*This post “Pothos Plant Care – How to Grow + Propagate [VIDEO!]” was first published July 2018 and updated August 2020.
Looking for an easy to grow plant? One that can be cut and propagated when you want another plant (or better yet, a gift?!). Let me introduce yo you to a Pothos plant! When it comes to pothos plant care, they’re easy to grow, very easy to propagate and provide a lot of green!
If you’re new to plants, pothos plants (or Epipremnum aureum if you want to get technical) are the easiest starter houseplants. In fact, they were the very first indoor plant I ever owned!
Pothos plants go by a variety of names – golden pothos, hunter’s robe, ivy arum, money plant, taro vine and devil’s ivy. The name devil’s ivy came to be because they’re so hard to kill and won’t die even in the dark! Now do you believe me that these are easy plants?
My mom gave me one when I was in college and if a college student can master pothos plant care, so can you! That one houseplant has been propagated into many, many, many other plants for myself as well as numerous friends and family members.
It’s no secret I love pothos plants. I have them all over my house and have even used them for tablescapes! They’re perfect for hanging plants since they look amazing hanging down or strewn across a wall.
I have pothos plants in 3 rooms in different types of hanging planters around our house because it’s the easiest hanging houseplant with the most beautiful ivy-like appearance!
Pothos clippings can even live in water! I love decorating with pothos clippings in water because it’s dual purpose. Add green to a space and propagate clippings for future plants!
If you follow me over on Instagram, you’ve seen lots of tips and tricks on my stories but I wanted to create a spot for you to reference back to so you can add some pothos into your life!
Pothos Plant Care
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How Often Do You Water a Pothos Plant?
When it comes to watering a pothos plant indoors, it’s fairly simple! In fact they can survive if you forget to water them – but no, I don’t recommend doing that! Pothos plants typically like to be watered once a week.
My best recommendation for watering your pothos is how I water most of my plants! Stick your finger in the first inch or two of the pot and check for moisture. If it’s wet, don’t water it. If it’s dry, it’s time to give it a drink!
Pothos plants don’t like to be in too wet of soil for too long so you’re better off under-watering them than overwatering them
If your pothos plant is looking droopy or the leaves are turning brown it means it needs more water. If the leaves are yellowing or getting soft, you’re watering them too much.
Don’t worry if your plant gets droopy – pothos plants are hardy plants and will likely pull through.
How Much Light Does My Pothos Plant Need?
Pothos plants can live in a variety of lighting situations including low light places! Ideally they like moderate indoor light.
They’re even tolerant of fluorescent lights which is why I always brought a pothos to work when I worked outside the home!
If you notice that your pothos plant has pale leaves, that means it’s getting too much sun. On the other side, if there’s a loss of variegation, that means it’s getting too little light.
Tip: if your plants are typically in low to no light, gather them up before heading out for a weekend and place them near a window (but try not to place them in a full day of direct light).
Soil and Water
One of the fun things about pothos plants is they don’t actually need soil to grow! Simply keeping them in a jar of water is just fine.
However, if you do plant them in soil, a simple, well-draining potting soil will work great.
Pothos plants are also great at removing toxins! This is yet another reason why it’s great to bring it to your office to hep clean the air a bit. Pothos plants removes a significant amount of toxins including benzene, carbon monoxide, formaldehyde, toluene, and xylene.
Check out these 10 plants for removing toxins here!
Repotting a Pothos Plant
Eventually your pothos plant’s pot will be busting at the seams with roots! You’ll know this by the fact that the leaves continue to droop no matter how often you water it or you’ll see roots popping up from the soil. That means it’s time to repot it!
This isn’t too hard to do. You’ll just want to find a pot one size bigger than the current pot it’s in and transplant it. You’ll notice it perking up again soon after giving it more space to stretch it’s roots.
Trimming a Pothos Plant
Some people love long stems that can hang over a plant stand or down a wall. You might love short perky stems. You can do both!
Short, perky pothos plants simply need more frequent propagating or trimming. Longer plants just need some time to grow. I have a mix of both in my home!
Regardless of how you like them, trimming up extra long stems or stems that are getting a little bare is important.
How Do I Propagate a Pothos Plant?
What do you need? A pothos plant (of course), a pair of scissors and a jar or glass with water. You could also get a cool propagation station to make your pothos clippings into decor!
Check out the video below for all the steps for propagating a pothos plant or keep reading for all of the detailed instructions.
1. Snip off about 6 inches of stem.
First up is cutting a piece of your pothos plant! You’ll want to make the cut right below the root nodes, or the small bumps on the stem.
This is where the root will shoot out from. I typically like to cut the stem so there are 3-4 leaves attached. You want at least 6 inches of stem so there’s enough stem to plant under the soil but still have a couple leaves popping out above the soil when it’s time to plant.
2. Remove the bottom leaf.
The roots will shoot out from the bottom so that is what will be in the soil. You don’t want to plant a leaf in the soil!
You also don’t want to submerge leaves into the water while it’s attempting to grow roots since the water could become moldy and gross from it. Simply cut the leaf with a scissor.
3. Fill up your jar with water.
Fill up the jar or propagation station vessel with room temperature water. If you have a giant jar you won’t want to fill it to the top. You do, however want to make sure you have at least enough water to cover one node.
I actually prefer to cover 2 nodes in case one node doesn’t produce any roots. If they both produce roots, it’s just that much better for your plant!
4. Put your pothos clippings in water.
Submerse the nodes (little bumps) of your pothos clippings in water. This will help roots to grow!
5. Watch for roots!
Roots will typically grow faster if the jar has some sunlight. In all honesty I put these in our bathroom which get no light and they grow roots just fine.
I always fill my jar with anywhere between 5-10 clippings so it not only looks pretty while the roots are growing but they will also fill up a pot nicely! (Do you really want one clipping in your pot? Nope!)
When roots have formed (I usually wait until they’re about an inch or so long) you can plant the pothos clippings!
Simply put the pothos cuttings in a pot, add dirt so the roots are fully covered, pat down the soil so it’s in there nice and tight, water and enjoy!
Soon enough you’ll be the favorite friend of your friend group when you show up to house warming parties, birthdays or even meeting a new baby (I think all babies need a plant in their nursery!) with a lovely pothos plant (that only cost you amount of a pot and some soil).
I do want to note, the pothos plant is toxic to pets according to the ASPCA and also humans. Though rarely fatal, pothos plants can cause irritation or vomiting if ingested.
Common side effects if ingested are itching, burning and irritation of the mouth, tongue and lips. Also possible drooling, vomiting, difficulty swallowing. Be sure to keep these away from cats, dogs and kids!
Check out one of these plant stands to keep them away from little hands and furry friends!
Where to buy
I also found this amazing neon pothos on Etsy that I want to buy! Be sure to reference this post for all your pothos plant care tips and tricks. I hope it helped!
If you want even more plant tips, check out my Spider Plant – How to Grow, Care + Propagate post!
Thanks for reading and sharing!