Pothos Vine Basic Information

Pothos Vine Hanging

Pothos vines, also known as Golden Pothos, are popular houseplants. These are durable and attractive vines that tend to be very easy to grow. These vines are known for their smooth, leathery, heart-shaped leaves. The leaves have rope-like green stems and distinctive marbling alternating along the stems.

The good news is that these gorgeous vines are not difficult to grow at all so they are suitable even for the beginner gardeners. Also, remember that these vines are among the top 10 air-purifying plants you can use at home.


There are several popular varieties of Pothos vines that you may wish to grow:

  • The basic Epipremnum aureum has bright green leaves with cream of golden-yellow colored blotching.
  • Epipremnum aureum "Golden Queen" has bright green leaves with golden-yellow marbling.
  • Epipremnum aureum "Silver Queen" has silver-white leaves.
  • Epipremnum aureum "Marble Queen" has creamy-white leaves that are flecked or mottled with green. This variety requires more light than other Pothos vines or it may become all green.
  • Epipremnum aureum "N' Joy" has smaller, dark, compact leaves splashed with white flames.
  • Epipremnum aureum "Neon" has bright yellow-green leaves that tend to darken with age.


Pothos plants are known for their foliage. This is one of the main reasons why people choose to grow these plants, be it indoors or in a greenhouse.

When Pothos plants are grown in a greenhouse they receive very bright indirect light all day and have high humidity and warm temperatures, they tend to produce giant leaves. Some of these leaves can be as big as 20 inches.

However, in normal household conditions, these plants will grow leaves that are about 4 or 5 inches in size. This is important to remember if you want to grow Pothos plants indoors: do not expect them to produce giant leaves in the normal household conditions.

Poles for Climbing

Pothos vines are amazing as hanging plants and you can use them in this way. However, keep in mind that they will not reach their full size unless you allow them to climb upright. To achieve this, it is best to use a pole. This will give the plant's air roots a support - the roots will have something to attach to. You can make a pole from pressed osmunda fiber or bark. These are available in nurseries or other plant shops.

You can also make a pole by yourself. Simply wrap a piece of 1/2" mesh chicken ire around un-milled, fresh sphagnum moss. This will provide good support for your Pothos vine.

Photo credit: Heitor de Bittencourt

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