Growing up, one of my earliest memories of nature, if you would call it that, was the Pothos plant growing in my house. Their green, streaky leaves growing off of their twisting vines was something I would see, pull at, and just plain mess with, on a day to day basis. My mother didn’t seem all that worried (save when I thought about putting the leaves in my mouth- not recommended) because she told me they were hearty plants that could take some serious abuse.
I wasn’t all that sure about it, but time reassured me of her words.
With somewhat busy schedules, houseplants often go un-watered. Not just a few days, or a few weeks, I’m talking a month here and that isn’t the extreme. Somehow, this eerie plant survives, and quite well, in low light and with poor watering. Sound like your type of plant? Here is how to take care of it, if you remember to.
According to the gardening gurus, Pothos are vine plants that grow quickly, but not normally more than six feet. It likes partial shade or shade, and though it doesn’t need fertilizer, it’s a good idea to give it some every couple of months because most potting soil has none. The vines can’t support themselves, and can get quite out of control, so if you don’t want to be stepping on leaves you better keep it pruned. Of course since it’s alive, you do have to water it, but make sure the soil dries out before you do. Overwatering is bad, kids.
It’s really easy to start a new plant from an old one, too. Just clip off a bit and stick it in some water, and just like in a science fiction movie, it starts growing! Yes, it grows in water fine; yet overwatering it while it is in a pot is bad. Go figure.
Somehow, someway, my family managed to kill one of these plants. It took over a year of complete and total neglect to have it shrivel up so bad it was at a point of no return. Guess it’s not a good idea to leave a plant in a rarely traveled area. Anyway, just as I was tossing it, I noticed there was a tiny bit of green still hanging on underneath all the dead leaves. That’s just plain scary.
Before I took the time to figure out what this plant was really called, I gave it many names: immortal foliage, apocalypse plant, unnatural scary thing, and, my favorite, that thing that my mother never ever waters but is somehow still there. After doing the research, and finding the rather boring name, “Pothos”, I figured maybe I can spice it up a tad. Normally the only thing that can survive such horrid treatment and conditions is a member of the undead, so this is its new official unofficial totally scientific name:
Pothos: Part Greenery, Part Zombie
Marie Ianotti, Pothos – An Easy to Grow Houseplant, Pothos is Good for You, Too., About.com