Golden and Jade Pothos in LECA

Hopefully, this will provide you with a place to start and help you make your Golden or Jade Pothos thrive. Golden Pothos and Jade Pothos are just variants of the same plant, so I’ll talk about both on this page!

Golden or Jade Pothos

This is a common houseplant; it can be found in most large nurseries. It is a type of Pothos, which is the most common type of houseplant there is. There’s much debate on how many varieties there are, but there are at least 10, Golden and Jade are two of those varieties.

This is a trailing plant. It can climb, but it loves to vine and grow along walls or trellises.

Its scientific name is Epipremnum Aureum, commonly called a Jade Pothos if leaves are only green, or Golden Pothos if leaves have yellow/golden variegation. This is the only difference between these two variants.

two leaves, one green one with golden spots
Jade on left, Golden on right

These are also a straightforward and forgiving plant to grow; they love water, which makes overwatering a nonissue. Some people leave their Pothos cuttings in water for months to years; as long as you change the water, they should do well in just water.

If you want to pot it up in a growing medium, I strongly recommend LECA. LECA is why I started this blog and why I sell cuttings. Once you have a rooted cutting, you should be able to transplant it into LECA immediately.

So, What Is LECA?

It is a clay ball that wicks water from the bottom of the plant vessel to the plant roots. This means that overwatering is a thing of the past; if you have water in the bottom 1/3 of your container, your plant should thrive. It involves no soil, which means little risk of bugs, which was a huge selling point for me!

I go into much more detail on what LECA is and how to transplant your cutting; here, I strongly recommend LECA to all plant lovers. I use it exclusively and swear by it.


Pothos are a very forgiving plant, they tolerate most types of light, even low light. They also love humidity. I put a cutting of mine in my White’s tree frog’s terrarium, and it grew like a weed with huge areal roots; humidity, constant water, and lots of light make these plants go crazy.

frog in tank with plants
Golden Pothos among other plants in my Whites Tree Frog terrarium


Pothos do tend to be thirsty. Since I use LECA, I just ensure my plant has a reservoir every week, and it’s good to go. The frequency does change throughout the time of year.


Pothos are a vining plant, meaning it will grow like a weed along any surface it can access. I have some growing along walls (this is generally considered to be a bad idea in the plant community, but I like the aesthetic, so I risk it). Some people love to have their Pothos climb; this will get you much larger leaves. I tend to prefer the trailing/singing aesthetic, but I also have a few climbing.

yellow and green leaf in hand
Golden Pothos


These plants generally have small to medium leaves, bigger if you have them climb; these will grow in long vines instead of a bushy plant.

Jade has only dark green leaves, versus Goldens will sometimes have leaves without the classic golden variegation, but most have golden variegation at least somewhat. Jades are generally considered to be more uncommon then the Goldens, but both are easy to find in most nurseries.

green leaf in hand
Jade Pothos

I love both and have them all over my house. There are so many different types, if you end up being a Pothos lover like me, the possibilities are endless! Overall, Pothos are easy to care for, even more so if you put them in LECA, in my opinion. If you want to learn more about LECA, click here for my quick start guide. I hope you love your new baby plant. I’d love to see how it grows! Feel free to DM me with questions; I really do enjoy my plants and want you to love them as well.

Feel free to message or DM me with questions. Love to talk all things plant and will gladly help you on your plant journey.

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