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Looking for a plant that is both hardy and beautiful? Look no further than the Pothos plant. This increasingly popular houseplant is easy to care for, offering large, vibrant leaves that require little effort to maintain. The Pothos is sure to make any room look tropical and lively.
The Pothos plant isn’t just a pretty addition to your home. It’s also a helpful plant with a lot of health benefits. Read on to find out more about this glorious plant and what it takes to care for it.
What is a Pothos Plant?
The Pothos is a trailing vine that’s native to the Solomon Islands in the South Pacific. Also called Golden Pothos, Money Plant, and Devil’s Ivy, this plant is recognizable thanks to its thick, waxy, heart-shaped green leaves.
This hardy houseplant is becoming quite popular (especially with those of us who occasionally forget to water our plants). It’s often kept as a hanging plant due to its dangling vines. If kept outside, the Pothos plant is a climber known to reach incredible heights, using tall trees as support. Inside, the Pathos grows quickly, gaining 12 to 18 inches of length each month.
- Plant Size: Indoor Pothos plants stay smaller than the ones you’ll find in the wild. Mature leaves will often be between four to eight inches long. With the proper care, the plant’s vine can grow up to a couple of dozen feet.
- Light: Pothos prefers bright but indirect light. If they are kept in too shady a spot, Pothos will lose their leaf pattern (usually yellow or white) and become solid green. Too much light will leave the Pothos very pale. They don’t like a lot of direct sunlight.
- Watering: Make sure the soil of your Pothos plant dries completely between waterings. The plant’s roots will rot if the soil is continuously left damp. You can tell that your plant is overwatered if you notice black spots on its leaves. If the Pothos is drooping, that means it needs some water. Try not to give them too much water, or you’ll see brown edges on your plant’s leaves.
- Temperature: These plants enjoy a comfortable temperature of 65 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit. Consider placing your Pothos in a kitchen or bathroom to mimic the humidity of their native environment.
Why Choose a Pothos Plant for Your Home?
The Pothos plant is one of the easiest plants to care for. It’s versatile and hardy, meaning there’s no strict watering schedule, soil requirements, or finicky lighting and location necessities. You can place the Pothos anywhere in your home, and it’s very forgiving of missed waterings.
Of course, the Pothos will thrive and look its best with proper care. And luckily, that care is quite easy. With minimal effort, the Pothos will be a vibrant, large plant that will stand out in any decor. This is a big, bold plant that will make an impact in whichever room you choose.
The Pothos isn’t just a gorgeous plant, either. It is a powerful purifier that can help eliminate formaldehyde, benzene, and carbon monoxide from the air. In fact, it does such a good job of cleaning the air that NASA believes it would make a great space plant!
With a Pothos, you’ll also notice a decrease in unwanted odors. This plant is known to alleviate eye irritation, making it a fantastic addition to your office since it can soothe your eyes after staring at screens all day.
Pothos Plant Family Relatives
The Pothos plant is part of the arum family, aka Araceae. Here are some of its relatives:
- Jack-in-the-Pulpit: This perennial plant is native to Texas. Its underground corm produces one or two stems that reach about two feet. Each will have three broad leaflets. It lives up to 25 years.
- Cuckoopint: This woodland plant can be found throughout Europe. It grows red berries known to be toxic, so be sure they are kept out of reach from children and pets.
- Calla Lily: This flowering plant is native to southern Africa. It’s now found everywhere except Antarctica. Calla Lily is a perennial that is often white but can come in yellow, pink, green, orange, and black.
- Philodendron: The Philodendron is a genus of flowering plants found in the Araceae family, which is the same family the Pothos belong to. It’s another popular houseplant that is easy to care for. Its waxy, green leaves make it a beautiful centerpiece for any room.
- Monstera: This is a genus of evergreen tropical vines native to Central America. They are famous for their large leaves that are full of holes. The genus includes Monstera Deliciosa, a beloved houseplant due to its tropical looks and hole-filled leaves that resemble Swiss cheese.
- Skunk Cabbage: This low-growing plant is native to the wetlands of eastern North America. It gets its name because bruised leaves can smell like, well, a skunk! It’s a flowering perennial that can look quite lovely despite the potential smell.
The Pothos plant is easy to care for, even for people who can forget to water their houseplants. It’s durable and doesn’t require a lot of specific care.
When given the water, temperature, and soil it needs, the Pothos plant will thrive. And when it thrives, it’s a strikingly gorgeous, large plant that will transform any room into an exotic oasis.