Growing A Pothos In Water – Can You Grow Pothos In Water Only

Pothos Vine Growing Out Of A Vase Of Water
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Can a pothos live in water? You bet it can. In fact, growing a pothos in water works just as well as growing one in potting soil. As long as the plant gets water and nutrients, it will do fine. Read on and learn how to grow pothos in water only.

Pothos And Water: Growing Pothos in Water Vs. Soil

All you need to start growing pothos in water is a healthy pothos vine, a glass container, and all-purpose liquid fertilizer. Your container can be clear or colored glass. Clear glass works well for growing a pothos in water and allows you to easily see the roots. However, algae will grow slowly in colored glass, which means you won’t need to scrub the container as often. 

Cut a length of pothos vine with three or four nodes. Remove the leaves on the lower part of the vine since any leaves left under the water will rot. Fill the container with water. Tap water is fine but if your water is heavily chlorinated, let it sit out for a day or two before you put the vine in the water. This allows the chemicals to evaporate.

Add a few drops of liquid fertilizer to the water. Check the recommendations on the package to determine the mix, but remember that when it comes to fertilizer, too little is always better than too much. Place the pothos vine in the water and be sure most of the roots are always under water. That’s really all there is to growing a pothos in water only.

Caring for Pothos in Water

Place the vine in bright, indirect light. Although pothos vines do well in relatively low light, too much intense sunlight can stunt growth or cause the leaves to turn brown or yellow. Replace the water in the container every two to three weeks, or whenever the water looks brackish. Scrub the container with a cloth or old toothbrush to remove any algae. Add fertilizer to your pothos and water every four to six weeks.

Mary H. Dyer

A Credentialed Garden Writer, Mary H. Dyer was with Gardening Know How in the very beginning, publishing articles as early as 2007.