Pothos plants, also known as Devil’s Ivy or Golden Pothos, are among the most popular houseplants. They’re easy to care for and adaptable to many different conditions. But can they survive outside? In this blog post, we answer that question!
Can Pothos Live Outside?
Gardeners often wonder if it is possible to grow Pothos plants outside. The answer, as with most houseplants, is that they can’t live outdoors year-round because their needs are not met by the outdoor environment.
However, there are ways to keep them alive while enjoying a little bit of summer in your yard!
The best way for those who want some green during the winter months and springtime without needing to go through any major work or expense is bringing potted vines indoors before frost hits and again when temperatures start rising back up after frosts have receded.
If you’re looking for more permanent solutions, take into account where you live (geographically) and what type of climate zone you live in.
How To Grow Pothos Outside?
There are many factors to consider when you want to grow a pothos outside. Keep the following information in mind:
Pothos plants can’t survive when temperatures drop below 50°F. You’ll need to protect them from harsh weather if you want to plant them outdoors.
You need at least six hours of bright light every day for your plant to grow well outside.
Make sure that you put it in an area where it will get this much natural illumination on all sides, if possible.
The most important thing is not letting the soil dry out while making sure they don’t have wet feet either! This means watering them often and about once or twice each week, depending on how hot their location is.
When planting your pothos outside, you need to consider much more than if the plant was inside. Has it rained recently? Is the weather hot?
Fertilize your pothos plants monthly in spring and summer.
It will depend on the type you need, but you’ll generally use a half teaspoon of fertilizer for every one gallon of water you use to help replenish the nutrients it needs to grow well!
Pothos plants should be pruned right after they bloom so that the new, tender growth can grow up and fill out.
You need to watch out for pests if you are going to plant your pothos outside. Make sure you add this to your considerations when deciding where you want to place it.
If you do notice pests, then you should take care of them as soon as possible. Neem oil is great for this!
Pothos plants need soil that is rich in nutrients, but not too heavy. I like using 2 parts Miracle Grow Indoor Potting Mix with 1 part perlite.
The potting mix gives your pothos all the nutrients it needs to thrive, while the perlite allows for improved drainage and aeration.
What are the benefits of growing pothos outdoors?
The benefits of growing pothos outdoors are that they’ll get more sunlight, a change in temperature from the house or greenhouse, it will be able to grow at full speed, and it make your garden look amazing.
What are the drawbacks of growing pothos outdoors?
The drawbacks of growing pothos outside are that it usually needs more water than when they’re inside, the plant can die from shock if there’s an unexpected drop in temperature or a sudden snowstorm, and the plant can also be damaged by pests, such as slugs and snails.
Should pothos come inside during winter?
Pothos plants usually can’t survive when temps drop below 50°F, so they should be brought inside long before the first frost hits. They should also be protected from sunburn. The exact time of this will depend on where you live, how cold the winters are, and whether or not it’s a mild winter.
Should pothos come outside during summer?
You can keep your pothos outside during the summer months if you live in a warm area that doesn’t have frost.
How to get more light for outdoor pothos?
Pothos plants need at least six hours of bright sunlight every day, so make sure you put it in an area where it will receive plenty! You can also supplement any natural light with artificial lighting.
How to water outside pothos?
The most important thing is not letting the soil dry out while making sure they don’t have wet feet either!
This means watering them often and about once or twice each week, depending on how hot their location is and whether or not there’s enough rain around during the summer months (be careful with runoff!).
In conclusion, pothos plants thrive best indoors. They need a lot of warmth and good drainage, which means they can’t live outside year-round because it’s not possible to provide them with these conditions 24/7.
However, you can keep your vines alive by bringing them inside before the frost hits, and when temperatures start rising back up again, simply put the pothos plant back into your garden.
If you’re looking for more permanent solutions, take into account where you live (geographically) and what type of climate zone you are located within. For example, if you live in a place with temperatures below freezing all year long, the pothos plant will need to be inside at least six months out of the year.
If it’s hot and dry where you are, then your pothos might not even need additional care other than what they would get from Mother Nature during the summertime!
Tim is an avid gardener from the UK. He was the founder of PlantCarer.com from 2021 to Sep 2023. He sold PlantCarer.com to Aaron. He has since started his own business called Seed To Supper, which provides new gardeners all the materials you need in a box (pots, seeds, compost and instructions) to grow your own delicious and nutritious vegetables and herbs from start to finish – no garden required.