Even the most enthusiastic plant newbie can feel intimidated by the delicate world of indoor houseplants. Fear not! Pothos (Epipremnum aureum) is here to save the day. This lush vining plant is practically foolproof, making it perfect for those just starting their houseplant journey. We’ll see— I’m a newbie (I usually kill everything.)

Pothos Plant Care— Easy Does It

Pothos plants thrive on neglect. Here’s the skinny on keeping yours happy:

Watering: These forgiving plants like to dry out between waterings. Stick your finger in the soil – if the top inch is dry, it’s time to water. Overwatering is the enemy, so avoid soggy soil. This is good to hear because I’m not the best at remembering to water. 

Plant Food: While not essential, gentle feeding every few months during the growing season (spring and summer) with a diluted indoor plant fertilizer can boost your pothos.

Light: Pothos tolerates various light conditions, from bright, indirect sunlight to relatively low light. South-facing windows might be too harsh, but north-facing ones should be fine.

Light It Up (Artificially): If your home lacks natural light, don’t despair! Pothos can benefit from artificial grow lights. Look for LED bulbs labeled “full spectrum” or “grow lights.” I was glad to find this out because I only have two windows in my apartment (one on each end).

Leaf Care: A gentle wipe-down with a damp cloth every now and then will keep your pothos leaves dust-free and maximize their light absorption.

Repotting: As your pothos grows, it will eventually need a larger pot. Signs it’s time to repot include roots coming out of the drainage holes or the plant appearing pot-bound.

Speaking of Repotting: I read somewhere during my research— but I don’t remember where. It would help if you waited a week or two before repotting your plant from the growing pot you brought it home in from the store. Why? I wondered that myself. I read that your indoor house plants need time to acclimate themselves to your house. How so? Transporting from store to home can be stressful for the plant. They also need some time to get used to the lighting and temperature of your home. Waiting a week or two reduces that stress on your plant.

Enjoy Your Thriving Pothos!

With its easy care requirements and beautiful trailing vines, the pothos is a perfect houseplant for beginners. Following these simple tips will ensure your pothos flourishes for years to come, adding a touch of elegance and life to your home. Like I said, we’ll see about that. Now that you’ve mastered pothos, you might be ready to explore more challenging, light-loving plants! I’ve recently become interested in indoor houseplants, so I’m going to give this a try. I’d like to move on to other types of indoor plants, too.

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  1. I have only just recently been able to not only keep two houseplants alive but to also see them thrive and grow! Who knew. After decades of trying!! And this plant looks like a perfect addition to my little family of plants!! Yours is so vibrant and pretty!! Thanks for sharing and for such practical tips for growing them well. I pray you are having a blessed week!!

    1. Hi Jen, I usually kill everything I try to grow. I’m going to give this a good go. So we’ll see what happens.
      Sending have a good week wishes your way.

  2. I never knew what these were called but I did have one of these that I kept alive forever; and I am notoriously bad at keeping plants alive (but I am getting better ever since I instituted a weekly watering schedule!).

    1. I usually kill everything I try to grow. So we’ll see how this goes.

  3. I do not have a green thumb. However, I have pinned this for future reference. When I am ready to start with non plastic plants, this will be the one I will get first!
    Take care and best wishes.

    1. I hear ya Debbie, I don’t have a green thumb either. So we’ll see how this goes.

  4. I am useless when it comes to houseplants. Plants outside I am great with but inside one’s never seem to do well here. Great advice and tips. x

    1. Me too Kim. I’m going to give this a good go. And we’ll see what happens.

  5. Some really great tips, especially waiting to repot for a couple of weeks until they adapt to your environment! Wishing you well on your newbie plant journey, you’ll have a houseful before long!

  6. I almost purchased one over the weekend. Maybe, I’ll go back and get it! This morning I watered my plants and wondered why one of my succulents was dropping leaves. I used the google search by image and found that I was underwatering it. I gave it a nice soak. I hope that helps! Paula, thank you for sharing with us at the Crazy Little Lovebirds link party #34.

  7. I have 4 of these wonderful plants, and this is exactly why–they’re easy and I can’t ruin them too much. 😉 Thank you for sharing this post at the Will Blog for Comments #35 linkup. We hope to see you next time, too, for #36. Have a great week.

  8. You are so right about the Pothos plant, one of the easiest to take care of. I have several that are well over 50 years old in my collection, and they are all quite sentimental to me.

    1. Oh wow that’s awesome!

  9. I don’t tend to have much luck with houseplants but can keep none flowering plants alive slightly longer. Thanks for linking with #pocolo

  10. I used to do pretty well with houseplants but in recent years I have neglected them terribly. But pothos is one that seems to survive. LOL

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