Houseplants are a great way to include greenery in our living places. They bring in a serene look to our house. Plants are also a great way to add color and make our homes welcoming. One such house plant that you can purchase is Pothos. However, caring for the house plants is not easy, it takes time and effort.
Here in this article, we will include information about how to care for Pothos.
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Let’s meet Pothos first
Before we proceed further, let’s get to know about pothos.
To begin with, Pothos is a southeast Asian climbing plant. It is widely grown as a houseplant for its leathery leaves. The plant leaves are a true beauty; the heart-shaped leaves can attract even a non-plant lover. The main reason you need to use the plant as an indoor plant is its filter quality. P0thos helps in filtering gaseous toxins like formaldehyde from the air.
Also, Pothos is a houseplant that climbs. In good indoor conditions, the plant thrives and can grow up to 10 feet. Further, Pothos can be grown vertically in the house with the help of a coco coir pole.
The leaves of the plant are usually bright and waxy. It also has unique pointed heart-shaped leaves that are green in color. On the other hand, the plant leaves can also take the form of variegated yellow, white, or pale green color.
Further, the plant typically doesn’t produce flowers or fruits. But certain variations of the plant can produce petal-less tiny white flowers. However, this is a rare variety of plants and not easily found. Finally, Pothos is a great addition to an office plant as it purifies the air and the surrounding.
The plant is also called devil Ivy. It can be grown in hanging pots in bathrooms or other areas of your house. But this doesn’t mean they cannot be grown as potted plants; they thrive well even as potted plants on your office desk.
You need to know these basic things about the plant before purchasing it.
Resources that Pothos needs
- Sunlight – the main source of growth for this plant is sunlight. But it cannot grow well in direct sunlight. It needs indirect and bright sun lights. The plant can flourish under low to medium sunlight, especially during winter. So, this plant is a great addition to your bathrooms or offices as they do well in low indirect light.
- Humidity – the plant can grow well even in a dry place. However, the plant needs good humidity, around 50-70 percent, to mimic its native climate.
- The house’s temperature – usually, pothos don’t require a cold climate to grow. It prefers the house temperature to be between – 65 – 85 Fahrenheit.
- Watering the plant – you don’t need to water the plant very frequently. Pothos needs watering once every 1-2 weeks. Make sure to let the potting mixture dry out between watering. Also, expect to water over often in case of bright light and less in case of low light.
- Repotting – the plant’s roots can go over the pot in which you are growing and can cause problems. Further, when it is time to report, you will notice the plant shedding leaves even after the plant is provided with enough sunlight and the right amount of water. So, the best solution is to repot the plant. Make sure that the roots of the plant are a problem before proceeding. To report the plant, use a pot at least a few inches larger with a fresh mixture of soil that can drain well.
Maintaining pothos houseplant
There is no doubt that taking care of this houseplant is easy. It doesn’t require too much attention. Good and accurate indoor conditions of the house are sufficient to help the plant grow properly.
It is also a good starter houseplant if you are a new owner. Also, when taking care of the plant, look out for over-watering or under-watering signs. If you water the plant excessively, the leaves turn yellow, and the branch becomes brown.
On the other hand, the under-watering of plants results in the drying out of the soil mixture. So, ensure you water the plant as and when necessary by paying attention to its soil mixture, leaves, and branches.
Apart from this, always keep an eye out for houseplant pests. In case you spot them, make sure to treat them immediately. A weekly neem oil spray is the best way to take care of pests.
You can also wipe down the plant’s leaves when they get dusty. Finally, ensure that the plant’s potting mixture allows for a good drainage system. Also, use lava rocks to increase the aeration of the plant.
It is one of the simplest plants to propagate. You can propagate the plant in two methods. The best method of the two is water propagation.
Underwater propagation method, you need to cut a small part of the plant. Make sure that the cut part consists of at least four leaves and is 4-6 inches tall. Next, place the cutting in a glass container filled with water. Wait for the cutting to develop the roots, which will take around 3-4 weeks. Once it develops roots, transfer it into a pot to flourish.
On the other hand, the plant can also be propagated in the root propagation method. Under this method, cut a 4–6-inch stem of the plant with four or more leaves and place it in a well-drained potting mixture. Next, place this pot under a bright light space but not direct sunlight until they start growing.
To sum it up, we can complete this by saying that Pothos is one of the best and easiest plants to grow indoors. Further, maintaining the plant is also easy and requires only minimal resources. Finally, it works well both in the office and the house surroundings.