Care Guides for Golden Pothos

Every 10d

Recommended Frequency

1 /2 cup of water

Recommended Amount

Water your Pothos every one to two weeks. When the soil feel dry one to two inches below the surface, it is time to water your plant. Allow adequate drainage to prevent root rot.

Every 30d

Recommended Frequency

Fertilize your Golden Pothos once a month during the spring and summer using a 10-10-10 fertilizer. Do not fertilize during winter.

Indirect Sun


Indirect Sun or Filtered Sun is when sun exposure is being filtered through a sheer curtain or is not able to have the sun's rays directly hit the leaves/flowers of your plant.

Every 730d

Recommended Frequency

Repot your Golden Pothos every two or three years, or once it outgrows its pot.

75° - 85°

For golden pothos, maintaining a temperature range between 60 to 85 degrees Fahrenheit is ideal. This range supports healthy growth, situating it in a moderate to high temperature setting.

Peat Soil

Recommended Soil

Peat Soil is an acidic soil that retains a lot of moisture and slows decomposition. Due to such a high moisture retention this mix may require irrigation to help with draining. This soil type is best used when paired wit...


Golden pothos thrives in a humidity range that is considered average to high, ideally around 40-80%. This level of moisture in the air helps maintain its lush, vibrant leaves. For optimal growth and health, ensuring your...

Questions about Golden Pothos

A Golden Pothos, also known as Epipremnum aureum, is a popular houseplant cherished for its hardy nature and beautiful, heart-shaped leaves that feature striking golden-yellow variegation. It's renowned for its air-purif...

Toxicity of Golden Pothos

Slightly Toxic to Humans

Golden pothos (Epipremnum aureum) is considered to be toxic to humans if ingested. It contains calcium oxalate crystals, which can cause irritation of the mouth, lips, throat, and digestive tract. Symptoms may include burning sensation, swelling, and difficulty swallowing. It's advisable to keep it out of reach of children and pets.

Toxic to Dogs

Golden pothos (Epipremnum aureum) is toxic to dogs. It contains calcium oxalate crystals that can cause oral irritation, vomiting, and difficulty swallowing if ingested. Symptoms are often mild to moderate but can be distressing. It's important to keep this plant out of reach of dogs to prevent accidental ingestion.

Toxic to Cats

Golden pothos (Epipremnum aureum) is toxic to cats. It contains insoluble calcium oxalates, which can cause oral irritation, intense burning and irritation of the mouth, tongue, and lips, excessive drooling, vomiting, and difficulty swallowing if ingested. It's crucial to keep this plant out of reach of cats to prevent accidental ingestion and potential health issues.

Common Pests and Diseases

Root Rot


To address root rot in golden pothos, first, stop watering the plant and allow the soil to dry out. If the plant is severely affected, remove it from its pot and trim away any black, mushy roots, leaving only healthy, white roots. Repot the plant in fresh, well-draining soil and a clean pot. Ensure the pot has adequate drainage holes. Going forward, water the plant only when the top inch of soil feels dry to the touch.

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Leaf Curling and Browning


To address underwatering in Golden Pothos, establish a consistent watering schedule, ensuring the soil is kept moist but not waterlogged. Check the soil moisture by inserting your finger about an inch deep; if it feels dry, it's time to water. Use lukewarm water to avoid shocking the plant's roots. If the plant has been severely underwatered, soak the pot in a water bath for about 10 minutes to rehydrate the soil thoroughly. Adjust your watering frequency according to seasonal changes, as indoor heating during winter can dry out the soil faster.

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Spider Mites Infestation

Spider mites are tiny spider-like pests that feed on the sap of the golden pothos, causing yellowing, speckled leaves, and webbing on the plant.

To combat spider mites, first isolate the infected plant to prevent spread. Regularly rinse the leaves with water to physically remove the pests. For severe infestations, use a neem oil solution or insecticidal soap, applying it thoroughly to the leaves, especially the undersides, every 7-10 days for at least three treatments. Maintaining high humidity around the plant can also deter spider mites, as they thrive in dry conditions.

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Leaf Spot Disease

Fungal or bacterial pathogens

To manage leaf spot disease, start by removing and destroying any affected leaves to prevent the spread. Improve air circulation around your plant by not overcrowding and ensuring it's in a well-ventilated area. Avoid wetting the foliage when watering, as damp leaves can encourage the development of the disease. If the infection is severe, applying a fungicide or bactericide, as appropriate, following the manufacturer's instructions, can help control the disease.

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