Caring For Your Devil's Ivy Plant

Devil's Ivy by window

Devil's Ivy earned it’s name because it’s almost impossible to kill. Now that’s the perfect plant to send as a gift!

The scientific name for this plant is Epipremnum Aureum, but it also goes by Golden &  Jade Pothos or Pothos. It's an extremely hardy plant that loves the indoors and doesn’t need much attention. This guy is fast growing and will climb or trail (we call them crawlers here at PlantGirl) depending on where it's placed.

The vines produce glossy heart shaped leaves with variations of yellow, green and white. What’s not to love about these lush leaves cascading down from a kitchen shelf?

Light For Your Ivy

Filtered or artificial light will help the plant to thrive. In bright light the leaves will flourish and become quite large. So if you notice it’s looking particularly striking, leave it where it is! Just try to avoid placing this plant in direct sunlight as it probably won’t survive, especially in the hotter months.

We’ve actually noticed that Devil's Ivy are super tolerant of fluorescent lighting, making them great gifts to send to an office environment.

Devils Ivy thriving in artificial light

Water

Devil’s Ivy is drought tolerant so no need to water them too heavily. Water less in Winter and just check the soil. If it’s dry give them a little water but if it’s still moist, no need.

The leaves should tell you what the plant needs. If they look limp and wilted, this can be a sign of both under-watering and over-watering. Just check the soil and you should have your answer. For example, if the soil feels dry and the leaves are limp - that baby needs some hydration! And vice versa.

A little fertilizer will keep your Ivy happy and healthy - we find that once a month does the trick.

Propagating Your Ivy

This plant is the gift that keeps on giving. It's almost too easy to propagate! We like to propagate them from cuttings in water. Once your Ivy has a long enough stem, take a cutting and sit it in a jar of water. Make sure that the cutting has a few nodes along it. These are the little bumps that form along the stem. Leave it in the water until you notice that the nodes have developed into roots and it's ready to plant.

These plants are toxic to cats and dogs so if you have a furry little friend at home it’s best to keep them up out of reach (this works better for their trailing abilities anyway).

If you'd like to brighten up someone's day, PlantGirl do same day delivery in Sydney. We have a range of 'hard to kill' indoor plants that make perfect gifts for someone special or yourself. Use the code SASSY10 for a discount on your next order at the checkout!

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