Flora Friday – Pothos

Welcome to Flora Friday featuring Pothos! My weekly post about my houseplants, balcony garden, or anything plant related. I started building my plant collection a few years ago and I can happily say that I finally feel like my thumb turned green this past year. There’s been a lot of trial and error, so I wanted to share my experiences, tips and tricks and general information about my plants that are super easy to take care of and will bring some greenery into your living space. 

The conception of Flora Friday…

Initially, when I was planning the structure of my blog, I wanted to have the Flora section solely encompass my houseplants. However, when I decided that this was going to be a weekly thing, my partner quickly pointed out that I’d run out of content before the year was up, so I came up with 2 solutions: a) the #1 excuse to buy more plants and build my collection (yay!) and b) expand this page to be anything plant related, whether that’s my garden, houseplants or general tips and tricks. To start this page off, I wanted to share what’s probably my favourite houseplant (it’s hard to call favourites):

Pothos aka Epipremnum aureum

Flora Friday featuring my Golden Pothos

This is by far one of the easiest plants and a great starter plant if you’re new to taking care of a living thing. It’s undemanding and super adaptable so it’ll survive even at the most forgetful owner’s hands. Frequently confused for ivy, this fast growing plant brings a lot of life to any space.

Types of Pothos Plants

There are 9 types of Pothos plants but some of the most common ones I see at garden centres are the Golden Pothos, Marble Queen Pothos, and Neon Pothos. 

Flora Friday featuring my Golden Pothos

Care

Pothos care is very easy and will survive even if you’re not able to maintain a consistent watering schedule. I generally water my Pothos plants once a week, but the key is to let the top two inches of the soil dry out before watering. Excess watering will likely lead to root rot so ensuring your pot has good drainage can help avoid this problem. 

They enjoy many different environments, so don’t fret if your space doesn’t get a lot of sunlight because Pothos plants thrive in bright indirect light as well as low light. These plants are perfect for low light spaces like the office or the bathroom because frankly they don’t do well in direct sunlight.

While they do grow quickly, I would still recommend fertilizing your plant at least once every three months with either a liquid solution or a fertilizer stick to help promote quick growth of your plant. 

Flora Friday featuing one of my Pothos plants with a new leaf

Are Pothos plants safe?

With any houseplants, if you have small children or animals at home it’s always important to note whether or not they can be poisonous. Pothos plants are toxic and if ingested can cause irritation and vomiting, although are rarely fatal. I personally have a dog but I keep my Pothos plants out of reach so I’m not concerned about my little buddy getting sick. 

Tips

  1. If your Pothos leaves are pale, it means there’s too much sun so remember to avoid direct sunlight when positioning your Photos plant. 
  2. If the leaves are turning yellow, it’s a good sign that you are over watering your plant and you may need to check for root rot. This would be a good time to repot your plant and ensure that your new pot has good drainage. 
  3. If the leaves are turning brown, it’s a sign that you’re under watering your plant. Since Pothos plants accept erratic watering care, this likely won’t happen unless you completely forget about your plant. 
  4. Leaves are turning yellow/brown – note which leaves this is happening to. Are they the first leaves on the stem? If so, this is just the plant’s life cycle. Old leaves die as new leaves grow, so if you see new growth as well then you’re a.ok. (see picture below)
Flora Friday featuring the Pothos plant

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