How long should I let my pothos root in water?

Answered by Jason Smith

To determine how long you should let your pothos plant root in water, there are a few factors you should consider. Pothos plants are known for their ability to grow in water, but eventually, they will need to be transitioned to soil for optimal growth. The length of time you should let your pothos root in water depends on how long you want to wait before transplanting it into soil.

Typically, it is recommended to let your pothos root in water for about a month. During this time, the plant will continue to grow roots, which is a good sign of its health and vitality. However, if you leave the pothos plant in water for too long, it may become more difficult for it to transition to soil.

The longer the roots grow in water, the more accustomed they become to the water environment. This can make it challenging for the plant to adjust to the different conditions of soil, such as drainage and nutrient availability. Therefore, it is important to monitor the roots and not let them grow too long in water.

When the roots of your pothos plant are about 2-3 inches long, it is a good time to consider transplanting it into soil. At this stage, the roots are long enough to support the plant in soil, but not so long that they will have a hard time adjusting.

To transplant your pothos plant from water to soil, you will need a container with proper drainage holes. This will allow excess water to escape and prevent root rot. Fill the container about two-thirds of the way with Espoma’s Organic potting mix, which provides a nutrient-rich environment for the pothos to thrive.

Carefully remove the pothos plant from the water, being gentle with the roots. Place the plant in the prepared container, making sure the roots are covered with soil. Gently pat down the soil to secure the plant in place.

After transplanting, water the pothos thoroughly and place it in a location with bright, indirect light. Pothos plants are relatively low maintenance and can adapt to a variety of light conditions, but they prefer bright, indirect light for optimal growth.

It is recommended to let your pothos plant root in water for about a month before transplanting it into soil. This will allow the roots to grow to a suitable length for transplantation while still being able to adapt to the soil environment. Remember to choose a container with proper drainage holes and use a quality potting mix to ensure the plant’s success.