Pothos: a low-maintenance, rewarding houseplant.

If I had only two words to describe pothos, they would be “ridiculously forgiving.” This plant is over 20 years old and was severely pruned before our last move, then jammed into a terrible low-light situation for a couple of years, but it just kept. on. going. (“Deeply determined?”) I finally found it a spot with more sunlight and it is rewarding me with tons of new growth. If you are struggling to grow houseplants, grab yourself one of these.

And if you are looking beyond the popular golden pothos (Epipremnum aureum), there are some absolutely incredible cultivars to track down for your collection. If you type the keywords “A Plethora of Pothos Varieties” into your search bar, you may find the page that pops up a bit inspirational. Seriously, get a napkin, ’cause you might catch yourself drooling.

Finally, this link might be helpful! Last year, I wrote an article about pothos and philodendron care for Farmers’ Almanac – you can find it here.

Adaptable. Beautiful.

Do you grow pothos? What other houseplants do you find to be extremely low-maintenance and reliable?


  1. I was gifted a pothos. They have never been one of my favorites, but I can never throw out a living plant. I’m in a warmer climate and I keep mine outside on a covered patio. When I am out of town, it is moved to a shady area and watered by the sprinkler. It stays out all winter and is only covered when temps hit the 30’s. I threw a piece into a garden bed, it rooted and climbed up the brick wall. The highest leaves grew bigger to catch more sunlight. Yes, it is a very good plant.

  2. So right about the Pothos being forgiving! I pulled mine out of an office without natural light and which had been not watered on a regular basis over the years – straggly but alive. Today its progeny drape from pots in many rooms and I have cuttings rooting nicely on my desk. Nice post!

  3. Yup… it is easy to grow and we have one. We also grow lots of aloe plants, spider plants, and (believe it or not) we have many geraniums we bring inside each year and they keep blooming all through winter. Actually, we leave a half a dozen inside permanently, replacing them every 4 or 5 years with younger ones.

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