Pothos plants are one of the most popular houseplants that people buy. They are easy to care for, can be purchased in all good garden centres, and look nothing short of amazing!
However, many pothos owners want them to grow faster than they currently do! If you’re looking for ways to make your pothos plant grow faster, this blog post is just what you need. Here are 7 tips on how to make a pothos grow fasterâ€¦
How to Make Pothos Grow Faster?
- Provide plenty of natural, indirect light
- Avoid direct sun exposure for long periods of time
- Keep the plant at 70-90 degrees Fahrenheit
- Use the best potting mix
- Fertilize your pothos plant monthly
- Water when the top layer of the soil is dry
- Stop pests from attacking the plant
8 Ways to Grow Your Pothos Faster
I will now give an explanation for each of the seven tips noted above. Please note, these tips aren’t in any specific order. In fact, fertilizing your pothos plant is one of the main ways to give your plant a quick boost.
1. Give it plenty of light
Keep the plant in a room that has plenty of natural, indirect light. You should keep your pothos in a room that has a lot of windows, but also make sure to keep them away from direct sun exposure to avoid pothos sunburn. A plant won’t grow if it is not receiving enough light. I recommend using pothos grow lights if you want to maximize growth.
2. Avoid direct sun exposure
Avoid direct sun exposure for long periods of time as this can lead to leaf burn. If you can’t keep your pothos soil away from direct sun for long periods of time, try to make sure it doesn’t get too much sunlight.
3. Water it regularly
Make sure that the soil is always wet, but not waterlogged. When you first plant your indoor or outdoor pothos, water thoroughly and then wait for the top of the potting mix to dry out before watering again.
4. Provide a warm environment
Keep the temperature between 70-90 degrees Fahrenheit. The ideal temperature is 75 degrees Fahrenheit. If temperatures are below 60 and above 90 then this may cause the leaves to droop or cause them to wilt.
You may also want to keep your plant away from cold drafts. The more air movement, the dryer the leaves will be and this can cause spots to form on your pothos plants which then leads to leaf drop. When a draft is present water droplets should bead up on a pothos’s leaves
5. Use the best potting mix
Pothos plants like a potting mix that drains well. Throw in some nutrition, and you have a potting mix that’ll keep your pothos thriving. Although pothos prefers consistent soil with a pH between 6.1 and 6.5, the plant is able to thrive in a range of soil conditions.
Pothos are famed for their attractive trailing stems and large heart-shaped leaves. Plant yours in a hanging pot with drainage holes and you will see them thrive quickly.
6. Fertilize your pothos plant monthly
Use a diluted solution of fertilizer (amazon link) every other week to make your pothos grow faster. Fertilizer is important because it provides your pothos plant with the nutrients it needs to grow, such as nitrogen, potassium, and phosphorous. My favorite pothos fertilizer is Miracle Grow (Amazon link).
You can also add slow-release pellets or tablets of complete organic fertilizer around the root zone once a year (not more than 12 weeks apart). Try to limit the use of chemical pesticides, herbicides, or fungicides on your pothos plant (although this is needed if your pothos has leaf spot disease or pest issues).
The use of some inorganic fertilizers provides an instantaneous nutrient boost to the soil which spurs on Pothos growth almost immediately. Organic fertilizers, like compost and manure, may take longer to boost plant growth, but they are healthier for the plants.
7. Water your pothos correctly
plant when the top layer of potting mix feels dry to touch. When watering, water thoroughly until you see that it has been absorbed by the soil or dripping through the drainage holes in a tray below. Let excess water drip from its roots for 30 minutes before returning them to their saucer, or pot.
8. Stop pests from damaging your pothos
Create a natural insect repellant by mixing neem oil with water and spraying on stems, leaves, or soil. Consult the label for proper application rates. It’s important to spray ALL plants in your house if you notice pests on from one of your plants. This is because the pests can easily jump from one plant to another.
Why Is My Pothos Not Growing?
There are a few things that may cause your pothos plant to have stunted growth: insufficient light, improper watering habits (not watering as often as necessary), pest infestations (like spider mites), incorrect potting mix within the container of soil, over-fertilizing with chemical fertilizers which can easily burn young roots, lack of nutrients in its growing environment, as well as pothos repotting problems.
Why Pothos Plants are Amazing
Pothos plants are amazing for several reasons. They grow quickly and provide a lovely decoration to any room as they climb upwards along the wall or hang from the ceiling.
Plus, pothos plants can be used in all sorts of places: offices where you need something low-maintenance but still aesthetically pleasing; living rooms that may not have enough natural light coming through windows due to foliage blocking it out; inside your home’s entryway so people don’t see an empty table when they walk in (place one pot on each side).
In conclusion, you can make a pothos grow faster by ALWAYS providing everything it needs to survive. A day in which your pothos plant is not getting what it needs is a day where it won’t grow. To help your Pothos grow to their full potential, make sure to remove any restrictions that are slowing it down.
I hope these tips will help make growing pothos easier for you! If you have any additional questions please comment below and we’ll do our best to answer them.
Tim is an avid gardener from the UK. He was the founder of PlantCarer.com from 2021 to Sep 2023. He sold PlantCarer.com to Aaron. He has since started his own business called Seed To Supper, which provides new gardeners all the materials you need in a box (pots, seeds, compost and instructions) to grow your own delicious and nutritious vegetables and herbs from start to finish – no garden required.