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Pothos plants, or Epipremnum aureum are the workhorses of the interior plant industry.

Of all the plants we care for in office plant accounts, pothos is most numerous. Shown left are the Marble Queen variety on top and the brilliant chartreuse Pothos Neon on bottom.

Pothos is pronounced “Paw-thoes”; not “Poe-thoes”, (accenting the long O)–sorry to digress here, but just because I’ve been in the industry so long it still irks me when people pronounce this plant name incorrectly, probably because I hear many people in the interior foliage industry pronouncing it incorrectly, and they should know better.

Anyway–pothos is a fantastic, adaptable plant. There’s a reason you see them often in houses, offices, and buildings, and it’s because this plant is amazingly suitable to indoor use. It tolerates anything except total darkness–even surviving in basements lit with a minimal amount of fluorescent light.

It also tolerates neglect pretty easily–underwatering results in droopy vines that perk back up when watered, though you may experience some drought stress and the plant losing some of it’s leaves.

Contrary to what people think, you should pinch the runners on these plants back frequently. Letting them get super long to the point where you need to tack them up with thumbtacks all over your office cubicle may look cool, but it’s really not healthy for the plant. In order to keep it’s head, meaning the part closest to it’s soil in the grow pot, big and bushy, you want to cut these runners back frequently, which will force new growth from the root ball.

Take those runners and root them in a glass of water. They root quickly and easily, and transplant them when they’ve got a good base of roots going, and you’ve got a whole new plant made from cuttings!

Like all indoor plants, the most pervasive insect on pothos is mealybug, but these can easily be wiped off it’s broad leaves (be sure to check underneath!) and treated with a topical like Neem Oil and a systemic pesticide such as Merit.

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