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10 Types of Pothos Varieties

Pothos is a truly versatile houseplant that comes in a wide range of varieties therefore, there is bound to be a pothos that suits you and your home. Above all, it is one of the most popular houseplants available because they are durable and easy to grow. Here are the 10 most common types of pothos varieties available.

You can grow your pothos in a hanging pot, totem or horizontally. They grow in low light and bright indirect light and do not need a lot of water.

10 types of pothos to add to your home.

1. Golden Pothos

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Botanical Name: Epipremnum Aureum

Firstly we have the Golden Pothos which is one of the most popular pothos plants that beginner indoor plant owners purchase. Golden Pothos is characterised by green foliage with dashes of yellow or gold. It makes a great indoor plant to hang in baskets, however, the leaves can grow to 12 inches wide and thrive outdoors and in warm areas.

2. Marble Queen Pothos

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Botanical Name: Epipremnum Aureum ‘Marble Queen’

Marble Queen Pothos has heart-shaped leaves that are predominantly white with speckles of green. Many pothos varieties sport white variegations, however, the Marble Queen Pothos is special because of the way that the white variegation is patterned to appear like marbled meat.

3. Snow Queen Pothos

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Botanical Name: Epipremnum Aureum ‘Pearls and Jade’

The Snow Queen Pothos, also known as the Pearls and Jade Pothos and has white variegated leaves that are small and patchy.

4. Manjula Pothos

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Botanical Name: Epipremnum Aureum ‘Manjula’

In addition to the marble variegation of the Marble Queen Pothos, the Manjula Pothos has green leaves with wavy edges that sport shades of silver, white, cream and lighter green on the leaves. The variegation on Manjula Pothos is patchy with mixed colours.

5. Neon Pothos

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Botanical Name: Epipremnum Aureum ‘Neon’

Neon Pothos have, like the name suggests, neon green leaves. They are a bright, fun colour that is bound to add a happy splash of vibrancy to your home.

6. Satin Pothos

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Botanical Name: Scindapsus Pictus

Satin Pothos, also known as Silver Pothos belong to a different genus but they are still pothos! They enjoy bright indirect light and have beautiful foliage that has a dark green colour with silver variegations.

7. Jessenia Pothos

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Botanical Name: Epipremnum Aureum ‘Jessenia’

Jessenia Pothos grow slower than most and has leaves that resemble the marble queen pothos because of the variegation pattern, but are generally a lighter lime-green.

8. Cebu Blue Pothos

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Botanical Name: Epipremnum Aureum ‘Cebu Blue’

The Cebu Blue Pothos has thick solid leaves and a metallic sheen to its colour similar to the Satin Pothos. However, they’re blue-green in colour without a silver sheen and sport an arrow-shaped leaf that is elongated.

9. Hawaiian Pothos

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Botanical Name: Epipremnum Aureum Pothos ‘Hawaiian’

Similarly to the Golden Pothos, the Hawaiian Pothos is resilient to diseases and has golden-green leaves but are much larger and have natural slits in the leaves.

10. Jade Pothos

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Botanical Name: Epipremnum Aureum ‘Jade’

Jade Pothos is the most common pothos in tropical regions. They are rich green colour and have a tropical vibrancy that will add a calmness to your home environment.

In addition to our variety guide, check out our pothos care guide for tips on how to keep your pothos thriving.

Where to Buy Pothos

Marble Queen Pothos
Golden Pothos
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Indoor Gardening

Growing Indoor Plants In Water

Overwatering, under watering, sometimes it’s just hard to keep your plants alive. So why not eliminate that factor altogether and grow your plants in water. Growing plants in water means that there are no gnats, no soil and you get to watch the roots grow. This method is low maintenance and disease and pest resistant.

So what plants can you grow in water?

The best indoor plants that grow in water.

1. Pothos

Pothos in a hanging pot

Pothos is featured a lot here on Botanique Lane. Check out our other articles on our beloved pothos plant.

Indoor Plants That Love Low Light
Tropical Indoor Plants
Pothos (Devil’s Ivy) Care Guide
Shop at Markets for Cheap Plants

2. Arrowhead

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Arrowhead plants or syngoniums are a tropical vine. To Propagate them, cut an inch below an aerial root so that it will grow in water.

3. Philodendron

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Philodendrons, like Arrowheads, are also a tropical plant. To propagate Philodendrons, cut below an aerial root with sharp scissors and transfer to water.

4. English Ivy

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English Ivy is able to be propagated by cutting approximately six inches of a mature plant’s vine and submerging the stem in water. Do not let the leaves touch water.

5. Monstera

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Monstera plants are able to be propagated in water if the stem removed contains an aerial root. So trim a stem off and submerge it in water.

6. Peace Lily

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Peace Lilies do best when transferred into water as a whole plant rather than propagated so wash off the soil and place it in water.

7. Spider Plant

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Spider plants are water propagated by trimming off a pup from the main plant and placing the roots in water. They grow super fast.

8. Lucky Bamboo

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Lucky bamboo can simply be placed in a bottle of water. Nothing special, just fertilise it once in a while.

9. Wandering Jew

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Take scissors and trim a stem, removing lower sets of leaves. Place the node in water to regrow roots in a container that submerges them.

10. Chinese Evergreen

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Remove a stem with roots and transfer it into a glass jar that submerges the roots in water. Use rainwater where possible. We recommend removing at least six inches of stem to regrow a Chinese Evergreen in Water.

How to grow your plants in water?

Most plants are able to propagate in water but not all will thrive and grow in water. Growing plants without soil is known as hydroculture and instead of potting soil, gel/water beads or clay pebbles are used. They absorb and contain water so that the roots get to breathe while getting water as it allows air to circulate around the roots.

To grow your plant in water, remove the plant with roots and transfer it into a glass jar, submerging the roots in water. It is best to use rainwater as it doesn’t contain chemicals. However, if you are going to use tap water, leave the water in the jar for a day to let the chlorine evaporate.

Have fun growing plants in water!

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Indoor Plants That You Could Not Possibly Kill

Sometimes gardening is hard, and maybe you just don’t have a green thumb. Low maintenance plants are the answer you are looking for to enjoy greenery in your home without being a pro. We’ve found sturdy plants that thrive on neglect so you can enjoy plants in your home while doing very little for them, indoor plants that you could not possibly kill.

10 Hard to Kill House Plants

1. Air Plants

Air plants. easy to care for tolerant plant that is low maintenance and hard to kill.
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Air plants, as the name suggests, don’t need soil to grow because they attach themselves to trees and rocks to absorb moisture. In your home, you can place air plants in terrariums or an ornamental dish. To take care of them, mist the plant weekly or bi-weekly and soak them in water once every few weeks.

2. Snake Plant

Snake plant in a black pot on a white surface, a tolerant plant that is low maintenance and hard to kill.

The Snake plant, Mother-in-law’s tongue or ribbon plant is most known for its striped waxy leaves. They enjoy being root-bound and need very little water.

Snake plants can tolerate a month without water, making it ideal for busy and forgetful people. Place your snake plant in the sun and water when the soil is completely dry.

3. Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera in pots on an outside patio.

Aloe vera is a useful plant that has plump leaves that provide a soothing gel for skin problems like cuts and burns. Like most succulents, it is important to allow time between waterings for the water to dry out.

4. Spider Plant

Spider plant sitting on the top of a desk.

Spider plants are super quick growers that produce offshoots called ‘pups’. They are super easy to root and can be grown in water.

5. ZZ Plant

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ZZ Plants are a great indoor plant as they are extremely tolerant and have a display of bright green leaves. They can handle dry air, low light, a lack of water and bugs so there is no way you could kill them! The best part is that they only need to be watered once a month.

6. Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree

Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree, low maintenance house plants that you could not possibly kill.
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Fiddle leafs are known to be finicky but are a popular house plant across the world. They enjoy bright light and semi-moist soil, but do not overwater it. Wipe your leaves with a damp cloth to ensure they are shiny and soak up the sunlight.

7. Jade Plant

Fully grown propagated jade plant.

Jade plants are a popular succulent also known as money plants. Their care is simple and they live for a long time without much effort. Water when dry but ensure the soil is not soggy to prevent root rot.

8. English Ivy

English Ivy Hanging from a potted planter. A low maintenance indoor plant you could not possibly kill.
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English Ivy is a good plant to add interesting texture and colour to your home. You can let its vines hang or climb and all they need is a little bit of water when dry and a position in your home that has bright indirect sunlight.

9. African Violets

African Violets, a low maintenance house plant you can't kill.

African Violets are a popular flowering houseplant world wide as they bloom multiple times per year. They enjoy indirect light and good drainage. Fertilising it fornightly will help with flowering.

10. Pothos

Pothos in a hanging pot

Of course we had to include pothos onto this list! It’s a super easy, fast growing climber that needs very little love and as much or little water as you’d like.

Check out our other articles on pothos, because we love it so much and you should too. Shop at Markets for Cheap Plants and Devil’s Ivy (Pothos) Care Guide.

That concludes our list of 10 indoor plants you could not possibly kill. We hope you have found one (or a few) new plants to add to your collection.

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Tropical Indoor Plants

Here are some tropical indoor plants to start cultivating your plant jungle plus some tips on how to keep them alive and healthy.

Our favourite picks on tropical indoor plants and how to care for them.

1. Bird of Paradise

Bird of Paradise in a grey pot, perfect tropical indoor plants.

Bird of Paradise plants are great because they are hardy, tolerant of a variety of conditions and create a dramatic impact with their size and large, flat leaves.

2. Elephant’s Ear

Elephant's Ear plant with lush green leaves, perfect tropical indoor plants.

Elephant’s Ears are perfect for cultivating your indoor jungle as they have fast growing foliage and large, bright green leaves.

3. Peace Lily

Peace Lily, perfect tropical indoor plants.

Peace lilies are already a house plant staple, and will add a great touch to your jungle as they produce white flowers to break through the varying tones of green your home will soon become.

4. Ficus Elastica

Ficus Elastica, one of the best trees for indoor jungle cultivation.

Ficus Elastica comes in a variety of colours and sizes, and like the bird of paradise, will create a statement piece for your home. With different colours to match your house colour scheme, you can’t go wrong with a Ficus Elastica.

Need help caring for your ficus elastica? Check out our care guide for more information on how to keep your ficus elastica happy.

5. Bromeliads

Bromeliads, an indoor tropical plant jungle must-have.

Bromeliads are a really interesting plant! Their leaf formation resembles a succulent’s rosette, but its tropical foliage and bright red colour are bound to create an accent of warm colour in your home.

6. Anthurium

Anthurium, perfect tropical indoor plants.

Anthuriums, like peace lilies, have beautiful flowers that are similar in appearance. While most tropical plants are often lush green, this plant is the spark your home needs to add some bright colour and fun.

7. Pothos

Pothos or Devil's Ivy, a tropical plant garden staple.

Here at Botanique Lane, we love pothos. We just can’t get enough! They’re easy to grow, can be styled to suit your room and their leaves are so satisfying to touch. With our other picks being catered toward plants that sit on surfaces of your home, Pothos can be hung in baskets, draped over bookshelves or climb up your walls!

Here is a care guide on how to ensure your pothos is happy!

8. Syngonium

Syngoniums, perfect, fast growing  tropical indoor plants.

Syngoniums come in a variety of colours and variegations. There are even groups of collectors dedicated to sharing their different varieties with one another because there are so many different types! While some can come at a steep price, standard pixie syngoniums will provide a fresh pop of light green to your home.

9. Philodendron Congo

Philodendron Congo, perfect tropical indoor plants.
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There are a variety of species like the Jogo, Emerald, Moonlight and typical green. Philodendron Congos are fast growing and like most tropical plants, are easily rooted in water. This large plant will make a statement piece for any room of your house, and is easily shared with friends that marvel at your beautiful plant.

10. Monstera

Monstera, an indoor plant must-have and staple for your indoor plant jungle cultivation.

Monsteras are likely the most popular indoor plant at the moment, and with good reason. They are fast growing, easy to propagate and have unique foliage that feature cut out holes. There isn’t much not to love about monsteras. That’s why they are the perfect addition to your indoor jungle.

11. Pilea

Pileas, perfect tropical indoor plants.

Who can resist a good pilea? Their leaf shape is adorable and when in the right conditions, will sprout new leaves for you constantly. Just give it a skewer to climb up and your pilea will be happy!

12. Parlor Palm

Parlor Palm, perfect tropical indoor plants.

Parlor palms are one of my household favourites because they are so easy to take care of. Unlike our other tropical plant picks, parlor palms have narrow, thin leaves that adds a new visual texture into the mix. They come in a wide range of sizes, from ones that will sit as an accent to your study desk to large plants that could frame your entrance.

Now that you’re ready to purchase your new tropical indoor plants, check out our article on types of plant pots for information on pots best suited to your plants and your home.

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Pothos (Devil’s Ivy) Care Guide

Pothos or devil’s ivy lives up to its name. It is virtually impossible to kill it as it is very easy-growing, hassle-free and low-maintenance. It trails, creeps and climbs, making it a versatile indoor and outdoor plant.

Devil’s ivy is known by various names including pothos and money plant. Its scientic name is Epipremnum aureum and there are many cultivars including marble queen, jade, satin, neon and golden.

It grows very well in tropical countries where it fares very well both indoors in the shade and outdoors in full sun. In Australia it does not like the strong sunlight and may burn, especially in summer. It tolerates cold and frost but prefers to be in warmer conditions. Pothos love to climb and can be trained up trellises or totem poles.

Common Problems with Pothos

  1. Stunted Growth – too little water. Although devil’s ivy is hardy and drough tolerant (it will hang on for dear life for a long time!), it will die if the roots dry out.
  2. Leaves are mostly green instead of having variegations – insufficient light. Move it to a position where it has more light.

Common Mistakes with Pothos

  1. Underwatering
  2. Leaving it in low light conditions indoors

Care Requirements & Guide

Watering: The devil’s ivy loves water and can be grown in a jar of water. It also does very well in moist soil. Despite this, it can stay alive for long periods in very dry soil conditions. The leaves may look droopy in such conditions (for example, while you are away for a holiday) but will quickly perk up when it is watered again.

Light: The devil’s ivy grows perfectly well in low lighting conditions. However, this may result in the leaves growing dark green and having less variegations. When it is exposed to more light, pothos tends to have more white variegations.

Temperature: Pothos prefers to be warm. In colder climates, it may suffer if it gets too cold in winter and will prefer to be indoors away from draughts.

Humidity: Devil’s ivy cope with low humidity but they have a preference for high humidity. It is unnecessary to mist it but it’ll reward you if you place it near a humidifier or in a more humid environment such as the bathroom.

Soil: Devil’s ivy is versatile and grows well in all sorts of soil condition. It also grows well in a jar of water.

Propagation: The devil’s ivy is easily propagated by cuttings. All you have to do is to take a cutting and stick it into a jar of water until roots sprout. In warmer months, this happens quite quickly. In colder months, it may take a while to sprout roots but the leaves will still manage to stay green and perky during this time. It is also possible to plant the cuttings directly into soil before roots sprout, so long as the soil is kept moist.

Where to Buy Pothos

Marble Queen Pothos
Golden Pothos