Pothos Plants: Your Ultimate Plant Care Guide


Pothos plant are an easy-to-care-for and versatile green beauty. Not only is it low maintenance and forgiving to forgetful waterers, but it also purifies the air in your home. Whether you’re a seasoned plant parent or just starting out, this ultimate guide will provide all the information you need to keep your plant thriving for years to come. Get ready to become a pothos pro!

Introduction to the Pothos Plant

Pothos plants are easy-to-care-for houseplants that can brighten up any indoor space. Also known as Epipremnum aureum, these vining plants are native to the Solomon Islands but can be found in homes all around the world.

Pothos plants are known for their ability to thrive in a wide range of conditions, which makes them ideal for beginner plant parents. They can tolerate low light levels and irregular watering schedules, although they will thrive and produce more foliage if they are given brighter light and more consistent watering.

If you’re thinking about adding this charming plant to your home, read on for everything you need to know about caring for your new green friend!

Caring for your Pothos Plant

Pothos plants are easy to care for and thrive in a variety of conditions. Here are some tips for keeping your plant healthy and happy:

  • Make sure to situate the plant in some high-quality potting mix.
  • Place it in a location that receives indirect sunlight. too much direct sunlight can scorch the leaves.
  • Water it when the top inch of soil is dry. Allow the water to drain fully before putting the pot back in its place.
  • Fertilize it every two weeks during the growing season (spring and summer). Use a balanced, all-purpose fertilizer diluted to half-strength.
  • Pruning is not necessary, but you can trim back leggy vines to encourage fuller growth. Use sharp, clean shears or scissors and make cuts just above a leaf node (where new leaves emerge).


Watering your pothos plant is crucial to its health and growth. Here are some tips on how to water your pothos plant:

  • To check if the soil is dry, stick your finger into the soil up to the second knuckle. If the soil is dry, it’s time to water your plant.
  • Water your plant with room temperature water. Cold water can shock your plant and cause leaves to drop off.
  • Be sure to not over or under-water your pothos plant. Over-watering can cause root rot, while under-watering will cause the leaves to turn yellow and drop off. The best way to find out how often to water your specific pothos plant is by sticking your finger into the soil as I previously mentioned above.

Light Requirements

One of the great things about pothos plants is that they don’t require a lot of light, which makes them ideal for rooms that don’t get a lot of natural sunlight. However, too little light can cause the leaves to lose their variegation (the different colors on the leaves). If your plant is looking pale, it may be getting too little light. Move it to a brighter spot and see if the leaves start to green up.

Soil Requirements

Pothos plants are not picky when it comes to soil, but they do prefer a well-draining potting mix. You can use a commercial potting mix or make your own by mixing equal parts peat moss, perlite, and coarse sand. If you live in an area with hard water, you may want to add a bit of sphagnum peat moss to the mix to help soften the water. Whatever soil you use, be sure to water it thoroughly before planting your pothos.


Pothos plants are known for being tough and low-maintenance, but they still need the occasional dose of fertilizer to stay healthy and happy. The best time to fertilize your pothos is during the growing season, which is typically from late spring to early fall. You can use a balanced liquid fertilizer or a slow-release granular fertilizer. Apply the fertilizer according to the package directions, and be sure to water your plant well after applying it.

Pruning and Repotting

Pruning and repotting are two important aspects of caring for your pothos plant. Pruning helps to keep your plant healthy and promotes new growth. Repotting is necessary when your plant outgrows its current pot.

When pruning your pothos plant, cut back the stems that have become leggy or have died back. You can also trim off any yellow or brown leaves. Cut the stems at a 45-degree angle just above a node (the point where leaves emerge).

To re-pot your plant, choose a pot that is 2-3 inches larger in diameter than the current pot. Be sure to use a well-draining potting mix. Water your plant thoroughly before repotting to help it adjust to its new home. Gently remove the plant from its current pot and place it in the new pot. Fill in around the roots with potting mix and water again.

Common Problems and Solutions

One of the most common problems with pothos plants is that they become leggy and lose their foliage at the bottom. This is usually caused by too little light. The solution is to move your plant to a brighter spot. If you can’t do that, try increasing the amount of light by using a grow light.

Another common problem is that the leaves of your pothos plant turn yellow. This can be caused by several things, including too much sun, too much water, or not enough nutrients. The solution is to adjust your watering and fertilizing schedule accordingly. If you’re not sure what to do, ask a professional at your local nursery or garden center for help.

Sometimes pothos plants develop brown spots on their leaves. This is usually due to too much direct sunlight or heat. The solution is to move your plant to a cooler location out of direct sunlight. If you can’t do that, try misting the leaves with water to keep them cool and prevent further damage.


Caring for a pothos plant is not as difficult as it seems. By following the tips outlined in this guide, you can have a beautiful and healthy pothos plant of your own that will bring beauty and life to your home. With proper care, these plants are resilient and easy to maintain so you don’t need to worry about killing them off! We hope this guide has helped you better understand how to look after your pothos plant – happy growing!

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