Pothos is one of the most popular houseplants alongside Philodendron. The pothos plant is durable and easy to grow.
Scientifically referred to as Epipremnum, pothos plants are a staple of homes and offices, but are also found growing outdoors in USDA hardiness zones 10 to 11.
While these plants known also as devil’s ivy generally require the same amount of light and water, their appearance may vary greatly.
A few of the more popular pothos varieties you may wish to adopt are:
- Golden pothos (AKA devils ivy) – pothos vines with variegated yellow leaves
- Jade pothos – cultivar with dark green leaves and gold variegation
- Marble queen pothos – green and white “marbled” leaves
- Neon pothos – known for the bright green foliage
How Often Should You Water a Pothos?
Watering your pothos every 5-7 days would be ideal. You should never have a schedule for watering them. Instead, check the soil for dryness and water them as soon as the soil gets dry. Make sure you water the plant thoroughly when you do, so that water reaches every root of the plant.
Pothos needs more water during summer rather than in winter. You should never overwater them as it is bad for them.
If done wrong, your pothos will start giving you a signal through droopy and wilting foliage.
If the condition persists, then through brown leaves and tips, pale and yellow leaves, and more severe conditions in the long term, depending on whether you are under watering or overwatering them.
Pothos don’t like to be overwatered at all, under watering they will tolerate. Every plant has different needs and grown in other cultural conditions and space. Excessiveness of anything is harmful, even if your pothos is hardy and forgiving.
How to Water Pothos Plants
When you do decide to water your pothos plants, slowly add water to the soil until it just starts to drain out the bottom of the pot.
This brings us to another important part: drainage.
It’s important to pot your pothos plant in a light, fast-draining soil (we recommend cactus mix) and a pot with drainage to prevent standing water, which can cause root rot. This condition can cause your pothos leaves to die off and eventually kill the plant!
After you’ve watered, empty the drainage tray immediately so your pothos isn’t sitting in water.
To summarize, plan on watering every 1-2 weeks, depending on the season and temperature. Check the soil to make sure it feels dry before you water, then water until it starts to drain.
Your pothos will look amazing, grow quickly, and probably become the star of your houseplant collection!