How to Grow Pothos Houseplant

 How to Grow Pothos Houseplant

My plants are the hardiest houseplants I have ever grown. Not getting enough light. I pour water on it. It hasn't been done again in years.

What is Pothos?

A tropical vine that is indigenous to the Solomon Islands in the South Pacific Ocean is called pothos (Epipremnum aureum). Thanks to European colonization, it has spread throughout the world, and has become an invasive species in many tropical and subtropical regions of the world. It has earned several nicknames including golden pothos and Solomon Islands ivy and is best suited to devil's vine or devil's ivy because it is nearly impossible to kill.

When grown outdoors, the vines can reach 66 feet in length and can measure 2 inches in diameter with the stems. Indoors, the vines reach 20 to 40 feet in height. They grow quickly, often adding 12 to 18 inches in length per month.

Vines climb using aerial roots. Aerial roots are roots that do not require soil. Instead, they cling to nearby trees in the forest or to any support offered indoors.

The leaves are heart-shaped and often white, yellow or light green in color. Mature leaves in the wild can reach lengths of up to 39 inches and a width of 18 inches. Indoors, it is likely to be less than 8 inches long.

Because of a genetic defect, you won't see any flowers on this vine when grown as a houseplant. You can try to stimulate flowering by adding hormonal supplements to the soil. When blooming in the wild, the flowers grow in 9-inch spreads. The resulting fruit is orange in color and covered in green scales.

Is the pothos poisonous?

Pet owners should not grow this plant in their homes. It is toxic to both cats and dogs. All parts of the plant contain calcium oxalate, which is microscopic crystals. If the plant is eaten or even chewed by a curious pet (or a child), the microscopic crystals will irritate the mouth, throat, and intestines, causing swelling and difficulty swallowing.

Bothos is also mildly toxic to us humans. If you chew or eat the plant, the calcium oxalate crystals will cause irritation and swelling in and around the mouth. Always wear gloves when handling this plant as the sap can irritate your skin.

Do not plant pothos outdoors.

If you live in a tropical or subtropical area, planting pothos in the ground outside of their natural range is not recommended due to their invasive characteristics. Without their natural enemies to keep them in check, they will quickly cover the ground and climb trees, uprooting native plants.

How to grow Pothos as a houseplant

Pothos is easy to grow as a houseplant. It prefers bright, indirect light but also grows in low light or under fluorescent lights. This is why you will often see it growing in offices and shopping centers where there is little natural light. It is also a good plant to grow in apartments and hostels where there is not a lot of natural light.

If your plant's leaves have lost their color, it means it isn't getting enough light. Move the plant to a sunny location or install some fluorescent lights.

You can grow cuttings in regular potting soil designed for houseplants. Just make sure that the pot you use has a drainage hole. Plants do not like wet soil, so drainage is essential. Allow the soil to dry out slightly between waterings until the topsoil is dry.

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