This Plant Can Grow Anywhere!
The Perfect Plant: for gals with a thumb that is, well, less than green! This is the perfect plant for people who want to add plants to their space but are afraid to!
Anyone who has ever visited my home will tell you that I love houseplants and I am often complimented for having a green thumb. While I do really love houseplants for the warmth and style they add to my decor, my thumb is actually pretty far from green. But shhhh, don’t tell any one. I have wasted a lot of money over the years trying to figure out which plants work where. Couple that with moving from time to time, and well, let’s just say many a plant has been returned to it’s mother soil over the years.
BUT there has been ONE plant that is tried and true for me. It has thrived in my basement apartment, a bathroom without windows, and countless other areas where the sun don’t shine. AND even better, this guy is extremely prolific. One plant can result in multiple offspring.
So what is this amazing plant? Well, it actually goes by a variety of names including Devil’s Ivy (see, even the name tells you it’s virtually impossible to kill!), Golden Pothos, Silver vine, taro vine and ivy arum to name a few.
Most commonly referred to as Golden Pathos I think, this plant is naturally found in forests in some parts of the world. I remember admiring it with awe in it’s natural habitat when we visited Costa Rica. At home, it is a very versatile plant and typically a fast growing climber. You may have seen this plant in flower shops stapled to a center pole to promote a topiary kind of growth or even stapled around the walls of an office. The climbing nature of this plant can be extremely prolific. While some people might see this as a nuisance, it is that very virtue that I love. By regularly clipping the plant you will help to keep the “mother” or your original plant healthy and full and the off-spring can create other plants of their own. Once clipped, new growth will emerge from below the cutting. It is these cuttings that can be placed in water and grown in virtually most indoor climates (as long as it is not too cold.) These shoots can be displayed in vases, jars or even wall sconces. Simply change the water out on a regular basis and discard any rotten stems or yellowed leaves. Once the clipping grows roots, this can be plated and you can begin the process all over with a new pathos. T My mother plant must be at least 12 years old at this point and I have 5 smaller plants, 1 bottled clipping and 2 sconces filled with shoots as I type this.
The plant itself it really easy to care for. Like any plant, it of course requires some attention. I mean this is not a magic plant and cannot be left unattended to for months at a time, but as far as plants go you would be hard pressed to find something that is easier to take care of.
The Golden Pathos is so versatile that it can tolerate very low light and filtered light while it can also thrive beautifully in the hottest, most tropical outdoor spaces. Ideally, the Golden Pathos likes to be kept relatively moist but never over watered. I water mine approximately every 10 days. Those clippings in water need to be rinsed out and re-filled every 7 to 10 days. Forget to water it?? Don’t throw it out right away. I’ve had more than one Golden Pathos come back to life! Water it and clip any dead or yellowed leaves then wait a couple of days to see if it perks p. If it really is a goner, you will know within a few days.
If you really love your new green guy, treat him to fertilizer a few times of year. No time for that, no worries, this guy won’t hold it against you!
– The Golden Pathos will not tolerate soaking
– Clipping dried out leaves and stems will help to create new growth. If the plant is becoming straggly, clip a stem or two close to the soil and new growth will form from below.
– Clip from different areas each time to create a fuller, healthier plant.
ADDED BONUS: The Golden Pathos will help to purify the air in your home or office by ridding it of formaldehyde and Carbon Monoxide!
Picking Out your Golden Pathos:
You will identify the Golden Pathos by its pointy almost heart-shaped, smooth leaves. The leaves are a light to dark green and often have white or yellow variegation. Choose one that is moist, with no sign of browning leaves or stems. Be sure the plant has not signs of insects or webbing that could be a sign of disease.
Trist me, add a Golden Pathos to your space and you might just be feeling oh so good at life!