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Golden Pothos Flower: All Queries Covered!

Golden Pothos is a popular houseplant that works basically as an air-purifier. It has intriguing green and yellow foliage and is usually grown for its foliage, not its flower.

The Golden pothos flower is not appealing to the eyes, but the foliage makes up for it.

Generally, Golden Pothos doesn’t flower indoors. However, Golden Pothos produces many stalks with cream-colored spathe and purple spadix in the wild. Golden Pothos will only flower after they complete their maturity cycle and if they are grown in the ground in good soil outdoors.

Golden Pothos
Golden Pothos (Source: Flickr)

Usually, people would not want to make Golden pothos flower, but I get it; you love challenges.

Look below for the complete guide on making the Golden pothos bloom.

How Often does the Golden Pothos Flower?

Whether or not the Golden Pothos flower usually depends on two conditions. First, whether you live in a colder region or not, and second, if your plant is indoors or outdoors.

Golden Pothos is an evergreen perennial plant that does not produce flowers in colder regions, and also if you keep your plant indoors.

Golden Pothos
Golden Pothos Plant (Source: Wikimedia)

When the plant blooms, it does so in its active growing season, that is, summer or spring, as it goes dormant in winter. The flower lives only for a couple of days.

Plant lovers usually do not let the plant flower because the flowers do not have anything special about them.

To have any chance at Golden Pothos flowering, these plants have to be at least 35-40 feet in size.

Golden Pothos plants will only flower if grown in the ground in good soil.

These plants usually flower because of the activation of gibberellin, a group of plant hormones responsible for flowering.

Generally, you don’t need to look after the blooms of Golden Pothos as they are short-lived and do not ask for much care.

Golden Pothos Flower Overview

As the Golden Pothos has less flowering frequency, you need to be extremely lucky to see this plant flower.

But even if they flower, the flowers will only live up to a few days. So, you may not have to spend so much time looking after the flowers.

Let’s look at the general overview of the Golden Pothos flower.

StructureInflorescences with a long spadix and a spathe surrounding it.
SizeUp to 23 cm (~9 inches) in length
ColorCream-colored Spathe
Purple Spadix
FragranceNo specific fragrance
ToxicityToxic to pets, kids, and adults
LifespanOnly a few days
FruitsBerries are formed in the spadix that turn orange to red when ripen.
Blooming SeasonSpring and summer

How to Make a Golden Pothos Plant Flower?

Golden Pothos has unique and intriguing foliage that has an excellent decoration purpose. It is also known for purifying the air and removing harmful toxins from the air.

According to research conducted by NASA, Golden Pothos removes the harmful VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds) and formaldehyde from the air.

Beautiful Leaves of Golden Pothos
Beautiful Leaves of Golden Pothos (Source: Pixabay)

But when we talk about its flower, you may have a hard time witnessing and making them bloom. You will need to focus on specific factors to succeed.

Let’s look at the things you need to take care of to make Golden Pothos Flower.

  • It is hard to make Golden Pothos flower indoors. So if you want to make this plant flower, you need to keep it outdoors.
  • You need to provide the plant with well-draining soil. If the soil is too compacted, the roots will not breathe, and you can bid farewell to your dreams of seeing the plant flower.
  • Golden Pothos needs to be at least 35 feet high to flower. Make the plant reach that height by properly taking care of it.
  • When outdoors, place the plant somewhere it gets a good shade. Excessive light may damage its foliage.
  • Plants like Golden Pothos need a high amount of light energy that they can use to make themselves flower. Make sure you provide them with enough indirect light.
  • Keep the temperature between 70°F to 90°F to provide the plant with its optimum temperature.
  • You should go on with watering the plant only when the top two inches of the soil are dry. You can use your finger to do the finger-moisture test.
  • Fertilize the plant once a month during spring and summer with well-balanced houseplant fertilizer. Fertilizer rich in phosphorus helps make the plants bloom.
Spadix of Golden Pothos
Spadix of Golden Pothos (Source: Plants of the World Online)

Read more: How to Make Pothos Fuller?

You may encounter specific problems in your journey to make the plant flower. Let’s have a look at one of the most common problems.

Why is Golden Pothos Flowers Wilting?

The Golden Pothos plant is a hardy plant to grow indoors. However, it can grow to its full potential if you let the plant grow outdoors.

If your Pothos is losing their composure and making the flowers wilt, you need to be stressed and look at the problem in detail.

Wilting Plant
Wilting Plant (Source: Tenor)

The leading cause of this phenomenon can be the lack of water in the plant.

Water the plant every week during its growing season, i.e., spring and summer. But you know what to do during the harsh winter.

What Should you do with Golden Pothos Plant Flowers?

Watching your Golden Pothos bloom may give you the same satisfaction as winning a battle with thousands of armies alone.

It’s just that hard to make it flower.

The plant hardly flowers, so there is no question of releasing the pollens. You cannot get allergic to this plant if it doesn’t release pollen.

Golden Pothos Flower
Golden Pothos Flower (Source: Wikimedia)

Also, you must have done a lot of hard work if you made this plant flower. You wouldn’t want to see your hard work go down the drains.

But if you are looking for a reason to cut the flowers off the plant, I will give you two of them.

  • The ‘so-called’ flowers are hideous to look at. You would want to cut them off if you ever see them.
  • When the plant flowers, it directs its energy to the flowers. The energy distribution is then divided between the foliage and the bloom. The plant may get less energy in the process.

The decision of whether to keep the flowers or bid them farewell is yours to take.

How to Cut the Golden Pothos Flower?

Follow the simple steps below to cut your flowers with precision and no complications.

  • Gear up with tools like scissors, pruning shears and goggles, gloves, etc.
  • The best time of the day to cut the plant is early in the morning when the plant is full of moisture and fresh.
  • Hold the flower’s spathe revealing the base, and cut a few inches above the base.
  • You can deadhead the flower entirely if you don’t want to see it again in that blooming season.
  • Separating the flower from the plant using only hands is an option, but you may need to use a more significant force as the flower can be sturdy.
  • Do the above process carefully, and do not hurt the neighboring foliage.

Health Considerations to Keep in Mind

True to its name, the Golden pothos provides a golden touch to the decoration aspect of your household.

But as most of the plants with enthralling foliage have some hazard or toxicity, the Golden Pothos also has a bad side you wouldn’t want to see.

According to ASPCA, Golden Pothos contains insoluble calcium oxalate crystals that make it toxic to cats and dogs.

A cat near houseplant
A cat near houseplant. (Source: Wikimedia Commons)

If your pets ever consume any part of the foliage of Golden Pothos, they will show symptoms like:

  • Vomiting
  • Hypersalivation
  • Burning of the lips, mouth, and tongue
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Oral irritation

In a list amassed by the University of California based on plants and their toxicity levels, Golden pothos has 3,4 toxicity levels.

Toxicity Class Details
1. Major ToxicityCause serious illness or death.
2. Minor ToxicityCauses minor illness.
3. OxalatesThe sap or juices of this plant contains calcium oxalates.
4. DermatitisThe juices or saps of these plants cause skin irritation.

According to ABC’s website, all parts of Golden Pothos are toxic. So, that makes the flowers of the Golden Pothos toxic as well.

Watch this video for a greater detail,

If you or your pets ever encounter a problem caused by this plant and its flower, remember the following numbers.

To Sum It Up

Golden Pothos may be a great decoration to add to your home, but its flower is hideous to look at.

You may still want to make the plant bloom as a challenge to yourself, and it’s completely fine if you’re going to. But you will have to go through a lot of considerations before that.

You have our back!

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