pothos care guide

This ultimate guide on pothos care and growing money plant will help you to grow and care for your pothos. Know best practices to make your pothos bushier.


Introduction

Epipremnum aureum is a species in the Arum family Araceae. Originally it was endemic to the island of Moorea from the Society Islands.   

This plant has multiple common names including Golden pothos, Ceylon creeper, Ivy aurum, silver vine, Solomon Islands Ivy, Marbel queen, and Taro vine.   

It is also called Devil’s vine or Devil’s Ivy because it is almost impossible to kill and stay green even kept in the dark. It is also commonly known as “Money Plant” in many parts of the Indian Subcontinent.

In temperate regions, it is a popular house plant with numerous cultivars selected for leaves with white, yellow, or light green variegation.

You can grow and maintain Pothos easily in your home garden by following Agriculture Review instructions.



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How To Grow Pothos?

Growing Season

You can plant and propagate pothos during any season but the best time to propagate is in spring seasons. 



Potting Mix

Prepare potting mix with 45% coco peat + 45 % soil + 5% sand +5% compost.


Selection Of Pot

If you want to grow in a container, choose a container as per the size of seedling. To propagate by cutting use 4-6 inches diameter garden container for developing new seedlings. 

You may grow it in the growing bag or in a glass container(if you want to grow in water). Growing containers should have a good drainage system with 2-3 holes. 




Propagation

Purchase Devil’s Ivy seedlings from the nearest nursery or online. You can also propagate by cutting if pothos is already present near or in your home. 

It is considered best to propagate pothos from cutting.

If you want to propagate by cutting, simply cut the stem with shoots tip 5-7 inches long just below the node. Cut the tips of the growing branches.

You can select a stem that has a node and a small root elevation.

Take cutting in spring using a clean sharp knife.

Wash cutting shoots with dilute broad-spectrum fungicide.

Use rooting hormone (IBA) to induce roots in cutting end.

If you have no rooting hormone then also you can grow it without using rooting hormone. 

Now dip the cutting end in rooting powder and transplant in the potting medium by making a hole in the center of soil in the pot.

Press the potting mix by hand to firm the cutting ends in potting medium and water your pot gently.

Now place your pots under the semi-shade area till roots well develop.

Rooting will generally occur in 3-4 weeks.

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Pothos Care Guide


Sunlight

Now place your container where it can receive at least 4- 5 hours direct sunlight or partial shade sunlight.

According to Vastu and Fengshui, Money plants could be kept indoors in the southeast direction of the living room or hall.
 
Money plants like bright light and can also thrive outdoors in full sun in Tropical climates. Money plants respond well to partial shade. It may grow indoors as house plants; they will cope with medium light levels and some degree of shade.




Watering

Pothos require a good amount of water to thrive. Keep the soil moist constantly. In peak summer seasons water the plants twice in a day. However, plants can resist periods of drought.

Keep in mind that water logging in container may infect your roots.

If you grow it in water initially you should change the water when water starts changing from low to high turbidity due to the dissolution of the devil’s ivy roots in the water. Change the water once every week or two.



Fertilizers

To established your young plants use nitrogen-rich fertilizer. You can apply tea leaf compost or vermicompost. Apply fertilizer once after every 30 days.

During spring change 2-3 inches topsoil and fill it with fresh potting mix.



Pruning

The best time to do pruning of a pothos is in winter when the plant is in the dormant stage.

Snip back stems just in front of a leaf or node to remove length. Cut no more than 1/3 of a stem and snip it at a 45-degree angle to promote new growth.

You will have to prune the plant whenever the stems seem outgrown and look untidy.



Repotting

This is a fast-growing plant. It is best to report once every two years in a large pot. The best period of repotting in spring.



Pests & Diseases

The money plant is not susceptible to diseases. To maintain it is advisable to remove old and dead leaves. Clean leaves with cotton cloth at regular intervals if possible.

Pothos suffers from discolouring leaves, if there is too much water. Give less water during this time. During extreme summer place it under shade.



Money Plant Benefits

As per Vastu Experts, a plant in our day to day lives stimulates positive energy.

They recommend planting money plants inside the house as they bring good luck, accomplishment, and prosperity.

The money plant helps in eliminating obstacles in financial growth and entertains multiple sources of income.

Keeping a Devil’s ivy in the bedroom can be beneficial for your health as well as mood.

Money plant adds greenery to the surrounding, it also helps in calming the mind reduces the stress level and increase productivity.

This plant also controls humidity levels and also acts as a natural air purifier.

Money plant continues to produce oxygen at night.

To express your feelings of care to someone near and special, a money plant is the best gift.

I hope you enjoyed reading our article on Pothos Care Guide. The information given has been shared by Mr. Sital Sarkar. Start growing pothos in your home and tell us your story.

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