How to Care for a Jade Pothos

Close up of Jade Pothos leaves and potted in ceramic pot with blue bottomLet's delve into the world of Jade Pothos, a beloved houseplant known for its lush, heart-shaped leaves and incredible resilience. Scientifically referred to as Epipremnum aureum, Jade Pothos, a variant of the classic Pothos, boasts solid green leaves with a glossy finish, making it a charming addition to any indoor space. Its ease of care and ability to thrive in a variety of environments makes it a favorite among both novice and experienced gardeners. 


Recommended Types

The standard Jade Pothos is a great start for its hardiness and lush appearance. For those interested in variety, the Golden Pothos with its yellow variegation or the Marble Queen with white variegation are excellent choices. 


How to Care for Jade Pothos 

Caring for Jade Pothos is a breeze, which is why it’s a go-to plant for many. Here’s your guide to keeping this verdant beauty healthy and thriving: 


Jade Pothos thrives in medium to low light conditions. It’s adaptable but prefers bright, indirect light for optimal growth. Direct sunlight can scorch its leaves, so avoid placing it in direct sun for prolonged periods. 


A well-draining potting mix is ideal. A mix of peat, perlite, and pine bark is a good combination for ensuring proper drainage and aeration. 


Feed your Jade Pothos with a balanced, water-soluble houseplant fertilizer every 2-3 months during the growing season (spring and summer). 


Water when the top inch of soil feels dry. Overwatering can lead to root rot, so it’s crucial to let the soil dry out between waterings. 


Pruning isn’t essential but can help maintain a desired shape and fullness. Regular trimming encourages bushier growth and can rejuvenate an overgrown plant. 


Repot your Jade Pothos when it becomes root-bound, typically every 1-2 years. Choose a pot that is slightly larger than the current one and has good drainage. 


Propagating Jade Pothos is simple. Cut a stem just below a node (where a leaf grows), remove the bottom leaves, and place the cutting in water or directly into soil. In a few weeks, roots will form, and you’ll have a new plant! 


Common Problems with Jade Pothos 

While Jade Pothos is relatively low-maintenance, it can face some issues: 

Pests and Diseases

Keep an eye out for common pests like spider mites, mealybugs, and scale. Regularly inspect the leaves and treat with insecticidal soap or neem oil if necessary. 


Be aware that Jade Pothos is toxic to pets and humans if ingested, so keep it out of reach of curious pets and children. 


Jade Pothos FAQs 

How fast does Jade Pothos grow?

Jade Pothos is a moderately fast grower, especially in bright, indirect light. You can expect noticeable growth during the growing season. 

Can Jade Pothos tolerate low light?

Yes, it can tolerate low light, making it an excellent plant for less sunny spaces, though its growth may be slower. 

How do I know if I’m overwatering my Jade Pothos?

Signs of overwatering include yellowing leaves and a mushy stem. Allow the soil to dry out between waterings to prevent this. 


Jade Pothos is an incredibly versatile and forgiving plant, making it perfect for gardeners of all levels. Its ability to adapt to various light conditions and its minimal care requirements make it a popular choice for adding a touch of green to homes and offices. Whether you’re a seasoned plant parent or just starting out, Jade Pothos will bring you joy with its simple elegance and effortless charm. Happy gardening! 

Last updated: 05/06/2024