How to bring plants into the home

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Living plants have a positive impact on your health and wellness. For those of us who manage to kill any plant that comes in the door, you need to meet the Golden pothos plant! These green indoor plants eliminate toxins in the air such as formaldehyde and carbon monoxide.  (Bonus: Golden pothos, also know as devil’s ivy, stays green even when kept in the dark.)

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Here are some great tips to keep your Pothos friend happy, healthy, thriving, and beautiful from our friends at Houzz.com

  • Light: Most houseplants prefer bright indirect light, though pothos can also live in low-light conditions as well as artificial light, making it the perfect office cubicle plant. Pothos with variegated leaves as opposed to solid green leaves are less tolerant of low light.
  • Water: Water thoroughly and allow the soil to dry out between watering. Do not allow the soil to become swampy, as these vines are susceptible to root rot, an interesting quality for a plant that can grow in water.
  • Soil: Use a well-draining all-purpose houseplant mix.
  • Feeding: Fertilization is not necessary unless you’d like to get pothos growing in high gear, in which case you may fertilize once a month with a general houseplant fertilizer.
  • General: Pothos is popular for its ability to grow in either soil or water, although once the plant begins to mature, it will adapt to the medium of your choice and may not tolerate a switch. You can even just fill a large jug with pothos cuttings, put it in a high place and enjoy a cascading vine that is care free with the exception of refilling the water once in a while.
  • Propagation: You can easily make new plants from pothos cuttings. Root in water or dip the end in rooting hormone and root in moist soil. Rooting hormone is not mandatory but will increase your success rate.

Other considerations:

  • Air purification: It’s efficient at removing airborne toxins such as formaldehyde and carbon monoxide.
  • Cautions: Pothos can be toxic to pets and children if ingested. More about plant cautions
  • Native environment: It has a broad native distribution, extending from Northern Australia through Malaysia and Indochina into China, Japan and India.

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