Learn how to repot pothos plants.
Is it time for your plant to move to a bigger pot? Replanting and repotting can seem scary, but it’s totally doable! It’s even easier to do with the sturdy and forgiving pothos plant. Here’s how. Biophilic designs and indoor jungles are now made easier!
How To Repot Pothos Plants For New Plant Lovers
The golden pothos plant is one of the most common house plants. What makes the pothos plant so special is that it is hearty and forgiving!
Additionally, pothos plants grow easily without an abundance of light and humidity. Also, it can grow fairly quickly. The golden pothos plant is the best plant for house plant newbies.
Are pothos good indoor plants? Absolutely!
How To Repot Pothos plants in 5 steps
Because these plants can grow quickly, you’ll be needing to repot your golden pothos plant before you know it! Here’s how to repot pothos plants in 5 steps.
Step 1: What kind of pots do pothos like?
First, I make sure that your new pot is totally clean by washing with soap and water and alcohol isopropyl. Then, you can add pebbles to the bottom of the pot for extra drainage (but that is optional)! Pothos like clean pots more than anything!
When I repotted my pothos, I moved it to a pot that does have a drainage hole at the bottom. However, no drainage holes, no problem! Using a diamond bit, drill, and a little bit of water, you can drill drainage holes into ceramic pots. Drill slowly!
Next, it’s time to move your pothos plant!
Step 2: Pry it free
Gently use a butter knife and your fingers to help dislodge the plant from the old pot. Sometimes those roots can be quite stubborn as they can stick onto the sides of your old pot. That can make repotting a little bit trickier.
Take your time and do not rush. Try very carefully to not rip as much of the roots as possible. You don’t want to accidentally stunt your plant’s future growth.
Still, there’s no need to freak out if you do break a few roots here and there. The golden pothos plant is super sturdy and will bounce back easily.
Step 3: Create a lush plant
If a few leaves snap off as you move your plant, don’t throw them away! You can use some of the leaves that accidentally came off and use them to fill out your plant for a more lush look.
You can even use those leaves to propagate and create a new plant! All a plant needs is a node for it to grow and be able to sprout new leaves.
Step 4: What is the best soil for pothos?
After that, it’s time to mix and moisten new soil. For my soil, I combine a little bit of a standard indoor potting soil mix while adding a little extra perlite, water, and worm castings.
I add more perlite to introduce more air to the soil. The worm castings add fertilization.
I don’t like my soil to be totally soggy and soaked when I repot plants. I just like it to be slightly dampened so that the soil is not clumpy.
Step 5: Place and shower
Lastly, carefully loosen the roots of your plant and place it in your new pot. Fill in with fresh soil. Give your pothos plant leaves a good shower. I like to leave my newly replanted pothos leaves covered in water droplets.
When should I repot a pothos?
Most importantly, resist the urge to instantly move a new plant from the plastic grower’s pot it comes in when you first buy it. You might shock your plant by moving it too soon! And if you shock it, you risk killing off a lot of your plant. 🙁
Check the bottom of the plant’s pot for roots coming out. If roots are emerging from the holes of the pot, it’s time to repot.
You can also tell it’s time to move your plant if you plant is looking like it needs water every other day or if the plastic pot is misshaped by the roots.
How to take care of a pothos plant with 4 quick tips
I’ve covered many plant care tips previously that can help you care for your pothos. In sum, do the following to care for your pothos plant:
- Let the soil dry out before you water it again
- Keep the leaves clean
- Pluck off yellow and brown leaves
- Give more sunlight than the label says it needs
In conclusion, moving a pothos plant is super easy. Take your time moving your plant and it will eventually pay off with a bigger and even more beautiful plant!
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Thanks for the tips and reminder to repot my Pothos, Felicia!
Felicia | hellohomegirl says
Glad I could help! 🌱
Repotting always seems so intimidating to me, so this is a big help! I’m more of a helicopter plant parent … it’s not going to die, but it’s not going to reach its full potential cause I keep it in the smaller pot, hahaha
Felicia | hellohomegirl says
LOL! Take a chance! Try with just 1 plant.