Devil’s Ivy care guide

Welcome to your go-to Devil’s Ivy care guide, where we’ll dive into everything you need to know to nurture and cherish one of the most beloved houseplants in the USA.

Known scientifically as Epipremnum aurum, and commonly as Pathos or Devil’s Ivy, this plant is celebrated not just for its striking variegation but for its forgiving nature, making it an ideal companion for both seasoned plant enthusiasts and green-thumb novices alike.

Why Devil’s Ivy is a Must-Have in Your Home

Why Devil's Ivy is a Must-Have in Your Home

Devil’s Ivy isn’t just a plant; it’s a statement. Its cascading vines adorned with heart-shaped leaves bring a piece of the tropics into your living space.

Beyond its visual appeal, Devil’s Ivy is known for its air-purifying qualities, capable of filtering out common household toxins and providing you with fresher air to breathe. Its versatility in fitting into various décor themes, from the bohemian to the sleek modern minimalist, makes it a versatile choice for any home.

LIGHTING: Finding the Sweet Spot for Your Devil’s Ivy

Lighting can make or break your Devil’s Ivy’s health. This plant thrives in bright, indirect light, but it’s remarkably adaptable, able to grow in lower light conditions as well. To maintain its vibrant variegation, aim to place it near a window where it can bask in plenty of natural light without being scorched by the direct sun. 

North-facing windows or spaces just a few feet away from east or west-facing windows are ideal. For homes with less natural light, consider using grow lights to simulate the sun’s effects.

  • Pro Tip: Rotate your plant every few weeks to ensure each side receives equal light, promoting even growth.

WATERING: The Art of Quenching Devil’s Ivy’s Thirst

Overwatering is the Achilles’ heel of many houseplants, and Devil’s Ivy is no exception. Its watering needs are modest, with the soil needing to dry out partially between watering’s. Check the top two inches of soil; if it feels dry, it’s time to water. During the winter months, reduce your watering frequency, as the plant’s growth slows down.

Remember, it’s better to be underwater than overwater. Devil’s Ivy is drought-tolerant and will bounce back from a little neglect, but it won’t forgive you for soggy feet.

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HUMIDITY: Creating a Tropical Oasis for Your Pathos

Though Devil’s Ivy is adaptable, it flourishes in a humid environment, reminiscent of its native tropical habitat. If your home’s air tends to be dry, consider boosting humidity levels by:

  • Misting the leaves regularly.
  • Placing a humidifier nearby.
  • Using a pebble tray filled with water beneath the plant pot.

These methods not only keep your Devil’s Ivy happy but can also benefit other houseplants in your collection.

TEMPERATURE: Keeping Your Devil’s Ivy Cozy

Devil’s Ivy enjoys a warm environment, with ideal temperatures ranging from 15-29°C (59-84°F). It can tolerate a slight dip below this range but keep it away from drafty windows or exterior doors in the winter. Consistency is key—sudden temperature swings can stress your plant.

FERTILISER: Nutritional Secrets for a Flourishing Devil’s Ivy

FERTILISER: Nutritional Secrets for a Flourishing Devil's Ivy

Feeding your Devil’s Ivy the right type and amount of fertilizer is crucial for its growth and health. Opt for a balanced, water-soluble fertilizer, diluting it to half the recommended strength.

 Fertilize every two weeks during the growing season (spring through summer) and pause during the fall and winter when the plant’s growth naturally slows.

  • Seasonal Tip: Adjust your fertilizing schedule based on your plant’s response. If growth continues into the fall, continue feeding lightly until it slows.

Repotting: When and How to Give Devil’s Ivy a New Home

Devil’s Ivy’s rapid growth means it will eventually outgrow its pot. Generally, repotting every 12-18 months should suffice. 

Look for signs like roots growing through the drainage holes or the plant drying out faster than usual as indicators it’s time for a change. Use a peat-free potting mix for the best results, ensuring it is well-draining to prevent waterlogging.

TROUBLESHOOTING: Common Issues and How to Solve Them

Even the most carefully tended Devil’s Ivy can encounter issues. Yellowing leaves can indicate overwatering or too much direct sunlight, while brown, crispy edges suggest low humidity. Adjust your care routine accordingly, and your plant should recover nicely.


By following these tips and giving your Devil’s Ivy the right balance of light, water, and nutrients, you’ll ensure it remains a stunning feature in your home for years to come. Share your success stories or questions below, and let’s keep the conversation growing!

  1. Propagation Perfection: Devil’s Ivy is incredibly easy to propagate. Snip off a vine right below a node and place it in water. You’ll have new growth in no time—perfect for sharing or expanding your collection.
  2. Bright Light, Better Variegation: To keep those beautiful variegated leaves looking their best, ensure your plant receives plenty of bright, indirect sunlight.

Leaf Love: Keep your Devil’s Ivy’s foliage looking glossy and green by wiping down the leaves with a damp cloth periodically to remove dust.

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