Golden Pothos | Epipremnum aureum | Totem
Epipremnum aureum, or Pothos, is an easy to care for leafy vining plant which comes in solid green (Jade Pothos, Neon Pothos) and variegated varieties (Marble Queen, Golden Pothos, Pearls and Jade, etc). Originating from Southeast Asia, Australia, and portions of the Pacific, Pothos has become one of the most common tropical plants grown indoors around the globe. Sometimes mistaken for Philodendron because of its trailing nature and similarly heart shaped leaves, this plant would love nothing more than to cascade over a pot or hanging basket. It can also be staked or grown on a trellis. Pothos is commonly found in office spaces because of its tolerance to low light conditions and low water needs.
(Including Nursery Pot)
6" Nursery Pot: 12" H x 8" W
Pothos is generally not picky when it comes to lighting exposures, but it prefers medium to bright filtered or indirect light. Jade or Neon Pothos can tolerate lower lighting, but variegated varieties such as Golden Pothos or Marble Queen will require medium to bright exposures to maintain their variegation.
Water and Soil
Pothos water needs are generally lower than most other indoor houseplants. During the growing season, Pothos prefer to dry out about 50% between waterings. Come winter and fall, Pothos can tolerate drier conditions. A standard well-draining potting mix amended with perlite or bark for added aeration will be a good growing medium for this plant.
Temperature and Humidity
Pothos prefers room temperatures ranging from 65 to 85 degrees Fahrenheit. Temperatures below 55 degrees may be damaging to this plant’s foliage. Pothos can tolerate lower humidity levels, but will benefit from and appreciate added humidity.
Pothos is commonly referred to as “Devil’s Ivy”, and it has earned this name for its hardiness, as it is considered “tough to kill”.
Because this is a vining or trailing plant, it can develop a leggy appearance, especially in low light. Many growers like to take cuttings from their plant and use these to fill out the pot and make a bushier and fuller looking plant. Pothos can be easily propagated and rooted in water. To propagate, take cuttings from the end of longer vines, and insert them into a container of water, ensuring that at least one or two nodes are submerged. Pothos develops roots quickly, and once rooted, can be re-potted into the same pot to fill it out and create a bushier plant.
If you ran into a Pothos in the wild, you may think you were looking at a Monstera or “Swiss Cheese” plant. This is because very mature adult Pothos can develop “splits” in their leaves. Grown as a houseplant, leaves will rarely get larger than 8” in length, however, these same leaves can grow to nearly 36” in the wild.
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