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Can you grow pothos in water?

Want to grow pothos in water? Here’s everything that you need to know about pothos grown in water!

Pothos (AKA devil’s ivy) is one of my very favorite houseplants. They are pretty easy to come by, easy to keep alive, and easy to propagate!

Plus, pothos come in tons of varieties. Golden pothos is one of the most popular, but there I also really love cebu blue, neon pothos, and global green pothos.

Pothos plants are so easy to grow, you can even grow your pothos plants in water!

can pothos grow in water forever

Can you grow pothos in water?

Yes, pothos can easily be grown in water. In fact, placing cuttings in water is the easiest way to propagate pothos cuttings!

When pothos vines are growing in water, the main concern is that they are getting enough nutrients.

You also want to be sure that your plant is getting plenty of light. Direct sunlight will burn the delicate leaves, but bright, indirect light is best for helping your pothos grow faster.

How long can pothos live in water?

Pothos can live their entire lifespan (5-10 years) in water if cared for properly.

My husband actually left some pothos cuttings in water in his cubicle when he got sent home at the start of the pandemic, and two months later when he went back to pick something up, they were still living with just a smidge of water left in the bottom.

Definitely treat your pothos better than that – but the point is that they are usually very hardy plants.

Can pothos live in water forever?

Yes, pothos can live in water forever. They will live longer if you change the water every 2-3 weeks or as it looks foggy and be sure that it’s getting the right light conditions.

What kind of jar should I put my pothos plant in?

You can use any glass jar or vase for your pothos. However, dark or colored glass will block light a bit more and slow down algae growth compared to clear glass. Clear glass will just need to be cleaned more often!

pothos growing in vase of water
My mom keeps pothos in these wall hanging vases in her dining room

Why is my pothos in water turning yellow?

Yellowing leaves usually means a nitrogen deficiency. When planted in soil, this might mean that the roots are too wet and can’t absorb nutrients. In water, there just aren’t as many nutrients. Try adding a simple fertilizer to the water to perk it back up.

Check to see if there are any leaves submerged in the water, rotting. Remove them and clean the water.

Also be sure to change and refill the water regularly – it will evaporate over time!

Yellow leaves won’t turn back green, so you can go ahead and remove them.

What fertilizer should I use for pothos in water?

You don’t need to fertilize pothos that is growing in water, but if you want to boost growth, you can add a liquid fertilizer to the water for houseplants. Be conservative on your fertilization – too much can kill the plant!

What water should I put my pothos in?

Pothos plants in general aren’t picky and are usually fine with tap water. I always try to use rainwater for my plants whenever possible, but you can also let tap water sit out for 24 hours to evaporate out some of the chemicals.

Here’s my guide to the best water for houseplants!

Any more questions about pothos growing in water?

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