Posts tagged Pothos
Insect Control
Before and after of Pothos being watered

The latest in plant care tips for keeping your foliage happy and healthy, brought to you by premium plant delivery service Léon & George.

It's fall, everything is cold, and our plants aren't drying out as quickly in between waterings. Increased moisture in our plant's soil is dangerous for a handful of reasons, but maybe none more annoying and frustrating than insects. Specifically, flying insects like gnats and mosquitos. While typically harmless, these pesky flyers can do serious damage to the roots of plants if the infestation goes uncontrolled. Follow these quick and easy steps to prevent and treat any infestations this fall, winter, and beyond!

  • Most pests lay their eggs in damp soil. Allowing the soil to dry between waterings is key to prevention.

  • If pests arrive, start watering from the bottom up to prevent top layers of soil from being too wet.

  • Use Neem Oil, a soap and water mixture, or any other organic insect repellent at first sight of bugs. Thoroughly cover leaves, stems, and the first two inches of soil in order to drench all bugs and prevent larvae in the soil from hatching. This method typically takes multiple applications in order to be successful.

  • As a last resort, systemic insect control granules are effective for protecting and ridding your plants of pests over time. #plantcare #plantlove #leonandgeorge


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CASCADING POTHOS

An easy-care planta with smooth and leathery heart-shaped leaves.

1 ½ft tall with ceramic & wood stand: $139

Late Summer Rotation Reminder
Photo credit:  @minima_organizing

Photo credit: @minima_organizing

The latest in plant care tips for keeping your foliage happy and healthy, brought to you by premium plant delivery service Léon & George.

We hate to even acknowledge it, but summer is winding down (😢). Make the most of these brighter, longer days and give your plants a 180-degree turn. This provides the foliage an even chance to soak up the last of the warm summer sun. You'll have this technique to thank when you see full and even growth come autumn.

*Pro tip*: Give your plants a vitamin boost (aka fertilize) before temperatures cool and growth starts to slow down.


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RUBBER TREE

A unique indoor plant option with dark leaves and crimson colored casings. Easy care and air-purifying.

How to Revive Droopy Plants
Before and after of Pothos being watered

The latest in plant care tips for keeping your foliage happy and healthy, brought to you by premium plant delivery service Léon & George.

Noticed our plant’s leaves and vines looking extra droopy? Your plant is thirsty! Here's how to get it looking perky and happy within hours.

  • Remove plant from its decorative planter and submerge the bottom of the nursery pot in a bucket filled with 2 inches of water.

  • Leave the plant for a few hours to soak up the water

  • Within 2 to 24 hours, come back and see your plant lush and full of life!

This technique works for plants of all types including Fiddles, Calatheas, Peace Lilies, Rubber Trees, Pothos and more. Try it!


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CASCADING POTHOS

An easy-care planta with smooth and leathery heart-shaped leaves.

1 ½ft tall with ceramic & wood stand: $139

Air Condition Alert
N’Joy Pothos

The latest in plant care tips for keeping your foliage happy and healthy, brought to you by premium plant delivery service Léon & George.

While ACs so pleasantly cool down our indoor spaces, they also remove warmth and humidity that our plant children need and crave. Most indoor plants prefer temperatures between 65-75ºF, any extremes above or below can affect your plant's happiness and health. Follow these easy steps to keep your plants happy and healthy all summer long!

  • Air drafts - check for chilly air blowing directly on your plant. Consider temporarily moving your plant to a new spot or another room to protect it from the drastic changes in temperature.

  • Humidity - offset the dry air created by air conditioners and bring some humidity back to your plant by regularly misting its leaves when the air feels dry.

  • Watering - dry air also causes your plants to be thirsty and drink more water. Check the soil more frequently for potential changes in its watering schedule.

Look out for fading or wilting leaves as this may be a sign of a plant's unhappiness with its conditions. You can safely remove these leaves by clipping them close to the root, and follow the steps above to re-balance its comfort.

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N'JOY POTHOS

Easy breezy with mint and cream colored leaves.

Plants Like it Humid
Pothos getting misted

The latest in plant care tips for keeping your foliage happy and healthy, brought to you by premium plant delivery service Léon & George.

Summertime and the livin' is easy... but it should also be humid! As your plants start to get more light exposure, intense summer light at that, they'll likely want to up their dosage of daily humidity. To complement your regular watering schedule, give your plants a nice mist 1-2 times a week, especially if they're getting lots of sun.

*Pro tip:* If you're turning on the AC, move your plants out of the direct path of any air vents and look out for any changes in health. In addition to making the room extra chilly, ACs also dry out the air when your plants prefer humidity. Misting here also helps to maintain a balance!


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CASCADING POTHOS

An easy-care planta with smooth and leathery heart-shaped leaves.

1 ½ft tall with ceramic & wood stand: $139

The Easy Pothos
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The latest in plant care tips for keeping your foliage happy and healthy, brought to you by premium plant delivery service Léon & George.

A fast grower that's easy to care for, the Pothos is known as the perfect plant for beginner green thumbs. Here are the most common characteristics that might cause new pothos parents worry. 

  • Yellow & brown leaves - finding the right light/water balance for pothos is as easy as it gets in the houseplant world. Yellow leaves = too much water, brown leaves = too little. Snip off any discolored leaves, adjust your watering amount, and your plant should make a full recovery.

  • Limping - if the vines are looking limp and less perky, your plant may not be retaining the water it needs. Soak the bottom of the plant in an inch of water, allowing it to drink through the holes in the bottom of its pot. Within 24-36 hours you should see the vines perk back up with life and fullness. 

  • Slow growth - while the pothos can sustain lower light areas, it won't grow as fast, and in some cases not at all, without proper light. If you're aiming for that sweet jungalow look with vines that can trail up to 10ft in length, keep your pothos in a room with bright indirect light. 

  • Varieties of Pothos - available in a range of colors and patterns, keep in mind that the variegated species with touches of yellow and cream grow slower and need more light than their fully green cousins. The green surfaces of the leaves are responsible for photosynthesis and if there's less green covering the leaf area, more sunlight is needed to keep your plant looking its best.


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POTHOS N’JOY

An easy-care planta with mint and cream colored leaves.

8in tall with ceramic & wood plinth: $79

Three ways to use Neem Oil on your houseplants
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The latest in plant care tips for keeping your foliage happy and healthy, brought to you by premium plant delivery service Léon & George.

Neem Oil is a vegetable oil pressed from the fruits and seeds of a (can you guess?) Neem Tree. It can be both preventative and a cure for challenges with insects and overall health. Here are three different ways you can use neem oil on your houseplants.

  • Apply directly to soil - the oil gets soaked in through the roots and deters living insects from eating, mating, and in most cases will stop larvae from hatching.

  • Spray on leaves - mix the oil with warm water and spray on the undersides of leaves where insects and eggs tend to reside.

  • Shine - after spraying, gently wipe each leaf to get a nice even shine

Not all houseplants love it, so do a small test on one leaf before full application. You can find neem oil just about anywhere, from local nurseries, home improvement stores, and of course, the internet!


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CASCADING POTHOS

An easy-care planta with smooth and leathery heart-shaped leaves.

1 ½ft tall with ceramic & wood stand: $139

Why the Pothos is the ultimate plant for beginners
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The Pothos (botanical name: Epipremnum aureum) has a well-deserved reputation as the easiest houseplant to own. It develops long vining stems (that can grow up to 8 feet long!) with leaves that unfurl open and grow larger and more variegated with time. Though the plant grows best in bright light, it can survive even in dark corners of a home or office. It has lush leather-like leaves that come in all sorts of colors and varieties. The Pothos is also a terrific air purifier and it filters our indoor toxins like formaldehyde and benzene from the air.

It’s so hard to mess up with this plant that it’s been nicknamed the “Devil’s Ivy” because it’s just so darn hardy. It is the perfect plant for someone who’s never had plants before or thinks they have a black thumb (we wholeheartedly believe that plants are for everybody and a little basic plant care knowledge goes a long way).

The only serious mistake one can make with the Pothos is overwatering. If the roots are waterlogged they may develop root rot and begin deteriorating. But this is the case with almost all houseplants, and watering less often is easier than always worrying about maintaining wet soil.