All Things Gardening forum: The absolute best way to keep pothos?

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Name: Jai or Jack
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Jai_Ganesha
Jan 17, 2017 12:17 AM CST
I picked up a pothos plant this weekend. I plan to divide it and take part to work.

I've grown it ten billion times over the years and I know that it's nearly indestructable. It can withstand shade, bright light, dry indoor air, overwatering, whatever.

But I'm curious--aside from the "tough" and "hardy" reputation, what is the actual ideal circumstances for growing this plant indoors?

For example, if somebody wanted to bring it to bloom (which I have never seen), what would the best plan of care actually be?
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SusanBrown852
Jan 19, 2017 11:43 PM CST
Taking care of pothos plants are very easy as they can easily adjust to the sorroundings. They are capable of enjoying a variety of environments. They can grow in indirect light as well as in low light. They can thrive in soils with different nutrition level too.
If your pothos is variegated, they have the chance to lose their variegation if the light is too low.
They can be grown in water as well as dry soil. Cuttings can be taken from the mother plant and can be rooted in water.
Make sure that you fertilize the plant once in every three month to help the plant grow more quickly.
Name: Jai or Jack
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Jai_Ganesha
Jan 20, 2017 12:08 AM CST
Thank you. I know all of this. I'm asking about the ideal circumstances.

Another way to ask is--if you were growing them outdoors in their native environment (for example), and wanted the 50-foot vine with 16" leaves that you see in the jungles of India, how would indoor care differ from the way they are usually treated as houseplants (where they stay very small-leaved and don't develop woody parts)?
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tarev
Jan 20, 2017 10:53 AM CST
Jai, in ideal tropical conditions where they truly grow much better, temps are sustained and warm, never going below 70F and goes higher to the 90F's with matching humidity levels of 80 to 90%. Plus the torrential rains that it gets in the tropics is just amazingly a lot. In the tropics, it is grown outdoors not indoors, vining under the trees with wide leaves getting the shade it needs when the onerous heat comes about, that is why at times, it is just ignored over there, they grow like weeds.

Our home conditions here hardly meets that, unless you want to live in a sauna bath or have a nice greenhouse. So the least we can provide is to keep the media where it grows well draining and moist, and give it comfortable warm levels. Our four seasons limits us severely. But we all try to grow them, and thankfully it can adjust given proper care and understanding of its growing needs. As you said you have grown them through the years, so you are familiar with that already.

I grow mine in a simple way. I don't aim for blooms, just keeping the vine happy and leaves slowly growing. Keeping it in water gel beads works well for me, so I don't invite fungus gnats and allows the roots moisture and good airflow at rootzone.
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Jan 20, 2017 11:00 AM CST
That is an interesting idea to grow it in the water beads, Tarev. I have a poor neglected one that is about 15 yrs old. It has stems about 20 ft long and is just a big mess at the moment. I plan to cut it back and renovate it so I will try the gel bead culture.
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Name: Jai or Jack
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Jai_Ganesha
Jan 20, 2017 11:07 AM CST
The way that they grow indoors is not optimal though. What we think of as the whole plant is really only the under part. The upper part of the plant has leaves which are 2 feet across and a different shape than the under leaves. So I feel like most people say they do well under various conditions but they don't know that they're actually doing relatively poorly because they've never seen one with the second type of leaves (the leaves most people think of are the lower portion leaves) and flowers.

Maybe one day I will live in the jungle.
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tarev
Jan 20, 2017 11:16 AM CST
It will never be that optimal here in our varying micro climates. In my area, it slows down during winter. It returns vigor in Spring. Then we get too dry here in late Spring to mid Fall, so even outdoors in shade it will turn crunchy dry, so indoors it stays with ample watering. Maybe those in Hawaii and Florida they can do it much better. But as with most tropicals here in the mainland, once fall and winter is here, got to adjust watering and protect from the cold.

It took me awhile to understand that, since I grew in the tropics, and over there, our usual handling of plants is to water your plants everyday. Have taken for granted our temperature and humidity levels there. Over here, have to adjust a lot for temperature, lighting and watering, and media being used.
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Deebie
Jan 21, 2017 7:47 AM CST
Jack, as Tarev mentioned maybe someone in Florida like @Plantladylin can give you growing info you're looking for. I think I've seen some of her photos with the adult leaves.

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