Hawaiian Pothos

Hawaiian Pothos

Welcome to our guide to the Hawaiian pothos covering care and propagation. They are an easy to care for and fairly tolerant houseplant, just make sure you don’t overwater it.

Hawaiian Pothos Summary

Light needs:Medium indirect sunlight.
Watering needs:Water if top 50% of soil is dry.
Fertilizer:Use a balanced plant feed every month in the spring and summer.
Soil:A well draining potting compost.
Temperature:18°C to 25°C (64-77°F).
Where to buy:Try our list of Rare Plant Shops or Etsy.
Common issues:Variegation can fade in lower light areas, they can also get leggy.


The hawaiian pothos is a green and gold variegated pothos that is similar in many respects to the giant and golden pothos varieties. This is an ideal plant with it’s beautiful golden variegation as well as being very easy to look after, fast growing, and tolerant of some neglect.

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Light Needs

Medium indirect sunlight is ideal for a variegated hawaiian pothos, but they do well in some low light conditions. In lower light areas they can lose their variegation over time. What I do with my variegated pothos plants is move them around, I have a couple in my bathroom with low light and couple in my bedroom which gets a lot of light and brings out their variegation. I change them round at watering, so the lower light once are moved to the brighter areas and vice versa.

How Often to Water

Check them once a week and water if the top 50% or more of soil is dry. They are really tolerant of under watering. They are less tolerant of over watering though, and they can die more easily from root rot. I have underwatered mine before and they dropped but came back without any damage after a good watering.

Hawaiian Pothos Fertilizer

Use a balanced plant feed every month in the spring and summer months. Make sure the feed is very well diluted so you do not get fertilizer burn. If you don’t feed them they will be ok, just grow slower than if fed.


A well draining potting compost. Add some perlite for drainage. I would mix 1 part perlite to 4 parts potting compost to make a well draining mix.

I have grown pothos in soil, a jam jar of water, leca and moss. They do well in almost any medium to be honest.

Tip: You can make your pothos bushier by taking cuttings from the leggier stems, then rooting them in water, before potting them back in with the main plant.

When To Repot

They grow quickly so you may need to repot regularly. Pot them up a size when they get root bound. You can take cuttings a month or so before and pot them up in the pot to make it bushier.

Hawaiian Pothos Humidity

Pothos will do best in 50-70% humidity. But they are tough and will tolerate almost any household humidity levels. Pothos are really tolerant f a lot of humidity levels, but remember they are tropical plants and will really thrive if you can give them 60% or so.


18°C to 25°C (64-77°F) is the optimal range during the day but they’re tolerant of going a bit above and below this. Try to keep them above 10°C (50°F) as a minimum temperature.

Tip: Get a humidity meter to monitor the temperature and humidity (they give maximum and minimum read outs so you know if they are falling off at night). They’re really cheap these days, about 10 euros / dollars.

Hawaiian Pothos Propagation

The best way to propagate an Hawaiian pothos is by stem cuttings. They root very quickly and grow well. Take a cutting with at least one node and two leaves, and put it in water for a 4 to 6 weeks when it will have started to root, then you can pot it up into soil. Keep it humid and in indirect sunlight and you will increase it’s chance of success. Hawaiian pothos cuttings grow quickly and root quicker, so you should have a high success rate.

Hawaiian Pothos - close up of leaf
Hawaiian Pothos leaf, close up

Where To Buy

Try our list of Rare Plant Shops or Etsy.

Hawaiian Pothos Scientific Name

Epipremnum Aureum ‘Hawaiian’.

hawaiian pothos USDA Zone

Zones 10-12

Hawaiian Pothos
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Hawaiian Pothos FAQs and Common Problems

Variegation can fade in lower light areas, they can also get leggy if not given enough light. As mentioned before, you can rotate with plant in brighter areas. You can also cut the leggy parts of the plant off and propagate them and plant back in with the main plant to make it fuller again.

Giant Hawaiian Pothos Vs Golden Pothos

The giant Hawaiian pothos is much bigger at maturity and can fenestrate. For more on the giant giant Hawaiian pothos see our guide here: Giant Pothos.

Hawaiian Pothos Growth Rate

They are prolific growers, and if given the correct care conditions will grow very quickly.

Is It Safe For Cats?

Hawaiian pothos can be toxic if ingested, so seek vets advice immediately if your cat eats any.

Hawaiian Pothos Yellow Leaves

Yellow leaves occur from overwatering your pothos. They can also in some cases be from underwatering. Check the soil and you’ll know which one it is, and in either case, check the soil ever week and only water it if almost dry. This way you’ll avoid over and underwatering. You can cut off the leaves that are yellowing. It is also a good idea at this point from the healthier parts of the plants in case the root rot is fatal.

Is Hawaiian Pothos The Same As Golden Pothos?

Are hawaiian pothos and golden pothos the same? They are really similar plants, and confused sometimes, but they are different. The Hawaiian pothos is a much stronger yellow color in it’s variegated areas.

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