Golden Pothos Care Tips: A Comprehensive Guide


I recently purchased a new Golden Pothos and I was looking at the tag that it came with, it essentially just said that it needed some sunlight and water. I thought to myself, new plant parents need better than this, they need to be able to find the information to make sure their new plants survive and thrive. That is why I am writing this guide here today. You can use this information to grow your Golden Pothos into the great plant it can be.

What is a Golden Pothos?

Scientific name: Epipremnum Aureum
AKA: Devil’s Ivy, Money Plant

Other popular variants of Pothos:
Marble Queen Pothos
Neon Pothos
Pearls and Jade Pothos
(Check out their individual guides linked)


Golden Pothos plants are really great beginner plants as they are extremely hardy and are fairly pest resistant. For these reasons they are also great for experienced plant growers.

They are an evergreen plant, meaning they don’t lose their leaves in the winter, which is awesome because you can enjoy them all year round! Often grown in hanging pots, their vine-like structure allows the beautiful foliage to spread out and hang down.

Golden Pothos leaves are often heart-shaped, thick and waxy. They have a mid-green foliage with splashes of creamy yellow. The leaves can get as large as 12 inches wide! Their mixed colours are extremely beautiful and will create a great showpiece for your home.

Golden Pothos can also grow outside too, they thrive by growing along the ground or climbing up trees, it is not uncommon to see these plants grow up to 30 feet! As a houseplant though, they tend to not grow to that size and if they do, simple pruning will keep them manageable for you.

How to grow a Golden Pothos?

You’ll often see Golden Pothos grown up trellises, they do not do this on their own, they will need to be clipped if you want to go for this look. Alternatively you can let them grow in a pot and they’ll give a bushy vine appearance. Pruning often will keep the vines from getting leggy, and it is important to ensure that it doesn’t completely dry out for an extended period of time as this will lead to the base of the plant becoming bare of leaves.

Like a lot of people, if you decided to let your Golden Pothos grow into a large vine, you can fix it to a wall or window frame by using hooks, this will give you a huge wow factor and really show off this gorgeous plant. Be careful though, these vines an get tangled very easily, so it is important to shake them out every now and then to prevent this from happening.

What lighting does a Golden Pothos need?

Golden Pothos varieties enjoy bright but indirect light, this is what will help them thrive. If you feel your Golden Pothos isn’t getting the right kind of light, you’re in luck because it is very easy to tell what the problem is. For variegated varieties, if they’re turning to be more green, it means that they’re not getting enough light. Moving them to a spot where they receive more light will usually restore the variegation. If the leaves are turning more pale, it means that it is getting too much light.

It is important not to overthink the lighting as it is very easy to fix the issue. It may be a little bit of trial and error but you will eventually find the right spot for your Golden Pothos for it to thrive.

What kind of soil does a Golden Pothos need?

Your Golden Pothos will thrive in ordinary, well draining soil. We’re also lucky here as there isn’t some secret recipe you need. Any potting mix as long as it isn’t majorly compacted will be perfect!

How often should you water a Golden Pothos?

Your Golden Pothos will like for it’s soil to dry out almost completely between watering, if its soil is kept constantly wet for too long then it will become susceptible to root rot. If you’re keeping it too wet, your plant will tell you, it will look like it is collapsing and black spots will appear on it’s leaves. If this happens, just make sure you let it completely dry before watering again, as long as you catch this early there should be no long term issues.

To know when your plant needs watering you can check the soil, if it’s dry then it is time to water, you can do this with a moisture metre or just by sticking your finger in the soil. Your Golden Pothos’ leaves will also droop when it needs a drink, watch for these signs and you’ll never overwater your plant.

When watering your Golden Pothos, put the pot in a sink or bathtub and turn the tap on for 10-15 seconds or until whenever you see water coming out of the drainage holes, you can leave it there and when no more excess water comes out, put it back in its spot. This is one of the best ways to water your plants as it promotes strong root growth. To find out more about the best way to water your plant, you can check out another article we wrote here: The absolute best way to water your plants and promote strong root growth

What temperature and humidity does a Golden Pothos need?

Your Golden Pothos should be kept above 50°F/10°C and it loves common room temperatures (65°-75°F/18°-24°C), it does not cope too well with frost. They like high humidity however they can survive and also thrive in lower humidity. It really is one of the easiest houseplants to grow!

How much fertilizer does a Golden Pothos need?

Golden Pothos aren’t heavy feeders, they don’t need too much fertilizer, you can get away with giving them a balanced houseplant feeding solution every 2 months or so, this will keep it very happy.

When will you need to repot your Golden Pothos?

You’ll find that eventually your Golden Pothos will become root bound and need to be repotted. Some signs of this will be that the leaves are drooping, no matter how much water you give it. You can also gently lift the plant out of the pot to see if the roots are running along the outside, if this is the case then it is time to repot. When your plant has reached this point, you can put it in a pot a couple of sizes larger and give it new soil. Make sure to give it a really good water after you repot it, just like you would with any houseplant. Your Golden Pothos will thank you for this and reward you with new growth.

How do you prune a Golden Pothos?

Keeping your stems pruned relatively short will keep the foliage full along the stems to give it a more bushy look. If the stems become bare, you may want to prune back to the soil level and a new stem will sprout.

How do you propagate a Golden Pothos?

Golden Pothos propagation is just like any other plant. Simply take the cutting you have of the plant and place it in either water or potting soil. If you do decide to propagate in water, try to move it to soil as soon as possible so that the cutting is getting nutrients.

Are Golden Pothos varieties toxic?

YES! All parts of a Golden Pothos are toxic if ingested! Keep this in mind if you have dogs, cats or other animals that may ingest your plants. They are toxic because of calcium oxalate crystals which can cause irritation to the lips, tongue and mouth. If your pet has eaten part of your Golden Pothos, contact your vet. If an adult or child has eaten part of your Golden Pothos, call your doctor or poisons hotline.

So now you know how to care for your Golden Pothos, they are honestly such easy going plants and so easy to take care of, do these simple things and they will reward you for years with beautiful foliage and an amazing display.

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