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How to plant and cultivate pothos?

How to plant and cultivate pothos?

The characteristics of the pothos

  • Type: ornamental plant
  • Height: from 80 cm to 1 m, from 1 to 2 m, from 2 to 5 m
  • Desired exposure: sunny
  • Type of soil: normal
  • Foliage: persistent
  • Interview: easy to maintain
  • Location: office, living room, kitchen, dining room, living room
  • sanitizer: Yes
  • variety: Scindapsus pictus, Scindapsus aureus.

Origins and peculiarities of pothos

Coming from the araceae family, the pothos is a ornamental plant tropical growing in the hot and humid areas of India and Southeast Asia. Also known as Epipremnum or Scindapus, the pothos is strikingly similar to the philodendron, another ornamental plant with which it is often confused, notably because of its dense, bushy and persistent foliage in the shape of a heart. , whose color ranges from light green to white through yellow. When it is grown as houseplant, the pothos almost never flowers, which happens to him on the other hand in its natural environment.

As it is actually a creeper, the pothos is a plant known for its climbing qualities: it is therefore ideal in a hanging pot or against an indoor palisade ... even if it can quite well be placed in a pot where its falling port will still be very aesthetic!

In addition to its aesthetic qualities, pothos is also reputed to be a plant with effective depolluting properties. Indeed, in a home, it helps to fight against carbon monoxide, but also against benzene, toluene or formaldehyde.

Ideal for beginners in gardening who do not always have a green thumb, the pothos presents rapid growth and requires little maintenance.

Planting pothos

Due to its tropical origins, the pothos appreciate particularly humid and hot environments. It is mainly grown in pots in a special soil for indoor plants.
This kind of plant does not like direct sunlight: so be sure to place your pothos in a bright place but without too much exposure, and away from heat sources such as radiators, which tend to dry the air.

Pothos is not grown outdoors, except in areas where the climate is hot in the winter season.

Pothos maintenance

When the soil becomes dry on the surface, moderate watering of the plant is recommended. On the other hand, you must avoid excess water so as not to damage the roots and make them rot. Even in winter, the pothos has a very limited need for water. Watering must therefore remain punctual.

To help it flourish, an ambient temperature of 18 to 25 ° is recommended. Regular cleaning of the leaves with a cloth soaked in water will give more shine to the shiny leaves of the pothos: do not hesitate!

A contribution in organic fertilizer can be beneficial to him to stimulate its growth and to bring a little tone to him, but is not essential.

Diseases and pests of pothos

Good news for gardeners who do not have a green thumb: the pothos is a very resistant indoor plant which today does not have any diseases or recognized enemies!

The only things this plant fears that can harm it? Sudden changes in temperature, improper exposure, drafts, and excessive watering will result in the appearance of brown spots on the leaves of the pothos.