Mention Pothos varieties and we picture a trailing, climbing, rambling vine on grandma’s windowsill. She called these house plants Silver Vine, Money Plant, Devil’s Ivy, and more
While the pothos plant can climb and trail great distances it doesn’t have to be that way. It is possible to train your Pothos to behave like a civilized, respectable, bushy houseplant.
- Making Pothos Plants Fuller
- Diligent Care Brings The Best Results
Making Pothos Plants Fuller
In this article, we share care tips on how to make your Pothos fuller and more attractive. The tips below also apply to Scindapsus Pictus (Satin Pothos).
#1 For A Bushy Vine Prune Your Pothos Frequently
Pothos is a rapid grower, so you have to be an excellent pruner. Examine your plant daily, and pinch back errant tendrils as they appear.
When you water your plant (once or twice a month), give it a good going-over.
Trim back dead leaves and long stems that may have developed since the last watering.
#2 Prune Your Pothos Correctly
Make clean cuts to stems. Trim just under a leaf node, or cut the stem all the way back to the surface of the soil. You can use healthy cuttings to propagate more Pothos plants.
#3 Use Well-Maintained Tools
Always use a sharp, clean pruning tool to avoid damaging your plant and spreading disease. Clean your knife, scissors, or pruner blades with rubbing alcohol as soon as you finish pruning the plant.
#4 Keep Your Pothos Healthy And Strong
These rugged plants don’t need a lot of fertilizer. When you perform regular pruning, you are spurring the plant to produce more new leaves. This takes a little extra nutrition.
Feed your Pothos a good quality, balanced, diluted liquid fertilizer twice a month. A 50% dilution should be perfect.
#5 Provide The Right Amount Of Sunlight
Pothos like bright, indirect sunlight. More bright light produces denser growth.
Choosing the right setting can be a bit of a balancing act. Variegated Pothos will lose their variegation if they receive too little light.
Place solid green Pothos a few feet away from south or west-facing windows. Variegated plants do better if placed several feet away from north or east-facing windows.
#6 Water Right
Use the soak-and-dry watering method. Give your plants a thorough, occasional drink. Pour water through the soil until it runs through the drainage holes.
Adjust your watering schedule. Do not water again until the soil is dry. This method ensures that your plant gets enough to drink and does not develop root rot.
#7 Provide Consistent Warmth
Pothos are tropical plants and like consistent temperatures ranging from 65° – 85° degrees Fahrenheit. Temperature spikes cause stress and interfere with healthy growth.
#8 Don’t Overcrowd
Crowded plants will not grow consistently. They will be flat on one side and overgrown on another due to the need to compete for light.
Your plants need room to grow on all sides. Turn them on a regular basis a quarter turn every week to make sure they receive even light on all sides.
Diligent Care Brings The Best Results
If you neglect your Pothos, it will become gangly and unruly.
Regular pruning helps redirect its growth and keeps it under control. Smart pruning improves the plant’s structure. It also removes diseased or dead foliage and stems before they can cause problems.
When you remove unwanted growth, you open up the plant and make room for newer, healthier growth. When you trim back one leaf, it will be replaced by two.
In between regular pruning, pinch back the plant’s tips to promote branching at stem ends. Follow these tips and simple principles to create a fuller, bushier Pothos plant.