Golden Pothos Care Guide for Indoors

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Pothos (Epipremnum aureum or Devil’s Ivy) plants are popular houseplants that are easy to take care of. And the Golden Pothos is a cultivar that is one of the most common Pothos plants you see in stores and in homes. My first Pothos was a Golden Pothos that was handed down to me by my grandmother. That plant is still going today, and I also have propagated quite a few new ones from it. They make a great indoor plant for those just starting to try their hand at plant owning. The Golden Pothos is hardy and can take some neglect as you start to get the hang of caring for houseplants. So if you always had a brown thumb, maybe give a Golden pothos a try. Read on for information on how to take care of a Golden Pothos plant indoors.

Golden Pothos Care Guide for Indoors

Golden Pothos Care Tips

  • Medium to Bright indirect light.
  • Water once the soil has dried in the top few inches.
  • Humidity is best between 40 and 60%.
  • Temperatures need to stay above 50 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Repotting needs to be done about every year or two.
  • Soil needs to be well-draining and so does the pot the plant is in.

Other Pothos Care Guides:

Golden Pothos Light Requirements

Golden Pothos can tolerate lower light levels and don’t need the bright light that other variegated Pothos varieties need.

The more light that you give to your Golden Pothos the more variegation the plant will have in its new growth. The Golden Pothos’ variegation can vary widely. Some leaves will have almost no variegation while other leaves will have big parts of the leaf with large creamy golden areas.

Never put your Golden Pothos in direct sunlight, this can cause burns on the leaves. Filter the light coming through your window with things such as sheer curtains. Or you can place your plant near the window where it will still get a good amount of light but out of the way of where the sunlight will fall directly.

Golden Pothos Leaves

Golden Pothos Water Requirements

You want to water your Golden Pothos once the top few inches of soil have dried out. These plants can tolerate getting their soil to completely dry out between watering, but this will slow the growth and tend to make the leaves smaller.

Golden Pothos Soil

Peat-based indoor potting mix with added perlite works well for Golden Pothos. Always select soil that has good drainage. The extra perlite that is added to your mix will help give the soil even more drainage. You do not want soil that easily compacts and makes it hard for the water to flow through it.


Golden Pothos do not need to be repotted too often. Repotting the plant about once a year or even up to two years is all that they need. They don’t mind being root-bound as long as the roots don’t start growing out of the pot.

If the roots of your Pothos start to grow out of the drainage holes of its pot or the soil is constantly drying out too fast then this is a sign that it is time to repot the plant in a bigger pot. Select a pot that is about 2 inches bigger than the current one and that has good drainage.

Golden Pothos Climbing


Pothos plants don’t have to be fertilized too often. A half dose of a liquid houseplant fertilizer during the growing season (once in the spring and once in the summer) is all that is necissary.

If you start to notice slow growth, smaller leaves, or your Golden Pothos looking leggy you can add a once-a-month watering with Fish Fertilizer added in.


Temperatures should stay between 50°F and 90°F. The Golden Pothos does not tolerate cold temperatures well, so make sure the temperature does not go below 50°F.


Optimal levels of humidity for Pothos plants is between 40% and 60%. But they can tolerate lower levels of humidity.

If you need to increase the humidity levels that your plant is in, the best way to do so is to use a humidifier in the area where you have your plant.

Golden Pothos Propagation

The most popular way to propagate a Golden pothos plant is to use stem cuttings and place the cutting in water. You can check out the process in our guide on how to propagate a Pothos cutting in water.

Golden Pothos Plant Toxicity and Pets

Pothos plants are toxic to pets. Keep these plants up and out of the way where your pet cannot reach them or chew on them.

Golden Pothos Growth Rate

The Golden Pothos is one of the faster-growing cultivars of Pothos plants. During the spring and summer, you will see an increase in the amount of growth that the vines get. You can add a nitrogen-rich fertilizer, such as fish emulsions, to the watering schedule during the growing season if you want to increase the growth rate and get longer trailing vines.

Common Problems With Golden Pothos Plants


Loss of variegation can be a common issue, find out why and how to fix it: Why Is My Golden Pothos Losing Variegation?


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