How to Make Pothos Fuller: 5 Simple Tips

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Method 1: Properly Prune Your Plant

Epiphytes are plants that grow in trees or rock crevices without soil and adapt to a variety of environments. These plants require high humidity (60 de-grees F – 80% relative humidity) and constant air circulation.

For this reason, epiphyte plants thrives with pruning, a practice that opens the plant for maximum air circulation as well as an opportunity to be watered properly and directly at the roots.

Following are the steps to properly prune your pothos:

Remove all leaves from the bottom of the plant. Only the top will be visible now. Start trimming off the bottom leaves from the plant. Go up slowly until the entire plant is trimmed to the top. This pruning should be done after every feeding with a watering. Water the plant normally, without stressing it. Direct the water to the root zone of the plant. You will see new sprouts emerging all around the plant. New leaves should be trimmed off even when they’re just the size of the tip of your fingers.

With this pruning method, your home is assured to be decorated with a healthy, vibrant, and ever-bushy pothos plant. However, the question arises if you can do the same with an attached pothos plant.

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Taking care of a pothos plant is a lot easier when you have lots of space. However, if you want to make the most out of your plant … which does well in humid environments and prefers to grow an inch or two each day … you will need some more room for it to grow.

One way to create the needed space to grow is by pruning off some of the plant's stems. You can decide which stems you want to take off based on how much space you want your plant to fill. If you want a fuller pothos, keep the top three layers of the plant intact. Remove any stems that are definitely separating from the plant. You will notice that many of the stems have a place where they are obviously breaking off from the rest of the plant. Start your pruning there.

Finding these places is a simple matter of feeling the plant to find areas where it is not firm. This will help you figure out which stems to cut off the plant without hurting the plant itself.

Method 2: Fertilize Your Pothos

Fertilizing a pothos is a fairly straightforward task. It is similar to the fertilizing process that is performed for most other house plants.

The process involves using a slow-release or fertilizer that is specifically made for houseplants. It can be purchased from most nurseries and hardware supplies.

It’s also available at many other retailers. It’s good to read the directions that come in the package because they will have specific instructions depending on the brand. Once you follow these guidelines, you’ll be able to fertilize the plant and allow it to get the nutrition it needs to grow and produce beautiful flowers.

Method 3: Give it More Sun

How many times have you walked past your pothos and asked yourself how to make pothos fuller? Do you wish you knew how to make pothos bushier?

If so, you should know that sunlight is the main component to a bushy plant. While indoor lighting may not be able to match that of the sun, it is possible to make pothos bushier with a few simple tips.

The first step is to make sure you have a large enough pot. A pot with a diameter of 10 to 12 to 14 inches is ideal, although a larger pot will give you the opportunity to grow the plant to an even greater height.

Next, you should put your pothos in a location where it can receive as much indirect sunlight as possible. As a tip, a north-facing window is the ideal location for pothos plants as they are a tropical plant.

Method 4: Keep Them Well-Watered

Because pothos are epiphytes (air plant) they absorb nutrients from the air and water. Thus, they don’t require much in the way of soil. If you do happen to pot your pothos in soil, it’s important to ensure that the soil stays moist for optimal growth. When you water pothos, you’ll notice that the water tends to drain out of the bottom of the pot rather quickly. The health of your pothos is dependent on water, so it’s best you water them often.

Method 5: Make Sure It’s The Right Temperature

Many home gardeners are unaware that the temperature can affect how fast a plant grows. There are certain plants that grow more vigorously in a cool room or in an area of the room with cooler temperatures. Pothos are some of these plants.

For instance if you put them too close to an air conditioner or heater, this can be detrimental to their growth. Scientists have also discovered that almost all plants grow more quickly in warmer temperatures than in cooler temperatures, and this is because plants grow more quickly in their optimal conditions.

This is true with many other plants, but especially pothos, as they are tropical plants. When you find that your pothos are growing slowly compared to the others in your home, you should try increasing the temperature in that area of the house to at least 70 degrees.