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The Pothos

The pothos is one of the most loved houseplants: its cultivation is indeed within everyone's reach. It adapts easily to the environmental conditions of our homes, has a vigorous growth and, thanks to its thick and variously colored leaves, can brighten up every corner of our home.

It is one of the most typical houseplants, the Latin name is Scindapsus, or epipremnum, or even Pothos; they are commonly called pothos, although the scientific name pothos now identifies another plant species. They are climbing or prostrate herbaceous plants, originating in the Pacific islands.

Potos are decidedly very easy to grow, and can easily withstand even living conditions that would lead to a rapid deterioration of any other houseplant: dry heat, air free of humidity, dust, dark corners, prolonged drought; the pothos seem to resist even the most distracted gardener, who forgets his plants.

Perhaps this is one of the reasons that made pothos so widespread, very successful plants, also for the beauty of their brilliant foliage

THE potos they have large oval or heart-shaped leaves, shiny, slightly waxy, thick and rigid, which develop on long fickle branches, from which aerial roots sprout which allow the plant to cling to any support; typically the pothos are cultivated as vines, placing in their pot a brace up to a couple of meters high, on which the plant develops; small-leaved varieties are often grown in hanging baskets, like hanging plants.

There are many varieties of pothos, generally with variegated foliage of yellow, white, pinkish white.


Description and origins of Potos

The plant which is commonly known as pothos (or even potos) in the botanical field is called Epipremnum: it is a liana native to the whole area of ​​the Indian Ocean. The approximately 40 species that make up the genus (of the Araceae family), grow in the rainforests, clinging to trees, both with the long stem and through the aerial roots, in an extremely hot and humid environment.

In nature they can become truly impressive plants, exceeding a total of 6 meters in length and thus being able to reach the upper parts of the vegetation to take advantage of the light and rainfall. The leaves are large, thick and almost leathery. Their basic color ranges from dark green to more or less acidic light green and spots and variegations are almost always present. The foil also appears compact and shiny, making the whole really pleasant. Flowering occurs only spontaneously or when they are grown in special greenhouses: it consists of a spathe, cream or light green, and a spadix (as for many other members of the same family). Products at the end of the dry season.

In the domestic environment we can decide to use it as a climber (with special supports) or as a decombente, by hanging the stems from hanging baskets. During the winter months it can be kept only at home, but at the arrival of spring it benefits greatly from being moved outside, on a balcony or in the garden, taking care to give the right lighting and humidity.

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