Houseplants forum: Pothos questions

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nslade001
Feb 26, 2017 9:49 PM CST
Hi, I have 3 pothos: golden, and (I believe) marble queen and neon. They're all in a west window and doing well, but am moving to a house with only north and south windows. Not worried about the golden, but which would be better for my other two ... Worried south would be too strong sun?

Also, I've only ever let them hang :). Will they climb a frame by themself like an Ivy, or will I need to wrap them as they grow?

Thanks so much!

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gasrocks
Feb 27, 2017 12:43 AM CST
Start with them in the south windows. Though photos do not need a lot of light they will appreciate more. Yes, they can climb given some help. Gene

nslade001
Feb 27, 2017 10:43 AM CST
Great! Thanks so much,
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WillC
Mar 12, 2017 5:12 PM CST
Pothos don't like much direct sunlight falling directly on their leaves. For a south window, move the plant off to the side or several feet back from the window if possible. The neon will tolerate more light better than the other Pothos varieties.

In nature, Pothos are vining plants that put down roots all along their stems when they are in constant contact with damp soil or tree bark, which enables them to climb. However, it is very difficult to get them to cling naturally to trellises indoors becalms the air is too dry. You would have to drape them over supports or tie or secure them artificially. Personally, I think they look much nicer when kept trimmed.
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nslade001
Mar 24, 2017 6:42 AM CST
Thanks!
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plantladylin
Mar 25, 2017 7:39 AM CST
I agree, Pothos are bright shade loving plants. In nature they trail along the ground and climb up trees into the canopy. They are a very popular houseplant and many garden centers sell them in hanging baskets. As WillC mentioned, you could have the upward growing effect by tying the trailing stems to a trellis or post. Here are links to our database where you can view photos and find growing information for the three that you have:
Golden Pothos (Epipremnum aureum)
Golden Pothos (Epipremnum aureum 'Marble Queen')
Devil's Ivy (Epipremnum aureum 'Neon')

And, when googling I found a few photos of trellised Pothos which look pretty nice, you'd just have to keep tying them around or trim off the vines as they go and trail: https://www.google.com/search?...
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Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Mar 25, 2017 7:53 AM CST
These photos reminded me of my youngest sisters first apartment. She had two pothos on a top shelf at either end of a bookcase. Both plants grew so long that they trailed down and were piled on the floor at the base of the bookcase. She placed tacks along her wall up near the ceiling and down the corners and draped the pothos stems around the tacks ... the wall looked really neat framed in pothos.
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WillC
Mar 25, 2017 8:46 AM CST
Nursery growers often produce Pothos "totems" that have vines attached to bark-covered poles typically about 3 feet tall. Because the nurseries are able to keep the poles constantly damp, the Pothos will send out aerial roots that attach and hold onto the poles. However, without the constant dampness of the poles, there will be no root development for attachment. I know that folks often assume they can accomplish this clinging habit in their homes, but unfortunately they cannot unless they maintain 80% humidity, in which case the walls would be dripping!! The only alternative is to physically pin or tie the vines to the supports.

Personally, I prefer to keep my Pothos trimmed and compact and avoid the stringy effect that occurs with untrimmed Pothos vines.
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