Caring for a Golden Pothos
Golden pothos are an easy to care for, low light-level houseplant that adds a bright splash of color to any home or office. With some basic maintenance, you can keep your golden pothos looking lush and healthy for years to come. Here are some tips for caring for your golden pothos:
The golden pothos needs to be kept slightly moist but not soggy. Water your plant when the top half-inch of soil is dry to the touch. Allow the water to soak through until it begins to drip from the bottom of the pot before discarding the excess. In general, it is best to water your golden pothos once every week or two.
Golden pothos can tolerate low light levels, so no direct sun is necessary; indirect light from a nearby window is best. If you live in a particularly dark area, a small lamp or artificial lighting may be necessary. Keep the plant away from cold drafts or sources of extreme heat.
Golden pothos should be fertilized two or three times a year with a balanced, water-soluble fertilizer. Whenever you fertilize, be sure to water the soil afterward to help dilute the fertilizer and reduce the risk of burning the roots.
Occasionally, the golden pothos may need to be pruned in order to keep the plant healthy and thriving. Pruning will help encourage new growth, and keep the leaves of your plant full and lush. Here are some tips for pruning:
- Remove any dead or damaged leaves. This will help promote air circulation and keep the plant’s aesthetic appearance looking nice.
- Trim back long stems. If the stems of your golden pothos are too long, you can trim them back to a desired length.
- Propagate. Propagation, or taking stem cuttings, is a great way to increase your collection of golden pothos.
By following these tips for watering, lighting, fertilizing, and pruning, you are sure to have a healthy and beautiful golden pothos for many years to come!