Most people can agree that one of the easiest houseplants to grow is the little vine, Pothos.
Although plants love water, Pothos is one that prefers not to be overwatered. You should only water it when the top two inches of soil are properly dried out.
This ensures that the roots of the plant stay moist, but not overwatered. But proper watering isn’t the only important thing.
Keep reading to learn how to suitably care for your Pothos,
The Staple Houseplant
A Bit About Pothos
Being arguably one of the easiest houseplants for one to grow and maintain, Pothos is a great addition to any room. It especially fits well in office spaces and, dorms, and bedrooms.
Its attractive appearance is another great perk for this little plant. Elegant, trailing vines with pointed heart-shaped leaves that can be green, yellow, pale-green, or even white.
Yet another plus for this houseplant is the fact that it can thrive in areas where it doesn’t get lots of sunlight.
Although it enjoys bright, indirect light, Pothos is just as happy to be kept in a room with only fluorescent lighting.
Native to the understory forest in the Solomon Islands, Pothos is quick to adapt to many different growing conditions varied from their natural habitat.
This, in addition to its sturdy nature, make for a wonderful houseplant for beginners and those new to horticulture.
For most, taking care of a houseplant may seem like a difficult task. But the Pothos allows you to learn and grow along with it. It’s a perfect introductory plant, and gets you into the habit of caring for houseplants!
Not only that, but Pothos is extremely affordable. You’ll be able to pick one up for under $10.00.
The price point as well as the are huge plusses if you are just starting out. The affordability of the plant also means you can buy multiple to spruce up your entire home or office.
Finally, a big aspect of attraction is the fact that Pothos helps to purify the air, making them even more appealing for your home or office.
By being a plant that is beautiful, and also increases humidity and provides fresh oxygen, Pothos is a perfect indoor plant.
Watering Your Pothos
As stated earlier, Pothos enjoy water but should not be overwatered.
Pothos prefer it when you allow the soil around the plant to dry out entirely before you water the plant again.
If you leave the soil around the plant continually damp then the roots of the plant will begin to rot and the plant will soon die.
Keep an eye out for black spots on the leaves of the plant, as well as a sudden collapse of the plant itself. If this happens then that is a sign that you have overwatered your Pothos.
Rather than keeping the plant constantly damp, consider allowing the plant to tell you when it needs water.
When the leaves of Pothos begin to droop a bit, that is a good time to go ahead and give the plant a good drink of water.
Just keep an eye out, because you do not want to allow the leaves to shrivel!
Once leaves begin shriveling then you’ve gone without water for too long. Keep a close eye on the plant to catch leaves just as they begin to droop.
Dry, brown edges on the leaves indicate that your Pothos was kept dry for too long.
Alternatively, you can check the soil yourself. Allow only the top two inches of soil to dry out, and only water when they are dry.
This will keep the roots of your Pothos moist, but not soaking wet. This method may be easier to control and maintain as you won’t be waiting on your plant to tell you what it needs.
Also watch for the leaves of the plant to give you a sign that you have overwatered it.
Pothos leaves will begin to turn yellow when the plant is suffering from excessive watering. Watch out for this because you don’t want the plant to rot.
Lastly, although you do not want to allow the plant to stand in water if you’ve planted it in soil, you can actually plant your Pothos in water as a cutting.
A fascinating thing about Pothos is that not only can it grow in soil, but it can also grow in water!
Just make sure that once you have planted your cutting in one or the other you do not change the medium you first planted it in.
Pothos have a difficult time switching between soil and water, so once you’ve planted the cutting stick to your decision.
Should you choose to plant your Pothos in water you won’t need to worry so much about keeping the plant hydrated. Yet another advantage of this plant!
Other Care Tips
Now, of course, watering your Pothos is not the only concern when caring for this plant.
Other factors such as lighting, temperatures, potting, and pruning are just as important as how often you water your little plant.
For lighting, Pothos enjoy bright but indirect light. This means that keeping them away from direct sunlight is a good idea.
Although you may keep the plant in less lighted conditions, you will most likely notice that the leaves on it will change.
For Pothos that are kept in low light, you may see that they will lose the patterns on their leaves (called variegation).
The reason for this is that only the green parts of the leaves are what can create energy. In order to compensate for the low lighting conditions, the leaves will turn greener to absorb more energy.
Luckily, if you prefer your Pothos with variegation simply move the plant back to brighter conditions and it will restore its variegation.
Paler leaves will indicate that the plant is getting too much sun, so monitor your plant to make sure that the lighting conditions it has been placed in are just right.
For temperatures, Pothos should be kept a bit humid. Although the plant likes high humidity it’s very tolerant and can thrive in even low humidity.
Bear in mind that the Solomon Island native plant is a tropical one, so higher humidity will ensure that your Pothos thrives.
At some point, your little Pothos will need to be moved to a pot.
Should you notice the leaves drooping in spite of being properly watered and cared for it is an indication that the roots of the plant have most likely filled out its pot.
To move it, carefully lift the plant out and check if the roots need more space. If so, simply replant your Pothos in a container that is one to two sizes larger than the original.
After transplanting your Pothos, fill the container with fresh soil and continue watering as before.
Lastly, you will want to trim the stems of the plant relatively short in order to keep its foliage full and healthy along the stem.
Stems sometimes can grow bare. If this is the case you can simply trim them down to the soil level. Doing this will allow new stems to sprout.
Pothos are hardy, beautiful plants that can be kept indoors or outdoors, and spruce up any living space while also purifying the air.
Watering your Pothos is key to ensuring its survival and growth, and once you master watering your houseplant you can enjoy the benefits and beauty that it brings.
The easy-to-care-for and low maintenance nature of this plant makes it a great introductory houseplant for those interested in horticulture, as well as a wonderful option for experienced plant owners.