Pothos is one of the most popular house plants to have, which makes sense considering it’s extremely easy to care for. It can grow in almost any type of environment and doesn’t require much water or sunlight to stay happy…making it a GREAT indoor plant for anyone!
This green plant can also thrive in a vase as a desk plant or even a hanging basket if you like the look of it swinging from your ceiling.
But if you want your pothos to grow fuller, there are some tricks you can use to make that happen. Pothos is great because it grows quickly so it won’t take long for these tricks to pay off!
How To Help Your Pothos Grow Well
Water your pothos properly
Pothos only needs to be watered every couple of weeks, but many people over water it and end up killing their plant. To make sure you are watering your pothos at the right time, you can use a soil hydrometer.
You can also feel the soil to see if it is moist or not, but using a hydrometer is the best way to be sure. If your soil is moist, do not water it. If it is dry, add water until the soil is moist again. Pothos likes to be kept in a humid environment, so try to water it in a place that has plenty of air flowing around it.
When you do water it, make sure to use room temperature or warm water. Cold water will shock the roots of your pothos and could kill it. If you have hard water, you can use something called a water softener in order to make sure your water is soft so it doesn’t hurt your plant.
Repot your pothos
Pothos is a very hearty plant and can stay in a pot for a very long time without needing to be repotted.
But if you want your pothos to grow fuller, you should repot your pothos every couple of years. Pothos will grow quickly, especially if you are trying to make it fuller, so repotting it every so often will give it plenty of room to grow. When you repot your pothos, you don’t need to use a special soil.
Pothos likes to be kept in a mix of soil and sand, so you can use a soil that has some sand in it, or you can use a soil and sand mix. Just make sure your soil is well draining, as pothos likes to be kept in a humid environment. If your soil is not well draining, or if there is no sand in it, your pothos may rot.
Use a fertilizer with erythrodiol
Erythrodiol is a compound that comes from the roots of the pothos plant. It is used to protect the plant against infection, pests, and disease. So if you are trying to make your pothos grow fuller, you should be sure to use a fertilizer that has this compound in it, and potassium too.
Erythrodiol can be hard to find in fertilizer, so you should look for it specifically. If you can’t find it, you can try using a fertilizer that has nitrogen in it.
Nitrogen is what plants use to grow leaves, so using a fertilizer with nitrogen in it will help your pothos grow more leaves.
Grow it from cuttings
If you want to make sure your pothos grows even fuller than it already is, you can try growing it from cuttings. Pothos has a very interesting way of growing new plants. When a pothos vine has a node, which is where a leaf sprouts from on the vine, you can cut off a piece of it and plant it in some potting soil.
The node will grow roots, and the vine will sprout new leaves. You can then plant the new clippings in a pot and wait for them to grow. You can do this over and over again, so you can have a full potted pothos vine or a bunch of potted pothos plants! This is a great way to get new plants to give away to friends or family, or to use as gifts at Christmas or other holidays.
Prune Your Pothos Plant
Pruning your pothos plant is an essential part of caring for it. It helps to encourage bushier growth and removes any dead or diseased leaves. To prune your pothos, use clean, sharp scissors or pruning shears to cut back any overgrown stems or branches.
Cut just above a leaf node, which is the spot where a leaf attaches to the stem. If you want a fuller plant, cut back the stems to just above the soil level. Regular pruning will keep your pothos looking healthy and vibrant.
Proper Care For Pothos Plant
Pruning can work wonders in making your plant bushy, but did you know that improper care can lead to scraggly or leggy growth? To ensure you are giving your pothos plant the best possible care, here are some top tips to help you achieve thriving foliage.
- Light is an essential factor for the pothos plant’s success. The best location for this plant is a bright, indirect light. Placing it in an east- or west-facing window or under artificial lights is ideal if you can’t provide enough natural light.
- Temperature is another crucial aspect of pothos plant care. It prefers average room temperatures ranging from 60-80 degrees F (15-26 degrees C). Never allow the temperature to fall below 60 degrees F (15 degrees C).
- Humidity is not a significant concern for this plant. Pothos tolerates normal household humidity levels well. Occasionally misting your plant when watering nearby plants is sufficient, but it is not necessary for optimal growth.
- Watering is a delicate balancing act with the pothos plant. It would help if you allowed the soil to dry within an inch (2.5 cm) of the surface between waterings. Over-watering can kill this plant quickly. It can tolerate dryness better than excessive watering.
- Fertilizer is also essential to the pothos plant’s growth. Feed the plant once every two weeks in spring through fall with a balanced houseplant fertilizer. In winter, reduce feeding to once a month.
If you notice that your plant’s growth is not going to plan, it may be due to inadequate light. The pothos plant thrives in moderate bright light, and insufficient light may lead to leggy growth. Consider using artificial plant lights if natural light is not sufficient. Pothos does well under fluorescent light for six to eight hours a day.
Pothos is a very easy plant to take care of, but you can make it even easier by following these tips. When you water it properly, feed it at the right time, and give it the proper care, your pothos will thrive.
You can then use it as a gift or add it to your home decor, or use it in a office space. No matter how you use your pothos, you can make it grow fuller by following these tips.