How to Grow Pothos in a Terrarium

Terrariums add a touch of greenery and create a serene atmosphere. And what better way to enhance the beauty of your terrarium than by adding pothos plants? Pothos is a popular houseplant that is easy to care for and can thrive in a terrarium environment. This blog post will explore some tips and tricks for growing pothos in a terrarium. So, let’s get started!

Best Pothos Varieties for a Terrarium

Why Pothos is Suitable for Terrariums

Pothos plants are incredibly adaptable, making them excellent candidates for terrariums. They thrive in various light conditions and are forgiving of occasional over or under-watering, which is common in terrarium care.

While all Pothos can be grown in a terrarium, some varieties are particularly well-suited for this environment. Let’s explore a few of these:

1.Golden Pothos (Epipremnum aureum)

The Golden Pothos, also known as Devil’s Ivy, is among the most common and popular varieties. It gets its name from its heart-shaped green leaves variegated with golden-yellow. This extremely hardy and adaptable variety makes it an excellent choice for a terrarium.

Golden Pothos

2. Neon Pothos (Epipremnum aureum ‘Neon’)

Neon Pothos is a vibrant variety with bright, lime-green leaves. It can add a pop of color to your terrarium. Like the Golden Pothos, the Neon Pothos is also hardy and easy to care for.

3. Marble Queen Pothos (Epipremnum aureum ‘Marble Queen’)

The Marble Queen Pothos is a striking variety with glossy green leaves marbled with creamy white. It is slower-growing than other Pothos varieties but can make a stunning addition to a terrarium.

Marble Queen Pothos

4. Silver Pothos (Scindapsus pictus)

Although not technically a Pothos, the Silver Pothos (also known as Satin Pothos) is often grouped with them due to its similar care requirements. It has heart-shaped leaves that are dark green with a silvery pattern, which can add a unique touch to your terrarium.

The Basics of Growing Pothos in a Terrarium

Choosing the Right Terrarium

Choosing a terrarium comes down to size and style. You’ll need a large terrarium to accommodate your Pothos as it grows and a style—modern, traditional, or whimsical—that suits your aesthetic.

Selecting Your Pothos Plant

When selecting your Pothos, look for a plant with vibrant, healthy leaves. Avoid plants with yellow or brown leaves, which often indicate disease or poor health.

Essential Tools and Materials

To plant your Pothos in a terrarium, you’ll need a few basic tools:

  • A terrarium.
  • Small gardening tools.
  • Quality potting soil.
  • Activated charcoal (to prevent mold).
  • Decorative stones or pebbles.

Step-by-Step Guide to Planting Pothos in a Terrarium

1. Preparing Your Terrarium

Start by thoroughly cleaning your terrarium to prevent harmful bacteria from damaging your plant. Then, create a layer of pebbles or stones at the bottom for drainage, followed by activated charcoal to help filter the air and water inside your terrarium.

2. Planting Your Pothos

Next, add a layer of potting soil—enough for your Pothos’ roots to spread. Make a small hole in the center of the soil, place your Pothos plant inside, and gently cover the roots with more soil. Ensure the plant is stable and secure.

3. Caring for Your Terrarium

Place your terrarium in a location with indirect sunlight. Pothos are relatively low-maintenance plants and thrive in various light conditions, but harsh direct sunlight can burn their leaves. Water your terrarium sparingly—remember, adding water is easier than removing it.

Maximizing Pothos Growth In Terrarium

Pothos are generally fast-growing plants, especially when given optimal conditions. To maximize your Pothos’ growth in a terrarium, pay attention to the following factors:

Proper Watering

As mentioned earlier, Pothos prefer to dry out between waterings. Too much water can lead to root rot, a common plant disease. On the other hand, too little water can cause the plant to wilt. Striking the right balance is key to healthy growth. A good rule of thumb is to water your Pothos when the top inch of soil is dry.

Light Conditions

Pothos are tolerant of a range of light conditions, but they prefer bright, indirect light. Too much direct sunlight can scorch their leaves, while too little light can cause their leaves to lose their variegation. If your terrarium is in a low-light area, consider using a grow light to supplement natural light.

Plenty of lights


Like all plants, Pothos need nutrients to grow. These come from the soil in which they are planted. Over time, however, these nutrients can get depleted, especially in a closed system like a terrarium. To replenish these nutrients, consider adding a diluted liquid fertilizer to your watering routine every month or so.


Pruning can stimulate fuller growth in Pothos. Consider giving it a good prune if your Pothos looks leggy or sparse. Cut off the long vines right above a leaf node. Not only will this make your Pothos look fuller, but you can also use the cuttings to create new Pothos plants!

Temperature and Humidity

Pothos prefer temperatures between 70 and 90 degrees Fahrenheit and a humid environment, conditions that are usually met in a terrarium. However, keeping your terrarium away from drafts or vents that could cause sudden changes in temperature or humidity is a good idea.

Common Mistakes and How to Avoid Them


One of the most common mistakes when caring for Pothos in a terrarium is overwatering. Pothos like to dry out between waterings, and too much water can lead to root rot. Water your terrarium sparingly and only when the soil feels dry.

Lack of Light

While Pothos are adaptable to various light conditions, they still need some light to thrive. A lack of adequate light can lead to leggy vines and loss of variegation. If your terrarium doesn’t receive enough natural light, consider supplementing with a grow light.

Advanced Tips for Pothos Care in a Terrarium

Recognizing and Dealing with Pests

Common Pests on Pothos

Even though Pothos are generally hardy and resilient, they may occasionally face a pest issue. Common pests include spider mites, mealybugs, and scale insects.

How to Deal with Pests

To deal with these pests:

  1. Start with the least harmful methods.
  2. Wipe the leaves with a soft cloth dipped in water and mild dish soap.
  3. If that doesn’t work, consider using an insecticidal soap or neem oil, following the instructions on the package.

Decorating Your Terrarium

Tips for Aesthetic Appeal

Adding decorations to your terrarium can make it even more appealing. Consider adding miniature figurines, decorative stones, or moss for added interest.

Maintenance of Decorations

Ensure your decorations are not blocking light from your Pothos or introducing harmful substances into your terrarium. Clean them regularly to prevent any buildup of algae or bacteria.


1. Can all varieties of Pothos be grown in a terrarium?

Yes, all varieties of Pothos can be grown in a terrarium, though some may grow larger and faster than others.

2. How often should I water my Pothos in a terrarium?

Watering should be done sparingly and only when the soil feels dry.

3. How much light does my Pothos need in a terrarium?

Pothos adapt to various light conditions but do best in bright, indirect light.

4. Can I propagate Pothos in a terrarium?

Pothos can be easily propagated in water or soil and transferred to a terrarium.

5. Why are the leaves of my Pothos turning yellow?

Yellow leaves can be a sign of overwatering. Check your watering routine and ensure the soil has time to dry out between waterings.


Growing Pothos in a terrarium can be a rewarding endeavor. With their lush, trailing vines and hardy nature, they can bring a touch of personality to any space. Remember to provide the right conditions for your Pothos and avoid common pitfalls, and you’ll have a thriving terrarium in no time.