If you have a small pothos plant or have considered getting one, it can be attractive to plant it in water. However, if, at the same time, you plan to grow your pothos for a long period, you should trim the roots every once in a while. Why is this important? It’s simple — and overgrown pothos in water can rot. This can lead to the whole plant dying. In this article, I will tell you about trimming pothos roots and how to do it, so they stay healthy.
Growing Pothos in Water
If you have difficulty growing Pothos plants, try growing them in the water! Pothos plants are great to add to any room of your home, but they can be challenging to grow. They need lots of sunlight and water and don’t like being moved around very often. If you have a lot of plants that need watering, or if you’re not as skilled at gardening as you’d like, consider growing your pothos plant in water.
The benefits of growing your pothos plant in water are:
- You don’t have to worry about the soil getting too dry or too wet
- You won’t have to worry about it getting too much sun or not enough sun
- And, you can move it around whenever or wherever you want without worrying about hurting the plant.
Trimming Pothos Roots in Water
Trimming pothos roots in water is a great way to grow a fuller plant. Pothos plants are often grown as houseplants, which can be tricky to keep full and healthy. By trimming your pothos roots in water, you’ll be able to cut down on the time and effort it takes to maintain your plant.
Step 1: Fill the Container with Enough Water
Fill the container with enough water to completely submerge the bottom of the pot. Then, position your pothos plant over this water to submerge its roots. Place the container where it will receive plenty of natural light throughout the day, but ensure that it doesn’t get too much direct sunlight at any time.
Step 2: Remove Yellow and Dead Leaves
Cut any brown or yellow leaves from your pothos plant using small pruning shears or sharp scissors. Also, remove any dead leaves from your plant’s base by gently pulling them away from their stems with your fingers or pliers. Be careful not to damage any live stems while doing so!
Step 3: Start Trimming Roots
Once you’ve finished removing all dead leaves and other debris from around your pothos’ base (and perhaps even some small branches), start trimming away at its roots by snipping off any brown or yellow ones. To do this, use a pair of sharp scissors or pruning shears and cut them to the point where they join the main root mass. It’s important only to take off dead or damaged roots—you don’t want to damage the healthy parts by accident!
Step 4: Final Step
After you’ve trimmed away all the dead or damaged roots, it’s time to start cutting back on some of the longer ones sticking out from under your pothos’ potting water. You can use scissors to snip off excess growth if they’re too long.
But if they’re very long, you may need to use a pair of pruning shears or a sharp knife to cut them off at the base. We recommend wearing gloves and goggles for this step, as pothos sap can irritate skin and eyes.
How Often Do You Need to Trim Your Pothos?
How often you trim your pothos in water depends on how fast it’s growing and the size of the container you’re keeping them in.
If it’s growing slowly and there’s plenty of room for it to grow, you can trim it once every two months. If you notice it getting leggy or stringy, especially if it’s growing quickly or in a small container, trim it more often (once every month).
Can I cut the roots of my water plant?
You can trim pothos roots, but you shouldn’t cut them. Pothos roots are fragile and will easily break if you try to trim them with a knife, so instead, use your fingers to remove any dead parts from around the base of the plant. If you need to move your pothos plant, it’s best to do so when it is dormant (in winter).
Can you keep pothos cuttings in the water forever?
You can’t keep pothos cuttings in water forever, but if you leave them long enough, they’ll root themselves and grow into new plants! You should allow 6-8 weeks for rooting before transplanting into the soil or another container filled with water.
So there’s your quick rundown on trimming pothos roots in water. It’s a great way to grow and maintain healthy plants, and with a bit of practice and patience, you should be able to trim pothos roots with ease!
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