How much light and water does pothos need?


Pothos (Epipremnum aureum) is a forgiving houseplant for spaces with less than ideal light and forgetful gardeners. Scindapsus pictus cultivars (also called pothos) are close relatives that need similar care. Pothos plants prefer bright, filtered light but will put up with some light shade and continue to grow. Though they can survive poor light conditions, they may slowly decline in health and will lose their attractive leaf variegation.

Water moderately, making the potting mixture moist and checking back after 15 minutes to remove any water sitting in the plant's run-off dish. When the plant is in active growth, allow the top of the soil to dry between waterings.  In the low-light conditions of winter (October through February), water only as often as is necessary to prevent the soil from drying completely. In general, the plant will need more water in brighter conditions than in a dimmer spot. Wipe off any water that splashes on the leaves.

For complete care instructions please read our Guide to Pothos Care.

Courtesy of NYBG Plant Information Service.


  • Last Updated Dec 04, 2020
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  • Answered By Leslie Coleman

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