Houseplants add beauty with foliage and flowers to the inside of your house. Have you ever wondered which one is the perfect houseplant for you? For beginners, pothos is one of the easiest you can grow — and one of the most popular. It’s no wonder why. This hardy indoor plant will thrive in any room of your home as long as you keep it out of full sun, it is fabulously forgiving of different growing conditions and features dark green leaves splashed and marbled in shades of yellow, cream, or white. Pothos is wonderfully versatile in the home: You can grow it in hanging baskets to trail down, let it climb a totem or trellis, or grow horizontally along a tabletop or mantle. There are just shy of a dozen pothos varieties available, with some fresh new types having come out in the last few years. Here’s a guide to the best type for your personality.
I’m a Houseplant Beginner
New to houseplants? Start with golden pothos (Epipremnum aureum). It’s one of the most commonly available and tolerant pothos varieties. It sports medium-green leaves flecked and streaked in creamy gold. The foliage can get large — more than 10 inches across — when you grow it up a totem in a warm, bright, humid spot.
I’m a Minimalist
Most pothos varieties sport variegated foliage, but ‘Jade’ is an all-green type. It shows off lush, dark-green, heart-shaped leaves that can grow to an impressive size in the right conditions. Just one ‘Jade’ is the perfect accent for your favorite space.
I’m All About Color
If bold and bright is your thing, you’re sure to love ‘Neon’ pothos, which bears bright golden-yellow leaves. In bright light, the new growth is almost a startling shade of chartreuse. In dimmer spots, it’s more lime green in color. As the leaves mature, they grow darker in color. But happily, a healthy ‘Neon’ pothos is always producing fresh foliage.
‘Pearls and Jade’ is the pothos variety for you if you have a fun, whimsical style. Each leaf is different—sometimes drastically so. The mid-green leaves are streaked and splashed with cream, white, silver, and mint. ‘Pearls and Jade’ produces smaller foliage than most other types. It’s also slower growing, so it’s also a good pick if you don’t have a lot of space.
I’m About the Classics
‘Marble Queen’ is an essential pothos variety. It features teardrop-shaped mid-green leaves streaked and splashed with creamy white. Each cutting is different and can sport more or less variegation, depending on the mother plant.
I’m a Trendsetter
If you want to be ahead of the trend, ‘Manjula’ may be for you. A newer pothos variety, it features heart-shaped leaves (wider than other selections) that are highly variegated and often edged in green. It’s become a favorite for its distinctive look and relatively slow-growing nature.
I’m a Collector
One of the newest pothos varieties is the ‘Cebu Blue’. This pretty pothos has wing-shaped leaves in a metallic shade of silvery blue. Though ‘Cebu Blue’ is a different species than the others listed here (Epipremnum pinnatum vs. Epipremnum aureum), it requires the same care.
Costa Farms grows more than 1,500 varieties of houseplants and their beautiful nursery is just minutes away from Casa de Campo. A trip to their nursery is a treat in itself and it is an excellent way to view the extent of their offerings, new varieties, and purchase plants right on the spot! Perhaps the most spectacular displays of Costa Farm’s work are the public spaces and gardens throughout Casa de Campo, featuring colorful Bougainvilleas, towering palm trees, and other plants that have become iconic in the Casa landscape. Decorating your home is a no-brainer with the number of specialized personnel to assist you. As leaders of the global horticulture industry, Costa Nursery is as dedicated to its international business ventures as much as it is committed to providing the best plants and landscaping services in Casa de Campo and the rest of the country.
* Plant Info and photos contributed by Costa Farms
Costa Farms has a team of highly qualified agronomists and landscape architects as well as more than 15 years of experience in the design, installation, and maintenance of gardens and green areas. Located in La Romana, Dominican Republic, they have more than 50 years of experience in the production and merchandising of Ornamental plants in national and international markets.
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