Golden pothos (Epipremnum aureum) is commonly grown as a houseplant but does grow outdoors in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 9 through 11. The plant has a spreading growth habit and will climb when given structural support. Golden pothos is an evergreen with variegated leaves that range from 4 inches to 38 inches long. The leaves are shiny and heart-shaped. Because of its lighting requirements, this plant is good for offices as well as homes.
Set the golden pothos in an area of the house that receives bright, filtered sunlight. The color of the leaves will fade if the light is too bright or too dark. Move the plant to another area if you notice the leaves changing color. The plant prefers a warm area and will wilt if the temperatures are too low.
Insert your index finger into the soil to the first knuckle to check for moisture. If your finger is dry, the plant needs water. Drain the excess water from the drip tray after watering. Use distilled water; tap water contains salt that can cause the plant stress.
Prune golden pothos with sterile pruning shears as it grows to maintain a bushy growth. The vining golden pothos can be trained to grow up a piece of lattice, if you desire a tall plant. Use strips of soft cloth to hold the plant to the lattice until it stays in place naturally.
Treat a mealy bug infestation with 2 tablespoons of shampoo, 2 tablespoons of cooking oil and 1 gallon of distilled water. Spray the plant so it is dripping with the mixture. Rinse the plant with clean water after two hours. Repeat the treatment for five to seven days until the pests are gone.
Clean the leaves at least once per week by wiping them with a damp cloth. The clean leaves allow the plant to grow more quickly.
Repot the golden pothos when the plant's growth slows. Use a quality potting soil that drains well. Choose a planter that is two sizes larger than the current pot and has drainage holes.
Mix a weak solution of water-soluble fertilizer to half the recommended application rate on the container label. Water the golden pothos once a month during the growing season with the fertilizer solution.