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Plant Journal: Golden Pothos/ Devil's Ivy

Epipremnum aureum or most commonly known as Golden Pothos or Devil's ivy is the same as the Scindapsus aureus, which was its old name and is still what is used in Europe.

I was so confused about this because when I bought the plant, the label said it is Scindapsus aureus and when I was searching online, Epipremnum aureum keeps popping up. I searched further and found that it was the same plant.

While I was searching online, I also found out some facts that I think plant enthusiast should know.


  • It is an invasive species specially in tropical countries.

  • It is toxic to cats and dogs.

  • It is very efficient in removing indoor pollutants like formaldehyde through the microbes in the root system. (Wang Z, Pei J, Zhang JS. Experimental investigation of the formaldehyde removal mechanisms in a dynamic botanical filtration system for indoor air purification.J Hazard Mater. 2014;280:235-243. doi:10.1016/j.jhazmat.2014.07.059)

  • It is able to produce bio-electricity. (Sarma PJ, Mohanty K. Epipremnum aureum and Dracaena braunii as indoor plants for enhanced bio-electricity generation in a plant microbial fuel cell with electrochemically modified carbon fiber brush anode.J Biosci Bioeng. 2018;126(3):404-410. doi:10.1016/j.jbiosc.2018.03.009)

(The following references are interesting, I found them in PubMed.)


For those who don't know what this plant looks like, here is some bulleted description.

  • It is an evergreen vine/ivy.

  • It has heart-shaped leaves.

  • Attaches to walls or other trees using aerial roots.

Pothos vs. Philodendron scandens 'Heartleaf'

A lot of people get these two plants mixed up. I know because I did when I visited my friend and she has a Philodendron heart leaf and I called it a pothos. I searched and compared the difference between the two. Below are some I have observed and found online.

  • Both have aerial roots but the pothos' roots are thicker while the philodendron's are mush thinner. (Sorry, I do not have a picture but try googling their roots and see for yourself.)

  • The heart shape on a Philodendron heartleaf is more pronounced that the pothos.

  • The philodendron's sheaths turns brown when the new leaf has bloomed. The pothos' sheath remains green.

Now that you know some infos about the plant, let us now discuss how I looked after mine.

I got my golden pothos last 15/06 from Urban Plant Life, therefore it has only been a month in my care. I will update this plant journal specially the Problems section, once I encountered more problems.

The picture above was taken when my pothos arrived. It was on a small pot and as you can see on the second picture, it is already pot bound.

Here it is after getting inspected and repotted. I noticed that the leaves are dirty so I gave it a wipe using clean water and a kitchen towel.

Grow Tips

  1. Soil. I used soil with seramis and vermiculite on mine. This is to improve drainage and prevent water-logging. According to online sources, this plant is very resilient and can grow in any soil condition.

  2. Watering. I water mine when the soil is dry, which I think, is about twice a week.

  3. Light. To encourage variegation, put it in a bright spot but otherwise, it will thrive in any lighting conditions.

  4. Temperature. They prefer warmer temperature so it is advisable to keep them inside the house as houseplants except, of course if you are in a tropical country.


I haven't done much propagation with my one-month old pothos but once I have one, I will update this blog.


1 month: Thankfully, I haven't had any problems growing my pothos. It is very easy to look after and does not require any special attention compared to my other tropical plants.

My pothos, so far, I can say that it is very low-maintenance and I think this is one of those plants that beginner gardeners can start with. It can thrive in any condition and is very attractive with it's variegations. Just to show you how amazing they are, here is my photos unfurling.

Isn't that lovely.

Have a nice day and enjoy growing.


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