Indoor plants grow much slower than in the wild. Under ideal conditions, the money plant (pothos) grows incredibly fast and its stems can reach more than 3 meters long! It only takes about a week for the roots to start growing.
Do money plant grow faster in water or soil?
In short, it depends. If you give your plant a ton of nutrients in the water, it should actually grow faster in the water! But if you take care of healthy pothos in the soil and water it properly, it will probably match the growth rate of the money plant planted in water.
We already know that pothos can survive in water, but what about money plants that you have already grown in the soil? Will a plant you’ve grown in the soil survive and thrive when you try to grow it in water?
In short – yes, although it may take a little time to adapt. It will slow down if you transplant into water and you might see one or two yellow leaves and die. It is better to propagate new pothos vines in water and let them grow forever instead of transplanting an existing soil plant into the water.
However, if you can’t avoid changing the medium, make sure to rinse the soil well before putting it in water. This will allow the stems and roots to be completely free of soil, thus avoiding the risk of fungal infections.
Be careful not to damage the roots during rinsing; this will prevent the plant from adjusting to the water. In addition, before placing your plant in water, carefully remove any roots that appear to be rotting – otherwise they will kill other roots. Once your money plant is in the water, put a drop or two of hydrogen peroxide to oxygenate the water and prevent the risk of fungal infection.
How do you keep your money plant beautiful and healthy?
Take care of your Pothos and it will take care of you! Below are some simple tips to keep taking care of your money plant over time.
Remove the yellow leaves all year round and prune them often if you want it to look bushier. Simply cut the stems just below the nodes.
With so much foliage, the money plant can be tedious to clean! Mist regularly to keep dust away, and once or twice a month use a damp cloth to clean each leaf and reveal their shine (also helps the plant absorb more light!).
Indoor plants grow much slower than in the wild. Depending on the size of your plant and root density, repot every 2-3 years to provide fresh nutrients and encourage new growth.
When to repot
Pothos is an incredibly resistant plant and can live in the same pot for years. If you want your money plant to grow, repot it every 2-3 years.
If you want your plant to grow, find a nursery pot with 5cm more diameter than the current pot. If you want your plant to stay at the same height, you can reuse the same pot and simply change the potting soil.
Get your hands dirty
Spread newspaper on the ground, remove the plant from the pot and shake it to remove as much soil as possible and have clean roots. Place the plant in the center of the pot, add new soil and press firmly. Water the soil carefully and place the plant in a place with bright, indirect light. Your plant will need 2 to 4 weeks to recover from the shock and adapt to its new home.
Some Pothos owners like to tutor their plants to encourage vertical growth. To do so, simply insert a moss totem pole and attach the stems of the plant with spikes.
Why do pothos leaves turn yellow?
The money plant (pothos) has many leaves and if there are only one or two of them and the rest of the plant looks healthy, it is very likely that these leaves are about to fall off. You should be able to pull them out easily. This is completely normal and nothing to worry about!
If you notice a lot of yellow leaves on your Pothos, it could be a sign of over-watering. Check the soil and make sure it is dry before watering it again.
Why does my money plant have wilting leaves?
If your money plant looks falling or if the leaves wilt, it is very likely that your plant is under watering. Nothing could be easier to check! Simply touch the ground, or check the weight of the plant (lift it – is it very light? If so, it needs a good watering!).
Sometimes the Pothos becomes so dry that when you water it, water flows through it. If this seems to be the case, let your plant rest in the water for a few hours (no more than a day) so that it drinks as much as it needs from bottom to top.
Pothos/Money plant is the ideal houseplant for all those which do not have the green hand! Easy to cultivate, it grows quickly, without requiring too much care and its cutting is child’s play. What more could you ask for?