Easy Care Plants: Pothos and Philodendron

Pothos and philodendron are often mistaken for each other, but both types of plants are easy to grow indoors. And there are lots of variations to choose from — anything from variegated leaves to leaves that look like Swiss cheese. Produced by the Department of Communications at Kansas State University. For more information, visit our website at: http://www.kansasgreenyards.org


22 Replies to “Easy Care Plants: Pothos and Philodendron”

  1. i have recently been gifted a huge Philadrendon Micans. There is little written about this species, please could you recommend whether or not hanging it in the window is a good idea? thank you for your help.

  2. I always have trouble telling the difference between pothos and philodendron. Sometimes Home Depot will have a plant labelled "tropical plant" that looks like pothos.. Maybe they don't know which one they have.

  3. I bought 2 Golden Pothos for a snake cage im building. I have a UVB light. But don't know how long I should keep it on? And im needing to buy a 2 new pots for them cause I just got them today in the mail, Whats the smallest pot size I can get that still keeps them healthy?

  4. @dreamerbabe1213 yes you can, but it has to be still attached to the mother.
    Just find a small branch of this plant with some roots and plant it in a cup but don't cut it from the mother.  After a while that plant will be able to live on its own so you just cut the part connecting it to the mother and move it to a bigger pot

  5. They are both in the family Araceae but in different sections. Philodendrons come from South and Central America while pothos (correctly Epipremnum) comes from Asia and Australia.

    The plant he refers to as "Swiss cheese" is actually Monstera adonsonii and is neither a Philodendron or Epipremnum.

    Here is a good website that has information on the Philodendron family Araceae:

    htt p:/ /ww w.exoticrainforest.c om/ plantscollection.h tml

  6. I have a philodendron that some of the vines are 30 feet or more, but I have been losing a lot of leaves, turning yellow and then dropping off. I supplement with fertilizer and potassium. Any suggestions?

  7. The 2 first plants are Epipremnum aureum and E. aureum 'Marble Queen', the next ones are Philodendron hederaceum and its yellow cultivar. The last one is a species of Monstera. Please use proper names if you want to be reliable. Visit Araceum website – there you'll find correctly identified plants.

  8. @kevink18 ..hi,ive had many Pothos for 25 yrs..sorry but ur Ma is wrong…thats why i love these…hang the vines over,on anything…poles,curtain rods,chains,off and down book shelves,dressers growing around the mirror is cool ;)…just water once a week and keep in indirect sun,will grow for yrs. Great for cuttings 2,just put in water for 2 weeks or so and plant,you can get 10 new plants in a yr just from the mother plant! Happy trails! lol

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