Fast-growing, easy care and low light. What’s not to love?! The Pothos family includes golden pothos, neon pothos, pearl and jade pothos, marble queen and the increasingly popular dragon tail plant. Each distinguished by their leaf variegation which can be dark, bright lime colour and even white swirls of goodness.
But the classic devil’s ivy with deep green leaves and yellow variegation that you see most often is one of the top-selling houseplants across the globe. All devil’s ivy can adapt to lower levels of light but this will impact the amount of variegation you get. Brighter light means more variegation, lower light means less). They can tolerate some neglect, don’t care about droughts or heaters and you can easily snip a stem off and create a whole new plant for free!
Bonus: the devil’s ivy is one of NASA’s list of the best air-cleaning plants for your home.
Difficulty level – easy
Scientific name Epipremnum Aureum
Devil’s ivy can tolerate low to medium light but will grow best when given more light. Plus it will keep its variegation with more light, which let’s be honest is one of the best things about these guys. Avoid direct sun at all costs or you will scorch his leaves and he will never forgive you!
Allow the top of the soil of your devil’s ivy to dry out 2 inches between waters. ALWAYS check the soil before you add water. If you dig into the soil to your second knuckle and it is still at all moist, wait and try again in a few days. If it is totally dry you can add about 350ml to a 20cm diameter pot. Don’t leave him sitting with water in the drip tray though, cos like most plants, they hate wet feet and its leaves will begin to die off fairly quickly.
All Green Assembly plants come potted with good quality soil but we have noticed that there is a lot of devil’s ivy around Perth that come potted in poor soil that stops holding water within weeks. If your plant is constantly dry, the water drains straight out through the bottom and the leaves are going yellow, it likely needs some better soil and re-potting, then given a good drenching of water.
Feed your devil’s ivy with a slow-release fertiliser once every six months following the instructions on the packet (remember, when you receive a plant from Green Assembly, it has enough slow-release fertiliser to last the first six months). We love Troforte slow-release for the miracle-working growth magic it seems to cast on all our indoor plants. During the warmer months, the ZZ plant likes a drink of the stinky liquid fish stuff (like Seasol) bi-monthly, again be sure to follow the dilution instructions on the packet before you add this otherwise the foliage can burn.
Watch out! This guy is toxic to pets and mini me’s if eaten.
Use a soil moisture metre (AKA the handiest indoor plant tool ever invented) to check the soil of any plant before you water. That way you don’t get your hands dirty and you get an accurate reading of just how moist the soil is. PLUS our metres can be used for all your plants and you will never need a refill.