Pothos – Epipremnum Aureum but not as you know it!

Pothos. Devil’s ivy. Jade pothos. Golden Queen. This popular hanging plant goes by many names and comes in a plethora of varieties. It is often seen in offices, schools and restaurants around the world.

This is due to the trailing vine being arguably one of the easiest houseplants to care for.

They grow at a rapid pace, and are tolerant of the most severe neglect. Hence their low price as seen here. 3 for 10rmb!

Pothos requires no special care indoors, as it tolerates the low light provided by offices (yet appreciated medium to bright light just as much!) and for a tropical plant, pothos does surprisingly well in low humidity conditions.

Having said that, pothos really thrives when it’s soil is kept moist (but not wet or saturated), so it’s best to water it when the top inch or so of the potting mix is dry. Try sticking a finger into the potting mix, up to the first joint. If the soil sticks to your finger, then watering can wait!

Now, onto why I felt compelled to write this article in the first place. I recently took delivery of a huge, towering house plant. My wife got it for me as an anniversary gift, so I had no idea as to what plant it was. It seemed familiar, and it wasn’t until reading up on pothos that I finally believed it was indeed the same plant.

Look at those leaves. They are absolutely massive, dwarfing my biggest monstera’s efforts.

After further research, I found out that in the wild, pothos leaves get bugger the higher the plant climbs up a tree, presumably as they are able to take in more light from above the canopy.

What surprises me here is that when my plant puts out new leaves, they are also huge!

The stem is super thick, and it uses its aerial roots to take a death-grip on the climbing pole. I can only assume my plant is this size due to being grown under hot, humid conditions that the south China climate provides.

Have you got a monster pothos? Do you have a theory as to how this one got so huge?

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