5 Differences Between Pothos & Philodendrons
Philodendron and pothos look almost identical but belong to different genus. (Pothos is actually called Epipremnum).
Leaf shape: philodendron have a true heart shape leaf, with more space between the rounded lobes at the widest part of the leaf.
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Philodendron also become more narrow at the bottom of their leaves while pothos have a fuller shape.
Leaf texture: philodendron leaves are soft and smooth. Pothos leaves are waxy and have a ribbed texture and will feel bumpy.
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Leaf thickness: philodendron leaves are a lot thinner and delicate than pothos leaves.
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New leaves: new philodendron leaves come out of the top of the vine, while new pothos leaves unfurl from its current leaf.
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Only philodendrons will have cataphylls. The cataphyll is the name of the sheath in which the new leaf grows. They will eventually get brown and crisp
Aerial roots: philodendron have thinner aerial roots while pothos have rounder and thicker ones.
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