Epipremnum aureum

Golden Pothos

Golden Pothos, Devil’s-Ivy, Moneyplant, Hunter’s Robe

How tall does the Golden Pothos grow?

Epipremnum aureum, which is the botanical name of the Golden Pothos, is a climbing plant, its shoots can reach several meters in length. The leaves are mostly between 10 and 20 centimeters long and 8 to 15 centimeters wide.

In tropical and subtropical regions, where the ivy can grow as a garden plant, its leaves reach lengths of up to 30 centimeters and look similar to those of the closely related Monstera species.

Epipremnum aureum Gold

Is the Golden Pothos a sensitive plant?

No. Although it originates from Moorea, where it is warm all year round, it copes well with room temperature and can even be overwintered at roundabout 59 °F/15 °C. For a short time it also tolerates temperatures below.

It does not make high demands on the location either. Epipremnum aureum grows well in shady to partly sunny locations.

In some books and also on websites whose authors copy from such books you can read, that the Golden Pothos would not tolerate hot summer sun. I cannot confirm this. If it is slowly acclimated to it or allowed to grow into the sunlight, it will do fine with it.

The patterned varieties with white or yellow-green leaves should not be placed too dark, otherwise they can turn green. However, shady locations do not harm them, they do not die there, but no longer look quite so chic.

Epipremnum aureum Golden Pothos

What kind of soil does the Golden Pothos like?

Epipremnum aureum does not require a special substrate and can be planted in standard potting soil. Mixes for herbs, vegetables or palms are also suitable.

Watering, how often?

It is good if the substrate is kept evenly moist. Large plants with long shoots and many leaves need more water, especially during the warm summer weeks.

If there is a little water in the planter from time to time, it won’t cause any harm. Even drying out the pot ball for a short time will not kill the ivy. However, neither should be a permanent condition.

Golden Pothos Epipremnum aureum

Fertilizing: When, how often and with what?

Only little work makes the nutrition with slow-release fertilizers. Sticks, granules or pellets can be given once each in spring and summer.

Liquid fertilizer for green or flowering plants can be added to the water every 4th to 8th week from spring to fall.

There is no need to fertilize in the first year after purchase or repotting. It also does not harm if fertilizing is forgotten from time to time.

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