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Golden pothos
Epipremnum aureum
Also known as : Taro vine, Ivy arum, Hunter's robe
The golden pothos (Epipremnum aureum) is a popular houseplant that is commonly seen in Australia, Asia, and the West Indies. It goes by many nicknames, including "devil's ivy", because it is so hard to kill and can even grow in low light conditions. Golden pothos has poisonous sap, so it should be kept away from pets and children.
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Care Guide for Golden pothos

Watering Care
Watering Care
Golden pothos grows best in moist soil with medium humidity. When growing golden pothos, it is beneficial to mist the plant's leaves regularly with a spray bottle to maintain humidity around the leaf area. The top layer of soil should be allowed to dry between waterings, and the plant will grow best if it is kept in a pot with a draining hole in the bottom.
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Fertilizing Care
Fertilizing Care
Golden pothos requires fertilization for optimal growth. A water-soluble fertilizer diluted by half is ideal for fertilizing this species. Between the spring and fall, golden pothos should be fertilized every couple of weeks. In the winter, fertilization can occur monthly. If the plant's leaves turn yellow, it is a sign that more fertilization is necessary.
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Pruning
Pruning
Shape the plant every 2 months during the growing season.
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Soil Care
Soil Care
Loam, Chalky, Clay, Sand, Sandy loam, Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline
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Repotting
Repotting
Repot in the spring, choosing a container that's no more than 5 cm larger than the plant's rootball. Use a nutrient-rich, soil-based potting mix.
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What is the best way to water my Golden pothos?
There are plenty of viable ways to supply your Golden pothos with water. If you grow your plant in an indoor pot, for the Golden pothoss in small pots, you can bring your potted plant to your kitchen sink. Then, use the faucet to add water to the container. By holding the pot in your hands, you should easily notice when the water begins to run through the pot’s drainage holes, at which point you can stop watering. The cold temperature will hurt the plants' root system, so please don't do this during winter or in cold climates. Most of the time, watering via your faucet is permissible for the Golden pothos. However, if the local tap water contains a high proportion of fluorine, chlorine or salts, you should consider using rainwater or lake water.
Also, since the Golden pothos can respond well to overhead watering and watering directly into the soil, you can use a watering can, hose, or just about any tool you’d like to water it.
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What should I do if I water my Golden pothos too much or too little?
If you discover that you have underwatered your Golden pothos, your first step towards remedying the situation is to give your plant some water. Water deeply until excess water runs from the container’s drainage hole, or if you grow outside, water until the soil has become entirely moist. If you find your Golden pothos is receiving too much water, begin by reducing your watering schedule. You also want to address the soil and container your Golden pothos grows in. If either the soil or the container makes it difficult for water to drain efficiently, your plant will likely become overwatered again. Resolve the issue by moving your plant to looser soils and/or a container with bigger drainage holes or a more porous material. Also check the location of the plant. If the plant is in places like a corner, then it is recommended to move it to a window or around a door to enhance ventilation. Making sure the plants are in a well-ventilated location can reduce the occurrence of overwatering to some extent.
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How often should I water my Golden pothos?
The Golden pothos is not a species that requires consistent soil moisture. Instead, it is better to allow this plant’s soil to become dry between waterings. If you are like the many gardeners who grow Golden pothoss in containers, you can judge whether or not it is time to add water by how dry the soil within the container is. For instance, if about top half of the soil in your container has become dry, it is time to add water. You can feel it by inserting your fingers or sticks into the soil or with soil moisture meter. For those who grow the Golden pothos outdoors, you can plan to do your watering about once every other week, provided it has not rained recently.
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How much water does my Golden pothos need?
After waiting for the first several layers of soil surrounding your Golden pothos’s root to become dry(top half of the soil), it is time to add enough water to make them moist again. The amount of water it takes to achieve that goal depends on if you use a container, how large that container is, and how large your plant itself is. For a small Golden pothos growing in a small to a medium-sized container, one to two cups may be enough to dampen the soil sufficiently. As you would expect, the volume of water you supply should increase for a larger plant. The best way to make sure your plant has received enough water is to stick your finger or a trowel into the soil and feel whether it is entirely moist. Alternatively, you can water until you see excess water draining from the holes at the bottom of your container.
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How can I tell if i'm watering my Golden pothos enough?
Overwatering and underwatering are both bad for the health of your Golden pothos. These two issues also manifest themselves in subtly different ways when they occur. Golden pothos that receives too little water may begin to develop yellow leaves. Underwatering may also cause the leaf margins to become brown and brittle. By contrast, Golden pothos that gets overwatered will often show yellow and brown marks on its leaves at the same time. Overwatering can also lead to diseases like root rot, some of which may also be visible on your plant. However, if you know the signs of overwatering and underwatering, you stand a good chance of correcting both issues.
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How should I water my Golden pothos through the seasons?
During spring and fall, your watering schedule for the Golden pothos will remain relatively the same, which will involve watering this plant about once every week. During summer, you may find that the hot weather causes your plant to need more water than usual, especially if it grows where there is a considerable amount of daily light exposure. In the winter, if it's hard to find some warm places for you plant, your Golden pothos will enter a dormant growth phase, in which it will need far less water than usual. At this time, you may get by without watering your plant at all. If you do choose to water during winter, you should not do so more often than once every two to three weeks.
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How should I water my Golden pothos at different growth stages?
After planting a new, young Golden pothos or after transplanting an older Golden pothos, you will probably need to give this plant more water than usual. Young plants often need consistent soil moisture during the early stages of their growth to help them adapt to their new growing locations. Transplants also need more water for a brief time to overcome transplant shock. In either case, you may need to water multiple times per week until your plant has exhibited continuous healthy growth. In most situations, your water should be moderate and should never be significant enough to cause overwatering.
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What's the difference between watering Golden pothos indoors and outdoors?
There are a few reasons why you may need to water an indoor Golden pothos more often than one that grows in the ground outdoors. First, indoor growing settings tend to be drier than outdoor ones, often due to the effect of air conditioning units. While thw size of the pot and the soil determines the warer accumulating ability. Additionally, when your plant grows indoors, it will rely on you entirely for its water By contrast, Golden pothos that grows outside can receive water from rain. If you are in an area with high rainfall, you may not have to give it extra watering. When there is not enough rain, you should water additionally to ensure that the soil does not dry out completely.
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Key Facts About Golden pothos

Attributes of Golden pothos

Lifespan
Perennial
Plant Type
Vine, Herb
Planting Time
All year around
Plant Height
30 cm to 20 m
Spread
20 cm to 30 cm
Leaf Color
Green
Yellow
Variegated
Flower Size
2.5 cm
Flower Color
Green
Stem Color
Green
Yellow
Cream
Dormancy
Non-dormant
Leaf type
Evergreen
Growth Rate
Moderate

Name story

Golden pothos
Since its green leaves are laced with the color gold, it is called Golden Pothos. Epipremnum aureum has a long and tortuous naming history, and it has been reclassified several times. It was first classified as Pothos aureus. In 1962, scholars discovered that it actually had a blossoming phase. Since then, scholars closely observed and investigated the plant's flowers, leaves and growth, and determined its latin name to be Epipremnum aureum.
Devil's ivy
Even if kept in the dark, it can stay green the whole year long, just like the tenacity of the devil. It is also known as devil's ivy because it is almost impossible to kill.

Symbolism

Happiness, good fortune, determination to achieve one's goals, wealth

Usages

Environmental Protection Value
The golden pothos has strong air purification properties and impurity adsorption abilities, which can effectively remove a number of toxins from the air.
Garden Use
Golden pothos is a perennial evergreen vine commonly found in gardens of tropical climates. It is prized for its variegated green and yellow leaves. The trailing tendrils make it suitable for ground cover or as an understory plant. Golden pothos is essential in tropical-themed gardens. Plant with ferns for textural contrast or other succulents for a beautiful scene.

Trivia and Interesting Facts

The golden pothos is a popular houseplant, largely due to the way in which it cleans the air. In newly-renovated homes, the golden pothos has been shown to absorb benzene, trichloroethylene and formaldehyde, although you cannot rely on the plant alone to remove all harmful gases from a room. Nevertheless, they have tenacious vitality, and can quickly convert formaldehyde into sugars or amino acids, while decomposing any benzene emitted by photocopiers and printers, making it no surprise that this plant is often seen in homes and offices.

Scientific Classification of Golden pothos

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Common Pests & Diseases About Golden pothos

Common issues for Golden pothos based on 10 million real cases
Mealybugs
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Mealybugs
Mealybugs is a persistent pest impacting Golden pothos, resulting in stunted growth and damages to its foliage. These insects feed on plant sap, excrete honeydew, and lead to sooty mold development, causing severe damage if unchecked.
Wilting
Wilting Wilting
Wilting
Wilting disease, notably affecting the popular Golden pothos, is primarily caused by lack of water, root rot, or fungal infections. The plant's leaves droop, lose color or may die completely, ultimately affecting the plant's growth and survival.
Caterpillars
Caterpillars Caterpillars
Caterpillars
Caterpillars on Golden pothos manifest as a voracious feeding problem rather than a disease. These larvae feed on the leaves, causing defoliation and potential plant death if not controlled. Habitat management and specific interventions can mitigate their impact.
Leaf rot
Leaf rot Leaf rot
Leaf rot
Leaf rot is a fungal disease that affects Golden pothos, causing discoloration, wilting, and eventual plant death if left untreated. It is caused by waterlogged soil and inadequate ventilation, highlighting the plant's need for well-draining soil and proper air circulation.
Brown blotch
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Brown blotch
Brown spot is a pervasive disease affecting the aesthetics and health of Golden pothos. Primarily, it results in ruinous spots on the leaves, diminishing the plant's decorative appeal and swiftly impacting its ability to photosynthesize.
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Brown spot
This infection can cause brown spots or patches to appear on the plant.
Solutions: In minor cases of brown spot, there isn’t any need to treat the disease. However, if much of the foliage is affected and defoliation occurs, the plant will benefit from getting rid of the infection. It is recommended to start by applying organic treatment options, working up to the more potent synthetic, chemical fungicides if necessary. Organic options won’t kill the fungus, but will prevent it from spreading. Dissolve ½ teaspoon of baking soda and one teaspoon of liquid soap in a gallon of water. Using a spray bottle, spray on tops and bottoms of leaves until the mixture drips off. Repeat every two weeks until existing spots stop enlarging and new spots no longer appear. Spray a copper-based fungicidal soap on the leaves, coating the top and bottom leaf surfaces. Reapply as directed on the product label. Copper penetrates the leaf surface and prevents germination of spores so the fungus cannot spread. Apply an all-purpose fungicide to the entire plant, following the label instructions carefully.
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What is Mealybugs Disease on Golden pothos?
What is Mealybugs Disease on Golden pothos?
Mealybugs is a persistent pest impacting Golden pothos, resulting in stunted growth and damages to its foliage. These insects feed on plant sap, excrete honeydew, and lead to sooty mold development, causing severe damage if unchecked.
Symptom Analysis
Symptom Analysis
On Golden pothos, mealybugs cause a light gray or white powdery residue on the leaves or stem, wilting, yellowing, and curling of leaves. The plant may undergo stunted growth and leaf drop.
What Causes Mealybugs Disease on Golden pothos?
What Causes Mealybugs Disease on Golden pothos?
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Mealybugs
These are small, white insects that resemble cottony masses. They primarily cause the disease by sucking sap from the plants, weakening them and attracting sooty mold.
How to Treat Mealybugs Disease on Golden pothos?
How to Treat Mealybugs Disease on Golden pothos?
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Physical Removal: Use a soft brush or cloth dampened with alcohol to remove mealybugs from the plant.

Use of Natural Predators: Integrate natural predators such as ladybugs and lacewings, which are efficient mealybug consumers.
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Pesticide
Insecticidal Soap: Apply insecticidal soap directly on the mealybugs to kill them. It’s safe and effective.

Use of Neem Oil: Spray neem oil over the entire plant to kill mealybugs at all stages of their lifecycle.
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Wilting
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What is Wilting Disease on Golden pothos?
What is Wilting Disease on Golden pothos?
Wilting disease, notably affecting the popular Golden pothos, is primarily caused by lack of water, root rot, or fungal infections. The plant's leaves droop, lose color or may die completely, ultimately affecting the plant's growth and survival.
Symptom Analysis
Symptom Analysis
Wilting disease affects Golden pothos primarily by drooping leaves, loss of color, yellowing, browning at the edges, and, in severe cases, leaf death. Root symptoms include discoloration, decay, and a foul smell.
What Causes Wilting Disease on Golden pothos?
What Causes Wilting Disease on Golden pothos?
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Lack of water
Golden pothos requires a consistent supply of water, shortage leads to wilting.
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Root Rot-Over
watering or poor drainage causes root rot, which results in wilting.
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Fungal Infections
Fungal pathogens attacks the plant's roots, causing wilting.
How to Treat Wilting Disease on Golden pothos?
How to Treat Wilting Disease on Golden pothos?
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Watering balance: Ensure proper watering and drainage to avoid water-logging.

Healthy soil: Use well-draining soil and replenish with fresh soil periodically.

Quarantine: If possible, isolate the affected plant to prevent disease spread.
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Pesticide
Fungicide application: Apply approved fungicide at the initial stages of wilting.

Systemic insecticide: Use a systemic insecticide to control pest invasions contributing to wilting.
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What is Caterpillars Disease on Golden pothos?
What is Caterpillars Disease on Golden pothos?
Caterpillars on Golden pothos manifest as a voracious feeding problem rather than a disease. These larvae feed on the leaves, causing defoliation and potential plant death if not controlled. Habitat management and specific interventions can mitigate their impact.
Symptom Analysis
Symptom Analysis
The main symptoms in Golden pothos are visible chew marks on leaf surfaces and defoliation. Caterpillars feed on the leaf tissue, often leaving only the veins. They can cause significant damage, particularly when infestations are large.
What Causes Caterpillars Disease on Golden pothos?
What Causes Caterpillars Disease on Golden pothos?
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Caterpillars/Insects
The detrimental impacts on Golden pothos are caused by caterpillars, the larvae of Lepidoptera (butterflies and moths). These insects find Golden pothos attractive for its broad leaves, providing them with an ample food source.
How to Treat Caterpillars Disease on Golden pothos?
How to Treat Caterpillars Disease on Golden pothos?
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Non pesticide
Manual Removal: Manually remove and dispose of caterpillars. Particularly efficient in small Golden pothos plants or in the early stages of infestation.

Natural Predators: Encourage natural predators like birds, spiders, and wasps in the garden. These predators feed on caterpillars, helping to naturally control the population.
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Pesticide
Bacillus thuringiensis Treatment: Apply biological pesticide Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt). This bacterium produces proteins toxic to caterpillars without harming other beneficial insects.
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What is Leaf rot Disease on Golden pothos?
What is Leaf rot Disease on Golden pothos?
Leaf rot is a fungal disease that affects Golden pothos, causing discoloration, wilting, and eventual plant death if left untreated. It is caused by waterlogged soil and inadequate ventilation, highlighting the plant's need for well-draining soil and proper air circulation.
Symptom Analysis
Symptom Analysis
Golden pothos's leaves exhibit yellowing, browning at the edges, followed by a black rot setting in from the base of the plant. There is a noticeable mushy texture to the rotting parts and a foul smell. In severe cases, the plant's health deteriorates swiftly, leading to plant death.
What Causes Leaf rot Disease on Golden pothos?
What Causes Leaf rot Disease on Golden pothos?
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Fungal pathogens
The disease is primarily caused by various water-mold fungi (Phytophthora and Pythium) thriving in moist, waterlogged conditions.
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Environmental factors
Overwatering, poor draining soil, and lack of adequate ventilation promote the conditions favoured by these fungi.
How to Treat Leaf rot Disease on Golden pothos?
How to Treat Leaf rot Disease on Golden pothos?
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Non pesticide
Cultural control: Overwatering should be avoided, soil should be well-drained, and plants should be placed in areas with good air circulation to prevent the disease.

Removal: Infected parts of the plant should be pruned or entirely removed to halt the progression of the disease.
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Pesticide
Fungicide treatment: Apply a broad-spectrum fungicide that is effective against water mold fungi, such as those containing mefenoxam.

Soil drench: Use a fungicide soil drench for severely affected plants, ensuring that the active ingredient is absorbed by the plant's roots.
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What is Brown blotch Disease on Golden pothos?
What is Brown blotch Disease on Golden pothos?
Brown spot is a pervasive disease affecting the aesthetics and health of Golden pothos. Primarily, it results in ruinous spots on the leaves, diminishing the plant's decorative appeal and swiftly impacting its ability to photosynthesize.
Symptom Analysis
Symptom Analysis
The primary symptoms include the appearance of brown, necrotic spots on the leaves that progressively increase in size and number. The plant might also display signs of wilting and overall declining health. The condition can potentially lead to defoliation if untreated.
What Causes Brown blotch Disease on Golden pothos?
What Causes Brown blotch Disease on Golden pothos?
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Pathogen
Caused by a fungal pathogen, Alternaria sp., thriving in humid and warm conditions.
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Environmental factors
Potentially aggravated due to under or over-watering, lack of adequate nutritional elements in the soil, and stress from change in temperature or environment.
How to Treat Brown blotch Disease on Golden pothos?
How to Treat Brown blotch Disease on Golden pothos?
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Non pesticide
Improving conditions: Alter the plant's environment by reducing humidity and regular monitoring of watering practices.

Trimming: Trim away the affected parts to prevent the disease's further spread.
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Pesticide
Fungal treatment: Apply a fungicide that is labeled for use against Alternaria sp. Follow package directions for safe and effective use.
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Brown spot
This infection can cause brown spots or patches to appear on the plant.
Overview
Overview
Discolored spots on the foliage of plants are one of the most common disease problems people observe. These spots are caused by fungal and bacterial diseases, with most infections related to a fungal pathogen.
Brown spot can occurs on all houseplants, flowering ornamentals, vegetable plants, and leaves of trees, bushes, and shrubs. No plants are resistant to it, and the problem is worse in warm, wet environments. It can occur at any point in the life stage as long as leaves are present.
Small brownish spots appear on the foliage and enlarge as the disease progresses. In severe cases, the plant or tree is weakened when the lesions interrupt photosynthesis or cause defoliation.
Symptom Analysis
Symptom Analysis
In most cases, brown spot only affects a small percentage of the whole plant, appearing on a small amount of the leaves. A small infection only puts minor stress on the plant. However, if left untreated and the disease progresses over numerous seasons, it will severely impact the health and productivity of the infected specimen.
  • Sporulation begins (reproduction of the fungal spores), and tiny spots appear on leaves.
  • Placement is often random and scattered as diseases are spread through raindrops.
  • May appear on lower leaves and the interior of the plant where humidity is higher.
  • Brown spots enlarge and grow large enough to touch neighboring spots to form a more prominent blotch.
  • Leaf margins may turn yellow.
  • Tiny black dots (fruiting bodies of the fungi) appear in the dead spots.
  • Blotches grow in size until the entire leaf is brown.
  • The leaf falls off the plant.
Severe Symptoms
  • Partial or complete premature defoliation
  • Reduced growth
  • Increased susceptibility to pests and other diseases
Disease Cause
Disease Cause
Brown spot, or leaf spot, is a common descriptive term given to several diseases affecting the leaves of plants and trees. Around 85% of diseases exhibiting leaf spots are due to fungus or fungus-like organisms. Sometimes brown spot is caused by a bacterial infection, or insect activity with similar symptoms.
When conditions are warm and the leaf surfaces are wet, fungal spores being transported by wind or rain land on the surface and cling to it. They do not rupture the cell walls but grow in the space between the plant plasma membrane and the plant cell wall. As the spores reproduce, they release toxins and enzymes that cause necrotic spots (i.e., dead tissue) on the leaves, allowing the fungi to consume the products released when the cells degrade.
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Golden pothos and Their Toxicity

* The judgment on toxicity and danger is for reference only. We DO NOT GUARANTEE any accuracy of such judgment. Therefore, you SHALL NOT rely on such judgment. It is IMPORTANT TO SEEK PROFESSIONAL ADVICE in advance when necessary.
Slightly Toxic to Humans
Slightly Toxic to Humans
Golden pothos contains a chemical called calcium oxalate, which is mildly toxic to humans if ingested or if the skin comes into significant physical contact with its sap. Symptoms of ingesting golden pothos may include eczema (itchy, red, swollen, irritated skin), burning, inflammation of the mouth, and vomiting. Contact with the sap can also cause dermatitis: an uncomfortable, itchy rash. Harm to humans is most likely to occur in children from accidental contact since this is a very common houseplant.
Toxic to Dogs
Toxic to Dogs
Although not typically life-threatening to your dog, the leaves of the golden pothos, if ingested, will irritate your dog's mouth and gastrointestinal tract. Most symptoms appear within 24 hours and include mouth irritation, lethargy, diarrhea, and drooling. More serious symptoms include loss of consciousness, seizures, and trouble breathing. Delay in seeking veterinary attention may result in internal organ damage, so take your pet in as soon as you suspect pothos poisoning.
Toxic to Cats
Toxic to Cats
Golden pothos (Epipremnum aureum) is a common houseplant that is severely toxic to cats. Chewing the leaves or stems of this plant causes intense irritation of the mouth, tongue, and lips. and results in drooling or vomiting, which in turn may cause dehydration. Symptoms may prove fatal if not treated by a qualified specialist.
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Your pets like cats and dogs can be poisoned by them as well!
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Do not let your lovely pets eat any parts, nor contact with the sap of toxic or unknown plants;
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It’s better to kill those growing around your house. Wear long-sleeved shirts, pants and gloves with sharp tools to dig it out completely;
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Clean the tools with rubbing alcohol or soap and water but do not do that with bare hands;
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Clean your hands and skin once exposed to plants with soap and water;
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Consider using barrier creams that contain bentoquatam to prevent poison oak, ivy and sumac rashes;
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Dump it in special trash cans in sealed garbage packages, and do not let your pets reach it;Do not let your lovely pets eat any parts, nor contact with the sap of toxic or unknown plants;
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If you take your pets to hike with you in the wild, please don’t let them eat any plants that you don’t know;
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Once your pets eat, touch or inhale anything from toxic plants and act abnormally, please call the doctors for help ASAP!
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Some pets are less likely than children to eat and touch just about everything. This is good, as a pet owner. However, you know your pet best, and it is up to you to keep them safe. There are plenty of poisonous weeds that can grow within the confines of your lawn, which might make your dogs or cats ill or worse if they eat them. Try to have an idea of what toxic plants grow in your area and keep them under control and your pets away from them.
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Common Toxic Houseplants
Common Toxic Houseplants
When it comes to decorating a house, there is nothing more refreshing than adding some beautiful houseplants. Some common house plants can also be toxic.

Aloe

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Aloe is famous for its sunburn-soothing properties and its gorgeous desert design. However, many people do not realize that the latex the aloe vera plant produces can be mildly toxic to pets and children.

The latex contains a chemical compound known as saponin. Which when ingested, can cause vomiting, diarrhea, and low blood sugar. This, if left unchecked, can lead to dehydration and electrolyte imbalance. The proper response is to contact poison control or a veterinarian to know what to do in your particular circumstance if either your child or pet consumes aloe.

The latex of the plant is similar to the sap of the tree. It is inside the leaf, but sticks mainly toward the edges. If aloe gel is prepared properly it should be safe for use, but be sure to apply it only topically when treating burns.

Philodendron

Philodendron
Philodendron, also known as sweetheart vine, has become a resident at many houses and even businesses. They are glossy green and the leaves elegantly split, displaying interesting designs. Behind this beauty there is a needle-like toxin called calcium oxalate crystals.

These crystals are held within the plant and only affect you, your pets, or your loved ones if the plant tissue is broken. If ingested, the crystals can cause severe swelling, difficulty breathing, stomach pain, burning and pain. If they are accidentally caught on the skin, they can cause skin irritation.

If anyone accidentally ingests philodendron and they find it difficult to breathe or their tongue starts to swell up, it is important to seek medical attention immediately to avoid suffocation. If you have very young children or pets who have a tendency to tear at plants, keep them away from any philodendrons.

Peace Lily

Peace Lily
Peace lilies produce stunningly white flowers that bring to mind peace and serenity. This is one reason they are invited into our homes and given a place to stay. However, similar to philodendrons, the peace lily contains oxalate crystals known as raphides.

The raphides, once ingested, will cause swelling and burning sensations and can also cause skin irritation. Both pets and humans can get these symptoms so it is important to keep these plants from anyone who is likely to tear or chew it. Symptoms can become dire if the raphides cause the tongue and throat to swell to a point where the person or pet is having difficulty breathing. Seek proper medical attention if this is the case.

Snake Plant

Snake Plant
The snake plant is an interesting and popular house plant. Its stark architecture and wavy coloring has made it a fan favorite. This plant too, however, is toxic when ingested or if the sap touches your skin.

Snake plant sap will cause rashes if it comes into contact with your skin. In addition, it will cause diarrhea and vomiting when ingested. Again these symptoms are very serious and would be best avoided by keeping snake plants out of reach or by choosing a different houseplant.
Common Toxic Garden Plants
Common Toxic Garden Plants

Daffodil

Daffodil
Daffodils are a strikingly colorful flower. This can sometimes bring them much attention not from just onlooking adults but children as well. Since kids are more drawn to colorful objects, they may have a higher chance of just grabbing the flower and eating it. Adults have also been known to accidentally grab daffodil bulbs instead of onions.

Why are these mistakes so dangerous? Daffodils contain lycorine, which can induce nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. It also contains oxalates which can cause swelling and pain. The symptoms can be worse in animals, because if your pets eat daffodils they may experience drowsiness, low blood pressure or even liver damage.

Make sure to call poison control when these symptoms set in. The vomiting and diarrhea have been known to go away after 3 hours, but it is better to be safe than sorry. Ingesting liquids to keep hydration up can be important. If the patient is having difficulty breathing, seek medical attention immediately.

Hydrangea

Hydrangea
Hydrangeas are unique, with their soft blue and pink flowers. They are a great addition to any garden, but should not be snacked on—not that you would want to. Hydrangeas can be especially nasty because they contain compounds known as glycosides. These will release hydrogen cyanide into the bloodstream when consumed. This will block your body’s ability to uptake oxygen to the cells in your body.

The way to combat this kind of poisoning is through getting IVs from the vet or doctor. It is important to contact your medical professional immediately since the symptoms can be fatal within minutes or hours.

Rhododendrons

Rhododendrons
Rhododendron, the state flower of Washington, is also toxic. The multitudinous, pink flowers can be quite dangerous. All parts of this plant are toxic, the leaves and seeds more so than the flowers. However, even the nectar of the flower is toxic and in the Mediterranean, where rhododendrons grow in more dense quantities, the honey from bees who gather rhododendron nectar can be poisonous.

Normally kids and pets do not eat enough to experience the full poisoning effect. However, just eating two leaves is enough to be considered dangerous. The grayanotoxin glycosides within the rhododendron can cause vomiting, diarrhea and irregular heartbeats. Things can get very serious when too much rhododendron is consumed and can lead to necessary medical intervention.

Start by calling poison control first if you suspect anyone has been munching on rhododendrons. The experts there will be able to help guide you through the necessary processes to cure your loved one.

Rhubarb

Rhubarb
Yummy rhubarb has a nasty side to it. While the stems are used in many recipes, including for rhubarb strawberry pie, the leaves are toxic. They contain oxalic acid which is known to blister the mouth, cause nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and kidney stones. The leaves are known to be more toxic to pets than humans, but in either case, it is important to contact poison control immediately to figure out necessary steps to cure the patient.
Common Toxic Weeds in the Yard
Common Toxic Weeds in the Yard

Bittersweet Nightshade

Bittersweet Nightshade
Nightshade is an invasive, noxious weed that is extremely poisonous. It has been found along the East and West Coast of the U.S. It makes its home in areas with disturbed soil. This could be near your garden or areas that have recently had bushes/trees put in.

These plants are dark green with purple flowers that develop into bright red berries. The whole plant is toxic and should be avoided by pets and children alike. If ingested it can cause nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. The colorful berries are especially enticing to young children. If you see any plants that look similar to tomato or pepper plants that you did not plant in your yard, it is best to just pull them immediately.

Call poison control immediately if you think someone has fallen victim to nightshade.

Buttercups

Buttercups
Buttercups are found throughout the United States, especially in wet areas. The shiny, yellow flowers will pop up in the springtime, accompanying their dandelion friends. However, unlike dandelions, buttercups are not edible.

Buttercups will release a compound called protoanemonin. This toxin is known to cause vomiting, diarrhea, bloody stool, hypersalivation, depression, blisters, and more. These symptoms will affect both humans and animals. The sap may also cause irritation when it comes into contact with skin. These yellow flowers are dangerous and children should be observed cautiously when around them.

Foxgloves

Foxgloves
Foxgloves are beautiful plants that build towers out of vivid purple bell-shaped blossoms. They are very pretty to look at, but they contain a compound known as digoxin. This chemical is used in certain medicines to help people with certain heart conditions. However, the medicine is made by specialists, whereas someone eating foxgloves will receive unregulated amounts of the chemical.

This toxin can make you vomit and lower your heartbeat. This often causes dizziness and faintness. It is extremely important to call poison control immediately to know what to do in the case of foxglove poisoning. Some people have confused the young leaves of foxglove with borage, making adult foragers at risk as well as kids and pets.
How to Tend to or Get Rid of Toxic Plants
How to Tend to or Get Rid of Toxic Plants
Now that you know where to start with toxic plant identification, let us discuss how to either tend to the poisonous plants you decide to keep or get rid of them that plague your yard.

How to Tend to Poisonous Plants

Many plants that are toxic when ingested are also skin irritants. The philodendron is a good example of this. When the sap comes into contact with skin, it can cause a rash to form. To help protect yourself when tending to toxic plants, it is important to wear some sort of gloves.
Tend
Latex gloves may be the best solution due to their disposability. Regular gloves could potentially keep the poisonous sap on their surface. If the gloves aren’t cleaned then you could accidentally touch the irritant or pass it to someone else.

In addition you will want to plan where to keep your deadly beauties. If you have a toxic indoor plant try to keep it up high or out of reach of children and pets. This will keep accidents few and far between. Another idea is keeping your plants in areas that are usually inaccessible to children or pets. Areas such as an office, study room, or guest bedroom could be good locations. If applicable, you could also set up a terrarium for your little plant baby, making it more difficult for curious hands or paws to access.
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If you plan to have outdoor plants, location will be key. You will want to put plants in an area that will be inaccessible to children, pets and even wild animals. You will probably want to avoid planting the plants in the front of your house if kids walk by on a regular basis, just to be cautious. Having the plants behind a fence will be best, but use your discretion when choosing a spot.

How to Get Rid of Poisonous Plants

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The easiest but possibly most controversial way to get rid of poisonous plants is by using herbicides. This can be especially easy if you own a grass lawn and use an herbicide that targets broadleaf (non-grass) species. You can find many herbicides meant for yard use by simply searching the term online. Once you have purchased the herbicide you will want to make sure to follow the label posted on the container. If you follow the instructions precisely, then everything should run smoothly for you.

If you don’t plan on using herbicides, there are a few organic methods you can use to try to get rid of toxic plants. You can manually pull the plants out of the ground. This is probably one of the most difficult methods because there is no assurance that you will get the whole plant out this way.

You can also try pouring boiling hot water or spraying white vinegar on the target plants. This may take more time than using a synthetic herbicide, but you can feel a little better about using these products.

You can also try to use wood chips to cover a certain area where you do not want anything to grow. This will not stop all the weeds, but the few that make it through can be easily picked by hand.
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Who Is Most at Risk of Plant Poisoning?
Everyone should keep the following in mind to prevent being poisoned:
1
Do not eat any parts, nor contact with the sap of toxic or unknown plants;
2
If you need to kill it, wear long-sleeved shirts, pants and gloves with sharp tools to dig it out completely;
3
Clean the tools with rubbing alcohol or soap and water but do not do that with bare hands;
4
Clean your hands and skin once exposed to plants with soap and water;
5
Consider using barrier creams that contain bentoquatam to prevent poison oak, ivy and sumac rashes;
6
Dump it in special trash cans in sealed garbage packages;
7
Wear properly when you hiking or working in the wilderness. Long pants, long sleeves, gloves, hiking shoes, etc., that protect you from being hurt by any plants;
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Once you or your family aren’t feeling well after eating, touching or inhaling anything from toxic plants, please call your doctor for help ASAP!
Outdoor Workers
Outdoor Workers and Recreationalists
Those who enjoy the outdoors either as a hobby or as part of their work will rarely see a plant and decide to munch on it (although the scenario is not unheard of). However, they do tend to deal with moving through and brushing aside plants. These people are more at risk of being poisoned by touching toxic plants than by ingesting them.
Outdoor Workers
Foragers
Foragers
Foraging for food and medicinal plants is a desirable skill among people who want to feel at one with the land. This hobby can be very useful and enjoyable, but if done wrong , it can lead to disastrous effects. People who forage are picking and grabbing plants with the full intention of using those plants, most of the time to ingest them.
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Children
Children
While outdoor workers are more likely to touch poison and foragers are more likely to ingest poison, children can easily do both. These bundles of joy just love to run around and explore the world. They enjoy touching things and occasionally shoving random stuff in their mouth; this is a terrible combination with toxic plants in the mix.
If you let your children run about, it is important to know what are the local toxic plants that they could accidentally get into. Try to educate the children and steer them away from where the toxic plants are located.
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Common Toxic Houseplants
Common Toxic Houseplants
When it comes to decorating a house, there is nothing more refreshing than adding some beautiful houseplants. Some common house plants can also be toxic.

Aloe

aloe
Aloe is famous for its sunburn-soothing properties and its gorgeous desert design. However, many people do not realize that the latex the aloe vera plant produces can be mildly toxic to pets and children.

The latex contains a chemical compound known as saponin. Which when ingested, can cause vomiting, diarrhea, and low blood sugar. This, if left unchecked, can lead to dehydration and electrolyte imbalance. The proper response is to contact poison control or a veterinarian to know what to do in your particular circumstance if either your child or pet consumes aloe.

The latex of the plant is similar to the sap of the tree. It is inside the leaf, but sticks mainly toward the edges. If aloe gel is prepared properly it should be safe for use, but be sure to apply it only topically when treating burns.

Philodendron

Philodendron
Philodendron, also known as sweetheart vine, has become a resident at many houses and even businesses. They are glossy green and the leaves elegantly split, displaying interesting designs. Behind this beauty there is a needle-like toxin called calcium oxalate crystals.

These crystals are held within the plant and only affect you, your pets, or your loved ones if the plant tissue is broken. If ingested, the crystals can cause severe swelling, difficulty breathing, stomach pain, burning and pain. If they are accidentally caught on the skin, they can cause skin irritation.

If anyone accidentally ingests philodendron and they find it difficult to breathe or their tongue starts to swell up, it is important to seek medical attention immediately to avoid suffocation. If you have very young children or pets who have a tendency to tear at plants, keep them away from any philodendrons.

Peace Lily

Peace Lily
Peace lilies produce stunningly white flowers that bring to mind peace and serenity. This is one reason they are invited into our homes and given a place to stay. However, similar to philodendrons, the peace lily contains oxalate crystals known as raphides.

The raphides, once ingested, will cause swelling and burning sensations and can also cause skin irritation. Both pets and humans can get these symptoms so it is important to keep these plants from anyone who is likely to tear or chew it. Symptoms can become dire if the raphides cause the tongue and throat to swell to a point where the person or pet is having difficulty breathing. Seek proper medical attention if this is the case.

Snake Plant

Snake Plant
The snake plant is an interesting and popular house plant. Its stark architecture and wavy coloring has made it a fan favorite. This plant too, however, is toxic when ingested or if the sap touches your skin.

Snake plant sap will cause rashes if it comes into contact with your skin. In addition, it will cause diarrhea and vomiting when ingested. Again these symptoms are very serious and would be best avoided by keeping snake plants out of reach or by choosing a different houseplant.
Common Toxic Garden Plants
Common Toxic Garden Plants

Daffodil

Daffodil
Daffodils are a strikingly colorful flower. This can sometimes bring them much attention not from just onlooking adults but children as well. Since kids are more drawn to colorful objects, they may have a higher chance of just grabbing the flower and eating it. Adults have also been known to accidentally grab daffodil bulbs instead of onions.

Why are these mistakes so dangerous? Daffodils contain lycorine, which can induce nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. It also contains oxalates which can cause swelling and pain. The symptoms can be worse in animals, because if your pets eat daffodils they may experience drowsiness, low blood pressure or even liver damage.

Make sure to call poison control when these symptoms set in. The vomiting and diarrhea have been known to go away after 3 hours, but it is better to be safe than sorry. Ingesting liquids to keep hydration up can be important. If the patient is having difficulty breathing, seek medical attention immediately.

Hydrangea

Hydrangea
Hydrangeas are unique, with their soft blue and pink flowers. They are a great addition to any garden, but should not be snacked on—not that you would want to. Hydrangeas can be especially nasty because they contain compounds known as glycosides. These will release hydrogen cyanide into the bloodstream when consumed. This will block your body’s ability to uptake oxygen to the cells in your body.

The way to combat this kind of poisoning is through getting IVs from the vet or doctor. It is important to contact your medical professional immediately since the symptoms can be fatal within minutes or hours.

Rhododendrons

Rhododendrons
Rhododendron, the state flower of Washington, is also toxic. The multitudinous, pink flowers can be quite dangerous. All parts of this plant are toxic, the leaves and seeds more so than the flowers. However, even the nectar of the flower is toxic and in the Mediterranean, where rhododendrons grow in more dense quantities, the honey from bees who gather rhododendron nectar can be poisonous.

Normally kids and pets do not eat enough to experience the full poisoning effect. However, just eating two leaves is enough to be considered dangerous. The grayanotoxin glycosides within the rhododendron can cause vomiting, diarrhea and irregular heartbeats. Things can get very serious when too much rhododendron is consumed and can lead to necessary medical intervention.

Start by calling poison control first if you suspect anyone has been munching on rhododendrons. The experts there will be able to help guide you through the necessary processes to cure your loved one.

Rhubarb

Rhubarb
Yummy rhubarb has a nasty side to it. While the stems are used in many recipes, including for rhubarb strawberry pie, the leaves are toxic. They contain oxalic acid which is known to blister the mouth, cause nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and kidney stones. The leaves are known to be more toxic to pets than humans, but in either case, it is important to contact poison control immediately to figure out necessary steps to cure the patient.
Common Toxic Weeds in the Yard
Common Toxic Weeds in the Yard

Bittersweet Nightshade

Bittersweet Nightshade
Nightshade is an invasive, noxious weed that is extremely poisonous. It has been found along the East and West Coast of the U.S. It makes its home in areas with disturbed soil. This could be near your garden or areas that have recently had bushes/trees put in.

These plants are dark green with purple flowers that develop into bright red berries. The whole plant is toxic and should be avoided by pets and children alike. If ingested it can cause nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. The colorful berries are especially enticing to young children. If you see any plants that look similar to tomato or pepper plants that you did not plant in your yard, it is best to just pull them immediately.

Call poison control immediately if you think someone has fallen victim to nightshade.

Buttercups

Buttercups
Buttercups are found throughout the United States, especially in wet areas. The shiny, yellow flowers will pop up in the springtime, accompanying their dandelion friends. However, unlike dandelions, buttercups are not edible.

Buttercups will release a compound called protoanemonin. This toxin is known to cause vomiting, diarrhea, bloody stool, hypersalivation, depression, blisters, and more. These symptoms will affect both humans and animals. The sap may also cause irritation when it comes into contact with skin. These yellow flowers are dangerous and children should be observed cautiously when around them.

Foxgloves

Foxgloves
Foxgloves are beautiful plants that build towers out of vivid purple bell-shaped blossoms. They are very pretty to look at, but they contain a compound known as digoxin. This chemical is used in certain medicines to help people with certain heart conditions. However, the medicine is made by specialists, whereas someone eating foxgloves will receive unregulated amounts of the chemical.

This toxin can make you vomit and lower your heartbeat. This often causes dizziness and faintness. It is extremely important to call poison control immediately to know what to do in the case of foxglove poisoning. Some people have confused the young leaves of foxglove with borage, making adult foragers at risk as well as kids and pets.
How to Tend to or Get Rid of Toxic Plants
How to Tend to or Get Rid of Toxic Plants
Now that you know where to start with toxic plant identification, let us discuss how to either tend to the poisonous plants you decide to keep or get rid of them that plague your yard.

How to Tend to Poisonous Plants

Many plants that are toxic when ingested are also skin irritants. The philodendron is a good example of this. When the sap comes into contact with skin, it can cause a rash to form. To help protect yourself when tending to toxic plants, it is important to wear some sort of gloves.
Tend
Latex gloves may be the best solution due to their disposability. Regular gloves could potentially keep the poisonous sap on their surface. If the gloves aren’t cleaned then you could accidentally touch the irritant or pass it to someone else.

In addition you will want to plan where to keep your deadly beauties. If you have a toxic indoor plant try to keep it up high or out of reach of children and pets. This will keep accidents few and far between. Another idea is keeping your plants in areas that are usually inaccessible to children or pets. Areas such as an office, study room, or guest bedroom could be good locations. If applicable, you could also set up a terrarium for your little plant baby, making it more difficult for curious hands or paws to access.
tend2
If you plan to have outdoor plants, location will be key. You will want to put plants in an area that will be inaccessible to children, pets and even wild animals. You will probably want to avoid planting the plants in the front of your house if kids walk by on a regular basis, just to be cautious. Having the plants behind a fence will be best, but use your discretion when choosing a spot.

How to Get Rid of Poisonous Plants

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The easiest but possibly most controversial way to get rid of poisonous plants is by using herbicides. This can be especially easy if you own a grass lawn and use an herbicide that targets broadleaf (non-grass) species. You can find many herbicides meant for yard use by simply searching the term online. Once you have purchased the herbicide you will want to make sure to follow the label posted on the container. If you follow the instructions precisely, then everything should run smoothly for you.

If you don’t plan on using herbicides, there are a few organic methods you can use to try to get rid of toxic plants. You can manually pull the plants out of the ground. This is probably one of the most difficult methods because there is no assurance that you will get the whole plant out this way.

You can also try pouring boiling hot water or spraying white vinegar on the target plants. This may take more time than using a synthetic herbicide, but you can feel a little better about using these products.

You can also try to use wood chips to cover a certain area where you do not want anything to grow. This will not stop all the weeds, but the few that make it through can be easily picked by hand.
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Weed Control About Golden pothos

Toxic weed
Golden pothos is slightly toxic to humans and animals if ingested and may be considered a noxious weed in some regions.
How to Control it
Golden pothos is easier to control in a specific area then in the wild. As it is mainly a houseplant for most people, care should be taken to keep it out of reach of children and pets. The shoot tips of the golden pothos can be pinched off periodically throughout the growing season to manage the plants’ growth, and vines and leaves can be cut back as required.
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Distribution of Golden pothos

Habitat of Golden pothos

Tropical forests
Northern Hemisphere
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Distribution Map of Golden pothos

Golden pothos is native to French Polynesia. This plant loves tropical forests and is cultivated for use as a houseplant worldwide. However, its rapid growth can be problematic in some areas, such as the state of Florida, where it is listed as invasive.
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Water
Every week
Golden pothos hails from regions in Southeast Asia, including the Solomon Islands, India, and Bangladesh. It thrives in tropical rainforests with high humidity levels and abundant rainfall. These environmental factors directly influence golden pothos's watering preferences. Mimicking its native environment, golden pothos prefers consistently moist soil and benefits from regular watering. However, it is important to avoid overwatering as this can lead to root rot. Striking a balance by ensuring the soil remains damp but not waterlogged is crucial for golden pothos's health and growth.
Watering Techniques
Lighting
Full shade
Golden pothos favors areas with meager light exposure and can withstand conditions where the sun is partly obscured. Its origins in environments with limited illumination reinforce this predilection. Too much sun exposure may scorch its leaves, while inadequate light could impede its growth and vitality.
Best Sunlight Practices
Temperature
5 45 ℃
Golden pothos is native to tropical regions, and it requires warm temperatures to thrive. Its preferred temperature range is between 68 to 105 ℉ (20 to 41 ℃). During the winter, it's important to keep the temperature above 60 ℉ (15.5 ℃) to prevent the leaves from dropping.
Temp for Healthy Growth
Transplant
1-2 feet
The best time to transplant golden pothos is during mid-spring to late spring or mid-fall to late fall, as this allows the plant to establish its roots in moderate temperatures. Choose a well-lit, well-draining location for golden pothos. Gently loosen the root ball during transplant for optimum growth.
Transplant Techniques
Overwinter
20 ℃
Golden pothos's native to tropical rainforests, where it enjoys constant warmth and high humidity. Naturally, it has no winter dormancy period. However, in cooler climates, golden pothos may experience slowed growth. Indoor winter care involves providing bright, indirect light and maintaining even moisture levels. Avoid overwatering and colder drafts to ensure golden pothos flourishes throughout winter.
Winter Techniques
Pruning
Spring, Summer, Autumn
Golden pothos, a popular houseplant known for its cascading vines and air-purifying qualities, benefits from regular pruning. Key techniques include trimming leggy stems to encourage bushier growth and removing yellow or damaged leaves to maintain health. Prune during the active growth period, from early spring to late fall. Be sure to use clean, sharp shears to prevent disease transmission. Pruning not only shapes the plant but also stimulates new growth and rejuvenates the foliage.
Pruning techniques
Mealybugs
Mealybugs is a persistent pest impacting Golden pothos, resulting in stunted growth and damages to its foliage. These insects feed on plant sap, excrete honeydew, and lead to sooty mold development, causing severe damage if unchecked.
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Wilting
Wilting disease, notably affecting the popular Golden pothos, is primarily caused by lack of water, root rot, or fungal infections. The plant's leaves droop, lose color or may die completely, ultimately affecting the plant's growth and survival.
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Caterpillars
Caterpillars on Golden pothos manifest as a voracious feeding problem rather than a disease. These larvae feed on the leaves, causing defoliation and potential plant death if not controlled. Habitat management and specific interventions can mitigate their impact.
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Leaf rot
Leaf rot is a fungal disease that affects Golden pothos, causing discoloration, wilting, and eventual plant death if left untreated. It is caused by waterlogged soil and inadequate ventilation, highlighting the plant's need for well-draining soil and proper air circulation.
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Brown blotch
Brown spot is a pervasive disease affecting the aesthetics and health of Golden pothos. Primarily, it results in ruinous spots on the leaves, diminishing the plant's decorative appeal and swiftly impacting its ability to photosynthesize.
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Toxic
Slightly Toxic to Humans
Golden pothos contains a chemical called calcium oxalate, which is mildly toxic to humans if ingested or if the skin comes into significant physical contact with its sap. Symptoms of ingesting golden pothos may include eczema (itchy, red, swollen, irritated skin), burning, inflammation of the mouth, and vomiting. Contact with the sap can also cause dermatitis: an uncomfortable, itchy rash. Harm to humans is most likely to occur in children from accidental contact since this is a very common houseplant.
Toxic Details
Feng shui direction
East
Golden pothos is considered auspicious in Feng Shui, imparting a sense of balance and growth. Positioned in the East direction, it is believed to nourish the wood element, thus promoting familial harmony and supporting good health. However, individual experiences may vary, and personal preferences should also be considered.
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Taro
Taro
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Bitter dock
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Also known as: Taro vine, Ivy arum, Hunter's robe
The golden pothos (Epipremnum aureum) is a popular houseplant that is commonly seen in Australia, Asia, and the West Indies. It goes by many nicknames, including "devil's ivy", because it is so hard to kill and can even grow in low light conditions. Golden pothos has poisonous sap, so it should be kept away from pets and children.
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Attributes of Golden pothos

Lifespan
Perennial
Plant Type
Vine, Herb
Planting Time
All year around
Plant Height
30 cm to 20 m
Spread
20 cm to 30 cm
Leaf Color
Green
Yellow
Variegated
Flower Size
2.5 cm
Flower Color
Green
Stem Color
Green
Yellow
Cream
Dormancy
Non-dormant
Leaf type
Evergreen
Growth Rate
Moderate
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Name story

Golden pothos
Since its green leaves are laced with the color gold, it is called Golden Pothos. Epipremnum aureum has a long and tortuous naming history, and it has been reclassified several times. It was first classified as Pothos aureus. In 1962, scholars discovered that it actually had a blossoming phase. Since then, scholars closely observed and investigated the plant's flowers, leaves and growth, and determined its latin name to be Epipremnum aureum.
Devil's ivy
Even if kept in the dark, it can stay green the whole year long, just like the tenacity of the devil. It is also known as devil's ivy because it is almost impossible to kill.

Symbolism

Happiness, good fortune, determination to achieve one's goals, wealth

Usages

Environmental Protection Value
The golden pothos has strong air purification properties and impurity adsorption abilities, which can effectively remove a number of toxins from the air.
Garden Use
Golden pothos is a perennial evergreen vine commonly found in gardens of tropical climates. It is prized for its variegated green and yellow leaves. The trailing tendrils make it suitable for ground cover or as an understory plant. Golden pothos is essential in tropical-themed gardens. Plant with ferns for textural contrast or other succulents for a beautiful scene.

Trivia and Interesting Facts

The golden pothos is a popular houseplant, largely due to the way in which it cleans the air. In newly-renovated homes, the golden pothos has been shown to absorb benzene, trichloroethylene and formaldehyde, although you cannot rely on the plant alone to remove all harmful gases from a room. Nevertheless, they have tenacious vitality, and can quickly convert formaldehyde into sugars or amino acids, while decomposing any benzene emitted by photocopiers and printers, making it no surprise that this plant is often seen in homes and offices.

Scientific Classification of Golden pothos

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Common Pests & Diseases About Golden pothos

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Mealybugs
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Mealybugs is a persistent pest impacting Golden pothos, resulting in stunted growth and damages to its foliage. These insects feed on plant sap, excrete honeydew, and lead to sooty mold development, causing severe damage if unchecked.
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Wilting
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Wilting disease, notably affecting the popular Golden pothos, is primarily caused by lack of water, root rot, or fungal infections. The plant's leaves droop, lose color or may die completely, ultimately affecting the plant's growth and survival.
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Caterpillars
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Caterpillars on Golden pothos manifest as a voracious feeding problem rather than a disease. These larvae feed on the leaves, causing defoliation and potential plant death if not controlled. Habitat management and specific interventions can mitigate their impact.
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Leaf rot
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Leaf rot is a fungal disease that affects Golden pothos, causing discoloration, wilting, and eventual plant death if left untreated. It is caused by waterlogged soil and inadequate ventilation, highlighting the plant's need for well-draining soil and proper air circulation.
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Brown blotch
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Brown spot is a pervasive disease affecting the aesthetics and health of Golden pothos. Primarily, it results in ruinous spots on the leaves, diminishing the plant's decorative appeal and swiftly impacting its ability to photosynthesize.
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Brown spot
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This infection can cause brown spots or patches to appear on the plant.
Solutions: In minor cases of brown spot, there isn’t any need to treat the disease. However, if much of the foliage is affected and defoliation occurs, the plant will benefit from getting rid of the infection. It is recommended to start by applying organic treatment options, working up to the more potent synthetic, chemical fungicides if necessary. Organic options won’t kill the fungus, but will prevent it from spreading. Dissolve ½ teaspoon of baking soda and one teaspoon of liquid soap in a gallon of water. Using a spray bottle, spray on tops and bottoms of leaves until the mixture drips off. Repeat every two weeks until existing spots stop enlarging and new spots no longer appear. Spray a copper-based fungicidal soap on the leaves, coating the top and bottom leaf surfaces. Reapply as directed on the product label. Copper penetrates the leaf surface and prevents germination of spores so the fungus cannot spread. Apply an all-purpose fungicide to the entire plant, following the label instructions carefully.
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Mealybugs
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What is Mealybugs Disease on Golden pothos?
What is Mealybugs Disease on Golden pothos?
Mealybugs is a persistent pest impacting Golden pothos, resulting in stunted growth and damages to its foliage. These insects feed on plant sap, excrete honeydew, and lead to sooty mold development, causing severe damage if unchecked.
Symptom Analysis
Symptom Analysis
On Golden pothos, mealybugs cause a light gray or white powdery residue on the leaves or stem, wilting, yellowing, and curling of leaves. The plant may undergo stunted growth and leaf drop.
What Causes Mealybugs Disease on Golden pothos?
What Causes Mealybugs Disease on Golden pothos?
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Mealybugs
These are small, white insects that resemble cottony masses. They primarily cause the disease by sucking sap from the plants, weakening them and attracting sooty mold.
How to Treat Mealybugs Disease on Golden pothos?
How to Treat Mealybugs Disease on Golden pothos?
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Non pesticide
Physical Removal: Use a soft brush or cloth dampened with alcohol to remove mealybugs from the plant.

Use of Natural Predators: Integrate natural predators such as ladybugs and lacewings, which are efficient mealybug consumers.
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Pesticide
Insecticidal Soap: Apply insecticidal soap directly on the mealybugs to kill them. It’s safe and effective.

Use of Neem Oil: Spray neem oil over the entire plant to kill mealybugs at all stages of their lifecycle.
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Wilting
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What is Wilting Disease on Golden pothos?
What is Wilting Disease on Golden pothos?
Wilting disease, notably affecting the popular Golden pothos, is primarily caused by lack of water, root rot, or fungal infections. The plant's leaves droop, lose color or may die completely, ultimately affecting the plant's growth and survival.
Symptom Analysis
Symptom Analysis
Wilting disease affects Golden pothos primarily by drooping leaves, loss of color, yellowing, browning at the edges, and, in severe cases, leaf death. Root symptoms include discoloration, decay, and a foul smell.
What Causes Wilting Disease on Golden pothos?
What Causes Wilting Disease on Golden pothos?
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Lack of water
Golden pothos requires a consistent supply of water, shortage leads to wilting.
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Root Rot-Over
watering or poor drainage causes root rot, which results in wilting.
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Fungal Infections
Fungal pathogens attacks the plant's roots, causing wilting.
How to Treat Wilting Disease on Golden pothos?
How to Treat Wilting Disease on Golden pothos?
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Non pesticide
Watering balance: Ensure proper watering and drainage to avoid water-logging.

Healthy soil: Use well-draining soil and replenish with fresh soil periodically.

Quarantine: If possible, isolate the affected plant to prevent disease spread.
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Pesticide
Fungicide application: Apply approved fungicide at the initial stages of wilting.

Systemic insecticide: Use a systemic insecticide to control pest invasions contributing to wilting.
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Caterpillars
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What is Caterpillars Disease on Golden pothos?
What is Caterpillars Disease on Golden pothos?
Caterpillars on Golden pothos manifest as a voracious feeding problem rather than a disease. These larvae feed on the leaves, causing defoliation and potential plant death if not controlled. Habitat management and specific interventions can mitigate their impact.
Symptom Analysis
Symptom Analysis
The main symptoms in Golden pothos are visible chew marks on leaf surfaces and defoliation. Caterpillars feed on the leaf tissue, often leaving only the veins. They can cause significant damage, particularly when infestations are large.
What Causes Caterpillars Disease on Golden pothos?
What Causes Caterpillars Disease on Golden pothos?
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Caterpillars/Insects
The detrimental impacts on Golden pothos are caused by caterpillars, the larvae of Lepidoptera (butterflies and moths). These insects find Golden pothos attractive for its broad leaves, providing them with an ample food source.
How to Treat Caterpillars Disease on Golden pothos?
How to Treat Caterpillars Disease on Golden pothos?
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Manual Removal: Manually remove and dispose of caterpillars. Particularly efficient in small Golden pothos plants or in the early stages of infestation.

Natural Predators: Encourage natural predators like birds, spiders, and wasps in the garden. These predators feed on caterpillars, helping to naturally control the population.
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Pesticide
Bacillus thuringiensis Treatment: Apply biological pesticide Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt). This bacterium produces proteins toxic to caterpillars without harming other beneficial insects.
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Leaf rot
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What is Leaf rot Disease on Golden pothos?
What is Leaf rot Disease on Golden pothos?
Leaf rot is a fungal disease that affects Golden pothos, causing discoloration, wilting, and eventual plant death if left untreated. It is caused by waterlogged soil and inadequate ventilation, highlighting the plant's need for well-draining soil and proper air circulation.
Symptom Analysis
Symptom Analysis
Golden pothos's leaves exhibit yellowing, browning at the edges, followed by a black rot setting in from the base of the plant. There is a noticeable mushy texture to the rotting parts and a foul smell. In severe cases, the plant's health deteriorates swiftly, leading to plant death.
What Causes Leaf rot Disease on Golden pothos?
What Causes Leaf rot Disease on Golden pothos?
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Fungal pathogens
The disease is primarily caused by various water-mold fungi (Phytophthora and Pythium) thriving in moist, waterlogged conditions.
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Environmental factors
Overwatering, poor draining soil, and lack of adequate ventilation promote the conditions favoured by these fungi.
How to Treat Leaf rot Disease on Golden pothos?
How to Treat Leaf rot Disease on Golden pothos?
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Cultural control: Overwatering should be avoided, soil should be well-drained, and plants should be placed in areas with good air circulation to prevent the disease.

Removal: Infected parts of the plant should be pruned or entirely removed to halt the progression of the disease.
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Pesticide
Fungicide treatment: Apply a broad-spectrum fungicide that is effective against water mold fungi, such as those containing mefenoxam.

Soil drench: Use a fungicide soil drench for severely affected plants, ensuring that the active ingredient is absorbed by the plant's roots.
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Brown blotch
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What is Brown blotch Disease on Golden pothos?
What is Brown blotch Disease on Golden pothos?
Brown spot is a pervasive disease affecting the aesthetics and health of Golden pothos. Primarily, it results in ruinous spots on the leaves, diminishing the plant's decorative appeal and swiftly impacting its ability to photosynthesize.
Symptom Analysis
Symptom Analysis
The primary symptoms include the appearance of brown, necrotic spots on the leaves that progressively increase in size and number. The plant might also display signs of wilting and overall declining health. The condition can potentially lead to defoliation if untreated.
What Causes Brown blotch Disease on Golden pothos?
What Causes Brown blotch Disease on Golden pothos?
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Pathogen
Caused by a fungal pathogen, Alternaria sp., thriving in humid and warm conditions.
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Environmental factors
Potentially aggravated due to under or over-watering, lack of adequate nutritional elements in the soil, and stress from change in temperature or environment.
How to Treat Brown blotch Disease on Golden pothos?
How to Treat Brown blotch Disease on Golden pothos?
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Non pesticide
Improving conditions: Alter the plant's environment by reducing humidity and regular monitoring of watering practices.

Trimming: Trim away the affected parts to prevent the disease's further spread.
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Pesticide
Fungal treatment: Apply a fungicide that is labeled for use against Alternaria sp. Follow package directions for safe and effective use.
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Brown spot
This infection can cause brown spots or patches to appear on the plant.
Overview
Overview
Discolored spots on the foliage of plants are one of the most common disease problems people observe. These spots are caused by fungal and bacterial diseases, with most infections related to a fungal pathogen.
Brown spot can occurs on all houseplants, flowering ornamentals, vegetable plants, and leaves of trees, bushes, and shrubs. No plants are resistant to it, and the problem is worse in warm, wet environments. It can occur at any point in the life stage as long as leaves are present.
Small brownish spots appear on the foliage and enlarge as the disease progresses. In severe cases, the plant or tree is weakened when the lesions interrupt photosynthesis or cause defoliation.
Symptom Analysis
Symptom Analysis
In most cases, brown spot only affects a small percentage of the whole plant, appearing on a small amount of the leaves. A small infection only puts minor stress on the plant. However, if left untreated and the disease progresses over numerous seasons, it will severely impact the health and productivity of the infected specimen.
  • Sporulation begins (reproduction of the fungal spores), and tiny spots appear on leaves.
  • Placement is often random and scattered as diseases are spread through raindrops.
  • May appear on lower leaves and the interior of the plant where humidity is higher.
  • Brown spots enlarge and grow large enough to touch neighboring spots to form a more prominent blotch.
  • Leaf margins may turn yellow.
  • Tiny black dots (fruiting bodies of the fungi) appear in the dead spots.
  • Blotches grow in size until the entire leaf is brown.
  • The leaf falls off the plant.
Severe Symptoms
  • Partial or complete premature defoliation
  • Reduced growth
  • Increased susceptibility to pests and other diseases
Disease Cause
Disease Cause
Brown spot, or leaf spot, is a common descriptive term given to several diseases affecting the leaves of plants and trees. Around 85% of diseases exhibiting leaf spots are due to fungus or fungus-like organisms. Sometimes brown spot is caused by a bacterial infection, or insect activity with similar symptoms.
When conditions are warm and the leaf surfaces are wet, fungal spores being transported by wind or rain land on the surface and cling to it. They do not rupture the cell walls but grow in the space between the plant plasma membrane and the plant cell wall. As the spores reproduce, they release toxins and enzymes that cause necrotic spots (i.e., dead tissue) on the leaves, allowing the fungi to consume the products released when the cells degrade.
Solutions
Solutions
In minor cases of brown spot, there isn’t any need to treat the disease. However, if much of the foliage is affected and defoliation occurs, the plant will benefit from getting rid of the infection. It is recommended to start by applying organic treatment options, working up to the more potent synthetic, chemical fungicides if necessary.
Organic options won’t kill the fungus, but will prevent it from spreading.
  1. Dissolve ½ teaspoon of baking soda and one teaspoon of liquid soap in a gallon of water. Using a spray bottle, spray on tops and bottoms of leaves until the mixture drips off. Repeat every two weeks until existing spots stop enlarging and new spots no longer appear.
  2. Spray a copper-based fungicidal soap on the leaves, coating the top and bottom leaf surfaces. Reapply as directed on the product label. Copper penetrates the leaf surface and prevents germination of spores so the fungus cannot spread.
  3. Apply an all-purpose fungicide to the entire plant, following the label instructions carefully.
Prevention
Prevention
Like many other diseases, it is easier to prevent brown spot than cure it, and this is done through cultural practices.
  • Clear fall leaves from the ground before winter to minimize places where fungi and bacteria can overwinter.
  • Maintain good air movement between plants through proper plant spacing.
  • Increase air circulation through the center of plants through pruning.
  • Thoroughly clean all pruning tools after working with diseased plants.
  • Never dispose of disease plant material in a compost pile.
  • Avoid overhead watering to keep moisture off of the foliage.
  • Keep plants healthy by providing adequate sunlight, water, and fertilizer.
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Golden pothos and Their Toxicity

* The judgment on toxicity and danger is for reference only. We DO NOT GUARANTEE any accuracy of such judgment. Therefore, you SHALL NOT rely on such judgment. It is IMPORTANT TO SEEK PROFESSIONAL ADVICE in advance when necessary.
Slightly Toxic to Humans
Golden pothos contains a chemical called calcium oxalate, which is mildly toxic to humans if ingested or if the skin comes into significant physical contact with its sap. Symptoms of ingesting golden pothos may include eczema (itchy, red, swollen, irritated skin), burning, inflammation of the mouth, and vomiting. Contact with the sap can also cause dermatitis: an uncomfortable, itchy rash. Harm to humans is most likely to occur in children from accidental contact since this is a very common houseplant.
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Toxic to Dogs
Although not typically life-threatening to your dog, the leaves of the golden pothos, if ingested, will irritate your dog's mouth and gastrointestinal tract. Most symptoms appear within 24 hours and include mouth irritation, lethargy, diarrhea, and drooling. More serious symptoms include loss of consciousness, seizures, and trouble breathing. Delay in seeking veterinary attention may result in internal organ damage, so take your pet in as soon as you suspect pothos poisoning.
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Toxic to Cats
Golden pothos (Epipremnum aureum) is a common houseplant that is severely toxic to cats. Chewing the leaves or stems of this plant causes intense irritation of the mouth, tongue, and lips. and results in drooling or vomiting, which in turn may cause dehydration. Symptoms may prove fatal if not treated by a qualified specialist.
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Your pets like cats and dogs can be poisoned by them as well!
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Do not let your lovely pets eat any parts, nor contact with the sap of toxic or unknown plants;
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It’s better to kill those growing around your house. Wear long-sleeved shirts, pants and gloves with sharp tools to dig it out completely;
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Clean the tools with rubbing alcohol or soap and water but do not do that with bare hands;
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Clean your hands and skin once exposed to plants with soap and water;
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Consider using barrier creams that contain bentoquatam to prevent poison oak, ivy and sumac rashes;
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Dump it in special trash cans in sealed garbage packages, and do not let your pets reach it;Do not let your lovely pets eat any parts, nor contact with the sap of toxic or unknown plants;
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If you take your pets to hike with you in the wild, please don’t let them eat any plants that you don’t know;
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Once your pets eat, touch or inhale anything from toxic plants and act abnormally, please call the doctors for help ASAP!
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Pets
Some pets are less likely than children to eat and touch just about everything. This is good, as a pet owner. However, you know your pet best, and it is up to you to keep them safe. There are plenty of poisonous weeds that can grow within the confines of your lawn, which might make your dogs or cats ill or worse if they eat them. Try to have an idea of what toxic plants grow in your area and keep them under control and your pets away from them.
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Common Toxic Houseplants
Common Toxic Houseplants
When it comes to decorating a house, there is nothing more refreshing than adding some beautiful houseplants. Some common house plants can also be toxic.

Aloe

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Aloe is famous for its sunburn-soothing properties and its gorgeous desert design. However, many people do not realize that the latex the aloe vera plant produces can be mildly toxic to pets and children.

The latex contains a chemical compound known as saponin. Which when ingested, can cause vomiting, diarrhea, and low blood sugar. This, if left unchecked, can lead to dehydration and electrolyte imbalance. The proper response is to contact poison control or a veterinarian to know what to do in your particular circumstance if either your child or pet consumes aloe.

The latex of the plant is similar to the sap of the tree. It is inside the leaf, but sticks mainly toward the edges. If aloe gel is prepared properly it should be safe for use, but be sure to apply it only topically when treating burns.

Philodendron

Philodendron
Philodendron, also known as sweetheart vine, has become a resident at many houses and even businesses. They are glossy green and the leaves elegantly split, displaying interesting designs. Behind this beauty there is a needle-like toxin called calcium oxalate crystals.

These crystals are held within the plant and only affect you, your pets, or your loved ones if the plant tissue is broken. If ingested, the crystals can cause severe swelling, difficulty breathing, stomach pain, burning and pain. If they are accidentally caught on the skin, they can cause skin irritation.

If anyone accidentally ingests philodendron and they find it difficult to breathe or their tongue starts to swell up, it is important to seek medical attention immediately to avoid suffocation. If you have very young children or pets who have a tendency to tear at plants, keep them away from any philodendrons.

Peace Lily

Peace Lily
Peace lilies produce stunningly white flowers that bring to mind peace and serenity. This is one reason they are invited into our homes and given a place to stay. However, similar to philodendrons, the peace lily contains oxalate crystals known as raphides.

The raphides, once ingested, will cause swelling and burning sensations and can also cause skin irritation. Both pets and humans can get these symptoms so it is important to keep these plants from anyone who is likely to tear or chew it. Symptoms can become dire if the raphides cause the tongue and throat to swell to a point where the person or pet is having difficulty breathing. Seek proper medical attention if this is the case.

Snake Plant

Snake Plant
The snake plant is an interesting and popular house plant. Its stark architecture and wavy coloring has made it a fan favorite. This plant too, however, is toxic when ingested or if the sap touches your skin.

Snake plant sap will cause rashes if it comes into contact with your skin. In addition, it will cause diarrhea and vomiting when ingested. Again these symptoms are very serious and would be best avoided by keeping snake plants out of reach or by choosing a different houseplant.
Common Toxic Garden Plants
Common Toxic Garden Plants

Daffodil

Daffodil
Daffodils are a strikingly colorful flower. This can sometimes bring them much attention not from just onlooking adults but children as well. Since kids are more drawn to colorful objects, they may have a higher chance of just grabbing the flower and eating it. Adults have also been known to accidentally grab daffodil bulbs instead of onions.

Why are these mistakes so dangerous? Daffodils contain lycorine, which can induce nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. It also contains oxalates which can cause swelling and pain. The symptoms can be worse in animals, because if your pets eat daffodils they may experience drowsiness, low blood pressure or even liver damage.

Make sure to call poison control when these symptoms set in. The vomiting and diarrhea have been known to go away after 3 hours, but it is better to be safe than sorry. Ingesting liquids to keep hydration up can be important. If the patient is having difficulty breathing, seek medical attention immediately.

Hydrangea

Hydrangea
Hydrangeas are unique, with their soft blue and pink flowers. They are a great addition to any garden, but should not be snacked on—not that you would want to. Hydrangeas can be especially nasty because they contain compounds known as glycosides. These will release hydrogen cyanide into the bloodstream when consumed. This will block your body’s ability to uptake oxygen to the cells in your body.

The way to combat this kind of poisoning is through getting IVs from the vet or doctor. It is important to contact your medical professional immediately since the symptoms can be fatal within minutes or hours.

Rhododendrons

Rhododendrons
Rhododendron, the state flower of Washington, is also toxic. The multitudinous, pink flowers can be quite dangerous. All parts of this plant are toxic, the leaves and seeds more so than the flowers. However, even the nectar of the flower is toxic and in the Mediterranean, where rhododendrons grow in more dense quantities, the honey from bees who gather rhododendron nectar can be poisonous.

Normally kids and pets do not eat enough to experience the full poisoning effect. However, just eating two leaves is enough to be considered dangerous. The grayanotoxin glycosides within the rhododendron can cause vomiting, diarrhea and irregular heartbeats. Things can get very serious when too much rhododendron is consumed and can lead to necessary medical intervention.

Start by calling poison control first if you suspect anyone has been munching on rhododendrons. The experts there will be able to help guide you through the necessary processes to cure your loved one.

Rhubarb

Rhubarb
Yummy rhubarb has a nasty side to it. While the stems are used in many recipes, including for rhubarb strawberry pie, the leaves are toxic. They contain oxalic acid which is known to blister the mouth, cause nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and kidney stones. The leaves are known to be more toxic to pets than humans, but in either case, it is important to contact poison control immediately to figure out necessary steps to cure the patient.
Common Toxic Weeds in the Yard
Common Toxic Weeds in the Yard

Bittersweet Nightshade

Bittersweet Nightshade
Nightshade is an invasive, noxious weed that is extremely poisonous. It has been found along the East and West Coast of the U.S. It makes its home in areas with disturbed soil. This could be near your garden or areas that have recently had bushes/trees put in.

These plants are dark green with purple flowers that develop into bright red berries. The whole plant is toxic and should be avoided by pets and children alike. If ingested it can cause nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. The colorful berries are especially enticing to young children. If you see any plants that look similar to tomato or pepper plants that you did not plant in your yard, it is best to just pull them immediately.

Call poison control immediately if you think someone has fallen victim to nightshade.

Buttercups

Buttercups
Buttercups are found throughout the United States, especially in wet areas. The shiny, yellow flowers will pop up in the springtime, accompanying their dandelion friends. However, unlike dandelions, buttercups are not edible.

Buttercups will release a compound called protoanemonin. This toxin is known to cause vomiting, diarrhea, bloody stool, hypersalivation, depression, blisters, and more. These symptoms will affect both humans and animals. The sap may also cause irritation when it comes into contact with skin. These yellow flowers are dangerous and children should be observed cautiously when around them.

Foxgloves

Foxgloves
Foxgloves are beautiful plants that build towers out of vivid purple bell-shaped blossoms. They are very pretty to look at, but they contain a compound known as digoxin. This chemical is used in certain medicines to help people with certain heart conditions. However, the medicine is made by specialists, whereas someone eating foxgloves will receive unregulated amounts of the chemical.

This toxin can make you vomit and lower your heartbeat. This often causes dizziness and faintness. It is extremely important to call poison control immediately to know what to do in the case of foxglove poisoning. Some people have confused the young leaves of foxglove with borage, making adult foragers at risk as well as kids and pets.
How to Tend to or Get Rid of Toxic Plants
How to Tend to or Get Rid of Toxic Plants
Now that you know where to start with toxic plant identification, let us discuss how to either tend to the poisonous plants you decide to keep or get rid of them that plague your yard.

How to Tend to Poisonous Plants

Many plants that are toxic when ingested are also skin irritants. The philodendron is a good example of this. When the sap comes into contact with skin, it can cause a rash to form. To help protect yourself when tending to toxic plants, it is important to wear some sort of gloves.
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Latex gloves may be the best solution due to their disposability. Regular gloves could potentially keep the poisonous sap on their surface. If the gloves aren’t cleaned then you could accidentally touch the irritant or pass it to someone else.

In addition you will want to plan where to keep your deadly beauties. If you have a toxic indoor plant try to keep it up high or out of reach of children and pets. This will keep accidents few and far between. Another idea is keeping your plants in areas that are usually inaccessible to children or pets. Areas such as an office, study room, or guest bedroom could be good locations. If applicable, you could also set up a terrarium for your little plant baby, making it more difficult for curious hands or paws to access.
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If you plan to have outdoor plants, location will be key. You will want to put plants in an area that will be inaccessible to children, pets and even wild animals. You will probably want to avoid planting the plants in the front of your house if kids walk by on a regular basis, just to be cautious. Having the plants behind a fence will be best, but use your discretion when choosing a spot.

How to Get Rid of Poisonous Plants

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The easiest but possibly most controversial way to get rid of poisonous plants is by using herbicides. This can be especially easy if you own a grass lawn and use an herbicide that targets broadleaf (non-grass) species. You can find many herbicides meant for yard use by simply searching the term online. Once you have purchased the herbicide you will want to make sure to follow the label posted on the container. If you follow the instructions precisely, then everything should run smoothly for you.

If you don’t plan on using herbicides, there are a few organic methods you can use to try to get rid of toxic plants. You can manually pull the plants out of the ground. This is probably one of the most difficult methods because there is no assurance that you will get the whole plant out this way.

You can also try pouring boiling hot water or spraying white vinegar on the target plants. This may take more time than using a synthetic herbicide, but you can feel a little better about using these products.

You can also try to use wood chips to cover a certain area where you do not want anything to grow. This will not stop all the weeds, but the few that make it through can be easily picked by hand.
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Everyone should keep the following in mind to prevent being poisoned:
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Do not eat any parts, nor contact with the sap of toxic or unknown plants;
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If you need to kill it, wear long-sleeved shirts, pants and gloves with sharp tools to dig it out completely;
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Clean the tools with rubbing alcohol or soap and water but do not do that with bare hands;
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Clean your hands and skin once exposed to plants with soap and water;
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Consider using barrier creams that contain bentoquatam to prevent poison oak, ivy and sumac rashes;
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Dump it in special trash cans in sealed garbage packages;
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Wear properly when you hiking or working in the wilderness. Long pants, long sleeves, gloves, hiking shoes, etc., that protect you from being hurt by any plants;
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Once you or your family aren’t feeling well after eating, touching or inhaling anything from toxic plants, please call your doctor for help ASAP!
Outdoor Workers
Outdoor Workers and Recreationalists
Those who enjoy the outdoors either as a hobby or as part of their work will rarely see a plant and decide to munch on it (although the scenario is not unheard of). However, they do tend to deal with moving through and brushing aside plants. These people are more at risk of being poisoned by touching toxic plants than by ingesting them.
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Foragers
Foragers
Foraging for food and medicinal plants is a desirable skill among people who want to feel at one with the land. This hobby can be very useful and enjoyable, but if done wrong , it can lead to disastrous effects. People who forage are picking and grabbing plants with the full intention of using those plants, most of the time to ingest them.
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Children
Children
While outdoor workers are more likely to touch poison and foragers are more likely to ingest poison, children can easily do both. These bundles of joy just love to run around and explore the world. They enjoy touching things and occasionally shoving random stuff in their mouth; this is a terrible combination with toxic plants in the mix.
If you let your children run about, it is important to know what are the local toxic plants that they could accidentally get into. Try to educate the children and steer them away from where the toxic plants are located.
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Common Toxic Houseplants
Common Toxic Houseplants
When it comes to decorating a house, there is nothing more refreshing than adding some beautiful houseplants. Some common house plants can also be toxic.

Aloe

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Aloe is famous for its sunburn-soothing properties and its gorgeous desert design. However, many people do not realize that the latex the aloe vera plant produces can be mildly toxic to pets and children.

The latex contains a chemical compound known as saponin. Which when ingested, can cause vomiting, diarrhea, and low blood sugar. This, if left unchecked, can lead to dehydration and electrolyte imbalance. The proper response is to contact poison control or a veterinarian to know what to do in your particular circumstance if either your child or pet consumes aloe.

The latex of the plant is similar to the sap of the tree. It is inside the leaf, but sticks mainly toward the edges. If aloe gel is prepared properly it should be safe for use, but be sure to apply it only topically when treating burns.

Philodendron

Philodendron
Philodendron, also known as sweetheart vine, has become a resident at many houses and even businesses. They are glossy green and the leaves elegantly split, displaying interesting designs. Behind this beauty there is a needle-like toxin called calcium oxalate crystals.

These crystals are held within the plant and only affect you, your pets, or your loved ones if the plant tissue is broken. If ingested, the crystals can cause severe swelling, difficulty breathing, stomach pain, burning and pain. If they are accidentally caught on the skin, they can cause skin irritation.

If anyone accidentally ingests philodendron and they find it difficult to breathe or their tongue starts to swell up, it is important to seek medical attention immediately to avoid suffocation. If you have very young children or pets who have a tendency to tear at plants, keep them away from any philodendrons.

Peace Lily

Peace Lily
Peace lilies produce stunningly white flowers that bring to mind peace and serenity. This is one reason they are invited into our homes and given a place to stay. However, similar to philodendrons, the peace lily contains oxalate crystals known as raphides.

The raphides, once ingested, will cause swelling and burning sensations and can also cause skin irritation. Both pets and humans can get these symptoms so it is important to keep these plants from anyone who is likely to tear or chew it. Symptoms can become dire if the raphides cause the tongue and throat to swell to a point where the person or pet is having difficulty breathing. Seek proper medical attention if this is the case.

Snake Plant

Snake Plant
The snake plant is an interesting and popular house plant. Its stark architecture and wavy coloring has made it a fan favorite. This plant too, however, is toxic when ingested or if the sap touches your skin.

Snake plant sap will cause rashes if it comes into contact with your skin. In addition, it will cause diarrhea and vomiting when ingested. Again these symptoms are very serious and would be best avoided by keeping snake plants out of reach or by choosing a different houseplant.
Common Toxic Garden Plants
Common Toxic Garden Plants

Daffodil

Daffodil
Daffodils are a strikingly colorful flower. This can sometimes bring them much attention not from just onlooking adults but children as well. Since kids are more drawn to colorful objects, they may have a higher chance of just grabbing the flower and eating it. Adults have also been known to accidentally grab daffodil bulbs instead of onions.

Why are these mistakes so dangerous? Daffodils contain lycorine, which can induce nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. It also contains oxalates which can cause swelling and pain. The symptoms can be worse in animals, because if your pets eat daffodils they may experience drowsiness, low blood pressure or even liver damage.

Make sure to call poison control when these symptoms set in. The vomiting and diarrhea have been known to go away after 3 hours, but it is better to be safe than sorry. Ingesting liquids to keep hydration up can be important. If the patient is having difficulty breathing, seek medical attention immediately.

Hydrangea

Hydrangea
Hydrangeas are unique, with their soft blue and pink flowers. They are a great addition to any garden, but should not be snacked on—not that you would want to. Hydrangeas can be especially nasty because they contain compounds known as glycosides. These will release hydrogen cyanide into the bloodstream when consumed. This will block your body’s ability to uptake oxygen to the cells in your body.

The way to combat this kind of poisoning is through getting IVs from the vet or doctor. It is important to contact your medical professional immediately since the symptoms can be fatal within minutes or hours.

Rhododendrons

Rhododendrons
Rhododendron, the state flower of Washington, is also toxic. The multitudinous, pink flowers can be quite dangerous. All parts of this plant are toxic, the leaves and seeds more so than the flowers. However, even the nectar of the flower is toxic and in the Mediterranean, where rhododendrons grow in more dense quantities, the honey from bees who gather rhododendron nectar can be poisonous.

Normally kids and pets do not eat enough to experience the full poisoning effect. However, just eating two leaves is enough to be considered dangerous. The grayanotoxin glycosides within the rhododendron can cause vomiting, diarrhea and irregular heartbeats. Things can get very serious when too much rhododendron is consumed and can lead to necessary medical intervention.

Start by calling poison control first if you suspect anyone has been munching on rhododendrons. The experts there will be able to help guide you through the necessary processes to cure your loved one.

Rhubarb

Rhubarb
Yummy rhubarb has a nasty side to it. While the stems are used in many recipes, including for rhubarb strawberry pie, the leaves are toxic. They contain oxalic acid which is known to blister the mouth, cause nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and kidney stones. The leaves are known to be more toxic to pets than humans, but in either case, it is important to contact poison control immediately to figure out necessary steps to cure the patient.
Common Toxic Weeds in the Yard
Common Toxic Weeds in the Yard

Bittersweet Nightshade

Bittersweet Nightshade
Nightshade is an invasive, noxious weed that is extremely poisonous. It has been found along the East and West Coast of the U.S. It makes its home in areas with disturbed soil. This could be near your garden or areas that have recently had bushes/trees put in.

These plants are dark green with purple flowers that develop into bright red berries. The whole plant is toxic and should be avoided by pets and children alike. If ingested it can cause nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. The colorful berries are especially enticing to young children. If you see any plants that look similar to tomato or pepper plants that you did not plant in your yard, it is best to just pull them immediately.

Call poison control immediately if you think someone has fallen victim to nightshade.

Buttercups

Buttercups
Buttercups are found throughout the United States, especially in wet areas. The shiny, yellow flowers will pop up in the springtime, accompanying their dandelion friends. However, unlike dandelions, buttercups are not edible.

Buttercups will release a compound called protoanemonin. This toxin is known to cause vomiting, diarrhea, bloody stool, hypersalivation, depression, blisters, and more. These symptoms will affect both humans and animals. The sap may also cause irritation when it comes into contact with skin. These yellow flowers are dangerous and children should be observed cautiously when around them.

Foxgloves

Foxgloves
Foxgloves are beautiful plants that build towers out of vivid purple bell-shaped blossoms. They are very pretty to look at, but they contain a compound known as digoxin. This chemical is used in certain medicines to help people with certain heart conditions. However, the medicine is made by specialists, whereas someone eating foxgloves will receive unregulated amounts of the chemical.

This toxin can make you vomit and lower your heartbeat. This often causes dizziness and faintness. It is extremely important to call poison control immediately to know what to do in the case of foxglove poisoning. Some people have confused the young leaves of foxglove with borage, making adult foragers at risk as well as kids and pets.
How to Tend to or Get Rid of Toxic Plants
How to Tend to or Get Rid of Toxic Plants
Now that you know where to start with toxic plant identification, let us discuss how to either tend to the poisonous plants you decide to keep or get rid of them that plague your yard.

How to Tend to Poisonous Plants

Many plants that are toxic when ingested are also skin irritants. The philodendron is a good example of this. When the sap comes into contact with skin, it can cause a rash to form. To help protect yourself when tending to toxic plants, it is important to wear some sort of gloves.
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Latex gloves may be the best solution due to their disposability. Regular gloves could potentially keep the poisonous sap on their surface. If the gloves aren’t cleaned then you could accidentally touch the irritant or pass it to someone else.

In addition you will want to plan where to keep your deadly beauties. If you have a toxic indoor plant try to keep it up high or out of reach of children and pets. This will keep accidents few and far between. Another idea is keeping your plants in areas that are usually inaccessible to children or pets. Areas such as an office, study room, or guest bedroom could be good locations. If applicable, you could also set up a terrarium for your little plant baby, making it more difficult for curious hands or paws to access.
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If you plan to have outdoor plants, location will be key. You will want to put plants in an area that will be inaccessible to children, pets and even wild animals. You will probably want to avoid planting the plants in the front of your house if kids walk by on a regular basis, just to be cautious. Having the plants behind a fence will be best, but use your discretion when choosing a spot.

How to Get Rid of Poisonous Plants

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The easiest but possibly most controversial way to get rid of poisonous plants is by using herbicides. This can be especially easy if you own a grass lawn and use an herbicide that targets broadleaf (non-grass) species. You can find many herbicides meant for yard use by simply searching the term online. Once you have purchased the herbicide you will want to make sure to follow the label posted on the container. If you follow the instructions precisely, then everything should run smoothly for you.

If you don’t plan on using herbicides, there are a few organic methods you can use to try to get rid of toxic plants. You can manually pull the plants out of the ground. This is probably one of the most difficult methods because there is no assurance that you will get the whole plant out this way.

You can also try pouring boiling hot water or spraying white vinegar on the target plants. This may take more time than using a synthetic herbicide, but you can feel a little better about using these products.

You can also try to use wood chips to cover a certain area where you do not want anything to grow. This will not stop all the weeds, but the few that make it through can be easily picked by hand.
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Weed Control About Golden pothos

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Golden pothos is slightly toxic to humans and animals if ingested and may be considered a noxious weed in some regions.
How to Control it
Golden pothos is easier to control in a specific area then in the wild. As it is mainly a houseplant for most people, care should be taken to keep it out of reach of children and pets. The shoot tips of the golden pothos can be pinched off periodically throughout the growing season to manage the plants’ growth, and vines and leaves can be cut back as required.
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Distribution of Golden pothos

Habitat of Golden pothos

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Golden pothos is native to French Polynesia. This plant loves tropical forests and is cultivated for use as a houseplant worldwide. However, its rapid growth can be problematic in some areas, such as the state of Florida, where it is listed as invasive.
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Golden Pothos Watering Instructions
Golden pothos hails from regions in Southeast Asia, including the Solomon Islands, India, and Bangladesh. It thrives in tropical rainforests with high humidity levels and abundant rainfall. These environmental factors directly influence golden pothos's watering preferences. Mimicking its native environment, golden pothos prefers consistently moist soil and benefits from regular watering. However, it is important to avoid overwatering as this can lead to root rot. Striking a balance by ensuring the soil remains damp but not waterlogged is crucial for golden pothos's health and growth.
When Should I Water My Golden Pothos?
Importance of Timely Watering
Timely watering is crucial for the overall health and growth of golden pothos. It not only keeps the plant hydrated but also supports nutrient absorption and photosynthesis, vital for its survival and growth.
Soil Dryness
Golden pothos prefers well-drained soil. Before watering, check the top 1-2 inches of soil. If it feels dry, it's time to water the plant. This dryness reflects that the plant has consumed most of its available water, and needs more to sustain and grow. It's advisable to use your finger or a soil moisture meter to measure the moisture level. Keep in mind that over-watering can lead to root rot.
Leaf Drooping
One clear sign of golden pothos needing water is when the leaves start to droop. This happens because water pressure inside the plant cells, also known as turgor pressure, drops due to insufficient water, causing the leaves to droop. However, take note that excessive water may also cause leaf droop, so it's crucial to monitor soil moisture levels regularly.
Leaf Yellowing
Golden pothos’s leaves will start turning yellow when it is excessively watered. This onset of yellowing is your cue to scale back on watering. If the plant pot has a drainage system ensure it's functioning properly. Remember, the plant prefers to be on the dry side rather than being too wet.
Leaf Browning
If the leaves of golden pothos start to brown at the edges, it could be a sign of under-watering. Dry, crispy edges on the leaves usually mean that golden pothos is water-stressed. Prior to turning brown, you'll also notice the leaves turning a lighter color and they may feel thin and limp.
Delay in Growth or Shrinking
Golden pothos might show delay in growth or signs of shrinking if it is not watered when required. When you notice its growth seems stunted or roots pulling inward, it might be time for watering.
Risks and Consequences
Ignoring the signs pointing to the watering needs of golden pothos can lead to harmful conditions. Excessive watering can lead to root rot, a condition that can eventually kill the plant. On the other hand, not providing enough water can cause the plant to shrivel and die. It’s also worth noting that imbalances in watering can lead to slower growth and impact the overall health and longevity of golden pothos.
How Should I Water My Golden Pothos?
Unique Water Requirements
Golden pothos prefers well-drained soil and is quite sensitive to over-watering. It thrives best when its soil dries out slightly between waterings.
Base-Watering Technique
Base-watering, also known as bottom-watering, is suitable for golden pothos. This method allows the water to be absorbed through holes at the plant's base, encouraging the roots to grow downwards. Fill a golden pothos plant's saucer with water and let the plant sit in it for about 10-15 minutes to absorb the necessary amount of water.
Avoidance of Foliage-Watering
When watering golden pothos, it is critical to avoid wetting the foliage. Excess water on the leaves may lead to fungal infections or cause leaf-spot disease, diminishing the health and appearance of golden pothos.
Use of Moisture Meter
To avoid over-watering, using a moisture meter can be beneficial. Stick the moisture meter into the soil; it should read 'dry' or 'slightly moist' before you water again. This is an excellent way to ensure golden pothos gets an optimal amount of water.
Watering Can Spout Type
Using a watering can with a long, narrow spout can help target the base of golden pothos without splashing the foliage. This spout type makes it possible to deliver water precisely where it's needed.
Avoidance of Over-Watering
Golden pothos does not like to sit in water for too long. Over-watering can cause yellow leaves and root rot. Always ensure that excess water is drained off and that golden pothos pot does not remain in a waterlogged saucer.
How Much Water Does Golden Pothos Really Need?
Introduction
Golden pothos is a species of plant native to the Solomon Islands. It can be found in tropical rainforests where it grows as a climbing vine, using aerial roots to attach itself to trees or other structures. This habitat indicates that golden pothos has a preference for moist environments and requires a good amount of water to thrive.
Optimal Watering Quantity
Golden pothos has moderate water requirements, and its optimal watering quantity depends on various factors. These include the pot size, root depth, and plant size. Larger pots retain water longer than smaller ones, so the watering volume needs to be adjusted accordingly. Similarly, a larger plant with more leaves will require more water than a smaller plant. As a general guideline, it is recommended to thoroughly water the soil until it is evenly moist, but not waterlogged. Allow the soil to partially dry out between watering sessions to prevent overwatering and root rot.
Signs of Proper Hydration
To determine if golden pothos is receiving the right amount of water, observe the plant and its leaves. A properly hydrated golden pothos plant will have lush and vibrant leaves. The stems will be firm and upright, indicating optimal hydration. On the other hand, signs of overwatering include yellowing leaves, drooping stems, and the presence of fungus or mold. Underwatering can cause wilting leaves and a generally unhealthy appearance. Adjust the watering volume accordingly if any signs of improper hydration are observed.
Implications of Improper Watering
Providing too much water to golden pothos can lead to waterlogged soil and root rot. This can negatively impact the plant's overall health and growth. On the other hand, underwatering can result in stunted growth and lackluster foliage. It is important to strike a balance and provide adequate water to ensure the plant thrives.
Additional Advice
In addition to water, golden pothos benefits from regular misting to increase humidity. It is also important to ensure proper drainage in the pot to prevent water from stagnating. Using a well-draining potting mix and placing the plant in a location with indirect sunlight can further promote optimal growth and overall health.
How Often Should I Water Golden Pothos?
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Just like people, each plant has its own preferences and needs. Devote time to understanding your plants so you can nurture them properly. Observe your plants attentively, learning from their growth patterns, and becoming more in tune with their needs as you grow together. Keep a watchful eye on new plants and seedlings, as they are sensitive to both overwatering and underwatering. Shower them with gentle love and attention, fostering their growth and strength. Let the rhythm of your local climate guide your watering habits, adapting your schedule to the changing weather and the needs of your plants.
What Kind of Water is Best for Golden Pothos?
Water Type Guide for golden pothos
Water Sensitivity: Moderate - golden pothos prefers well-draining soil and should not be overly saturated with water.
Water Types
Distilled Water: Best suited for golden pothos as it is pure and free from any impurities or minerals that could potentially harm the plant.
Rainwater: A natural and ideal water source for golden pothos as it does not contain any added chemicals or minerals. However, it is important to ensure the rainwater is collected in a clean container and is free from pollutants.
Filtered Water: A suitable alternative to distilled or rainwater, as long as it effectively removes any harmful contaminants. It is important to choose a filter that can remove chlorine and other impurities.
Tap Water: Can be used if no other water sources are available. However, tap water may contain chlorine, fluoride, and other minerals that could be potentially harmful to golden pothos.
Chlorine Sensitivity
Moderate - golden pothos is sensitive to chlorine in tap water, which can cause leaf burn and overall stress to the plant. It is recommended to dechlorinate tap water before using it for golden pothos.
Fluoride Sensitivity
Moderate - golden pothos is also sensitive to fluoride, which can accumulate in the soil and cause leaf discoloration or curling. It is preferable to use water with low fluoride levels for golden pothos.
Water Treatments
Dechlorination: It is recommended to let tap water sit out for at least 24 hours before using it on golden pothos. This allows the chlorine to evaporate and makes it safer for the plant. Alternatively, using a water dechlorinator or filtering the water can also help remove chlorine.
Fluoride Removal: If the water source has high fluoride levels, using a water filtration system designed to remove fluoride or using distilled or rainwater can be beneficial for golden pothos.
Water Temperature Preferences
Moderate - golden pothos generally prefers water at room temperature (around 68-72°F or 20-22°C). Avoid using water that is too cold or too hot, as extreme temperatures can shock the plant.
How Do Golden Pothos's Watering Needs Change with the Seasons?
How to Water golden pothos in Spring?
During spring, golden pothos experiences its active growth phase. It is essential to maintain consistent soil moisture to support healthy growth. Water regularly, keeping the soil evenly moist.
How to Water golden pothos in Summer?
In summer, golden pothos may require less water as it enters a period of slower growth. Allow the top inch of soil to dry out between waterings to prevent overwatering.
How to Water golden pothos in Autumn?
During autumn, golden pothos slows down its growth and prepares for winter dormancy. Reduce watering frequency and allow the top few inches of soil to dry out between waterings.
How to Water golden pothos in Winter?
In winter, golden pothos enters its dormant period and requires minimal water. Water sparingly, only when the topsoil feels dry to the touch.
What Expert Tips Can Enhance Golden Pothos Watering Routine?
Moisture Meter
Using a moisture meter can help assess golden pothos's deeper soil moisture needs and prevent over or under-watering. This plant prefers its soil to be mostly dry before the next watering, and a meter can effectively measure this.
Watering Time
Watering golden pothos early in the morning allows the water to penetrate the soil thoroughly before the high evaporation rates of mid-day. It also helps prevent fungal diseases by minimizing the plant's exposure to dampness.
Common Misconception
One common misconception is that golden pothos requires frequent watering due to its lush appearance. However, it is more tolerant of dry conditions and over-watering can lead to root rot. It's important to let the soil dry out partially between waterings.
Considering Hydroponics? How to Manage a Water-Grown Golden Pothos?
Overview
Hydroponics is a form of gardening that uses no soil, but instead grows golden pothos in a water-based, nutrient-rich solution. This method is particularly suited for golden pothos as they are quite adaptable and can thrive in water, given the appropriate nutrients and care. Hydroponics allows for direct contact with nutrient solutions, offering the plant more control over nutrient intake, and can potentially yield healthier, robust golden pothos plants.
Best Hydroponic System
The Deep Water Culture (DWC) system is the most effective and low-maintenance hydroponic system for golden pothos. In a DWC system, the roots are completely submerged in water, thereby providing them with an abundance of water, nutrients and oxygen, which aids in the plant's rapid growth.
Nutrient Solution
Golden pothos prefers a balanced hydroponic nutrient solution, containing macronutrients like Nitrogen, Phosphorus, and Potassium, as well as essential micronutrients. The pH of the solution plays a crucial role in nutrient availability, furthermore it's best to maintain the pH level around 5.8-6.2 for optimal growth. The nutrient solution should be changed every two weeks to maintain the plant's health.
Common Challenges
While golden pothos is a relatively easy plant to grow hydroponically, root rot, nutrient imbalances, and insufficient light could pose issues. To deal with root rot, ensure the water is adequately oxygenated. For nutrient imbalances, maintain the right concentration and consistent pH level of the nutrient solution. Provide adequate light, preferably indirect sunlight or fluorescent light for 12-16 hours daily.
Monitoring Plant Health
To ascertain the health of golden pothos, look out for yellowing leaves, a sign of overfeeding or nutrient burn. Also, wilted or brown leaves might indicate light problems or a nutrient deficiency. As part of your maintenance routine, frequently check the pH and nutrient levels of your solution, and ensure there's adequate aeration in your system.
Adjusting Hydroponic Environment
Golden pothos doesn't require drastic changes in its environment as it progresses through various growth stages. However, you might need to progressively lower the water level in your hydroponic system as the plant grows, allowing the development of aerial roots which absorb oxygen and prevent root rot. Else, consider installing an air stone for added oxygenation.
Warning
Thoroughly clean any equipment or system before use to prevent any disease or pest contamination. While golden pothos are known to be sturdy, taking proactive steps to keep your plants healthy will always be beneficial.
Important Symptoms
Overwatering
Golden pothos is more susceptible to developing disease symptoms when overwatered because it prefers a soil environment with moderate humidity. Symptoms of overwatering include yellowing leaves, brown or black spots, root rot...
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Yellowing leaves
When plants receive too much water, the roots become oxygen deprived and the bottom leaves of the plant gradually turn yellow.
Brown or black spots
Excessive watering can damage the plant's root system, making it vulnerable to fungal infections. The plant may develop dark brown to black spots that spread upwards from the lower leaves which are usually the first to be affected.
Root rot
Excess water in the soil can lead to the growth of harmful fungi and bacteria, causing the roots to rot and eventually kill the plant.
Soft or mushy stems
Excess water can cause stems to become soft and mushy, as the cells become waterlogged and lose their structural integrity.
Increased susceptibility diseases
Overwatering plants may become more susceptible and diseases as their overall health declines, weakening their natural defenses.
Solutions
1. Adjust watering frequency based on seasons and soil dryness. Wait for soil to dry before watering.2. Increase soil aeration by loosening surface and gently stirring with a wooden stick or chopstick.3. Optimize environment with good ventilation and warmth to enhance water evaporation and prevent overwatering.
Underwatering
Golden pothos is more susceptible to plant health issues when lacking watering, as it can only tolerate short periods of drought. Symptoms of dehydration include wilting, leaf curling, yellowing leaves...
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Wilting
Due to the dry soil and insufficient water absorption by the roots, the leaves of the plant will appear limp, droopy, and lose vitality.
Leaf curling
Leaves may curl inward or downward as they attempt to conserve water and minimize water loss through transpiration.
Root damage
Prolonged underwatering can cause root damage, making it difficult for the plant to absorb water even when it is available.
Dying plant
If underwatering continues for an extended period, the plant may ultimately die as a result of severe water stress and an inability to carry out essential functions.
Solutions
1. Thoroughly saturate soil with slow ring watering to ensure uniform and sufficient moisture for plants. 2. Increase air humidity with water trays or misting to slow leaf water evaporation. 3. Watering according to the recommended frequency.Adjust watering frequency based on seasons and soil dryness.
Watering Troubleshooting for Golden Pothos
Why are the leaves of my golden pothos turning yellow?
Yellow leaves often indicate overwatering for golden pothos. Reduce the frequency of watering and ensure the plant has well-draining soil and a pot with drainage holes. Monitor the plant closely; the leaves should regain their color as the watering balance is restored.
Why are the leaves of my golden pothos becoming brown and crispy on the edges?
Brown, crispy edges on your golden pothos's leaves could be a sign of underwatering. Increase your watering frequency incrementally until the plant's health improves. Be careful not to overwater, check the soil's moisture level before each watering session. It should be just slightly damp, not soaking wet.
Why is the new leaf growth on my golden pothos stunted and misshapen?
If your golden pothos is producing small or deformed leaves, it may be receiving too much water. Decrease your watering routine, allowing the soil to dry out slightly between watering. This should encourage healthier, more vigorous growth.
I've noticed a fungal growth on my golden pothos's soil. What should I do?
Fungal growth is an indicator of excessive moisture and overwatering. Remove the affected soil, and replace it with fresh, well-draining soil. Cut back on watering, only attending to your golden pothos when the top inch of soil is dry. Try to water the plant in the morning so that water has enough time to evaporate during the day.
The leaves of my golden pothos are becoming soft and yellow. Why is this happening?
Soft, yellow leaves are often a symptom of root rot, which is caused by overwatering. Check the roots of your golden pothos. If they are mushy and dark, then root rot is likely the problem. Trim off the affected roots and treat with a fungicide before repotting. In the future, ensure the soil dries out completely between waterings.
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Golden pothos favors areas with meager light exposure and can withstand conditions where the sun is partly obscured. Its origins in environments with limited illumination reinforce this predilection. Too much sun exposure may scorch its leaves, while inadequate light could impede its growth and vitality.
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Indoor plants require adequate lighting for optimal growth. When natural sunlight is insufficient, particularly in winter or in less sunny spaces, artificial lights offer a vital solution, promoting faster, healthier growth.
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Indoor plants require adequate lighting for optimal growth. When natural sunlight is insufficient, particularly in winter or in less sunny spaces, artificial lights offer a vital solution, promoting faster, healthier growth.
1. Choose the right type of artificial light: LED lights are a popular choice for indoor plant lighting because they can be customized to provide the specific wavelengths of light that your plants need.
Full sun plants need 30-50W/sq ft of artificial light, partial sun plants need 20-30W/sq ft, and full shade plants need 10-20W/sq ft.
2. Determine the appropriate distance: Place the light source 12-36 inches above the plant to mimic natural sunlight.
3. Determine the duration: Mimic the length of natural daylight hours for your plant species. most plants need 8-12 hours of light per day.
Important Symptoms
Insufficient light
Golden pothos thrives in shaded environments and can tolerate low-light conditions. As a result, symptoms of light deficiency may not be easily noticeable, making it crucial to provide adequate light for optimal growth.
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Slower or no new growth
Golden pothos enters a survival mode when light conditions are poor, which leads to a halt in leaf production. As a result, the plant's growth becomes delayed or stops altogether.
Loss of variegation
In less-than-ideal conditions, plants produce more chlorophyll to increase photosynthesis. Some variegated varieties, like golden pothos, may experience a reduction in variegation or even completely turn green in their new leaves.
Small leaves
New leaves may grow smaller in size compared to the previous ones once they have matured.
Solutions
1. Move your plants to the best spot for sunlight until they can receive ample filtered light, including brief periods of direct morning sunlight. Ideally, place them 1-2 meters away from a window.2. To provide additional light for your plant, consider using artificial light if it's large or not easily movable. Keep a desk or ceiling lamp on for at least 8 hours daily, or invest in professional plant grow lights for ample light.
Excessive light
Golden pothos prefers shade and is sensitive to direct sunlight. Due to this sensitivity, they are prone to developing sunburn symptoms, which easily occur when exposed to direct sunlight.
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Chlorosis
Chlorosis is a condition where the plant's leaves lose their green color and turn yellow. This is due to the breakdown of chlorophyll from excessive sunlight, which negatively affects the plant's ability to photosynthesize.
Sunscald
Sunscald occurs when the plant's leaves or stems are damaged by intense sunlight exposure. It appears as pale, bleached, or necrotic areas on the plant tissue and can reduce the plant's overall health.
Leaf Curling
Leaf curling is a symptom where leaves curl or twist under extreme sunlight conditions. This is a defense mechanism used by the plant to reduce its surface area exposed to sunlight, minimizing water loss and damage.
Wilting
Wilting occurs when a plant loses turgor pressure and its leaves and stems begin to droop. Overexposure to sunlight can cause wilting by increasing the plant's water loss through transpiration, making it difficult for the plant to maintain adequate hydration.
Leaf Scorching
Leaf scorching is a symptom characterized by the appearance of brown, dry, and crispy edges or patches on leaves due to excessive sunlight. This can lead to a reduction in photosynthetic capacity and overall plant health.
Solutions
1. Move your plant to the optimal position where it can receive ample filtered light without direct sunlight. Find a spot with abundant filtered light that doesn't expose the plant to direct rays.2. It is recommended to trim off any completely dehydrated or withered parts of the plant.
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Just like people, each plant has its own preferences. Learn about your plants' temperature needs and create a comforting environment for them to flourish. As you care for your plants, your bond with them will deepen. Trust your intuition as you learn about their temperature needs, celebrating the journey you share. Lovingly monitor the temperature around your plants and adjust their environment as needed. A thermometer can be your ally in this heartfelt endeavor. Be patient and gentle with yourself as you explore your plants' temperature needs. Cherish your successes, learn from challenges, and nurture your garden with love, creating a haven that reflects the warmth of your care.
Essentials
Golden pothos is native to tropical regions, and it requires warm temperatures to thrive. Its preferred temperature range is between 68 to 105 ℉ (20 to 41 ℃). During the winter, it's important to keep the temperature above 60 ℉ (15.5 ℃) to prevent the leaves from dropping.
Regional wintering strategies
Golden pothos is extremely heat-loving, and any cold temperatures can cause harm to it. In the autumn, it is recommended to bring outdoor-grown Golden pothos indoors and place it near a bright window, but it should be kept at a certain distance from heaters. Maintaining temperatures above {Suitable_growth_temperature_min} during winter is beneficial for plant growth. Any temperatures approaching {Tolerable_growing_temperature_min} are detrimental to the plant.
Important Symptoms
Low Temperature
Golden pothos prefers warm temperatures and is not tolerant of low temperatures. It thrives best when the temperature is above {Suitable_growth_temperature_min}. During winter, it should be kept above {Tolerable_growing_temperature_min}. When the temperature falls below {Limit_growth_temperature}, the leaves may lighten in color. After frost damage, the color gradually turns brown or black, and symptoms such as wilting and drooping may occur.
Solutions
Trim off the frost-damaged parts. Immediately move indoors to a warm environment for cold protection. Choose a spot near a south-facing window to place the plant, ensuring ample sunlight. Additionally, avoid placing the plant near heaters or air conditioning vents to prevent excessive dryness in the air.
High Temperature
During summer, Golden pothos should be kept below {Suitable_growth_temperature_max}. When the temperature exceeds {Tolerable_growing_temperature_max}, the color of the leaves becomes lighter, and the plant becomes more susceptible to sunburn.
Solutions
Trim away the sunburned and dried-up parts. Move the plant to a location that provides shade from the midday and afternoon sun. Water the plant in the morning and evening to keep the soil moist.
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How to Successfully Transplant Golden Pothos?
The best time to transplant golden pothos is during mid-spring to late spring or mid-fall to late fall, as this allows the plant to establish its roots in moderate temperatures. Choose a well-lit, well-draining location for golden pothos. Gently loosen the root ball during transplant for optimum growth.
What Preparations are Needed Before Transplanting Golden Pothos?
What is the Ideal Time for Transplanting Golden Pothos?
The ideal time to transplant golden pothos is mid to late spring, or mid to late fall. During these periods, the moderate temperatures promote healthy root growth, reducing transplant shock, and ensuring a thriving plant in its new home.
How Much Space Should You Leave Between Golden Pothos Plants?
When transplanting golden pothos, make sure to space each plant by around 1-2 feet (30-60 cm) apart. This will give golden pothos enough room to grow and thrive, ensuring a healthy and beautiful display!
What is the Best Soil Mix for Golden Pothos Transplanting?
Prepare your soil with a well-draining mixture of perlite, peat moss, and compost. Add a slow-release fertilizer to provide essential nutrients for golden pothos. The ideal pH is around 6.1-6.5, so check and amend the soil if needed.
Where Should You Relocate Your Golden Pothos?
Choose a location for golden pothos that receives bright, indirect sunlight most of the day. Avoid direct sunlight, as it can scorch the leaves. A room with a north or east-facing window should work well.
What Equipments Should You Prepare Before Transplantation Golden Pothos?
Gardening Gloves
To protect your hands while working with the soil and golden pothos.
Trowel or Spade
To dig the new hole and transplant the golden pothos.
Measuring Tape
To measure the right depth and distance for planting golden pothos.
Watering Can or Hose
To water your golden pothos plant during and after transplanting.
Organic Matter or Compost
To condition the soil and improve drainage.
Mulch
To help retain moisture and regulate the soil temperature.
Garden Stakes or Supports
To provide any necessary support for the golden pothos plant, depending on its size and growth habit.
How Do You Remove Golden Pothos from the Soil?
- From Ground: First, water the golden pothos plant to dampen the soil. Then, dig a wide trench around the plant using a shovel or spade, ensuring the plant's root ball remains intact. Carefully work the spade under the root ball to lift the plant from its original location.
- From Pot: Water the golden pothos plant thoroughly and let it sit for about an hour. Then, gently tap the pot to loosen the soil. Turn the pot on its side, and carefully slide the plant and root ball out.
- From Seedling Tray: Prepare the golden pothos seedling by watering it well so the soil is moist and sticks together. This will help prevent damage to the roots and make it easier to transplant. To remove the seedling from the tray, gently insert a trowel or small tool under the root ball while carefully holding the stem. Lift the seedling out with the root ball intact.
Step-by-Step Guide for Transplanting Golden Pothos
Step1 Digging the Hole
Based on your site selection, dig a hole 2-3 times wider than the root ball and slightly deeper than its length with a trowel or a spade. Keep the removed soil nearby.
Step2 Soil Preparation
Mix the removed soil with organic matter or compost to improve drainage and add nutrients.
Step3 Placing the golden pothos Plant
Carefully place the golden pothos plant in the center of the hole, making sure its root ball is level with the surrounding ground. Fill the hole halfway with the prepared soil mixture and gently firm the soil around the root ball.
Step4 Watering
Water the golden pothos plant thoroughly using a watering can or hose, allowing the water to settle the soil and eliminate air pockets around the roots.
Step5 Finishing the Transplant
Fill the remainder of the hole with the prepared soil mixture, gently firming the soil. Create a shallow depression around the base to help collect water near the roots.
Step6 Mulching
Spread a layer of mulch around the base of the golden pothos plant, keeping it a few inches away from the stem. This will help retain moisture and regulate the soil temperature.
Step7 Support
If necessary, provide support for the golden pothos plant by adding stakes or supports. Secure the plant to the support with soft ties or garden twine.
How Do You Care For Golden Pothos After Transplanting?
Watering
Maintain consistent soil moisture around the golden pothos plant for the first few weeks after transplanting to help establish strong roots. Avoid overwatering, which can lead to root rot.
Fertilizing
Wait a few weeks after transplanting before applying a balanced, slow-release fertilizer to encourage healthy growth.
Pruning
Remove any damaged or dead leaves and stems after transplanting to encourage new growth and maintain the golden pothos plant's shape.
Monitoring
Regularly check for signs of pests or diseases on your golden pothos plant and address any issues promptly.
Troubleshooting Common Issues with Golden Pothos Transplantation.
When is the best time to transplant golden pothos?
Transplant golden pothos during mid-spring to late spring or mid-fall to late fall, providing ideal growing conditions.
What spacing should I maintain when transplanting golden pothos?
Allow a spacing of 1-2 feet (30-60 cm) between plants to allow ample room for growth and proper air circulation.
What type of soil is suitable for transplanting golden pothos?
Choose well-draining soil, rich in organic matter. A mix of potting soil and perlite or vermiculite works well.
What size pot or container do I need for transplanting golden pothos?
Select a pot 2-4 inches (5-10 cm) larger in diameter than the current one, ensuring it has proper drainage holes.
How do I remove golden pothos from its current container before transplanting?
Gently squeeze the container, turning it upside down while supporting the plant base and carefully slide it out.
How deep should I plant golden pothos when transplanting?
Plant golden pothos at the same depth it was previously growing, with the top of the root ball slightly below the soil line.
How much water does golden pothos need immediately after transplanting?
Water golden pothos thoroughly to help settle the soil around the roots, then maintain consistent moisture levels in the soil.
What is the recommended sunlight exposure for golden pothos after transplanting?
Position golden pothos in a spot receiving bright, indirect light, avoiding direct sunlight which can scorch the leaves.
How can I reduce transplant shock in golden pothos?
Minimize root disturbance, maintain consistent water and light, and prune any damaged or dead leaves.
How soon can I expect new growth after transplanting golden pothos?
Expect new growth within 4-6 weeks, though it can vary depending on the plant's health and growing conditions.
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Is Golden Pothos toxic to human?
Golden pothos contains a chemical called calcium oxalate, which is mildly toxic to humans if ingested or if the skin comes into significant physical contact with its sap. Symptoms of ingesting golden pothos may include eczema (itchy, red, swollen, irritated skin), burning, inflammation of the mouth, and vomiting. Contact with the sap can also cause dermatitis: an uncomfortable, itchy rash. Harm to humans is most likely to occur in children from accidental contact since this is a very common houseplant.
Is Golden Pothos toxic to dog?
Although not typically life-threatening to your dog, the leaves of the golden pothos, if ingested, will irritate your dog's mouth and gastrointestinal tract. Most symptoms appear within 24 hours and include mouth irritation, lethargy, diarrhea, and drooling. More serious symptoms include loss of consciousness, seizures, and trouble breathing. Delay in seeking veterinary attention may result in internal organ damage, so take your pet in as soon as you suspect pothos poisoning.
Is Golden Pothos toxic to cat?
Golden pothos (Epipremnum aureum) is a common houseplant that is severely toxic to cats. Chewing the leaves or stems of this plant causes intense irritation of the mouth, tongue, and lips. and results in drooling or vomiting, which in turn may cause dehydration. Symptoms may prove fatal if not treated by a qualified specialist.
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* The judgment on toxicity and danger is for reference only. We DO NOT GUARANTEE any accuracy of such judgment. Therefore, you SHALL NOT rely on such judgment. It is IMPORTANT TO SEEK PROFESSIONAL ADVICE in advance when necessary.
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