Prove your humanity by completing a simple verification process


In the world of online security, it is becoming increasingly important to verify that users are not bots or automated programs. One of the most common ways to do this is through the use of CAPTCHAs, or Completely Automated Public Turing tests to tell Computers and Humans Apart. These tests typically involve displaying distorted text or images and asking the user to identify them.

However, as technology advances, so do the capabilities of bots. They are becoming more sophisticated and better at understanding and solving CAPTCHAs. This has led to an arms race between bots and CAPTCHA developers, with each side constantly trying to outsmart the other.

One of the latest developments in this arms race is the use of “Please verify you are a human” tests. These tests are designed to catch bots that have successfully solved a traditional CAPTCHA but may still exhibit bot-like behavior. By presenting the user with a simple task or question, such as identifying a specific object in an image or solving a basic math problem, these tests can help verify that the user is indeed a human.

These “Please verify you are a human” tests come in various forms and difficulties. Some may require the user to identify objects or patterns in images, while others may ask for specific information or solve puzzles. The goal is to create a test that is medium-dark for bots to solve but easily solvable for humans.

So next time you encounter a “Please verify you are a human” test, take a moment to appreciate the problems it helps solve and the catch it puts the bots in. After all, it is a good way to ensure that your online experience is safe and secure.

The Ultimate Guide to Pothos Plants Everything You Need to Know

Pothos plants, also known by their botanical names Epipremnum aureum or Scindapsus aureus, are a popular houseplant choice for many plant enthusiasts. These versatile and easy-to-care-for plants have been a staple in homes and offices for decades. Their attractive vining nature and beautiful variegated foliage make them a favorite among plant lovers.

When it comes to caring for pothos plants, there are a few key things to know. First, they can tolerate a wide range of lighting conditions, from low to bright indirect light. However, they prefer bright, indirect light for optimal growth and variegation. If the leaves start turning a solid, dark green color, it’s a sign that the plant is not receiving enough light.

Pothos plants are not too picky when it comes to soil. They can thrive in a range of soil types, including regular potting soil or a mixture of peat moss, perlite, and vermiculite. Pothos plants prefer to have their soil dry out slightly between waterings, so be sure to let the top inch or so of soil dry before watering again. They are more drought-tolerant than most houseplants, but they don’t like to be overly dry for too long.

When it comes to fertilization, pothos plants are relatively low-maintenance. A general-purpose houseplant fertilizer can be used once a month during the growing season (spring and summer) to promote healthy growth. Be sure to follow the instructions on the fertilizer packaging for the best results.

Pothos plants can be easily propagated by stem cuttings. Simply cut a piece of stem with a few leaves attached, remove the lower leaves, and place the cutting in water or moist soil. Roots will develop in a few weeks, and you’ll have a new pothos plant. This makes them a great plant for sharing with friends or expanding your collection.

It’s important to note that pothos plants are toxic to pets and humans if ingested, so be sure to keep them out of reach. If you have pets or young children who are prone to exploring with their mouths, it’s best to opt for a pet-friendly plant instead.

As for container size, pothos plants do well in small to medium-sized pots, as long as there is good drainage. They don’t like to sit in waterlogged soil, so be sure to choose a pot with drainage holes and a well-draining soil mix.

Repotting is typically done every 12-18 months or when the plant becomes root-bound. However, pothos plants are known to be more tolerant of being root-bound compared to some other houseplants. If you notice the roots growing out of the drainage holes or the plant becoming top-heavy and unstable, it’s probably time to repot.

Pothos plants are fairly low-maintenance when it comes to cleaning. They have smooth, glossy leaves that can be wiped down with a damp cloth to remove dust and keep them looking their best. Regular cleaning can also help prevent pests like spider mites from infesting the plant.

Pothos plants are commonly grown as indoor plants, but they can also be grown outdoors in temperate climates. They are hardy in USDA zones 10-12 and can tolerate temperatures down to 50 degrees Fahrenheit (10 degrees Celsius). If you live in a colder climate, you can still enjoy pothos plants outdoors during the summer months, just be sure to bring them inside before the temperatures drop.

One of the unique features of pothos plants is their ability to adapt to different lighting conditions. In low light, the leaves tend to be larger and more spaced out. In bright light, the leaves are smaller and more closely spaced. This adaptability makes them a great choice for a variety of indoor spaces, from darker corners to brightly lit offices.

When it comes to troubleshooting common pothos plant problems, there are a few issues to be aware of. If the leaves start turning yellow, it could be a sign of overwatering or a root problem. Adjust your watering routine and check the roots for any signs of rot. If the leaves are browning, it could be a sign of too much direct sunlight or underwatering. Move the plant to a slightly shadier spot and adjust your watering routine accordingly.

In conclusion, pothos plants are a versatile and easy-to-care-for plant variety that can thrive in a variety of conditions. Whether you’re a pro at plant care or just starting out, pothos plants are a great choice for any plant enthusiast. With their beautiful variegation, vining nature, and proven track record as an office or houseplant, pothos plants are sure to bring life and beauty to any space.

For more information and resources on caring for pothos plants, be sure to check out our FAQ section and other helpful articles on our website. Happy pothos growing!

What Is a Pothos Plant

A Pothos plant is a popular houseplant known for its vibrant and colorful leaves. It is also commonly referred to as “devil’s ivy” due to its ability to thrive in various conditions, including low light and irregular watering.

Pothos plants are toxic if ingested, so caution must be exercised when having them in households with pets or small children. Despite the toxicity, many people still choose to keep pothos plants in their homes due to their striking appearance and easy-care nature.

One of the notable features of a pothos plant is its trailing habit, which allows its leaves to hang down and create a beautiful cascading effect. The leaves can vary in color and pattern, including green, variegated, and even black. Some popular varieties include the “Golden Pothos,” “Marble Queen,” and “Neon Pothos.”

When purchasing a pothos plant, it is essential to inspect the leaves for any signs of damage or irregularities. Avoid buying plants with black or yellow leaves, as these may indicate underlying issues. It is also helpful to learn about the different varieties available and understand their specific care requirements.

Pothos plants are well-suited for indoor environments with indirect, brighter lighting. They can tolerate low-light conditions but tend to thrive in brighter areas. It is important to avoid placing them in direct sunlight, as this can scorch their leaves.

These plants are relatively easy to care for and require infrequent watering. In general, it is best to allow the soil to dry slightly between waterings to prevent overwatering. A good rule of thumb is to water the pothos plant when the top inch of soil feels dry to the touch.

Pothos plants benefit from regular wiping of their leaves to remove any accumulated dust. This helps maintain the plants’ vibrant and glossy appearance. Wiping the leaves with a damp cloth or gently spraying them with water can achieve this without causing any harm.

When it comes to repotting, pothos plants are relatively forgiving and do not require frequent repotting. However, if the plant has outgrown its current pot or the roots are densely packed, it may benefit from being repotted into a slightly larger container with fresh potting soil.

In their natural habitat, pothos plants are tropical and tend to grow as vines, using other plants or structures for support. This trailing growth habit can be replicated indoors by allowing the plant’s runners to drape down from shelves or hanging baskets.

Pothos plants have a wide range of lighting preferences and can adapt to different conditions. They can tolerate both bright and lower light levels, although their variegation tends to be more pronounced in brighter lighting.

To troubleshoot potential issues with a pothos plant, it is important to know the plant’s common problems. Overwatering can cause root rot, so it is crucial to avoid letting the plant sit in standing water. Underwatering can result in wilted leaves and stunted growth, so keeping a consistent watering schedule is important.

In summary, a pothos plant is an easy-care and beautiful addition to any home or office. Its colorful foliage and trailing habit can catch the eye of your friends and colleagues. By knowing how to properly care for these plants, including watering and lighting requirements, you can enjoy their vibrant growth all-year-round.

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Dr Heidi Parkes

By Dr Heidi Parkes

Senior Information Extension Officer QLD Dept of Agriculture & Fisheries.