The Best Way to Grow a Pothos Ivy Plant

Overview

Pothos ivy, also known as Devil's ivy, is an evergreen perennial native to tropical regions of southeast Asia. The best way to grow a pothos ivy is indoors as a houseplant because of its need for consistently warm temperatures. The pothos ivy plant typically reaches about 6 feet in length when grown in containers. It is relatively care-free and will thrive under proper indoor growing conditions.

Step 1

Keep your pothos ivy plant in a location that receives four to six hours of bright, indirect sunlight or fluorescent light each day. Maintain a constant temperature of 60 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit at all times.

Step 2

Water pothos ivy once every seven days during spring, summer and fall, allowing the soil to dry slightly between applications. Reduce the frequency of watering to once every 10 days during winter, when the plant is dormant.

Step 3

Feed your pothos ivy plant once every month during spring, summer and fall using a balanced 10-10-10 NPK fertilizer. Do not fertilize during winter, when the plant is not actively growing. Read the manufacturer's directions for dosage and application instructions.

Step 4

Prune pothos ivy once per year during late winter, just before new growth begins in spring. Trim back excessively long vines to improve aesthetic appeal and encourage the plant to grow in a more compact way.

Step 5

Transplant pothos ivy into a new container once each year during early spring. Increase the size of the pot by about 3 inches to provide plenty of room for growth. Use a growing medium made of 2 parts potting soil and 1 part peat moss to provide proper aeration and drainage.

Tips and Warnings

  • Pothos ivy contains poisonous sap that can burn the mouth of animals that consume it. The sap is non-lethal, but can cause significant pain. Keep out of reach of curious pets and children.

Things You'll Need

  • Fertilizer
  • Container
  • Potting soil
  • Peat moss

References

  • University of Illinois Cooperative Extension Houseplants: Pothos
  • University of Wisconsin Department of Horticulture: Pothos
  • "The Complete Houseplant Survival Manual"; Barbara Pleasant; 2005
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Willow Sidhe is a freelance writer living in the beautiful Hot Springs, AR. She is a certified aromatherapist with a background in herbalism. She has extensive experience gardening, with a specialty in indoor plants and herbs. Sidhe's work has been published on numerous Web sites, including Gardenguides.com.