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How To Make Pothos Fuller? [8 Brilliant Updated Tips 2024]

Do you know one of the most essential steps to make a Pothos fuller is to prune them in time?

Generally, pruning the damaged or leggy vines once or twice a month encourages Pothos to grow. Additionally, you can apply fertilizers once or twice a month in growing seasons, offer 6-12 hours of dappled light, and hydrate routinely to make Pothos fuller.

Read to discover the best hacks to make your Pothos enjoy fuller growth without much hassle.

How Big Do Pothos Plants Grow?

Pothos can grow over 60 feet in their natural habitat and have a growth rate of 12 inches annually.

Meanwhile, outdoor Pothos can grow 20 feet tall, but indoor Pothos can only grow up to 6-10 feet long with 3-6 feet spread.

Likewise, the heart-shaped leaves of Pothos can get 4-8 inches long with a width of 6-8 inches under optimal care.

Image represents the climbing habit of Pothos plant
Pothos is a tropical climbing semi-epiphyte requiring a warm tropical humidity-rich environment to attain full height.

In addition to the Pothos species, the size of the Pothos depends on how proficient primary care they receive.

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The size of Pothos also depends on the nature of its growth habit, as Pothos are naturally high-climbing hemi-epiphytes and thrive best if grown as an epiphytic plant.

Thus, aim for the Pothos variety that is comparatively big and master the art of judicial pruning to make them fuller.

A Pothos survives for 5-10 years in the wild and grows continuously until the plant begins to fade.

However, juvenile Pothos are small and not bushy but gradually become fuller with age.

How To Make Pothos Fuller?

The juvenile Pothos are small and not bushy but gradually become fuller with age.

However, if the plant misses proper care, it might grow slowly and appear thin with leggy, sparse growth.

1. Regular Correct Pruning

Prompt pruning of the leggy, damaged, or unhealthy foliage is the most effective way to make Pothos fuller.

As Pothos are fast growers, they require proper tidying up once or twice a month in spring or summer.

The climbing vines will grow sparse, leggy, thin foliage when Pothos are left without pruning.

  • Carefully inspect and look for damaged, discolored or dead foliage to prune.
  • Make a clean cut one-fourth inch above each leaf node on the vine using sterilized pruners.
Image represents pruned Pothos vines
You can use the pruned stem cuts of Pothos for propagation.
  • Cut off leafless vines or irregular stems heading downwards close to the plant crown.
  • Save the healthier stems for propagation purposes.

Remember, pruning over one-third of the plant can cause heavy stress.

Note: Refrain from pruning Pothos in winter or fall as the plants are dormant and will not put out new growth.

2. Enough Light

Pothos are tropical plants that grow under the canopy of other tall tree species. Hence, they get diffused sunlight throughout the day.

Pothos thrives with 6-12 hours of bright indirect sunlight from the curtained east-facing windows.

The plant detests direct sunlight and often suffers from brown and yellow leaves due to dehydration.

Image represents Pothos plant with fuller, bushier green foliage
Alongside pruning, proper sunlight, an ideal watering routine, and maintaining an optimal humidity level is crucial to make Pothos fuller.

Meanwhile, Pothos exhibit sparse, thin foliage with slow, stunted growth in less light.

Thus, aim to place Pothos in an east window ensuring 1-2 hours of direct morning glow.

Alternatively, use artificial lights to meet the Pothos light requirements in winter.

3. Fertilizing Pothos

To make Pothos fuller, give them a little push via fertilizer application once or twice a month.

It is one of the easiest ways to fix a leggy Pothos plant and make it more bushy.

Nitrous fertilizer is best suited for better foliage growth, but you can also use all-purpose balanced ones.

Alternatively, you can resort to slow-release fertilizer every 3 months.

Hence, avoid winter feeding to avert overfertilization issues like yellow leaves in Pothos.

4. Ideal Watering

Pathos is a water-sensitive plant, so it is essential to water the plant properly to make them fuller.

Overwatering and underwatering harm the plant and can result in long-term problems.

Thus, always allow the top 1-2 inches of soil to dry out before watering the Pothos in the growing season.

Moreover, you can also check the water content in the soil using a moisture meter.


Underwatered Pothos often have curling leaves with brown edges, while overwatered plants have squishy vines with rotten roots.

A wrong watering schedule can stunt your Pothos, making it unable to grow fuller. 

Image illustrates the process of pruning Pothos
You must make angled cuts an inch above the stem node to make Pothos fuller.

5. Right Temperature & Humidity

Being a tropical plant, Pothos thrives well in warmer temperatures of 65-85°F and humidity over 60%.

To make Pothos bushier and fuller, avoid sudden temperature fluctuation and drops below 60°F.

Likewise, do not expose Pothos to consistently low (<40%) or too high humidity levels as it negatively influences growth.

Thus, to get a fuller Pothos plant, leverage a humidity tray or group your Pothos with other houseplants.

Furthermore, incorporate your Pothos in a bright kitchen or bathroom for the dappled warmth of the morning sun.

6. Staking for Vine Support

With proper staking, you can support the climbing vines of Pothos and encourage greater foliage growth in the vines.

Generally, use moss poles to make Pothos grow fuller and climb higher.

Owing to their growth habit, all Pothos need to climb. Letting your Pothos hang or trail will lead to barren stems, smaller leaves, and vaster internodes.

Image represents moss pole for Pothos
Pothos need support to climb up and reach for the light source.

Staking prevents the weaker stems from breaking or dropping and encourages robust vine growth, making Pothos fuller in the long haul.

7. Group Planting

Another fast approach for making Pothos fuller is planting two or more plants in a single pot.

While planting two or three plants makes Pothos look bushier, it also facilitates a natural humidity boost.

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Some of the plants you can incorporate besides the same Pothos variety to grow in one pot are Spider Plant, Snake Plant, Butterfly Palm, and Plumosa Fern.

Alternatively, plant healthy stem cutting from pruning in the same pot or clip the leaf node underneath the soil.

As multiple Pothos grow together in a container, they look bushier and fuller.

8. Correct Soil Mix

Pothos thrives well in light, well-draining, nutrient-rich, soil-free potting mix with a 6.1-6.8 pH.

Prepare an ideal soil for Pothos by mixing peat moss or coco coir, organic perlite, sand, and shredded bark on a ratio of 4:2:1:1.

Otherwise, rely on commercial products from online stores to buy organic sterilized soil mix with average water retention.

Furthermore, aim for a right-sized terracotta container that facilitates proper drainage via multiple drain holes.

From Editorial Team

Proper Pruning Does Not Harm Pothos!

Careful pruning or snipping off fewer new growths in the active growing season encourages better foliage growth and does not damage parts.

While pinching back growths, ensure to pinch off the growths above the leaf node as new branching sprouts out from the leaf node.

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