If you’re like me, you may be wondering how to care for your Jade Pothos plants. I was a little intimidated at first, but it’s actually really easy! In this blog post, I will share with you my tips and tricks for keeping your Jade Pothos plants healthy and thriving.
When caring for Jade Pothos plants, all you need to do is keep an eye on the soil moisture, provide bright indirect light, and keep the plants away from drafts. That’s it! Pothos plants are known to be very tolerant of neglect, but they will thrive with a little bit of extra care.
If you want your plant to really flourish, consider giving it some extra TLC in the form of occasional misting, fertilizing, and pruning.
I like to water my Jade Pothos plants once a week, making sure to keep the soil moist but not soggy. I fertilize my plants every other month with a half-strength fertilizer solution. You can start with a simple plan like this, or you can get creative and experiment with different watering and fertilizing schedules.
But if you want to dig in so that you become a pro when it comes to caring for your Pothos plant, read on for more tips!
How Often Should You Water Jade Pothos?
Assuming your plant is in a pot with drainage holes, you should water your Jade Pothos plant whenever the top inch or so of soil feels dry to the touch. If you’re not sure whether your plant needs water, stick your finger in the soil up to the first knuckle.
If the soil is dry at that level, it’s time to water. If the soil is damp or wet, wait a few days and check again.
Over-watering is one of the most common problems people have with their Jade Pothos plants. These plants are very tolerant of neglect, so if you’re not sure whether to water your plant, it’s better to err on the side of too little water than too much.
When it comes to watering, one of the best things you can do for your plant is to use Room temperature water. Cold water from the tap can shock your plant’s roots and cause problems. This is a tropical plant that likes warmth and will appreciate being watered with room-temperature water.
Is Jade Pothos an Indoor Plant?
The Jade pothos plant is a great indoor plant because it can tolerate a wide range of light conditions, from low light to bright indirect light. If you have a spot in your home that doesn’t get a lot of natural light, this is the plant for you!
However, the Pothos plant is abundant outdoors in tropical climates and can be found climbing trees, shrubs, and fences. It is so adaptable that it can even be found growing out of cracks in concrete walls.
So, whether you’re looking for an indoor or outdoor plant, the Jade Pothos is a great choice!
Should I Mist My Jade Pothos?
Misting is not necessary for most Jade Pothos plants, but if you want to give your plant a little extra love, misting it every now and then can be beneficial. Misting helps to increase humidity around the plant, which is especially important in dry winter months.
To mist your Jade Pothos, simply use a spray bottle filled with room-temperature water and give the plant a light misting. Avoid getting the leaves too wet, as this can cause problems.
I like to mist my plants once a week, but you can do it more or less often depending on your plant’s needs. A few sprays are plenty and make sure not to overdo it. You don’t want the moisture to build up on the leaves and cause them to rot or attract pests.
How Much Sunlight Does a Pothos Need?
Jade Pothos plants can tolerate a wide range of light conditions, from low light to bright indirect light. However, they will grow best in bright indirect light.
If you live in a tropical climate, your plant will appreciate being outdoors in dappled sunlight or partial shade. But if you’re growing your Jade Pothos indoors, make sure to place it in a spot where it will get bright indirect light.
You can also grow Jade Pothos plants in artificial light, such as fluorescent light bulbs or LED grow lights. These plants are very versatile and can adapt to a wide range of lighting conditions.
Sunlight affects the temperature of a pothos plant as well. Make sure to keep the temperature between 65 to 85 degrees to keep your plant happy.
Do Pothos Clean Air?
A popular NASA study has provided some budding evidence that Pothos plants may help to purify the air in your home. The study found that Pothos plants were effective at removing certain VOCs (volatile organic compounds) from the air, such as formaldehyde and benzene.
While more research needs to be done on this topic, it’s clear that Jade Pothos plants are versatile and beneficial, both aesthetically and functionally. So whether you’re looking for a plant to purify your air or simply want to add some green to your home, the Pothos plant is a great choice.
How To Propagate Jade Pothos Plants
One of the things I love about the Pothos plant is that it’s very easy to propagate. Propagating is simply the process of taking a cutting from an existing plant and growing a new plant from it. You can propagate Jade Pothos plants in water or soil, and I’ve had success with both methods.
To propagate in water, simply cut a stem from an existing plant and place it in a jar or vase of room-temperature water. Change the water every few days to prevent it from getting stagnant. Within a few weeks, you should see roots growing from the stem. Once the roots are a few inches long, you can plant the cutting in soil.
To propagate in soil, fill a pot with well-draining potting mix and make a small hole in the center. Take your cutting and insert it into the hole, then gently backfill the soil around it. Water thoroughly and place in a spot where it will get bright indirect light. Keep the soil moist but not soggy, and in a few weeks, you should see new growth.
Once your cutting has rooted and begun to grow, you can treat it like an adult plant. Congrats, you’ve successfully propagated a Jade Pothos plant!
Jade Pothos Plant Troubleshooting
Even with an easy to care for plant like the Jade Pothos, a few things can go wrong. But don’t worry, this houseplant can bounce back from most problems with a little attention.
Here are some of the most common issues you may come across with your pothos plant:
What Does An Overwatered Pothos Look Like?
When your pothos is overwatered, it will start to yellow and the leaves will droop. The stem may also start to soften and rot.
First, stop watering your plant and allow the soil to dry out completely. Once the soil is dry, you can begin watering again but be sure to water less often. If any stems are soft and mushy, you can cut them back to a point where they are still firm.
How To Train Pothos to Climb
Pothos plants are known for their climbing habits, and they can make a beautiful addition to any trellis or wall.
To train your pothos to climb, simply place the plant near the structure you want it to climb. The plant will naturally start to grow towards the structure. You can help it along by gently wrapping the stems around the structure as it grows.
Pothos plants are fast growers, so you’ll need to keep an eye on them and train them regularly to prevent them from getting too long.
Once your pothos plant is trained to climb, you can enjoy its beautiful cascading foliage in your home.
How Do I Know If My Pothos Has Root Rot?
If your pothos plant is wilting, yellowing, and the leaves are dropping off, it may have root rot. Root rot is caused by too much water and can be fatal to your plant.
To save your plant, you’ll need to remove it from the pot and check the roots. If they are brown and mushy, you’ll need to cut them off. Once you’ve removed the affected roots, you can replant your pothos in a fresh potting mix and water it less often.
Keep an eye on your plant and if it shows signs of improvement, it should make a full recovery.
Should I Cut Yellow Leaves Off Pothos?
If your pothos plant has a few yellow leaves, it’s nothing to worry about. Yellow leaves are normal and can happen for several reasons, such as too much direct sunlight or too much water.
You can cut the yellow leaves off if you’d like, but it’s not necessary. The plant will eventually shed them on its own.
If you do choose to cut the yellow leaves off, this may help the plant to conserve energy and put more focus on growing new, healthy leaves.
It can help to stimulate quicker growth if done during the pothos plant’s growing seasons. Pothos plants grow the fastest in spring and summer.
Final Thoughts: Jade Pothos Plant Care
Pothos plants are tough plants that can withstand a lot of abuse. With a little care, they will thrive and provide you with beautiful foliage for years to come.
Thanks for reading and happy gardening!