Adding a bit of nature to a room is an important part of the room’s overall design. Not only do plants help by cleaning the air, but they also add an organic texture and bring the room to life, literally. Often times, the hardest part about using plants as part of your decor is finding the right spot for them! Actually, finding the spot is easy, but picking a plant that will tolerate the light levels in that spot is the hard part. Not to mention that many of us are busy and regular care and maintenance of a houseplant can easily fall of our radar. It is for all of these reasons that I love, love, love the Pothos!
Epipremnum aureum, more commonly known as Pothos, is a green, leafy vine. Believe it or not, but it is actually a flowering plant, although having it flower as a houseplant is very rare. It can handle a wide variety of light levels and in fact, grows well in low light conditions, making it an ideal plant choice for decorating, particularly in offices, dorm rooms, and interiors spaces of the home. I have kept one on my coffee table, in the center of the room with very low light, for many years!
The leaves of the Pothos have a heart shape and depending on the variety, the color can range from green, to chartreuse, or variegated with either white or yellow. In low light conditions, however, the variegated varieties will lose some if not most of their variegation since only the green areas produce photosynthesis and the plant will produce more green in order to absorb more light if light conditions are low.
The plant shoots out long vines as it grows and I usually pinch them back in order to keep the plant looking more full and bushy.
Of course, it’s happy to grow as a vine when left to its own devices! I have one that I’ve let grow a bit long so that it’s overhanging my vintage olive bucket near my fireplace.
And while it wont’ actually “stick” to surfaces, it can be supported and trained to grow along a space or even left to grow down and create a living wall!
Pothos thrives in a variety of soil conditions, so it’s a great option even us “forgetful” gardeners! It will even grow roots in water allowing you to easily propagate a new plant, but also create an indoor water garden!
While I love the graceful and elegant look of an orchid or the large glossy green leaves of a Fiddleleaf Fig, these plants, like many, are fickle and need the proper light and soil in order to thrive. The Pothos, on the other hand, is very hardy and adapts well to most areas, making it a great choice for decorating! As a bonus, it’s relatively inexpensive at only $7 for a 6″ pot at the big box hardware stores and is also often available in the grocery store.
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