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Devil’s ivy (Epipremnum aureum), also known as pothos, should be one of the first plants on your wish list when starting out on your indoor plant growing journey. Then there are collection-worthy varieties like variegated white and green ‘Marble Queen’ and lime green ‘Neon’ that definitely deserve a place in your indoor jungle.  


Devil’s ivy has a trailing or climbing habit, so its long stems can be draped over and down shelves or trained up a totem, or it can cascade luxuriously out of a hanging basket. They’re super tough plants, which will thrive in a brightly lit spot indoors that’s protected from direct sunlight, however they’re also tolerant of more dimly lit areas. They’ll also do well in humid areas like bathrooms and kitchens.

 

How to grow devil's ivy in a pot

  1. Choose a pot with good drainage holes and use a good quality potting mix like Yates Specialty Potting Mix Indoor Plants & Ferns.
  2. Remove the plant from the container, gently tease the roots and cut away any circled or tangled roots. Give the foliage a light prune to encourage new shoots.
  3. Position in middle of pot and backfill with potting mix, gently firming down. Water in well.
  4. Water when the potting mix is dry – insert your index finger to the first knuckle, if it’s dry, water and if it feels moist, leave watering for a few more days. 
  5. Feed fortnightly from spring to autumn with Yates Thrive Houseplant Liquid Plant Food or use a Yates Thrive Indoor Plants & Ferns Dripper which feeds for 4 weeks. 

     
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Growing tips

  • The potting mix can be allowed to dry out slightly in between watering. You can check the moisture level in the potting mix by gently digging around in the top few centimetres with your finger.
  • Prune and take cuttings in the spring and summer – place them in glass jars filled with water to encourage rooting. 
  • Re-pot every couple of years to help keep the plant happy and healthy. 
  • To promote lush healthy foliage growth, from spring to autumn feed every 2 months month with Yates Thrive Plant Food Spikes Plants & Ferns. It’s as simple as pushing a spike into the potting mix towards the edge of the pot. The spike is out of sight and there’s no mixing or measuring required.
  • Remove any brown leaves to keep the plant looking tidy and gently wipe the leaves regularly to remove any dust.
  • If stems become too long or you’d like to promote thicker, bushier growth, stems can be trimmed. You can propagate more plants using these stem pieces by simply placing them in glass or vase of water. Make sure each piece has at least two nodes (bumps on the stem) where roots and shoots can develop.
  • If fungus gnats (annoying tiny winged insects that fly around the house) are a problem in your indoor plants, apply a layer of Yates Gnat Barrier granules over the surface of the potting mix. This deters the female fungus gnat from laying her eggs and helps break the fungus gnat life cycle.
  • Green thumb tip: to retain their leaf colours and patterns, variegated Devil’s ivy will require brighter light than greener varieties.

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