Pothos at a Glance
Pothos varietals are a popular houseplant beloved by many due to its low maintenance, abundance of foliage, and vigorous growth. This tropical plant is native to Polynesia and has a beautiful vining nature. Pothos is well known for its sprawling branches and heart-shaped leaves.
Pothos General Information
Pothos come in an abundance of varieties. This tropical plant comes in many different colors ranging from solid dark green to bright neon green. Other varieties of pothos may also have variegated leaves with streaks of yellow, white, dark green, and even shades of silver.
When pothos varietals are given ample space in a large pot or in the ground, their leaves can grow up to a few feet long and develop large slits. In the wild, pothos produce flowers, but not indoors.
Pothos Care Information
Pothos naturally grow in the rainforest, climbing up trees and other large plants which offer shade. Because of this, these plants need indirect light, whether they are grown indoors or outdoors.
All varieties of pothos do best in bright indirect light, especially pothos with variegated leaves since they generally make chlorophyll at a slower rate than solid colored pothos. Yet, pothos with solid-colored leaves can survive in both bright and low indirect lighting, unlike variegated pothos.
These plants thrive in temperatures that are anywhere between 70 to 90 degrees Fahrenheit (21 to 32 degrees Celsius). However, they do not do well in temperatures below 55 degrees Fahrenheit (13 degrees Celsius).
Pothos Growing Requirements
Water: Low. Plan to water your pothos about once per week.
Soil: Well-draining, neutral to slightly acidic soil.
Humidity: Pothos prefer above average to high humidity.
Toxicity: Pothos are considered pet friendly plants.
Propagation: Best by water method with stem cuttings.
Golden Pothos, Epipremnum aureum
The golden pothos is a favorite of those who like vining-style plants that can sprawl across entire indoor walls or outdoor trellises. The vines of the fully grown pothos can reach up to 40 feet in length, although regular pruning can keep the plant confined to your available space. This version of pothos, also known as the ``Devil's Ivy`` because of its arrow or spade-like leaves, is characterized by a vibrant yellow gold striation pattern.
Marble Queen Pothos, Epipremnum aureum 'Marble Queen'
The royal highness of the pothos cultivars, the Marble Queen is characterized by a vibrant green leaves with an intricate yellowish marbled pattern. These pothos require a bit more light than other varieties so that they can reach their full color potential.
Neon Pothos, Epipremnum aureum 'Neon'
As the 'Neon' name suggests, this pothos varietal is characterized by a vibrant yellowish green leaves that makes the plant appear to grow in direct sunlight. Along with being able to light up any space with its color, it is also a great choice for a vining plant that will also help purify air.
Pearls & Jade Pothos, Epipremnum aureum 'Pearls & Jade'
This pothos is characterized by its smaller leaves that are light green with splotches of yellow variegation toward the edges. It can often be mistaken for the 'Njoy' variety although there are subtle color differences in the variegation.
Cebu Blue Pothos, Epipremnum pinnatum 'Cebu Blue'
This “Cebu Blue” pothos is a rare variety of the popular vining plant that is native to the Cebu islands in the Philippines. It is characterized by a vibrant green leaves that are longer and narrower than its golden pothos relatives that develop a bluish purple tint.
Jade Pothos, Epipremnum aureum 'Jade'
As the name suggests, the 'Jade' variety of the golden pothos is characterized by its glossy green leaves that resemble the popular Asian gemstones. These are a popular choice to grow in hanging baskets as their vines grow quickly to create a lush cascade of color.