We won’t blame you if the name of this plant puts you on the edge! But what if we told you that the devil’s ivy plant was given that name because it is almost impossible to kill?
The devil’s plant also has other names such as Ivy arum, Hunter’s robe, Solomon Island Ivy and other. We might have to do a deep research into how these plants are named right?
The devil’s Ivy, also referred to as Golden Pothos is hands down one of the most beautiful and headstrong plants ever!
On one of your numerous trips to the shopping mall or a client’s office, you must have come across it. The attractive plant has showy yellow and green leaves in a heart-like shape. (The devil and a heart?)
But here’s the great aspect – The devil Ivy is known as one of the most effective plants to reduce indoor air pollution.
So if you bought your plant already, great! If not, you can easily get one here
Ready to care for the devil?
No to direct sunlight or complete darkness
Of course, we remember saying the plant is almost impossible to kill, but the operative word here is “almost”.
Pothos can thrive in both sunlight or dim lightning inside your home or office BUT it cannot tolerate full direct sun and complete blackness.
You will notice the plant’s leaves change in colour if it’s not getting enough or too much sun. So if your leaves are turning yellow, look for a spot with more sunlight.
Want to grow your plant outdoors:
- Make sure to plant next to a tree. That way it only gets sunlight during some hours in the day.
- During the rainy season, there is no need to water it. When the climate gets dry, you should water your plant once a week.
This is the Ideal plant for the lazy gardener.
If you do not want to bother about watering this plant at all, just plant directly in water. This way, you do not have to water at all and you need only top up the water levels every fortnight.
However, if you still want to plant in soil, note that the root system of the devil’s ivy is shallow. So heavy watering is not required. Water as needed during the dry season but avoid soaking the soil completely.
It is good practice to water the plant every 5-10 days during the dry seasons. So if the plant drains water, you should remove it so the roots are not soaking in water.
Excess water at the roots makes your leaves turn brown.
Get a well-draining soil
You don’t need to fret about the soil actually. A standard houseplant potting mix is perfect.
Ensure it is well-draining, but still able to hold on to enough water to remain a bit moist in between watering.
If you have decided to plant outdoors, the pothos can thrive in a wide range of soil conditions from acidic to alkaline and even occasionally wet locations.
If you are growing in containers, stick to the all-purpose type that drains well.
Frequency of fertilizer
As you already know, the golden pothos is hardy and can survive without fertilizer for months! So it’s okay if you forget about fertilizing devil’s ivy because it is not a heavy feeder.
It’ll just keep growing!
However, you can feed both the indoor and outdoor plants with your regular liquid houseplant fertilizer. Reach out to your nursery to hook you up
- Apply once or twice through the growing season.
- Always follow label directions for application instructions and the specific amount to use
- If the plant stops producing new growth, reduce the frequency of fertilizing to once every two or three months.
Keep your pothos in a small pot
Pothos does well in a smaller pot.
So it makes sense that you keep it in the pot you buy it in for a while. Actually, it can stay in a 6” pot for at least a year and a half and it’ll do just fine.
However, if you want more vigorous growth, get a pot about 1-3” inch larger than your previous pot. You don’t need any specific instructions when you are repotting because your pothos is quite hardy!
Taking care of pests
Although the plant may be susceptible to several pests, infestations are unlikely to happen. These problems which cause root rot can be avoided by making sure the soil is NEVER soaked through.
Mealybugs will make the most appearance but even that is not a problem. They can easily be removed by using a cotton swab dipped in rubbing alcohol.
Bonus: some portions of devil’s ivy are toxic so it’s important you keep the plant out of reach or children and cats. If you also have an allergic reaction to the sap, wear gloves when you are pruning the plant.