PLANT CARE FOR INDOOR POTHOS PLANTS
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Pothos plant is a household favorite and is on my list of the ten best house plants, for their easy care and durability. Also called Scindapsus Aureus or Epipremnum Aureum, they are known in some places as "Devil's Ivy" and have been found to be extra efficient at helping to clean indoor air.
The Golden Pothos is one of the most common varieties. It has a glossy green leaf "painted" with yellow. It should stay that way in bright light but if kept in lower light it may start to lose some of the yellow in the leaf and show more of the green. Lower light will also mean less frequent watering of indoor plants. Other common Pothos are the Marble Queen Pothos, which is marbled with white and green with picture below and the all green Jade Pothos.
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Temperatures for Pothos plants should be kept between 60 - 85 degrees. A bright, indirectly lit spot is ideal. Variegation will fade in lower light. I have grown a few of these in rooms lit by the afternoon sun and had good results with very large leaves with great variegation, but the water usage goes way up. They will wilt and scorch if let to dry in a sunny spot so the indirect light is safer.
Pothos plants will produce aerial roots if kept in optimum conditions and will attach themselves to wood, brick or your walls if they get a chance. Pothos is a good plant to use if you want a "climbing" plant. Very often they are used in hanging containers and allowed to trail over the edge, which makes a great display.
As the vines get longer, lift the longest and cut back almost to the soil, just above a leaf node. This will promote new runners and will help keep the plant from becoming too leggy or sparse. Pinching out new growth tips will also help induce fuller growth.
Watering Your Pothos - From spring through summer, water Pothos after the topsoil has dried out. Let dry almost completely fall through winter. There are a few things to consider before you decide to water any indoor houseplant so please read the sections on watering your potted plants and lighting for more information and for better plant health.
Mealybugs are one of the most common insect problems that you will have with Pothos. Keep a watchful eye out for this pest, especially when you first bring a new plant home. An oval shaped, somewhat flattened body and six legs distinguish this insect, although they can appear to have more legs because of their "antennae" and "tails".
A waxy, protective substance covers the body of adult mealybugs and egg sacs giving them a cottony appearance. Normally found in hidden areas, mealybugs can be hard to detect. Check the undersides of the leaves and in leaf axils. If your plant feels sticky, mealybugs may be the cause. They excrete a sticky substance called honeydew. The color of mealybugs will be white or gray.
Isolate new additions to your houseplant family for a week or two. This will give any disease or insects problems you may not have noticed time to appear. And you will be protecting existing members of your green family from infection.
Washing down your plants, new ones in particular, with a spray mixture of water and rubbing alcohol is also a good idea. One part alcohol to about 10 parts water. Apply to top and lower leaf and stem surfaces. A mixture of water and mild dish detergent can also be used. Use 5-10 drops of detergent for a quart of water. This can help alleviate insect problems that you might not have noticed. (Not recommended for "hairy" leaved plants)
Never apply anything to your plant's foliage until it has been watered and moved out of any direct sun. Once a week for two weeks and your plant should be safe. Learn more about indoor plant care with one of these great indoor plant care books from Amazon.com.
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