How to grow Devil's Ivy houseplant

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How to grow Devil's Ivy houseplant
Devil's Ivy produces attractive two-tone leaves. (Tuayai/iStock/Getty Images)

The next time you admire a Devil's Ivy plant -- also known as Epipremnum aureum -- at your friend's house, ask to borrow a few shoots. That's all you'll need to start your own plant. Devil's Ivy is an easy plant to propagate from shoots. Train this plant to crawl up a pillar or trail along a counter.

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    Filter the air in your home of odours and chemicals such as carbon monoxide with the Devil's Ivy.

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    Borrow a few of your friends stems to start your own Devil's Ivy. It's a very simple plant to reproduce by cutting 15 cm (6 inch) shoots and planting several in a pot of sandy soil.

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    Grow your Devil's Ivy in bright, indirect sunlight. Move the plant depending on the season to produce the most vibrant leaves.

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    Keep the temperatures up. While the plant will tolerate cooler temperatures, it prospers in warmer environments.

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    Water the Devil's Ivy after its soil has completely dried out from the previous watering. Be sure to give it a lot of water each time.

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    Hang the Devil's Ivy from a basket, or train it to climb up a wall or pillar. The plant can be coaxed upwards by placing shoots around a pole.

Tips and warnings

  • Clean foliage monthly by wiping with a damp cloth.
  • Mist often to keep the plant humid.
  • To train upwards, tie shoots to a pole until they have grown and stay in place on their own.
  • Don't keep the plant around pets or children. It is toxic if ingested.
  • Avoid placing the Devil's Ivy in cool areas.

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