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Pothos | Devil's Ivy | Money Plant | What is it?

Published: Tuesday 18 October 2022

Pothos | Devil's Ivy | Money Plant | What is it?

Pothos also sometimes called  Devil’s Ivy, Golden PothosMoney Plant, or Hunter’s Robe, is one of the most popular house plants in the world. And also one of the most common garden plants in the tropics. The scientific name is Epipremnum Pinnatum Aureum. Many consider it a great way to get started with plants inside your home because it’s one of the easiest houseplants to grow.

Pothos Is the #1 Houseplant

The long stems of the Pothos trail or climb by aerial roots that adhere to surfaces, make this a versatile choice for hanging baskets, plant stands, and bookshelves. It's very easy to take care of, this houseplant. Best of all, Pothos is one of the top houseplants for improving indoor air quality. Making home and office environments cleaner. 

 How to Grow and Care for Pothos

This low-maintenance houseplant is easy to grow and propagate. The basic care of a pothos is quite simple. These plants thrive in a variety of settings. They can be cultivated in dry soil or in water-filled containers, and they thrive in both low and bright indirect light. They perform almost as well in nutrient-poor soil as they do in nutrient-rich soil. Because they can thrive in low light conditions, pothos plants are an excellent addition to your bathroom or office. Pothos do well in a range of lighting situations, but they struggle in direct sunshine behind glass.

How to Care for Pothos Plants

  • Keep pothos plants in a warm location; room temperature is ideal. If exposed to regular drafts or colder temperatures, the plant’s growth can be affected. 
  • Place pothos in bright, indirect light. They will tolerate low light, however, will not grow as vigorously and may lose some or all of the variegation in their leaves.
  • Water when the soil feels dry. Pothos does not like wet soil; leaves will begin to yellow.
  • Apply a diluted liquid houseplant fertilizer about once a month during the spring and summer. 
  • Cut back vines just above a leaf to make the plant bushier. 
  • The large, waxy leaves can gather dust; gently wipe them periodically.
  • Remove any rotted or dead stems and any spotted leaves. 

How to Propagate Pothos Plants

Pothos are beautiful houseplants to share with family, friends, and neighbours because they are very simple to grow.

Propagating the Pothos is very easy. To propagate, follow these steps:

  • Locate a healthy-looking vine to take a cutting from. Leaves should be bright and healthy, and should not be wilted.
  • Make a stem cutting. The ideal stem cutting will be 10-15 cm in length and have 2-3 leaves on it. Cut the vine just above a root node (i.e., the spot on the vine where aerial roots grow out of). 
  • Once you have your cutting, place the cut end in either a small pot of potting soil or a clear glass of water.
  • Pothos can be grown in water or soil, but be aware that cuttings can be finicky if they are transferred from water to soil or vice versa, so choose one and stick with it.
  • After a few weeks, you should start to see roots (in water) or observe that the plant can support itself (in soil). 


Pothos Is a Great Air Purifier

The Pothos is particularly fitting for indoor settings because it is able to filter gaseous toxins like formaldehyde from the air. They are really living air purifiers, making your interior a healthy space.


Pothos - What’s in a Name?

Pothos is the common name for the plant. It's botanically known as Epipremnum pinnatum aureum, though throughout history, it's been reclassified as a Scindapsus aureus, Rhaphidophora aurea, and Pothos. This genus of about 15 species in the arum family (Araceae) occurs from Southeast Asia to the western Pacific. Botanically, Pothos species are distant cousins of the Epipremnum varieties we enjoy indoors.

Money Plant and Devil's Ivy

And then there is the name Money Plant which is used in mainly some parts of India, because its round leaves are flat and plump, supposedly resembling coins. Other theories say it’s called that way because it thrives and grows rapidly, so anyone who grows it will always have money. Another name for Pothos is Devil's Ivy. This name is a bit odd, but Pothos gained this unique nickname due to its unrivaled hardiness. It can survive almost anything! 

But no matter what you call it, this plant is a delightful houseplant! 

Are Pothos Plants Poisonous?

Yes. Despite being a very popular houseplant, pothos plants are mildly toxic. All parts of the plant contain a substance called calcium oxalate, which are microscopic crystals that act as a contact irritant. Ingestion of pothos can cause swelling and a burning sensation in the mouth and throat, as well as intestinal discomfort and indigestion. Due to its toxicity, this plant should be grown with caution around curious pets and small children.