Pothos Care

Placement

PRO TIP: The cut leaves of the Pothos can survive for months in a vase. Change the water out once a week, and place this beauty in any surface throughout your home.

The Jade Pothos is a lovely trailing houseplant with oblong emerald green leaves. This plant can be found on many favorite houseplants lists because it is easy to care for and can tolerate lower light conditions. Pothos thrives in bright but indirect light. However this plant will also adapt to low and medium light spaces. Growth will be slower in these conditions but the plant should remain healthy.

Pothos Plant Leaves

Routine Maintenance

PRO TIP: Misting frequently helps the vines to attach to a stake or trellis! It also keeps the foliage looking its best.

Always be sure to assess your plants watering needs upon receiving it.  Before giving your plant a drink, it is best to check the moisture level in the soil first. In bright light, Pothos  appreciates a watering when the soil has dried half way through the pot. In low and medium light spaces, it is best to allow the soil to dry all the way through the pot, although do not let the plant sit dry for extended periods. A good indication of your plant needing water is when the foliage begins to wilt. It is best to water just as it begins to wilt (not after it has collapsed), and always be sure to feel the soil is addition to visually monitoring the plant.

Standard Planter Instructions

There are two types of standard planters offered by Greenery NYC, those with drainage holes, and those without. Within those two categories are an array of sizes and styles to choose from. All these factors play a role in the quantity and frequency of water given to your plant.

Plants purchased in a pot without a drainage hole, have been set up with a built in drainage system. A layer of hydro stones (porous, absorbent material made of recycled glass) has been placed beneath the soil to act as a reservoir and retain any excess water that flows through the soil. You will need to be slightly more cautious not too pour too much water into these containers as there is no way for the water to escape. We suggest pouring small amounts of water in bit by bit, until you have reached the desired moisture level in the soil.

For plants with a drainage hole, water until it begins to come out the bottom of the pot and into the catch tray.

For regular upkeep, dust the leaves often so the plant can photosynthesize properly. When dusting, take the opportunity to inspect the underside of leaves and keep an eye out for pests. Using fertilizer spring through fall will enhance your plants foliage and promote new growth. Rotate your plant periodically to ensure even growth on all sides.

Remember each plant is a unique living thing and may have varying needs, especially in their individual locations. Pay attention to the condition of your Jade Pothos and its watering needs and you will have a long and happy relationship.

Frequently Asked Questions

Help! My Pothos is turning yellow!

  • Most often yellowing occurs due to over or under watering. If you see a combination of yellow and brown on the same leaf, it is likely due to overwatering. If fully yellow leaves, along with some brown crispy spots on additional leaves occur then it could be under watering. Check in with the soil to determine if it matches your diagnosis.

There are leafless brown growths coming off of my Pothos. Is that normal?

  • Yes! These are called aerial roots and they are totally normal. In nature, this is what helps give support to the plant and also allows it to climb and reach more light. The roots will not damage walls or surfaces, and you can always prune them if they get unruly.

How can I train my Pothos to climb up a stake or trellis?

  • Gently wrap and weave the plant up the stake or trellis. Attaching if necessary with string, be cautious not to tie too tightly. Continue caring for the plant as usual, however introduce misting to the foliage of the plant. Added humidity in the air increases the production of roots along the vine that will will attach the plant to the stake or trellis. Eventually the plant will grow upwards on its own and you can remove the string if desired.

My Pothos has gotten way too long. What can I do?

  • Prune it back! These guys are very hearty and can handle a good trim. You can also propoate your plant by placing the cuttings in water. You can either leave them in water, or when a substantial amount of roots grow you can transfer the cuttings to soil.

How often should I fertilize my plant?

  • In general, house plants will thrive when they are fertilized spring through fall. Fertilize once a month with an organic houseplant fertilizer, following the package instructions for dilution and administration. Greenery NYC uses an organic potting mix with a slow release fertilizer in the soil so your plant will not need fertilizer within the first 6 months of receiving it.

How often does my plant need to be repotted?

  • For smaller desktop plants, we suggest repotting once every 12-18 months. Typically you want to choose a potting vessel 1”- 2” larger in diameter to allow for growth. Don’t choose a pot much larger than the previous as this could drown the plants roots. If you prefer to maintain the current size of your plant, repot into the same vessel, providing new soil and trimming away some roots and foliage. Repotting in the spring or summer is ideal.
  • For larger floor plants, we suggest repotting every 18-24 months. Typically you want to choose a potting vessel 2”- 4” larger in diameter to allow for growth. Don’t choose a pot much larger than the previous as this could drown the plants roots. If you prefer to maintain the current size of your plant, repot into the same vessel, providing new soil and trimming away some roots and foliage. Repotting in the spring or summer is ideal.

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