Does pothos grow faster in soil or water?

Answered by James Kissner

In my experience, I have found that pothos plants can be grown successfully in both soil and water. However, there are some differences in their growth and propagation rates depending on the medium used.

When it comes to the overall growth of pothos plants, I have observed that they tend to grow faster when planted in soil. This is because soil provides them with essential nutrients and a stable environment for root development. The roots are able to spread out and access the nutrients present in the soil, allowing the plant to grow vigorously.

On the other hand, when pothos plants are grown in water, their growth rate is generally slower compared to those in soil. While water can provide the necessary hydration, it lacks the nutrients that soil naturally contains. This can result in slower growth as the plant may not receive all the essential elements it needs for optimal development.

When it comes to propagating pothos, I have found that rooting in water tends to be faster and more successful. This is because the cuttings placed in water can readily absorb moisture and nutrients, allowing them to develop roots more quickly. I have personally experienced roots forming within a couple of weeks when propagating pothos cuttings in water.

However, it is important to note that pothos can also be propagated in soil. While it may take a bit longer for the roots to develop, they will eventually establish and the plant will continue to grow. In my experience, soil propagation can be a bit more challenging as it requires careful monitoring of soil moisture and humidity levels to ensure successful root formation.

Pothos plants can be grown in both soil and water, but they tend to grow faster in soil due to the availability of nutrients. However, when it comes to propagation, pothos cuttings typically root faster in water. Ultimately, the choice of how you grow your pothos is up to you and depends on your personal preferences and the conditions you can provide for the plant.