What Kind of Pot Should You Use for a Pothos Plant?


Pothos ivy (Epipremnum aureum) plants are easy-to-grow houseplants that can withstand an appreciable variety of growing conditions and containers. They are forgiving of low light, high temperatures, infrequent watering and a restricted root ball. Choose the spot for your pothos ivy plant before picking out your container.


Select your container size based on where you will grow your plant. Pothos ivy plants will grow primarily according to the available light and food, much more so than by the room their roots have. A decorative glass vase full of water can grow a handful of cuttings, or you can have a five-gallon container next to a bright window with a totem in the center, full to overflowing with pothos vines laden with their heart-shaped leaves.


Hanging baskets are popular for pothos ivy plants because they show off the cascade of leafy pothos vines. On the ground, simple plastic pots will do, especially if you let the vines trail over the sides to cover a less-than-decorative container. If you train your pothos ivy up a totem or onto a trellis, clay pots or ceramic pots are preferable. Clay pots are excellent at regulating moisture and temperature, which is especially important if the pothos receives very little light.


Containers should have ample drainage holes (unless you are rooting in water), as well as a saucer underneath to catch water. The saucer is not as important if you have the pothos potted in the garden or on an outside patio. Consider decorating your container for the period before the vines and leaves have trailed over the sides of the container. Heat-conducting metal containers should not be used because the heat may kill the roots.

Transplanting Cuttings into Other Pots

One of the joys of growing pothos ivy is that, even when you have to trim it, you get something out of the deal. The trimmings are easily rooted in water or in moist soil. If you need to give a large pothos ivy a generous trim, you will have produced a lot of similar-sized cuttings that you can put in matching or alternating pots for a patterned potted pothos collection.


Perhaps more important than the type of container you use is the placement. Recognize that hanging plants must be watered and that the water will drain out onto the surfaces below, even if there is a catch saucer attached to the bottom of it. Pothos ivy plants are not light-demanding, but they don't fill out in dark corners of the house. The darker the area they live in, the less they grow, and the less often you have to water them.

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Samantha Belyeu has been writing professionally since 2003. She began as a writer and publisher for the Natural Toxins Research Center, and has spent her time since as a landscape designer and part-time writer. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Texas A&M University in Kingsville.

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