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Care Instructions for Pothos Indoor Plants

By Jenny Harrington ; Updated September 21, 2017

Finding the perfect houseplant for a dimly lit room or other low-light area allows you to add lush natural greenery to these spaces. The pothos plant thrives in low light and the variegated foliage provides visual interest and color to the dim areas. Pothos produces large green and golden yellow leaves along tall vines. The vines can be left to hang from the pot as a cascade of foliage or they can be trained to climb up stakes and other supports. Proper care ensures your pothos remains attractive year-round.

Place the pothos in a room that is above 60 degrees Fahrenheit. Set it out of direct sunlight. Pothos tolerates dim, artificial light to bright indirect light, but is burned by direct sun.

Check the soil moisture in the pot every one to two weeks. Water when the top one to two inches of soil begins to feel dry. Water from the top of the pot until the excess water drains from the bottom, then empty the accumulated water from the drip tray after watering.

Fertilize the pothos every two months. Feed it with a balanced, soluble fertilizer at the label-recommended rate for your plant's size.

Trim dead leaves from the plant with shears, cutting the leaves where they join the vine. Cut back the tips of the vines to the desired length one or two times a year to control the plant's height. Cut off no more than one-third of the plant's height at each trimming.

Repot the pothos when the roots block the drainage hole or when the plant begins to lift out of the soil. Choose a pot one to two sizes larger than the current container. Plant the pothos in the new pot at the same depth it was growing in its old pot. Pothos may go five or more years before requiring repotting.


Things You Will Need

  • Fertilizer
  • Shears
  • Pot
  • Potting soil


  • If your pothos is staked, the plant is more likely to climb the stake if the wood is kept moist.


  • Pothos is mildly toxic. Do not place it in areas where pets or children may attempt to consume it.

About the Author


Jenny Harrington has been a freelance writer since 2006. Her published articles have appeared in various print and online publications. Previously, she owned her own business, selling handmade items online, wholesale and at crafts fairs. Harrington's specialties include small business information, crafting, decorating and gardening.