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Hardiness Zone: 7a
Editor's Note: This is a Pothos.
By holly from Spring Lake, NC
'Marble Queen' - A white-variegated variety that grows very slowly.
'Golden' - Leaves and stems have a yellow hue.
'Tricolor' - mottled with or yellow, cream and pale green. Harder to find.
Pothos are very easy care plants. Your biggest chore will be keeping the vines from taking over.
Soil: Pothos prefer a slightly acidic soil, but any well-draining potting mix will suffice.
Water: Pothos like to have their soil dry out completely between waterings. If left continually in damp soil, the roots will rot. Let the plant tell you when to water. When it starts to droop, it needs a good drink. Don't wait until the leaves start to shrivel or you will lose some leaves. Unlike the general rule of watering deeply and infrequently, I have found my pothos grow best if I give them a splash of water whenever they start to droop.
Fertilize: Pothos aren't heavy feeders, but since there are no nutrients in most potting soils, feed monthly to bi-monthly, with any balanced houseplant fertilizer.
Pruning: is not required, but can be done to shape or control the size of your plant. Cut back to a leaf that is about 2" from the base of the plant, to keep new growth coming in.
Re-Potting: Eventually your pothos will become pot bound. When the leaves droop no matter how much or often you water them, the roots have probably filled the pot. Carefully lift the plant and check if that is the problem. When the plant has reached this stage, you can repot in a pot 1 or 2 sizes larger, with fresh soil. It helps to trim the plant back at this time also. If you don't want a larger plant, you can try dividing the plant or simply takes some cuttings and start over. Good luck.
My pothos plant's leaves are small yet the plant is growing well, but every few leaves has a rip in them. I thought it was the thorns causing them, but now I am finding spiderweb like substance on a few leaves. What insects could be causing this?
Thank you for your help!
Use some plant food and be careful not to over water.
They sound like spider mites. Regardless of the insect, you can get rid of them by using insecticidal soap.
It could be a fungus from over watering. It can cause web like issues and the holes.
Try pulling off the bad leaves, and cut back on watering. Also don't let water touch the leaves...if you can, water from the bottom if the pot has hole, let it take water up. I had one that was ok when I made the changes and one that was too far gone and the fungus killed it. Sad.
Post back how it goes!!
apparently this is a big year for this particular infestation becasue I am hearing about this plant invader with the spider web like signature
insecticidal soap and cutting down on water/increasing light will help solve this problem straightaway
It is spider mites. Wash it with a mild dawn soap/water solution. Rinse well, and change the soil. Move it to a different location so if the spider mites where in that area, they won't move back. Clean the pot well, with dawn and a dab of bleach in the water. **Don't use the bleach on the plant.