Golden Pothos Care Guide (with Photos)

Golden Pothos Care Guide

Golden Pothos (Epipremnum aureum), is one of the most popular and easy to care for houseplants. With its heart shaped leaves and carefree nature, the Pothos adds vibrant greenery to any indoor space.

Key Takeaways

  • Low light tolerant and forgiving houseplant
  • Thrives in average indoor humidity
  • Water when soil is dry
  • Fertilize monthly in spring and summer
  • Propagate by stem or leaf cuttings
  • Tolerates a variety of temperatures

Appearance of the Golden Pothos

Golden Pothos growing on wooden indoor trellis

The Pothos vine has heart shaped leaves ranging from 2-6 inches in length. Newly emerging leaves are light green and mature to a golden-yellow color. This plant is characterized by its climbing habit and aerial root system. It is perfect for beginners due to being hardy, requiring low light and infrequent watering.

Light Requirements for the Golden Pothos

Pothos thrive in bright, indirect light conditions. They can adapt to lower light situations but may lose vibrant coloration.

Under grow lights, provide medium to low intensity lighting for 6-8 hours per day.

Light ConditionsEffect on Pothos
Bright Indirect LightVibrant foliage with compact growth
Low LightMore leggy growth, retains hardiness
Direct SunlightMay burn leaf edges; protect from hot afternoon sun

Watering the Golden Pothos

Allow the top 1-2 inches of soil to dry out completely between waterings. Pothos are very forgiving of occasional dry soil and wilting. Water thoroughly until excess runs through the drainage holes.

  1. Check soil moisture weekly
  2. Water less in cooler months when growth slows
  3. Avoid standing water in saucer

Fertilizing the Golden Pothos

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Indoor Plant Fertilizer Pellets: great for seedlings and mature plants

Fertilize monthly during the active spring and summer growth period with a diluted, All-purpose liquid houseplant fertilizer.

MonthRecommended Dosage
Spring (March-May)Half strength every 2-3 weeks
Summer (June-August)Half strength every 2-3 weeks
Fall (September-November)Every 4-6 weeks
Winter (December-February)None, fertilize again in March

Potting the Golden Pothos

golden pothos hanging pot

Repot plants in spring if roots are growing from the drainage holes into loose, well-draining soil with organic matter. Select a pot just 1-2 inches larger than the root ball.

  1. Use potting mix for vining houseplants
  2. Gently loosen roots and replant at same depth
  3. Water after repotting to settle soil

Propagation of Golden Pothos

  1. Cut 6-inch stem sections below a node
  2. Remove lower leaves and place cuttings in water
  3. Place jar in indirect light and root within 2-4 weeks
  4. Pot rooted cuttings in soil when roots are 1/2 inch long

Growth and Development of the Golden Pothos

Pothos thrive in temperatures between 65-80°F. They can tolerate brief periods down to 55°F. Provide indirect light and average indoor humidity between 40-60% for healthy growth.

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Managing Pests and Diseases for the Golden Pothos

Monitor for signs of mealybugs or spider mites which can be treated with insecticide. Overwatering can lead to root rot – improve drainage and allow soil to dry between waterings.

Frequently asked questions

How do I encourage vine growth?

Place plant near a moss pole or allow vines to trail over the pot.

Can I grow Pothos outdoors in summer?

Yes, provide partial shade and bring indoors before first fall frost.

How do I revive a wilted Pothos?

Water thoroughly and move to a shadier spot. Cut back severely wilted leaves.

With its ease of care requirements, the Golden Pothos makes an excellent choice for brightening indoor spaces.

Happy gardening!

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