Care Instructions for Pothos Indoor Plant


Also known as devil's ivy, the pothos plant is native to the Solomon Islands. It is a common houseplant grown for it's hardiness and adaptability, making it a good choice for a novice gardener. The pothos plant is somewhat low-growing at about 18 inches in height with long trailing vines growing up to 10 feet in length, and although it does not produce flowers, the foliage is gorgeous in its own right with dark green or variegated leaves year round.

Step 1

Set your plant in an area that receives indirect light such as in front of a south-facing window or under fluorescent lights. A pothos plant can grow in just about any type of light, but too low lighting can cause the plant to drop its leaves.

Step 2

Water the plant with the top 1/2 inch of the soil becomes dry about once a week. Water thoroughly until it runs out through the drainage holes of the container.

Step 3

Mist the plant once a week to increase the humidity level and keep the temperature around normal room temperatures of 60 to 80 degrees. The plant's container can also be set on top of a pebble-lined tray half full of water to keep the humidity level high.

Step 4

Feed once a month from early spring through the first of fall with a balanced liquid fertilizer. Dilute the recommended amount in half with water and water in well after applying. During winter months, feed every other month.

Step 5

Check periodically for pests although the pothos plant is relatively pest resistant. Wipe the leaves with a damp cloth once a week to remove dust and help prevent pests.

Tips and Warnings

  • No full sun or complete darkness. Do not let the potted plant sit in standing water or it can develop root rot.

Things You'll Need

  • Fertilizer
  • Pebbles
  • Humidity tray


  • Denver Plants: Devil's Ivy Care
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Residing in Southern Oregon, Amy Madtson has been writing for Demand Studios since 2008 with a focus on health, pregnancy, crafts and gardening. Her work has been published on websites such as eHow and Garden Guides, among others. Madtson has been a childbirth educator and doula since 1993.