The Ultimate Guide to Growing Golden Pothos: A Classic Houseplant

The Golden Pothos is not difficult to take care of, but it might also not be the best plant for beginning plant owners. It requires a fine balance between dry and wet soil and a bright spot in your house. Find out exactly how to take care of this beautiful plant in this comprehensive plant care guide. Golden Pothos is mostly self-sufficient. It grows fast and lasts for several years. However, like most houseplants, you should feed it regularly and water it if needed.

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Types of Golden Pothos

There are two types of pothos: Traditional Pothos and Brimstone Pothos. Traditional pothos is the most common form of the plant. The leaves look like tiny versions of the five petals of a wreath. The leaves are shiny and smooth and all look similar in shape. Brimstone Pothos is a more unusual form of the Golden Pothos. Its leaves are flat and the soil seems to come from the top. The plant is often pruned to its single stem with nothing but a round head at the top.

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Choosing the Right Spot For Your Pothos

The Pothos likes a dry, shaded spot in the room. On average, it grows between 6 to 8 inches high. However, some varieties might grow up to 15 inches high. It can be grown in a pot, on the ground, or in hanging basket. For a smaller-than-average plant, you can also create a small, round plant in a clay pot. For a hanging basket, place it in the kitchen, living room, bedroom, or basement. For a pot, place it in a bright spot in your house.

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How To Water A Pothos

Watering a pothos is not that different from watering other plants. You need to water the plant when the soil is dry, using warm water. Make sure you do not spray the plant with water. You should water the roots, not the leaves. The plant requires fertilizer every two months, but you do not need to feed it every day.

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Fertilize the plant once every two months. Keep in mind that this is a houseplant that will not thrive on pesticide. However, you should be aware of possible pesticide contamination of the water from the fertilizer. After fertilization the rule of thumb is to give the plant some water every 15 to 30 minutes. You can keep track of the times with a measuring cup. Once the soil starts to dry out, you should consider watering the plant daily.

Fertilizing and Pruning A Pothos

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Fertilization can be quite easy, depending on the type of soil you’re using. Mix some organic fertilizer into the potting mix that comes with the plant. Check the label for a complete list of fertilizer products that are good for your pothos. As for pruning, it’s not recommended. Pruning Golden Pothos is extremely hard on the plant’s fragile branches, and it’s the worst thing you can do to a pothos.

There are many people who like to prune their pothos regularly, but this is an absolute no-no. The good thing about pothos is that you can just keep it indoors, or plant it in a sunny spot that is away from direct sun, and you should be good to go. The outside leaves can be removed, trimmed and preserved, and dried in a paper bag for weeks.

How Do I Remove Pothos Leaf Stems?

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The stems of the pothos will only be a cosmetic annoyance if you do not remove them as soon as they appear. Once they reach about five centimeters, you’ll probably need to cut them off. The stem is the part of the plant that you need to make sure stays.


As you can see, you will find a lot of different things to do with the plants that you have acquired. There are various things that will increase the life of your plants and also help you to take care of them. You can find out in this article how you can make your plants live as long as possible.

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