Saturday, October 21, 2006

Filtering The Air With The Devil's Ivy

The Devil's Ivy or Golden Pothos is an extremely easy plant to take care of. This plant can handle lower lights, and is super easy to reproduce through cuttings like the ones shown in the pictures below.

This plant has been proven by NASA
to filter the air of many nasty chemicals including formaldehyde, benzene, and carbon monoxide. The scientific name for this "clean air" plant is Epipremnum Aureum. Please note: this plant is toxic if ingested so don't let children and pets eat this plant. The devil's ivy works great on top of a fridge or simply as a hanging plant in any window.

Anyone else out there have the Devil's Ivy? I
know it is a very popular houseplant, so I am sure many of you have at least seen them around. If you haven't and you are interested in buying the Devil's Ivy you can do so here.

33 comments:

  1. Dose it sometimes drop water from its edge? It looks very similar to one of the plants in my family.And we call it Di Shui Guan Yin in China~ :-)

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  2. It sure does.. Especially when it is humid out. Di Shui Guan Yin, I have never heard it called that... ;)

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  3. yes. i had one called Rapunzel... i loved her, but her tendrils got too long and so she cut her own hair....

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  4. After growing over 100 different houseplants, as my life got more complicated, this is the only one I'm growing now. I have nine plantings hanging from my kitchen window. Good to know they clean the air as well as look fresh.

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  5. I love these. I think they're native of Hawaii? I've been there and seen it growing wild. I was helping a friend in their yard, and she wanted me to pull it all up! Apparently it grows too well there. I could hardly bring myself to weed a houseplant! :-)

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  6. Anonymous3:24 PM

    love this site. Fab pics and videos.

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  7. just some guy passing by7:33 PM

    we have golden pathos in every room. even the bathroom. it's so easy to grow and propagate (sp?).

    we love it.

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  8. Hello

    Yes, I have this plant at home, in a fairly dark room, and it does fine on its own!

    I'm wondering, does it root in water? I didn't know that.

    I'd like to ask you this: when you take cuttings to propagate it, do you then plant several cuttings in the same pot? I've propagated it several times but I always pot the cuttings individually, but that way it doesn't really look well, because it doesn't build new branches. Please get back to me.

    Mar

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  9. Mar,

    Yes the Devil's Ivy does root in just water alone. As you can see from the picture above I just used a empty glass bottle. It does the trick just fine. You can kinda see the bumps on the plant before you soak it in water, this is where the roots will come out.

    The answer to your other question is yes, you can plant as many cuttings as you want in the same plant. This does make the plant seem more "full" looking. I hope this helps and let me know if you have any other questions.

    1greenthumb

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  10. Anonymous9:35 PM

    A friend of mine has these in his frog terrarium but ive heard they are poisoness to pets. Is this true??

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  11. Yes they are poisoness you have to be careful to keep them out of reach of pets and young children...

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  12. Anonymous6:11 AM

    I have this plant inside at the moment, but it is outgrowing its place in the dining room, can I put it outside in a sheltered spot??? I would hate to see it die.

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  13. It depends on were you live and how cold it gets at night... I don't know the specifics off hand, but I would say it shouldn't be exposed to temperatures of less than 50 degrees. It should also be kept out of direct sunlight if outside.

    One thing you could consider is to trim the plant. As you can see above the devil ivy is very easy to reproduce... I hope this helps!

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  14. Anonymous5:59 AM

    I have one which is araceae and has thick stem can i put it in a thin necked bottle will it grow as this is a larger sized devil's ivy

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  15. I am not too familiar with the araceae kind... That is a flowering type from what my research showed. A lot of plant like this can be reproduced simply by soaking in water, so I would assume that this would work with your plant too.

    If you have multiple shoots it doesn't hurt to cut one of and give it a try. Let me know if it works! I hope this helps...

    Dan

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  16. Anonymous2:02 PM

    Can I grow a devil's ivy in direct sunlight and train it on a metal railing in hot weather

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  17. They don't seem to have too much trouble with direct sunlight inside, but I am not sure about outside... I would imagine it depends on the climate u are in. You can always give it a quick try... Just take the pot out there for a bit and check out it often to make sure it doesn't get burned out... That would be my suggestion. Let us know if it works! Thanks

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  18. Anonymous12:05 PM

    yes it did dry out i have put it back in shade but it has started losing its leaves one by one i have started to water it daily

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  19. if you grow in water only,
    1. Use tap water or filtered water?
    2. Need to replace the water? how often?

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  20. I used tap water... and replace the water about every week or so, hope this helps!

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  21. Anonymous2:38 PM

    hi just got myself devils ivy can you tell me how often to water please thanks

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  22. You should be able to water it about once a week or every two weeks... It doesn't need a ton of water. It will let you know if you aren't watering it enough. The leaves will start to droop if you go too long between waterings... Don't worry though if this happens they will perk right back up once you give them water: )

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  23. We just bought a devils Ivy. It is next to a window but far enough to where the light doesnt touch it. It is not pitch black but dim i guess i would say. Will it do alright?

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    1. Yeah you should do fine with that... It can even survive in an office setting with just artificial light...

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  24. Anonymous7:56 PM

    I accidentally broke off a "branch" of my ivy and p;anted it without allowing it to grow roots in a glass of water is this ok i don't want it to die please help.

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  25. If you make sure to keep the soil moist it may grow... The rest of the plant should be fine though.

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  26. Anonymous8:04 PM

    ok thanks a lot this is an amazing site i will deffinately revisit this site for mor answers thanks again

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  27. Your welcome : ) Glad you liked the site!

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  28. is it better to let my devils ivy hang long or loop it around other vines???? someone please help me and where is best to put it

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  29. Anonymous12:00 PM

    We have Devils Ivy situated between a radiator which is on a lot & the television which also emits heat. Will our plant be ok?

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  30. I would think you should be fine, but if you see the plant start to wilt I would suggest a different spot, my bet though is that it should be ok... Don't worry these plants are very hard to kill...

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  31. @MrsRosielynn You can let the vine grow long, loop them or you can even just trim off the ends if you don't like them being so long... Sorta like a hair cut. Best part about it is that those cuttings can just be put in water and you can grow another plant just from a single cutting : )

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