As someone a little obsessed with pothos plants, I want to have them all over! Growing pothos in water is a great way to add greenery to small spaces without the mess of soil and repotting.
Last time I decided to trim my golden pothos, I took some of the cuttings and transplanted them into soil, and let the others grow extensive roots in water. They've been growing for a few months now and are just as happy as the pothos I have in soil.
Keep reading to learn how to keep a pothos plant alive and thriving in water!
Step 1: What You'll Need to Grow a Pothos in Water
First all all, you'll need some pothos cuttings! Check out my instructable "How to Propagate a Pothos Plant" for all the details of making and rooting cuttings. In that instructable I say to only make cuttings one node, but for this purpose you can cut lengths of 3-4 nodes and remove some of the lower leaves for longer stems. :)
Tools + Materials:
- Clean glass containers
- Water (I use well water)
- All purpose fertilizer (can be liquid or powder)
I'm using some test tubes I had from another project, mason jars and drinking glasses as "pots" for my pothos at the moment, but I hope to have a hanging system set up soon! I think that will look so much nicer. :D
Regarding water: it's fine to use tap water, but if you do, let a container of it sit out in open air for a day or so to let some of the chlorine evaporate.
Step 2: Choose a Glass Vessel
As long as it's clean, easy to add water to, and allows you to remove the plant for cleaning - it's perfect!
I really love the way test tubes hold the cuttings, but other thin-necked vases or bottles would look great too.
Step 3: How to Keep a Pothos Alive in Water
There are three major things to worry about here:
- Change the water every now and then and add new water as needed. Water loses oxygen over time, and roots need oxygen! I recommend changing the water every couple weeks or so.
- Feeding your pothos is important! Typically, potting soil contains nutrients your plant needs, but since it's in water you'll need to feed it to keep it growing! I dilute all purpose fertilizer to 1/4 strength and pour a small amount of that into each container. I use this fertilizer-water mix to refill the containers as the water slowly evaporates.
- Keep your containers clean! If the glass begins to get cloudy or covered in algae, remove the plant and wash the container.
As long as you check it regularly, a pothos will thrive in water. I've loved being able to watch new roots and leaves forming. :D
Brian M V made it!