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Golden Pothos Care-Epipremnum Aureum

Read this printable Golden Pothos care guide for complete instructions on how to have a thriving pothos.

This easy houseplant for beginners has tough leathery deep green leaves with have an attractive subtle golden variegation.

The golden pothos plant is a lush and versatile decor plant with a trailing vine growth pattern.

The Golden Pothos heart shaped leaves can drape from shelves, hang out of baskets, or be trimmed as table top pots. It makes a lovely indoor plant.

Golden Pothos

Want to learn more about the different varieties of Pothos? Search pothos on the site. There are so many gorgeous varieties of pothos.

Golden Pothos as Air Filters:

Epipremnum aureum (Devil's Ivy)

 Live greenery is therapeutic for humans.

All Pothos plants remove some impurities and toxins from your household air.

NASA recommends two or three filtering plants like pothos in 8 to 10-inch pots for every 100 square feet. 

Golden pothos will filter the air, provide a great decor accent and is simple to care for. Win Win Win!

Golden pothos trailing from kitchen shelves

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Pothos Prefer…

Pothos prefer indirect light (will tolerate low light) and a humid environment. But they thrive in a wide range of conditions.

These are one of the easiest houseplants to care for. Find all the plant care needs below in our printable care guide.

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Golden Pothos Care Guide

Golden Pothos

Here are the basic supplies, materials and Instructions you will need to care for the Golden Pothos.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Active Time 5 minutes
Additional Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Difficulty easy



Soil Preference:

Golden pothos is very easy to please. A general potting soil is fine. If you tend to overwater add perlite to increase soil lightness at 40 % volume.

Pot Size and Type:

  1. Pothos can be grown in relatively small pots for their lengthy vines.
  2. Repot every second year or when roots come out the drainage holes on the pot bottom. To the next pot size up. Don't jump to a huge pot from a small one.
  3. Pots can be hanging baskets or table top displays.
  4. Grow golden pothos in vases of water hydroponically. They will trail happily out of fish tanks too.


Pothos will tolerate low light (NOT no light) indefinitely. They will NOT tolerate hot direct sun on their leaves all day long.

Shield your pothos from strong summer south and west sunny windows. Avoid placing your pothos trailers in a window with strong direct light.


  1. Window sheers or blinds can offset some high direct light.
  2. Windows that open can provide cooling breezes to offset intense high heat transfer through window glass.
  3. Increasing your room humidity and cooling mists will also help the pothos tolerate higher heat for short periods.
  4. Golden pothos is tolerant of low indirect light.
  5. Brighter indirect light is better to enhance the color variations in the leaves.

AVOID Strong DIRECT light. The heart shaped leaves will burn.


Water your Devils Ivy when the top one inch of soil is dry. Watering is best done on a regular schedule so the plant is not over or under watered. Both can cause stress on the plant. overwatering will cause root rot and fungus Gnats..

  1. Golden pothos likes humidity. Place them in kitchens and bathrooms or give the leaves regular mistings.
  2. Water pothos on a regular schedule when the top inch or so of soil is dry.
  3. In dormant winter months reduce watering to when the top two inches of soil are dry.

Fertilize Golden Pothos:

    1. Apply a general purpose fertilizer monthly through Spring and summer.
    2. Decrease feedings by late Fall and allow the plant to rest through the winter months.


  1. Golden Pothos are native to tropical climates. They prefer temps from 65 degrees F up to 85 degrees F.
  2. They enjoy a drop of temperature in evening but not lower than 60 degrees F.

How to Propagate Golden Pothos:

Read our complete guide on Pothos propagation here.

Pruning and Training:

Prune the trailers so the roots and vines are forced to create more trailers. This will give you a fuller plant with more even growth. If you let the pothos grow untrained it will be a long thin vine.

Sharp Hand pruners are preferred for pruning. They will give a clean cut that will heal quickly. Sharp scissors can be used if you have nothing else.

Pruning as Trailing Vines:

If you want a hanging plant for shelf or hanging basket:

  1. Encourage new growth to grow evenly around the plant by continuing to turn the hanging basket to the light source in the room.
  2. Prune uneven or over long trailers to whatever length you prefer.
  3. These vines are great candidates for planting on walls and upper shelves. If you can provide some light and water properly.

Pruning as Table Top Plants:

  1. It’s easy to prune and shape these friendly plants to whatever length and fullness you desire.
  2. Cut the trailers in the internodal zone (between the nodes).
  3. Prune the trailers back to encourage the heart shaped leaves to fill in your planter as you wish.


Golden Pothos is a hardy plant. All plants eventually get pests. Read our post on How to get rid of aphids and other pests


Golden pothos like indirect light and humidity. Consider this plant a .good choice for your bathroom and kitchen shelves and hanging baskets.

Golden Pothos propagation:

See the video below for our complete guide on pothos plant propagation

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Keep in mind All of the Devil’s Ivy varieties are toxic to pets and mildly toxic to humans.

To Humans:

  •  Pothos contain Calcium oxalate which can be mildly toxic to humans.
  • Possible side effects from the consumption of E. aureum are atopic dermatitis (eczema).
  • Burning and/or swelling of the region inside of and surrounding the mouth.
  • Excessive contact with the plant can also lead to general skin irritation or contact dermatitis.

To Pets:

  • The Pothos plant is toxic to cats and dogs. It is listed by the ASPCA as having Insoluble raphides.
  • Please ensure the plant parts are not chewed by pets.
  • Symptoms may include oral irritation, vomiting, and difficulty in swallowing.
Golden Pothos leaves close up

Invasive Species Warning:

In nature the golden pothos trails through subtropical climate zones easily and invasively.

Pothos are called Devils Ivy in some places in the world. They are hard to control in nature once they get a foothold. It’s best to grow this plant in containers outside.

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This easy houseplant for beginners has tough leathery deep green leaves with have an attractive subtle golden variegation.
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Read this printable Golden Pothos care guide for complete instructions on how to have a thriving pothos.

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