Epipremnum Aureum was given the pet name Devil's Ivy as it was a "devil to get rid of". This bodes well for all plant parents as it means that it is extremely tough and one of the hardest house plants to kill. Great for beginners and experts alike it also features on the NASA clean air study which means that it removes toxins from the air such as benzene, formaldehyde & xylene and helps to make your city space air fresh and clean.
Here are my basic care rules for Devil's Ivy
- Water- I water mine when the top 3" of soil is dry. Give the soil a poke and if it seems dry water it. I noticed during winter that any time it was over watered the leaves curled in and looked floppy, simply letting it dry out fixed this issue. In the summer the leaves went yellow if it was too dry so I simply gave it a drink and then picked off any yellow dead leaves. I love the fact that the plant tells you if you are mistreating it. A general guide for watering this plant is 1 x week in summer (more during heat waves) and 1 x a fortnight in winter.
- Light wise the devil's ivy I had on the window sill seemed to struggle during the summer months, light shade, filtered light or indirect light is much better for Devil's Ivy.
- Feed- feed these once a month between spring and autumn.
As plants go, Devil's Ivy is brilliant for beginners as it is such an easy plant to keep alive. You don't need to spend hours watering it and pruning it. It will let you know when it is unhappy, and it can tolerate various mistreatment. In fact the worst thing I have seen happen to a Devil's Ivy is that it has been overwatered and then not allowed to dry out. So eventually it went too soggy and mushy and died.
I had a pair of devils ivy that I leant out for a couple of months as part of a display and that came back with mould on the top of the soil. The leaves were droopy and I was worried that they wouldn't survive. Cue a few weeks later of dried out soil with minimal waterings and decent but not too much light levels, as well as scraping the mould off the soil, then the plants started thriving again and seemed extremely healthy!
So if you have a Devil's Ivy which seems like it is struggling- don't worry, more than likely you can bring it back to peak health!