Is pothos toxic to cats?
Facts about pothos toxicity in cats.
Last Updated: Jun 26, 2013
The roots of pothos (Epipremnum aureum), often called pothos vine, are poisonous to cats. However, this is a rare occurrence. As with any plant, your cat could be sensitive to pothos.
In fact, if your cat is prone to vomiting or diarrhea after eating any food, especially if you feed your cat raw food or homemade treats, you should avoid feeding pothos as well. The plant can contain toxic components of the plant and should be handled with caution. If your cat eats pothos and then has vomiting or diarrhea, contact your veterinarian. He or she may need to treat your cat with medications to protect the intestines.
Pothos is a tropical and subtropical plant. Although it is found throughout the world, it is most common in tropical regions. According to the United States National Arboretum, pothos is common to eastern Asia, Africa and the West Indies.
What Is Pothos?
Pothos vine is a member of the Araceae family. It is sometimes called a pothos or pothos vine. As the name implies, this plant is a vine with large green or yellowish, lance-shaped leaves. It has long, narrow-shaped leaves and large, fleshy, greenish or brownish flowers. The large amount of leaf surface area and green color of these leaves make the plant easy to spot. Pothos has a large, robust appearance and has a very fast growth rate.
The plant is native to South America, Central and West Africa and South and Central America. It can survive in low-light, dry, semi-dry and tropical conditions. Pothos is an excellent ground cover, climbing over and among other plants.
What Is Pothos Used For?
Pothos is used as a potted plant. It thrives in a hot and humid location.
The plant is used in landscaping and around swimming pools. The leaves can be a good ground cover or used to train vines.
The plant is popular as a house plant, especially with people who enjoy having plants in their house. If you want a small plant, get a cactus or a pothos.
Pothos is used for indoor displays. You can choose plants that will make a strong statement. If you are planning to move the plant outdoors, think about what time of year you are moving it, as well as the conditions it will have. For instance, if the plant has been indoors during the winter and may need to be brought outside in a warm, sunny location during the spring and summer, then it should be moved outside when it is warm enough. Pothos vines can get fairly large and can quickly wrap around a trellis, fence, or other structure. So if you are moving outside and you have such a structure, you may need to consider placing your plants on a rack to hold the vines in place.
It is also popular as a potted plant.
Why Grow Pothos?
Pothos is very easy to grow. All you need to do is give it ample light. It is not really fussy about where it is placed, so you can plant it near a window, or in an outdoor location.
Pothos is not picky. It will grow on just about any type of container.
It does best with average temperatures of about 65 degrees F. You can get away with higher temperatures as long as the heat does not get too hot.
You can grow the plant outdoors year-round, but you should move it indoors when temperatures are very cold or extremely hot. Pothos is hardy to freezing temperatures, so you can even keep it in the winter if you are careful to keep the leaves from getting wet.
The plant will require about 6 to 8 hours of direct sunlight daily. However, it is fine to water it when it has not had direct sunlight for about 6 to 8 hours.
Pothos is a favorite potted plant. It requires low light and will grow quite large. It is good for a hanging plant, as it will climb around a pole or tree trunk and can even wrap around the structure. The vine is relatively easy to maintain and to keep clean.
There are many different varieties of pothos. One of the most popular are the purple pothos or pothos var. ficus-indica, which has dark purple or blue-purple leaves. Some varieties will grow upright and some will grow horizontally on a plant.
Pothos is one of the easiest plants to grow from seed. Just select a healthy seed, soak it overnight and keep it in water until it is ready to plant.
You will need to purchase pothos seeds to start the plants. Start indoors and plant them outside once the weather is at least 60 degrees. Keep them on the cold side and keep them in the shade until they start to develop new leaves.
Use this guide as a reference when you plant your new pothos plant. Keep it in a warm spot where you can take it out to water it. Make sure to cut back on the water if it gets too wet.
There are many different types of plants for sale at local nurseries. This article provides information on pothos and how to grow the plant yourself.
You can now use this information to go out and get your pothos plant. You will need to find out how to grow the plant and what you will need to do to properly care for the plant. Pothos plants are relatively easy to grow and you can begin enjoying the beauty of the plant in no time at all.