top two inches to dry being sure that the roots are still moist. If the leaves are wilting or turning brown, you should water the plant more often. If the leaves are yellow, you may be watering it too much. Excessive watering may cause root rot.
Do not allow your Pothos to stand in water unless it is a cutting started in water. Pothos can grow in water as well as soil, but they have a hard time switching from one growing medium to the other. A Pothos plant started in the soil will thrive best if continued to grow in soil, and vice versa.
Pothos can tolerate moderate temperatures ranging from 55º–80º F, however, they are tropical plants and so prefer high humidity and temperatures of 70º – 90º F.
Common Problems Q&A
Why are my leaves turning yellow?
This is very likely due to over watering. While the soil should remain damp, it should not be wet or soggy. You should only water your Pothos when the top 25% of the soil is dry.
Why are my leaves drooping?
If you notice your leaves drooping, you may have accidentally let your Pothos dry out too much. Once you water your Pothos you should notice the leaves perking up within about a day.
How do I know when i should repot into a larger pot?
If you notice brown leaves on the plant, try lifting your plant to check if the roots have completely taken up the space of the pot. If so, placing your Pothos in a larger pot with some fresh soil should solve this.