Pothos is the Perfect Plant


 I personally have a few golden pothos scattered around my apartment sitting on shelves in the kitchen, hanging from ceilings in the bathroom, and from windowsills in the bedroom. In the case of a houseplant, it can reach about six to ten feet, while out in the jungle it can reach up to forty feet or more. I personally only have a few small plants but a few people I know who grow them have some a few feet longer. The benefit of having one inside your home is the air purifying quality it brings to you, plus the viney greenery is a great look to any room.

 When it comes to the look of a pothos plant you can find their colors slightly vary. The leaves themselves are almost heart-shaped and can be a mix of colors. Those colors being dark green, light green, white, and yellow- furthermore there are some with spots of other colors like faint yellows and whites. The entire form of the plant itself though is that of a long trailing vine. It can get pretty leggy when left unpruned which is how my mother has hers sitting in a big pot atop her bookcase now. It originally started in a little pot in her kitchen on her open shelves- the bright indirect sun helped it grow so quickly, I'm a little jealous. Yet when I housesit for a friend's parent's, hers are huge and bushy do to her incorporating a few of the same variation into one pot, and she probably prunes them quite often to propagate into more plants. But if you allow it to dry out too drastically, you'll notice the older leaves will turn yellow and wither, leaving the vine itself stripped at the base. Then there will only be leaves on the new growth. With pruning, you can help keep the plant fuller! It's something I'm trying to get more in the habit of, along with propagation. I wrap my pothos' vines around the iron rods of my bookcase, or back up the ropes of the hanging pots, it helps my plant grow outward as well as helps it appear more full. Pothos vines don't cling to things on their own, but with a little help from you, they will certainly start their journey out towards where you want it.

 If you keep the pothos plant inside your home you'll find that medium to bright sunlight, preferably in direct sunlight like behind a thin curtain, works the best for these babies. If you place it outdoors, it's best to be placed in the shade or partial shade. I keep all of mine inside hanging from window frames or on the bookcase across from my wall of windows, or even sitting on the edge of the windowsill. When the sunlight is the most brightest against the ones in my bedroom, I let my thin white curtain be a blocker between the actual sun and the plant itself. Anywhere my cat's can't reach with ease or knock the plant down is my go to because it is important that they don't start nipping at the plant. All parts of this plant are poisonous to those who ingest it.

 The varieties of pothos that I have in my apartment are one Tricolor, one Golden, a few Jade, and I am currently propogating a Neon one as well. They add a lot of green to my place and a lot of life too, not to mention the increase in oxygen of course. Most of mine are hung by a window so they get a lot of indirect sunlight- the one on my bookcase gets a medium amount of light through the windows due to the blinds. I water them when their soil dries out almost completely, I have a few water catchers under my pots and little baubles that disperses the right amount of water that the soil needs over a little while when you refill them. With my schedule being all over the place I make sure to use the app Happy Plant to keep them watered. I also have little fertilizer sticks that I use and fertilizer you dilute in water and spray the plants with every seven to fourteen days. The directions are different for all fertilizers that you can use but I use these sticks bi-monthly and the spray every one or two weeks since some potting soils don't have the needed nutrients in them. I make sure to re-pot them when needed as well which truly isn't too often. When the leaves start to droop, no matter how much you do water them while silmultaniously not overwatering them, that usually says that the roots have most likely filled the pot. When this happens you can carefully lift the plant and then check if this is the actual problem. I've had to re-pot a few of my plants over time, when it comes time to it I usually go up a pot side or two and use fresh soil. I recently divided one of my pothos plants though so I didn't have to re-pot the big plant completely and risk it dying- which I had happened once with a different plant. You can also take some cuttings from the dying and start over too, propagating is incredibly easy with pothos plants and I was able to grow a new plant from one that didn't survive my move last year. I cut about four inches long of a vine at least, dip it in a little Miracle Gro FastRoot Dry Powder Rooting Hormone. It's $5 on Amazon and it's helped me propogate better and faster since starting to use it. You can then take the cuttings and keep them in damp soil or even a glass of water. Amazon also has cute propagating stations that I have my eye on but for now, I keep them in champagne glasses that I'm not using. I make sure to move the cuttings that I have in water to the soil as soon as I start to see roots growing at a nice length though so they can get the correct nutrients from the soil and have an easier time transfering. But after you move them to a nicely soiled pot, you can start growing them elsewhere in your home or office to add even more greenery. I did this in spring so by the time my winter blues set in, my plants that survived the deadly uncontrolled heat of my last apartment were big enough to replace the greenery I used to see outside my window.

 If you're looking for a gift for a birthday, a housewarming party, or just something to spruce up your place with a little greenery- go for a pothos. I'm obsessed with them due to the fact you can hang them and see their long vines climb out of their hangers and down to the floor. Plus their hues of green on the tri-colored ones look great in any color pot.

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