Plant Care Emerald Pothos

Emerald Pothos

About Emerald Pothos

Feng shui experts say placing pothos in sharp corners or angles in your home can reduce anxiety and stress. 😌 A NASA/ALCA study on the use of common plants for indoor air purification also labeled them—along with Philodendron and spider plants—as the most effective in removing formaldehyde from the air. 💨 The genus name Epipremnum comes from the Greek roots meaning 'upon' and 'stump', since these plants are expert tree climbers! All parts of them are toxic, so be sure to keep them away from furry friends and small children.

Taxonomy

Epipremnum aureum 'Emerald'
Epipremnum
Araceae
Alismatales

Also known as

pothos emerald green and Epipremnum Aurem 'Emerald'

How to care for Emerald Pothos

💦 Water

How often to water your Emerald Pothos

Water needs for Emerald Pothos
0.5 cups
every 9

Emerald Pothos needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of Emerald Pothos

Water 0.5 cups every
9

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

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5"
☀️ Light

Finding light for Emerald Pothos in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Emerald Pothos: 6ft from a window
6ft or less from
a window

Emerald Pothos can tolerate being far from a window and light source.

Place it less than 6 feet from a south-facing window to ensure it receives enough light to survive 💪.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of Emerald Pothos in your home 🏡.

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize Emerald Pothos

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Emerald Pothos: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Emerald Pothos after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

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💡 FAQs
⭐ Difficulty Level

Emerald Pothos is generally considered an easy-to-care-for plant and makes a great choice for beginners!

Benefits of Growing Emerald Pothos →

Common Emerald Pothos Problems →


💦 Water Needs

Emerald Pothos prefers for the soil to dry out between waterings and should be watered regularly. Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Emerald Pothos Water Frequency →

Emerald Pothos Root Rot →


☀️ Sunlight Needs

Emerald Pothos can tolerate being far from a window and light source. Place it less than 6 feet from a south-facing window to ensure it receives enough light to survive 💪. Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement in your home 🏡.

Emerald Pothos Light Requirements →

Emerald Pothos Direct Sunlight Needs & Tolerance →


🐶 🐈 👶 Toxicity

Greg does not have confirmed data on this plant’s toxicity. If you, a family member, or a pet consumes plant material of unknown toxicity, it’s always best to consult a medical professional.

If you or someone else ingested this plant, call Poison Control at US (800) 222-1222. If a pet consumed this plant, contact your veterinarian or the ASPCA at US (888) 426-4435.

Emerald Pothos Toxicity to Humans →


💨 Humidity

Emerald Pothos doesn’t require additional humidity. Plants absorb most water through their root system rather than their leaves, so the best way to provide humidity for your plants is through watering the soil.

Emerald Pothos Humidity Needs →


🪴 Soil

Emerald Pothos does best in well-draining soil. A good soil will contain lots of organic matter such as coco coir as well as perlite or vermiculite to help with drainage. Adding a handful of perlite to regular store-bought potting soil should do the trick!

When and How to Successfully Repot Emerald Pothos →


💩 Fertilizer

Emerald Pothos should be repotted after it doubles in size or once a year, whichever comes first. Fresh potting soil has all the nutrients your plant needs, so as long as it’s refreshed yearly, you shouldn’t need to use fertilizer. Remember, plants get their energy from sunlight, not fertilizer!


❄️ Dormancy

It’s common for Emerald Pothos to go dormant in the wintertime and you may notice their growth slow down. Waterings should be spaced out more during this time.


🌎 Native Region

Emerald Pothos is native to tropical China through Southeast Asia and the Pacific Islands.


⬆️ ⬇️ Growth Pattern

Emerald Pothos has long, trailing foliage which makes them a great addition to a hanging planter. The newest growth will emerge from the tip of the stems.

How and When to Prune Emerald Pothos →


🌦️ Growing Outdoors

USDA Hardiness Zone
Emerald Pothos can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 10-12. Find your local hardiness zone here.

Emerald Pothos Temperature Tolerance →


🌱 Propagation

Emerald Pothos can be propagated by the stem method. To propagate:

  • Make a cut just above the node. The node is the break in the stem where the leaf emerges.
  • To get the cutting to root, you can either:
    • Place the cutting in water until roots emerge and are ~2” long and then transplant into well-draining soil, or
    • Place the cutting directly into well-draining soil and water when dry.

🧐 Troubleshooting

When troubleshooting a sad-looking houseplant, start by checking for signs of distress in its leaves, such as yellowing, browning, or drooping, which can indicate overwatering or nutrient deficiencies.

Inspect the soil moisture; too dry or too wet soil can cause problems.

Ensure the plant is getting the right amount of light, as too much or too little can stress it.

Finally, consider environmental factors like temperature and humidity, and adjust care routines accordingly to revive your plant.


Care Summary for Emerald Pothos

Emerald Pothos

Emerald Pothos


Greg recommends:

Water

0.5 cups every 9 days

Placement

< 6ft from a window

Nutrients

Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

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