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Indoor Plants For Beginners Part 1: Pothos / Devil’s Ivy

Indoor Plants For Beginners Part 1: Pothos / Devil's Ivy

I used to class myself as a plant killer, and I think in the past I wasn’t so good with indoor plants as I didn’t realise that each plant type has different needs. It’s not like I didn’t love plants, I really did and most certainly still do (a bit too much some might say!), it’s just that I didn’t educate myself on how to be kind to them and nurture them in the way that they need to be nurtured.

So, the turning point for me was a couple of years ago when I joined Instagram and discovered some fabulous plant and interiors accounts – this revived my plant passion, and has taught me how to bring the best out in my little and ever growing plant family.

Pothos – The Perfect Starter Plant For Beginners

A good place to start is with a hardy plant like a Pothos, or as it is sometimes called Devil’s Ivy, as it appears to be a plant that is almost impossible to kill. It likes to be in a sunny spot, not in direct sunlight, but does grows well in a more shaded spot too. The way to tell if it needs watered is when the top inch or so of the pot is dry, then give it a drink. But, as I mentioned already, it appears to not be too upset if it doesn’t get watered so often. I tend to look at mine once a week to check if it’s needs some water, and if I go two weeks before checking, it’s not too cross with me.

Pothos, Devil’s Ivy
Image Credit: Laurie Mackie

Pothos Propagation: How to Propogate a Pothos

It’s also a great plant to propagate from. Cut a length of about 4 – 6 inches from below a root node. The perfect cutting will have four or more leaves, and two or more growth nodes. You can propagate the cutting in either water or soil. If you are using water, then replace the water every four days or so, and you will quickly see some roots beginning to grown before long.

Your Pothos cutting may not take to being planted in soil if it has been rooted in water for a long time. It’s best to pot when you see roots starting. The longer it’s in water, the more difficult a time it will have adapting to soil. Or, simply keep your plant in water, it will happily live in a jug of water, just replace the water on a regular basis and it will thrive.

Pothos Training

Another perk to growing a pothos is that can be a wonderful hanging plant as it can grow very long, or it can be trained to grow up and along walls. My top tip is to use small plastic sticky backed hooks and hook sections of the plant to them and you can grown them in any direction.

Image credit: Rikki Snyder

*Please be aware that the Pothos plant is considered toxic, not deadly, but needs to be kept away from cats, dogs and children. It will make you quite sick if digested.

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