Aaaah epipremnum aureum (aka pothos)! You’d be hardpressed to create conditions that this hearty houseplant couldn’t thrive in. So just add water and enjoy your new easy, breezy chloro-rific companion!
After removing your pothos from the box, carefully unwrap your new plant pal and shake off any excess dirt that might have escaped during shipping. Take care to handle its foliage gently!
To make caring for your pothos a snap, we potted her in a draining plastic vessel that easily nestles in the decorative basket included with shipment. To water, simply pop the plant and plastic pot out of the basket, place it in the basin of your kitchen sink, and turn your faucet on low.
Let the water run until it begins to leak from the drainage holes on the bottom of the plastic pot and then let your pothos drain completely before popping her back into the basket.
Set up a watering schedule that allows your pothos’ soil to dry out completely in between sessions. To see if your pothos is ready for water, stick your finger about 1” or 2” into the soil. Dry soil won’t stick to your skin and is a green light for H2O. The amount of time between waterings depends on the temperature and moisture level in your space and may be as short as a few days or as long as a few weeks!
Pro Tip: Forgot to hire a plant sitter for your extended weekend away? It’s ok! Pothos actually prefer moisture variation in their soil! This makes plant care manageable for even the busiest of schedules!
Location, Location, Location
Pothos are pretty tolerant of most lighting conditions but thrive in areas with lots of indirect sunlight. For best results, park your plant pal a spot three or four feet from your brightest window. See browning edges or leaves? This likely means your pothos is getting sunburnt and needs to be moved to a spot with a little less light.
Jeepers, creepers! Pothos are climbers that cling their way towards the ligh with trails of up to ten feet long. Pro tip: Situate your pothos on a shelf (so its luscious leaves have room to reach down) or give it something to hold onto (so it can grow up).