How to Care for Devil's Ivy

By Mary Smith. Updated: March 27, 2017
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.

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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.

How to Care for Devil's Ivy - Step 1

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).

How to Care for Devil's Ivy - Step 3

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.

How to Care for Devil's Ivy - Step 5

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.

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I have devils ivy in my bathroom it's about 5ft tall it developed sticky leaves so I washed the leaves with soapy water the leaves are falling off which it does a bit every year did I do the right thing by washing it in soapy water ? Thank you
OneHowTo Editor
Hi Janet,

It's OK to wash the leaves with soapy water, but it is always advised to use a mild soap. You don't want to upset the pH balance of the soil too much, something which harsher soaps might do. Something like dish soap will work well. You can also buy insecticidal soap which is specially formulated for this purpose. The shedding is probably normal, but keep an eye on it and make sure it is taken care of. Also, although it likes bright spaces, take care not to leave in direct sunlight for long. Hope this information is useful to you.
I have two in glass vases with colored rocks without the soils and they are growing well with just water and colored rocks.
Thank you for the article, I just bought a devil's Ivy plant and had no idea what to do with it. In fact, it makes a great addition to my living room decor. I would like to ask if it is ok if I didn't put any stones, I didn't grow it from scratch and it is in the same pot it came in.
Thank you
OneHowTo Editor
Hi there,
If you have been given a devil's ivy plant as long as you prune it properly and feed it enough water it will be ok:
However, we advise you to add the pebbles next year when you transplant your devil's ivy plant. Hope this helps!

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