How to Care for Devil's Ivy
Commonly known as devil's ivy or golden pothos, we are referring to a house plant from the Araceae family. The devil's ivy use is essentially as a decorative element in the home, shopping malls, offices, etc. It is a very attractive plant with showy yellow and green leaves in a heart-like shape and is known as one of the most effective plants to reduce indoor air pollution. In this oneHOWTO article we will share some simple tips on on how to care for devil's ivy.
If you do not yet have a devil's ivy plant to care for it is sufficient to take a cutting of about 15-20 centimeters and keep it for a few days in water, until it grows some small roots. Make sure you change the water every two days.
However, some people put the cutting directly in a pot with soil. I prefer it in the water, but you can have it either way. Devil's ivy likes to grow tangled and climbing, so it would be advisable to place a small log in the pot or stick that will allow it to climb.
Once we have our devil's ivy in the pot, you must find a good place for it. They do not receive direct sunlight well but love bright places, so you have to find bright area for your plant that does not have direct sunlight.
You will be able to notice the plant's leaves change in color if it is not getting enough sun, so make sure you find a place with more sunlight if you notice the leaves are turning yellow.
If you'd like to grow your Devil's Ivy outdoors then there are some specifications you should take into account so it grows healthily:
- Plant next to a tree or high wall so it only gets sunlight during some hours in the day. This will also look great as this is a climbing plant, so it can grow up the wall or the tree's trunk.
- If you live in a rainy climate, there will be no need to water it. However, if you live in a dry climate, you will have to water the Devil's ivy plant once a week.
Regarding temperature, Devil's Ivy prefers to be inside the house but you should have it avoid very low or very high temperatures. The ideal temperature is between 10 and 25 degrees Celsius (between 60 and 75 degrees Fahrenheit).
As for watering, this should be moderate: it is good to water the plant every 10 days in winter and in summer every 5 days. The soil should always be dry, so it the plant drains water, make sure to remove it so the roots of devil's ivy are not too moist. If we water in excess its leaves will begin to turn brown.
Use fertilizer every 2 weeks in order to keep the plant healthy and help it grow effectively.
Notably, the devil's ivy likes humid environments. To achieve this atmosphere, we can do so by placing a saucer under the pot with some stones or by using a spray on the leaves. Make sure you know how to prune Devil's Ivy correctly in order to keep it healthy at all times.
Repotting will take place once a year and preferably during springtime. You should cut some of the longest stems if you don't want it to grow any larger and make sure to plant it in a similar sized pot.
If you do want it to grow, make sure you repot it in a bigger pot, with plenty of fertilizer and adding some stones at the bottom of it. Do not worry if after the change it sheds some leaves, as long as you care for it as usual, it will keep growing at its normal pace.
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- Avoid changing the devil's ivy pot a lot. Not before every two years.
- Devil's Ivy is not a recommended plant if you have cats at home, as it's highly toxic for cats.
- You may use it as a hanging plant, it will look great in any room and will grow downwards to create a beautiful waterfall effect.