Everything You Need to Know about Pothos Plants

When you need a plant that will grow quickly in just about any space, pothos plants are an easy solution. Every interior landscaper can benefit from including pothos in their indoor arrangements.

Pothos plants are some of the easiest plants to care for. They thrive and grow quickly without much attention. Pothos plants go by various names including devil’s ivy and Scindapsus aureus.  They are known for their heart shaped leaves and fast growing vines.

pots on the wall

Pothos plants are perfect for wall sconces and hanging baskets.


Pothos plants can sometimes be confused for philodendrons because of their similarly shaped leaves. However, pothos have shiny leaves often with cream colored variegation. The full vines can easily creep around an entire room or climb a wall reaching the ceiling. The leaves are about 5 inches wide, but in their native habitats they can stretch up to 3 feet.

Propagation and Pruning

Pothos are the perfect plants for hanging baskets, wall sconces, or climbing trellises. Pothos can be pinched back regularly to encourage bushier growth. If they are not pinched back, the plants tend to grow lanky and thin. Pothos plants can be propagated  from the cuttings. You can place the cut stems directly in soil and keep them moist until the roots are established and the cuttings begin to grow. If your plant becomes thin, you should prune it back and place the cuttings in the same pot to fill it out.


Pothos are not picky when it comes to light or water. Pothos will thrive in a directly sunny windowsill or in practically no light at all. The amount of light may effect the coloring and variegation of the leaves, but the plant will still grow and thrive.


Pothos prefer to remain on the dry side. You can let the plant become very dry before you will see the plant suffer. You should wait to water the plant until the potting medium is dry a few inches down. If the plant remains too soggy, you can risk root rot.


Pothos plants will benefit from a regular dusting. Their broad leaves quickly collect dust. The dust can look unsightly and interfere with photosynthesis. To keep the plant looking its best, wipe down the leaves with a damp cloth.

Clean Air

In addition to being very easy to care for, pothos plants are well known for being able to clean the air. A NASA study has identified several popular indoor plants as being excellent at removing indoor air pollutants. The golden pothos is particularly adept at removing formaldehyde, benzene and carbon monoxide. Because of this quality This Old House suggests placing pothos plants in entryways and close to garages where car exhaust fumes can be present.

Ideal Plant

Pothos plants are the ideal plant for any indoor situation. When you need to find that easy going plant, pothos is the perfect pick. What creative ways have you used a pothos plant in your indoor landscaping arrangements?


“10 Clean-Air Plants for Your Home” This Old House. <http://www.thisoldhouse.com/toh/photos/0,,20452423_20892300,00.html>

Pothos Ideal Houseplant for Any Indoor Garden.” Healthy Houseplants. <http://www.healthyhouseplants.com/index.php/plant-of-the-month/pothos.html>

“Pothos” Better Homes and Gardens Plant Encyclopedia. <http://www.bhg.com/gardening/plant-dictionary/houseplant/pothos/>

 Image:”pots on a wall” by normanack


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