Growing Pothos under indirect rays of east or west-facing windows is best, but if the growth is suddenly stunted, doubt the environmental stresses.
Stay until the end to understand what is wrong with your Pothos babies and make them grow between 12 and 24 inches monthly.
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- Is Pothos A Slow Grower?
- 9 Reasons Why Pothos is Not Growing
- Other Reasons for Pothos Not Growing
- Additional Tips for Noticeable Growth in Pothos
- From Editorial Team
Is Pothos A Slow Grower?
The growth rate of Pothos depends on the growing season and whether it is outdoors or indoors, but undoubtedly it is a fast grower.
The Pothos can go as high as 40 feet and as broad as 6 feet under normal circumstances.
However, the varieties under Pothos can have variance in the growth rate given the variegation present in leaves and the presence of chlorophyll.
|Types of Pothos||Total Length||Monthly Growth Rate in Active Season|
|Variegated Neon Pothos||6-10 feet indoors||6-10 inches|
|Green Dragon Pothos||4-5 feet indoors||7-8 inches|
|Manjula pothos||2-5 feet indoors|
20-40 feet outdoors
|Cebu blue pothos||4-8 feet indoors|
40 feet outdoors
|Hawaiian pothos||3-15 feet indoors|
30-50 feet native habitat
|N Joy Pothos||2-6 feet indoors||6-9 inches|
|Jessenia pothos||3-8 feet indoors||4-6 inches|
|Neon pothos||2-6 feet indoors||12-18 inches|
|Golden Pothos||5-12 feet indoors||12 inches|
|Marble Queen pothos||6 feet indoors||12-18 inches|
|Snow Qween Pothos||6-10 feet indoors||12 inches|
|Silver Satin pothos||10 feet indoors||10-18 inches|
9 Reasons Why Pothos is Not Growing
Pothos is never a slow grower, so you must find the cause when it shows stunted or no growth, even in the spring and summer.
1. Lack of Enough Light
Low lighting conditions are not much trouble for Pothos, but that does not mean you can discard the plant to a dark place.
So relocate the Pothos if you have placed it in a dark basement for an extended period than the limit level, as the Pothos starts to grow slowly.
Hurry up and locate the Pothos in an east or west-facing window and at least three feet away from a south-facing window.
Also, you do not want to burn or dry the leaves. Thus, add some translucent curtains to the window.
2. Wrong Watering Schedule
Although Pothos is famous as a tolerant houseplant, disturbed and unscheduled watering habits can harm your plant health.
Pothos prefers weekly watering during the growing season while once every two weeks in winter.
If you try to water the 10 feet long trailing Neon Pothos with the same schedule and amount as that of 2 feet Marble Queen, you will surely notice no growth.
So check the water requirement by inserting your index finger in the soil. Water if it feels dry, but wait a few more days if wet and soggy.
3. Inappropriate Growing Medium
The best part about growing Pothos is using soil or water as the substrate for the plant.
However, the growth habits and rate differ as mature plants grow faster in the soil while cuttings form roots more rapidly in water.
Meanwhile, chlorinated tap water never works well for Pothos or any plant, as it is the leading cause for the stunted growth of the water Pothos.
For the soil medium, ensure it is not garden soil as it is too dense for Pothos. The best-suited one would be the commercial mix.
And if you are thrifty when it comes to spending, you can make your potting mix using perlite, sand, cocopeat, and shredded bark in a 2:1:4:1 ratio.
4. Humidity Imbalance
Pothos enjoy moderate to high humidity, around 50-70%, and shows signs like crispy leaves and delayed growth of new branches if the level drops.
So, aid the humidity level by installing a humidifier, using the pebble tray method, or misting the plant once every two days.
Alternatively, place a medium-sized bowl filled with water beside your Pothos. This will most certainly get the job done.
5. Improper Season of the Year
Like the most tropical plant, Pothos love summer. Spring and summer are the ideal time to plant these beauties to boost growth.
Thus, if you have planted them in the cold season, be patient and wait for the sun. Your plant might be in good shape, but the season, on the other hand, might not be as perfect.
Watch out for the warm seasons when you can enhance their growth with extensive care. But winters are brutal, both for you and your Pothos.
6. Wrong Pot Preferences
Mostly store-bought Pothos is available in a plastic pot, and while rearing it, most forget to change the pot, which is when the problem starts.
Unlike earthen pots, plastic pots do not allow air to flow from inside the pot to the outside and vice versa.
Likewise, water inside the plastic pots cannot vapour out. Even if the topsoil is dry, the inner layers of soil might still be soaking.
Thus, better to opt for a clay pot or terracotta pot. Unglazed ceramic pots can also be an option but avoid glass containers for soil Pothos.
7. Plant Eaters
Insects and bugs are not common in Pothos. However, once in a blue moon, they might become victims of mealybugs, ants, scales, mites, and thrips.
So, it is good to check on the roots if you feel your Pothos is stunted.
If you notice the bugs bugging around your Pothos, spray it with neem oil or a mixture of dishwashing liquid and water weekly.
8. Frequent Repotting
Most people have the trend of repotting the Pothos to boost growth with newly enriched soil, but that triggers back.
Pothos love being slightly root bound and try to fill the entire pot space, but when repotted early, the roots get stressed, affecting the entire plant’s growth.
Thus, wait at least two years before repotting your Pothos. You can also look for any poking roots from drainage holes to identify the repotting time.
9. Fertilization Error
Pothos is not a heavy feeder and does not usually require fertilization. So, if you don’t provide any plant vitamins for a while, it is fine till it is healthy.
However, if your Pothos isn’t growing despite adding plant foods in the active season, it is time to stop and observe.
So better to dilute the fertilizer to half its strength before appliance and place the plant under running water to remove excess chemicals.
Other Reasons for Pothos Not Growing
Some of the other fundamental causes responsible for the slowed growth of Pothos with its possible solution are as follows.
- Lack of Nutrition in the Soil or Water Medium: Add a tiny amount of organic manure or natural plant vitamins once every 15-20 days. See how the plant responds before adding more.
- Root Rot: If you discover root rots, prune them all using a sterilized pruner or scissors.
- Build-up Fertilizer in the Soil: If you habitually add fertilizers to your potted Pothos, change the soil entirely to eliminate build-up fertilizers.
- Air Conditioners and Heaters: Air conditioners significantly drop the humidity level. So it is better to keep them far from AC or heaters.
Additional Tips for Noticeable Growth in Pothos
Do not take any risks after adopting the cure measure to make your Pothos return to its original growth. Learn some of the extra tips below.
- Avoid using solid fertilizers. The roots more easily absorb liquid fertilizers and vitamins.
- If you use tap water for your Pothos, let it sit overnight to remove chlorine.
- Make sure your pot has drainage holes at the bottom for proper drainage. Else, your Pothos will not be as healthy and happy.
- Do not reuse old potting mix. Change the soil every time you repot your Pothos to prevent your plant from growing in a non-nutritional environment.
- Pruning Pothos monthly encourages new growth. Also, cut off all the yellow and brown leaves.
- You can use the coffee grounds to fertilize Pothos now and then.
- Soak banana peels overnight in water. Strain it and give this vitamin-infused water to your Pothos.
From Editorial Team
Pothos never take more than a few weeks to bounce back once you have resolved the soil, temperature, light, or nutrients issue.
Let the Pothos take its regular growth course by not repeating the same mishaps in the future.
However, growing Pothos in Terrariums is better than growing them in Aquariums.