How Often to Water Pothos to Prevent Root Rot

Water the pothos when the soil surface is dry. Water the plant every two to three days in spring and summer. Water once a week in fall and winter. Use a spray to water the leaves if they seem dry. Avoid overwatering as this can cause root rot and mildew on the soil surface.

I know it’s a delicate plant, but don’t worry, I’m here for you! Today I’m going to spill all the tea on the best way to give your Pothos the hydration they need without over watering them.

Believe me; It’s a watering lesson you’ll want to take advantage of!


How and when to water Pothos

Don’t worry; It’s not as complicated as it looks! The first thing to know is that the best time to water your Pothos is in the morning, before the heat of the day begins.

When it comes to growing Pothos, you can use a number of methods. For example, you can plant your Pothos in the ground or in a hydroponic setup.

Guess what? Each technique requires its unique form of irrigation. So let’s dig in and find out the specific water needs of Pothos, both in soil and in hydroponics.

Perfecting the Pothos Watering Routine in the Potting Mix

Alright, let’s talk about watering your pothos if they’re grown in potting soil. Now we know what you’re thinking, “But wait a minute, isn’t watering just watering?” Well not exactly.

There are a few important things to remember to make sure your Pothos is getting the right amount of hydration.

Watering frequency:

Make sure the potting soil is completely dry before giving your Pothos water. So you can’t water that day if the weather wets the soil. You don’t have to be a watering machine, you know?

Check watering:

Want to know the best way to check if it’s time to water? Stick your finger into the soil (or use a disposable toothpick) to see if it’s dry.

You can also lift the pot before and after watering to see if it feels lighter or heavier.

Watering tips:

When you water, be sure to water generously. The water should come out of the bottom of the pot, not just wet the surface of the soil.

And here’s a pro tip: overwatering is often the killer of pothos, so be sure to distinguish between wet and dry watering.

Irrigation of pothos in hydroponics.

Growing pothos in a transparent container makes it easier to control the water level

If you’re new to hydroponics, you’re in luck! Not only is it a low maintenance way to grow Pothos, but it also requires less frequent watering than traditional in-ground plants.

This section explains the steps to growing pothos in a water-based environment.

Watering frequency:

The beauty of hydroponics is that you don’t have to worry about watering every day.

Instead, give your Pothos a drink every 2-3 days or when the water in the tank is completely depleted. And don’t forget to clean the blades promptly to prevent dust buildup.

Check watering:

A transparent container makes it easy to see when it’s time to water. But don’t worry if you have a ceramic pot!

You can buy a water level indicator designed specifically for hydroponics that will allow you to check the water level. Just follow the instructions carefully when setting it up.

Watering tips:

When watering, remember that in hydroponics a container without a hole in the bottom is used. This prevents excess water from escaping.

So if you pour too much water into the bowl, gently tilt the bowl to drain the excess water.

And if the materials inside are completely dry, thoroughly soak the whole plant, then drain the excess water.

Adapt Pothos watering techniques to the seasons

Let’s talk about one crucial thing: watering your Pothos varies slightly depending on the season. So I’m going to break it down by season.

Autumn Spring:

During the growing season, your Pothos will need more water. In general, water as soon as the soil is dry.

And if you keep your Pothos indoors, remember to clean up any dust that may accumulate on the leaves. You can even take your Pothos out to take a shower from time to time.


Spraying pothos in winter helps counter dry weather

In winter, your Pothos will grow more slowly and require less water. Therefore, give little water and let the soil dry out a bit.

Keep in mind, however, that indoor heating can make the air drier than expected, so mist the leaves occasionally with water to prevent damage.

Watering and precautions to know

First of all, it is essential to know that the Pothos is native to tropical forests, so it is used to high temperatures and humidity.

However, it is essential to consider the moisture content of the soil when planting Pothos. Pothos is a vine that climbs trees and other plants, so it does not like to sit in soggy ground.

That’s why it’s best to plant it in well-drained soil. Also keep in mind that the smaller the pot, the less soil it will need, which will cause it to dry out faster. And if you have a large pot, the soil will dry out differently.

As for watering, you’ll want to use a narrow neck pitcher to gently pour water over the plant. If you water too hard, the water can go through the pot and lose the roots.

And speaking of pots, if your pot has a saucer underneath, be sure to drain any excess water that drips from the bottom of the pot after watering. Otherwise, it can cause root rot.

But again, be sure to water your potted plants generously so that the water drains from the bottom of the pot.

This ensures that the air between the grains of potting soil is expelled and fresh oxygen is supplied with the water.

And don’t worry; you don’t want standing water in the potting tray. But be careful not to flood your plants either.

A little watering can moisten the soil, but it won’t provide the essential oxygen your plants need. So let’s give them a long glass and watch the water come out of the bottom of the pot.

The transformative power of irrigation for Pothos

Irrigation plays a vital role in allowing plant roots to absorb water, providing roots with oxygen to breathe, cooling plant and soil temperatures to high temperatures, and even removing dust from leaves (if they spray water on the leaves).

So the next time you’re tempted to give your Pothos a quick squirt of water, remember that watering isn’t just about quenching its thirst, it’s also about providing it with the vitals it needs to thrive.

Make a habit of checking soil moisture and noting the general condition of your plant, such as leaf color, any signs of insects or disease, etc.

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