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Devil's Ivy Care
Basic Devil’s Ivy Care
Devil’s Ivy is the perfect plant for every type of houseplant parent as they are easy to care for and look incredible hanging off every shelf. In our Devil’s Ivy care guide you will find care tips and information on how to diagnose and treat common problems.
Bright Indirect Light
I love the sunshine but too much direct light will damage my leaves.
I don't like my soil to be too dry or too soggy. Little and often is what I'm after.
Please make sure the air isn't too dry, otherwise I won't be a happy plant.
I need soil specifically for indoor plants as it retains the right amount of water.
Detailed Devil's Ivy Care Information
Whether you're looking to make sure your Devil's Ivy is in it's perfect conditions, or looking to see if one could work for your space. We've got you covered.
Devil's Ivy love the sunshine
Luckily for you, Devil’s Ivy will thrive in all kinds of environments, from shady corners to bright windowsills. Be a little careful when it comes to direct light as this can burn the leaves, especially in the hot summer months.
Water about once a week
Your Devil’s Ivy won’t be super fussy when it comes to watering which is why they are really easy to care for. The occasional over or underwatering won’t kill it so just make sure that you check the moisture of the soil before watering and give it some time to dry out in between.
They prefer slightly higher humidity
Although this isn’t a must-have, Devil’s Ivy do prefer rooms with slightly higher humidity, such as the bathroom or kitchen. You can also increase the humidity yourself my misting the leaves or using a pebble tray for example. Find out more in our humidity guide.
Devil's Ivy is mildly toxic for pets
Make sure you keep your Devil’s Ivy away from dogs, cats and small humans as it can be slightly toxic if ingested, causing stomach and mouth irritation.
They like warmer environments
Try to avoid placing your Devil’s Ivy near drafty doors or windows as the cold air from outside will cause your plant to go into shock.
Propagate a Devil's Ivy using stem cuttings
You can propagate your Devil’s Ivy by trimming off a leaf and node (part of the stem where the leaf shoots out from) and placing in water. After a few weeks, roots should appear from the cutting, meaning it is ready to be planted into soil and you can resume your normal Devil’s Ivy care routine.
Don't worry about repotting your Devil's Ivy
Devil’s Ivy can survive for quite a long time in the same pot, so don’t worry too much about repotting. Keep an eye on roots that may be popping out at the top or bottom of the pot so you know when it might be time to rehome your plant.
Prune off any leggy vines
Throughout the year, your Devil’s Ivy may produce offshoots with very few leaves which tend to look a little bare and leggy. We recommend pruning these back to give your plant a fuller look and help it concentrate on producing new healthy growth.
Variegation depends on the sunlight
The leaves on your Devil’s Ivy will become more variegated with more sunshine. If your leaves are looking quite pale, it may be because it is not receiving enough sunlight.
Devil's Ivy FAQs
Quick and simple answers to the most common questions we see about the Devil's Ivy.
Pothos plants are pretty low maintenance plants because they are pretty adaptable to a wide range of environments. Not only can they thrive in a range of sunlight levels, but they are often forgiving to a bit of over or underwatering. This is what makes the Devil’s Ivy perfect for beginner plant parents.
Yes, the Devil’s Ivy is one of the fastest-growing houseplants out there which makes caring for them super rewarding. They will always have a new leaf growing at the end of each vine during the warmer months of the year and you’ll often see new growth during autumn and winter too which is rare for houseplants. It also makes the Devil’s Ivy a great plant to propagate as they grow roots pretty quickly.
Devil’s Ivy plants can tolerate a range of light levels from shady corners to bright windowsills. You will however notice slower and less variegated growth when your Devil’s Ivy is in lower light areas. Be a little careful with direct light during summer as well as this can scorch the leaves.
You want to get into the habit of watering your Devil’s Ivy about once a week and slightly less in really cold temperatures. Luckily Devil’s Ivy plants are quite tolerant of soggy or dry soil so you don’t need to constantly worry about if you are watering your plant enough. Use a moisture meter to monitor how quickly the soil dries out and find a routine that works for your plant.
Unfortunately, the Devil’s Ivy is mildly toxic when ingested and can cause stomach and mouth irritation. Keep pets and children away from it if they might be prone to nibbling on the plant.
Devil's Ivy Care Starter Kit
We've put together this great little starter kit that includes all of the equipment and information you'll need to take proper care of your Devil's Ivy.
Common Problems with your Devil's Ivy
Here are some common issues that you might run into. It's important to diagnose any issues early to give your plant the best chance of bouncing back.
Yellow leaves on a Devil’s Ivy usually indicates watering issues. Check the moisture of the soil to see whether you are under or overwatering your Devil’s Ivy.
It may also be due to natural ageing as over time some of the leaves on your Devil’s Ivy may turn yellow and drop off but this is nothing to worry about.
Curling leaves on your Devil’s Ivy/ Pothos plant is often caused by either watering or light issues. Check the moisture of the soil as well as how much light your plant is getting throughout the day and adjust the care/environment.
If you notice the leaves on your Devil’s Ivy are drooping and looking a bit limp this is due to underwatering. Give your plant a good soak and adjust your watering schedule going forward.
Simple Devil's Ivy Care Requirements
It sometimes helps to take caring for your plants back to the basics, here's the key considerations that you should take into account when caring for your Epipremnum aureum.
These simple points should give you all you need to keep your plant happy and healthy for years to come.
|Common Name||Devil's Ivy|
|Latin Name||Epipremnum aureum|
|Light||Bright Indirect Light|
|Soil Type||Potting Soil|