Caring for Devil's Ivy

Caring for Devil's Ivy
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Scindapsus aureus, also known as devil's ivy or pothos, is a carefree, low light plant perfect for the top of a cupboard, shelf, refrigerator or cabinet. This is actually a very good location for pothos, since it is considered poisonous to humans and pets. I've grown it for years with no problems on the top of my china cabinet, but again, it's out of reach. There are many plants that we grow inside and outside that are toxic on different levels, so it's always important to watch the kids especially and teach them never to chew or play with plants. I grow a lot of herbs and other edible plants but my kids always ask me before picking anything in the yard. It's a good habit to start very early on with children.
Back to pothos, it needs medium to bright light, but not direct sunlight. It will tolerate low light, but grows better with at least medium light. The soil should be kept evenly moist, but a little drying is fine for the winter, and mist often. It's comfortable in 60-85 degree temperature range.

Pothos makes a great hanging plant as well, just remember to put it up a little higher and out of reach. I also found out that it will work as an aquarium plant! They are usually quite expensive when bought from a tropical fish store, but if you clip off the plant above the dirt level and wash it to remove any pesticides the store may have used, you can float it in your fish tank.

Root cuttings can be taken at any time and placed in a glass of clean water, which you should change every few days. When a good set of roots form, plant in regular soil with a little sand added. I've also seen people grow pothos in a glass vase with marbles in the bottom for a decorative look. My mother-in-law added goldfish to her vase! Remember, especially with these methods, to keep the vase or glass out of the sunlight.


About The Author

Brenda Hyde is a freelance writer living on ten acres in rural Michigan with her husband and three kids. She is a mom, grandma, gardener, cook and writer. She blogs on all of these topics at


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