PLANT PROFILE: Devil’s Ivy
Common Name: Devil’s Ivy, Golden Pothos, Money Plant, Silver Vine
Scientific/Botanical Name: Epipremnum Aureum
Type of Plant: Climbing plant
Origin: Australia, Indonesia, China, Japan and Indian
Watering: Over watering is this plant worse nightmare and will cause root rotting which is hard for a plant to over come and bounce back from! Only water when you feel the that first few centimetres deep of soil are feeling dry. Under watering is something the Devil’s Ivy can tolerate as it can withstand a high amount of neglect! In cooler months allow more of the soil to dry before watering again.
If the plant is inside, it loves a good misting of water, especially during the winter when the air is very dry!
Climate: Regular temperatures between 15-29 degree C will be perfect for this plant. If you live somewhere that in the winter months is regularly below 10 degree C, unfortunately in the honest truth this plant won’t survive.
Sunlight: Partial shade or indirect sunlight is needed for this plant. If it gets too much direct sunlight the leaves will burn!
How does the Plant go with pets?
Really no plants are good for our pets to eat but if you find your pets are not fussed by any plants or this plant in your house, you will have no troubles! If your furry friend or mini me’s like to chop away on your plants, it’s best to let this grow in a position where they won’t be able to reach it or get to it as it can be toxic to humans, cats, dogs and crazily even horses!
How big does the plant grow?
Amazingly, in the wild this plant can grow up to 66ft long! Luckily for us this plant can take a good chopping without feeling hated. So if you are feeling that the plant is
Fertilizer: Use a balanced fertilizer every two week, only required if the soil is older for the health of the plant!
Repotting: When the Devil’s Ivy is ready to move into a new pot it will let you know but sending out aerial roots to search for new soil. It can even break the pot by growing and pushing on the inside of the pot. If this happens to you, re-pot into a bigger pot!
- Yellowing leaves – Over watering! Cool it with the water for a bit and let the soil dry out before commencing your watering.
- Brown leaf tips – If the ends of the leaves are turning brown and a crunchy to touch, this could mean that is air is too dry and your plant simply needs to be misted with water more regularly.
- Stem or root rot – Again, check if you are over watering the plant. The leaves may feel squishy and appear limp if there has been a rapid temperature drop also! But if this happens, it may be a long road to recovery and the plant will need a lot of TLC!
Little Fun Facts
In a few American states this plant has actually become illegal to grow outdoors as if has been declared as an “invasive species”.. not to deter you from loving them!
In the wild, this plant actually attaches itself to other plants and sends it’s shoots down the other plant until they reach the soil and from there it is when it can grow and take over its host plant