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    LOL, on a plant kick. Iíve gone around to the stores and looked at plants exactly like the ones I have, checking the tags. So Iíve identified these three plants we have as Pothos Epipremnum. One is huge and taking over the kitchen, one runner has to be at least ten feet long and itís new pot weighs at least twenty five pounds. Augh, we have to hang it in a stud now! And it keeps growing! Oh my.

    Iím pleased they naturally purify the air though, better than many other plants. Makes putting up with them worth it. XD

    I'm thinking of putting one of the smaller ones back in my room. I need some purification in here, with all hundred of us breathing in here (me, the fish, and the dog).

    Anyway, do they mind being rootbound very much?

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    They tolerate some crowding, but eventually you'll need to repot, if only to give them some soil to suck nutrients out of... although they can take a lot of abuse and benign neglect. They are incredibly easy to 'slip', to make new plants from cutting off the ends of existing 'runners'. Mine get moved around a lot depending on what else is going on with the 'chids. They do need fairly good light to grow well, but direct sun burns (at least the ones I have).

    BTW, slipping the ends of all the runners not only will give you another plant (use multiple rooted slips to create one plant), but will usually cause the existing runners to branch. Since these tend to get really long and stringy, having it branch makes them more attractive.

    PS - Clean the leaves! These guys can't purify the air if you don't let them breathe!!!

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    They have so many leaves though! How can I clean them all?

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    Lol--I don't know how to clean mine. Mine is in an 8 inch pot, but it has so many vines climbing all the way to the ceiling and over the walls that repotting will be a nightmare (I'll have to take all those dozens and dozens of vines off and it'll be too much of a problem). For some reason, despite these extremely long vines (the ceiling is 9 feet high), the plant seems happy in its 8" pot, which by now looks way too small for the plant.

    I seriously think it grows too much. If I don't attach the vines to the wall/ceiling, then they'll droop to the floor and start growing there, and once I stepped on them on accident...and

    And cleaning them all? Hmmm...I'll need a ladder to reach into those high places. It's possible to clean, but it'll take an awful lot of time.

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    Yes, they can get away from you... I clean mine with a couple of damp paper towels. I don't let mine get that long anymore. When they get past about 4 feet, I slip all the vines and create a new plant to give to a friend. If you have some plastice sheeting, you can repot the one you have in place. Just as long as you can lift it out of the pot without hurting the vines....

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    The shower works ! They will grow to the carpet .I trimmed mine back , it was getting scraggly lol . Gin

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    Mine are huge and long with tons of leaves. Maybe misting them would do the trick of cleaning without making a mess?

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    WARNING - these plants can be very very invasive.

    Many here in the keys are trying to get them banned from the area as people will get tired of them and plant them outside or just throw them under some bushes.

    We have some here with leaves 2 foot long climbing telephone poles, palm trees etc. Sections of the vine can be 4 inches thick and a 3 foot section can weigh as much as 75 pounds. Of course many of you don't have the unique climate that we have here but just to give you a heads up they can become pests.

    They will as stated above attach to carpet but as any climbing vine they can attach to painted surfaces and will drill their little tendrils under wall paper.

    I'll try and grab a photo of one of the giant ones that started as a potted plant from a store tomorrow.

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    I can't believe we're talking about the same plant. I've had Pothos for years and have never had even the slightest problems. It occurred to me after reading this post that this is probably because I use it in very low light areas. Right now I have 3 pots of it an antique wicker planter in my master bedroom and it is 10 feet away from an East window so it gets very little light. We also grow it in treatment rooms at work with only periodic flourescent light and no natural light of any kind. In these conditions it grows VERY slowly yet maintains its color and healthy appearance. Mine are right against a wall and I've never seen them attach themselves or cause any damage. And it is included on the list of plants that NASA studied as doing an excellent job at cleaning VOC's (volatile organic compounds) out of the air (as is Phalaenopsis and Dendrobium). At any rate, that's my two cents worth on it. BTW, if someone tossed one out here it would be dead as doornail in no time at all, for as you've all heard before, I live in Minnesnowta! BRRR!
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    The first picture is of a pothos vine on a telephone pole... Note the leaf in the foreground is about 2 feet long. The vines/stems on this one are about 2 inches in diameter.

    The second picture is of the same pothos vine just the other side of the pole.

    The third is of the one that used to climb up the palm tree that came down during Hurricane Dennis. It had stems that were 3-4 inches in diameter.

    The fourth is a sprout sticking all innocent like under our chain link fence. Despite using just about everything that I can to stop it from growing they do come in and stick up through the deck boards, etc.

    These were all started from pots from a department store garden center by Joe's EX about 10 years ago.
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