Care Instructions for Pothos Plants Indoors


Pothos (Epipremnum aureum), also known as Devil's Ivy, is a Malaysian jungle plant that is one of the easiest houseplants to grow. Available in solid green or variegated foliage, it is generally grown in hanging planters so that the vines can cascade over the sides. Pothos is a good choice for those who have trouble with houseplants; it tolerates a lot of neglect and still looks beautiful.

Step 1

Place the pothos in medium to bright, indirect sunlight. The variegated varieties require more light than the solid, green pothos. Direct sunlight, however, will scorch the foliage of all varieties.

Step 2

Allow the soil to dry out to within 2 inches of the surface before you water. Place the pot in a dish pan and fill the pan with water until it reaches halfway up the side of the planting pot. Allow the pothos to sit until the surface of the soil is wet. Drain completely and then move it back to its permanent location.

Step 3

Mist the pothos with water from a misting bottle two to three times a week.

Step 4

Fertilize the pothos plant monthly. Use a standard houseplant fertilizer, diluted to half the strength recommended on the label. Always water the pothos the day before fertilizing.

Step 5

Clean the foliage when dust begins to accumulate. Dust and grime can block the plant's pores. Use a damp sponge or cloth and wipe each leaf, both sides.

Things You'll Need

  • Misting bottle
  • Houseplant fertilizer
  • Sponge or cloth


  • Gardening Know How: Information on Caring for Pothos Plants
  • "Foliage Houseplants"; James Underwood Crockett; 2001
Keywords: care of pothos, grow pothos houseplant, care of houseplants, Devil's Ivy care

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