How To Grow and Care for Hawaiian Pothos?

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Oh, dear. You’ve seen pictures of Hawaiian pothos plants but need to figure out how to grow and care for them. We’re here to make everything better.

Hawaiian Pothos is a common houseplant but can also be grown outdoors. It has large heart-shaped leaves that are either green, light green, or variegated.

Most pothos plants can be trained onto a trellis or pole according to the sun exposure in your area.

From propagation tips to watering requirements and disease control, we’ll take you through everything you need to know about this exciting houseplant.

What Is Hawaiian Pothos?

Pothos Hawaiian is a medium-sized pothos with variegated heart-shaped leaves. It grows fast, making it ideal for beginners or anyone who wants reliable houseplants.

The leaves are usually green but can be variegated or light green. Hawaiian Photos leaves have a matte finish, which makes them stand out against glossy-leaved varieties.

Hawaiian Pothos is suitable for beginners because it grows well in low light and is sturdy.

While Hawaiian and golden pothos may look alike, they are very different. The leaves of the Hawaiian version grow much more extensive under the same conditions — usually larger than your palm if the lighting is proper. The leaves are a bit stiffer, too, and they have a different texture.

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The golden variety is also more susceptible to spider mites than Hawaiian pothos, which makes it a better choice if you have pets or children who might accidentally bring pests into your home.

Hawaiian Pothos Plant Care and Growing

Taking care of Hawaiian pothos is easy. However, it needs a lot of attention to grow as a houseplant.

Here are other specific requirements for growing and caring for a pothos plant.

Propagation Requirements for Hawaiian Pothos

Since pothos is a common houseplant, it’s easy to find cuttings and plants at home improvement stores. You can also buy them online or from local nurseries.

To propagate a houseplant, cut 4-6 inch stems with at least 2 or 3 leaves from the plant in your home and place them in a jar of water.

Then remove all but two leaves at the tip of each stem and set aside for five days to let callous form on wounds made by removing the leaf node.

Once the leaves have formed a callous, remove them from the water and place them in a light, sandy soil mixture. Water lightly for about five days to allow roots to develop. Then transplant into larger pots with fresh potting soil.

Place your houseplant in an area that gets indirect sunlight and keep it moist but not soggy for about a week before moving it to its permanent location. The roots will take several weeks to grow and stabilize the plant in its new home.

Hawaiian Pothos Needs Repotting

Hawaiian Pothos need to be repotted every year or so. Spring is the best time for repotting, as your plant is actively growing and has time to establish into its new pot.

Light Requirements for Hawaiian Pothos

The Hawaiian pothos plant is easy to care for and tolerates low-light conditions. However, they do prefer bright indirect light.

They also need at least 2 hours of direct sunlight each day. The plant should be placed near a window where it gets some sunlight but not direct sunlight.

Consider using grow lights if you have a room that gets low light. You can also place the plant in front of a window with sheer curtains to filter out direct sun.

The pothos leaves will turn yellow if it does not receive enough light. Regularly misting your Hawaiian pothos will also help it adapt to its new home.

Pot and Soil Requirements for Hawaiian Pothos

The pothos is a great plant to grow in a hanging basket or on the wall. They do not require much soil and can thrive in a shallow pot. However, if you want your plant to grow large, use a 10-inch deep pot with soil draining efficiently.

The best types of soil for Hawaiian pothos are those that contain peat moss and perlite. You can mix equal parts of each into your container. A cactus mix or a combination of potting soil and sand also works.

Select a pot with ample drainage holes to ensure adequate airflow around the roots and prevent overwatering.

Watering Requirements for Hawaiian Pothos

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The most common mistake people make when growing Hawaiian pothos is overwatering. The plant does not like having wet feet and will start to rot if the soil stays too moist.

To avoid this, let the top inch of soil dry out before watering again. Pinch off any yellow leaves that appear on your plant, as they can indicate over- or under-watering.

Water Hawaiian Pothos once per week during the warmer months. The pot should have a drainage hole so it does not become waterlogged.

Temperature and Humidity Requirements for Hawaiian Pothos

The best temperature for growing Hawaiian pothos is between 65 and 85 degrees Fahrenheit (18 to 29 Celcius). The plant will tolerate temperatures in the low 50s (10 Celcius) but prefers to be warm and sunny.

Humidity should be about 40 percent or higher for good growth. If humidity levels drop below this range, consider placing your plant on a pebble tray filled with water.

Pruning Requirements for Hawaiian Pothos

Hawaiian pothos needs to be pruned regularly to stay looking good.

The best time to prune Hawaiian pothos is late winter or early spring. Pruning will keep the plant healthy and maintain its appearance.

Dead leaves should be removed, as well as any growth that has become discolored or withered. If a stem has grown too long, cut it back by one-third of its length.

Fertilizing Requirements for Hawaiian Pothos

Hawaiian pothos is a low-maintenance plant and doesn’t require much fertilizer. If you’re looking to fertilize your Hawaiian pothos, only do so once every few months — never more than once a month.

A balanced liquid fertilizer can be used on this plant. Feed with a balanced fertilizer that contains calcium, nitrogen, and phosphorous. This will help the plant to grow strong and healthy.

Hawaiian Pothos May Hurt Your Pets

The calcium oxalate found in the Hawaiian Pothos Plant’s roots, stems, and leaves will cause your pet to vomit, have swollen tongue and lips, and suffer severe stomach pain. If your pet has gotten into Hawaiian pothos, immediately take them to the vet.

Common Problems and Solutions for Growing Hawaiian Pothos

Algal leaf caused by Cephaleuros sp.

Pothos are low-maintenance plants but can still be susceptible to a few common problems. If you notice your Hawaiian pothos is turning brown, it may be time for some repotting.

It’s also important to check that the plant has enough light and water; this may solve the issue.

Problem #1: Pale Leaves

This usually indicates that your pothos needs to get more light or be appropriately watered.

Make sure there is plenty of natural light in the room where your plant lives and water regularly with room temperature tap water.

Problem #2: Leaves Curling

This may indicate that your pothos is getting too much light.

Move it to a shadier spot and water it every other day or less.

Problem #3: Leaves Dropping

If your pothos plant is dropping leaves, this could be due to an insect infestation or the plant being repotted.

Other Tips To Help Photos Thrive

Here are other tips to help your pothos thrive:

  • Acclimate the plant to your home.
  • Choose a hanging container or one with a reservoir.
  • Keep the air around it moist but not soaking wet.
  • Re-plant in fresh soil every 2-3 years.
  • Propagate through cuttings.
  • Stay on top of pests and diseases.
  • Remove and destroy brown leaves, stems, and root tips.
  • Avoid placing it in direct sunlight or drafty areas such as doorways or windows.
  • If you’re moving it outside for summer, do so gradually so that it can adapt to the change in light and temperature.


Hawaiian pothos thrives with less fertilizer and water than other houseplants. They are low-maintenance, easy to grow, and an excellent choice for first-time gardeners.

We have learned that keeping the plant in a warm location is essential and not to over-fertilize it. We also remember not soaking its roots with excessive water, which can cause rot.

Placing it in a place with sufficient sunlight will ensure optimal growth conditions.

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