How to Fix A Leggy Pothos

What do you do If you notice that your Pothos is all vines and no leaves? Pothos are reliable cultivators and thrive in all conditions.

Pests and diseases don’t stand any chance against them, and they’ll soon invade your home when you provide them with enough water and food.

If you do one of these mistakes If you do, your Pothos will produce long, slender vines that look almost naked instead of the lush green leaves that we love.

Low lighting conditions are the main reason for the sagging Pothos. To remedy this relocate your Pothos into an area that has more indirect, brighter light. Other causes could be excessive heat, excessive feeding or a mismatched size of pot. It is also possible to create a more full-looking plant by tying long branches around the pot, or by putting fresh plants into the pot.

What is a Leggy Pothos?

Leggy Pothos is a vine with long stems and only a few leaves. Instead of creating new roots or leaves, the plant puts the majority part of the growth in creating long stems.

The process of lengthening the length of the.

Etiolation is a type of growth that’s not normal. It indicates that the essential requirements aren’t being fulfilled or, in certain instances, are out of equilibrium.

Luckily, the smell of legginess in a plant-like, fast-growing Pothos is easily rectified Let’s take a examine the root of the problem and what you can do to kick-start your love affair with a spin.

Causes of Leggy Pothos

Lack of Light

Low levels of light are the main reason for the sagging of Pothos. If they don’t receive enough light, they’ll spread their vines to search for the problem.

Pothos is a climber out in nature, climbing its way through trees and other structures.

The long, thin stems enable them to rise into the darkness and search for better opportunities.

They’re trying to get their hands on them and can get through walls, fences, and even homes if they get the chance!

The long, slender vines of the indoor Pothos are trying their best to find a sunny place to extend their leafy branches.

It will not waste time developing fresh leaves until it finds an area with enough lighting.


Transfer your Pothos to a more bright area of your expanding area.

They don’t need a great deal of light. A small amount of light diffused is enough and certain varieties like those that are known as Golden Pothos ( Epipremnum aureum) are able to develop under fluorescent light sources that are standard.

The more diverse leaf leaves appear, the lighter the Pothos needs.

For instance, a light Marble Queen Pothos requires direct light that is bright, while an uncolored green jade or a satin Pothos can be used in low to moderate lighting levels.

Be aware that there is a danger of too many good things. For instance, you should avoid placing your Pothos in direct sunlight to avoid burnt leaves.

Pot Size

Repotting Pothos could be tempting to upgrade to a bigger pot that will allow for more growth, but it’s an easy chance to get an overgrown plant.

Pothos thrives best when its roots are tied. Pothos thrives best when they are bound. Pothos are encouraged to sprawl out within their pots when there is not enough space for expansion.

What’s the outcome? The vine is all that remains without leaves.


There are two ways to prepare the issue of Pothos in a large pot.

The best option is to move the Pothos to smaller pot. It’s only a matter of inches or two more on the perimeter of the plant.

More than that is the risk of an array of problems that range from legginess to root rot or even worse.

The other thing you can complete is to fill in gaps. Cuttings can be used for filling in gaps, or weave the vines over the surface.

In time, they’ll develop roots and create a larger plant.

pothos on black swing

Excessive Fertilizer

Pothos are opportunists and when they have plenty of fertiliser, they’ll profit from the chance to expand their territories.

They don’t have time to make leaves, instead they’ll send out long shoots , which search for the best places to plant before forming leaves. Over-nutrition could be the cause If the Pothos has a good amount of light.


First, stop adding fertilizer. Pothos do not require much in order to flourish. They’re hardy plants that thrive even in soils that have little nutrients.

If you’re Pothos is in otherwise good health, you should let it run its course.

In the end, the plant will take up all the nutrients it has accumulated and will produce new leaves. Therefore, stop fertilizing the plant for a few months.

If you notice burnt leaf tips or salt crystals in the soil’s surface You must remove the fertilizer that was added.

Begin by scraping salt on the surface of the medium and then cleaning the pot with fresh water. This process will remove any excess fertilizer out of the soil.

I make use of an organic fertiliser that is liquid ( amazon link) to provide my Pothos every month, during this growing time.

By adding this to your watering container will make sure that the plant receives every nutrient it requires without overloading it or causing it to become over-excited.


Pothos is an exotic species that flourishes under humid, hot conditions. A heatwave can give a incentive to the Pothos and encourage them to grow long, slender vines.

Take a temperature test even if the other conditions are in order. Your Pothos could be overheating!


Move your Pothos into a cool area of your growing zone.

Be sure to keep it out of radiators or heating vents, and be aware of the levels of light lighting and heat levels – they are inextricably linked So make sure the plant is bright regardless of where you place it.

How to Fix Leggy Pothos

Trimming Leggy Pothos plant

Leggy Pothos can be controlled effectively by cutting off the branches in order to increase the thickness of the plant.

Cuttings are simple to prepare When they are placed within the pot as the parent plant the entire Pothos transforms from a small plant to a fully-grown one.

If your parent plant is healthy You can dispose of the trimmings or make use of them to plant completely new plants.

How to Propagate Pothos Cuttings:

To accomplish this, you’ll need:

  • Cutlery that is clean or shears
  • Clean water vessel

The First Step:

It is important to identify the vines you plan to eliminate.

Cut the nodes or growth points. A node that has one leaf as well as an aerial root can be known as an “node.” Make sure that there are at minimum two or three nodes along the cutting.


Place the cutting into an unclean container. Remove leaves from the lower node.

Make sure to keep the aerial root at the bottom node moist to encourage root growth.

Any container can be used. Glass containers are the best choice since they let you observe the growth.

Old bottles and jars that are beautiful enough to discard but are too small to be of any use to me are ideal to use in my work. I love using them.

Step 3:

Place your vessel into a cool location that has plenty of bright, indirect light. The growth should begin to show within one week, based upon the environment.

Check the water level regularly and change it if it gets cloudy or turns green.

Step 4:

It’s the time to start planting your cut flowers once they have roots at least two or three inches long.

Make use of a spoon or chopstick to make a small cut to cut when you’re planting them again within the pot that you planted the parent plant in.

Make sure to plant the cutting in a safe manner and ensure that the root is well-covered, and then water it well. In a couple of weeks, Pothos will begin to grow. Pothos will begin to produce new leaves.

It is possible to place the cut in the pot or place it in the water until it is as long you can.

Pothos is perfectly suited to growing in water and is the perfect plant to set and forget for gardeners who forget to water it.

Using the Proper Pot Size

If you are repotting when repotting a Pothos plant, you should be careful not to transfer it into a larger container. They’ll begin moving their feet.

Pothos is among those rare plants that flourish when it is allowed to grow rootbound.

So, they should be repotted every two years, and three times when your Pothos is very big.

When I repot, I attempt to select the pot that is just one inch or so larger than the previous one.

A pot that is this size can provide enough fresh soil to rejuvenate Pothos. Pothos without causing overgrowth.

Pots can be used just a few inches wide for Pothos plants that have recently been cultivated from seeds.

But, they don’t have to be too broad so long as the roots are sufficiently deep to support the roots.

It is recommended to have at minimum three drainage holes that are evenly located around the base of the pot, no matter the purpose you choose to make use of it!

Pothos can’t stand wet soil So it is important to have drainage channels. The more you have, the more efficient!

Repotting using the Correct Soil

After you’ve chosen the pot, you’ll need to choose the right soil. Pothos prefer a lighter and chunky soil with excellent drainage.

Soil that is prone to retaining excessive moisture or does not have air pockets can harm the plant and cause various issues later on.

A part of orchids, one piece pot soil, one part perlite and one piece either coco coir or moss.

The orchid mix offers excellent structure. The moss or coir keeps the roots hydrated without drowning or suffocating them.

The orchid mix offers excellent structure. The moss or coir keeps the roots hydrated without drowning or suffocating them. Pothos

If you’re able to get enough Pothos but you want to keep the vines in check You can cut off the ends of the vines when new leaves begin to emerge.

Since the Pothos develops at the tip, it is feasible to make it compact and manageable by removing new leaves as they emerge.

Give Enough Light

Pothos is a plant with low light however there is a distinct distinction between plants with low or no light. Leggy plants are a sign that it needs more lighting.

Variegated Pothos cultivars like Snow Queen and Marble Pothos are particularly vulnerable to issues with low light.

Although the plant can handle low light very well however, the absence of green pigmentation in leaves with variegated leaves makes it harder for plants to create food.

They need more light than the majority of Pothos cultivars. A room that has windows to either the southeast or south is the ideal location.

Maintain Low Temperature Around Leggy Pothos

Pothos likes temperatures that range from 70-90degF (21-32degC). If you notice that your Pothos is beginning to show signs of legginess Keep them at the lower portion in the range of temperature.

If you keep your cool the growth of your plants will slow and will become easier to control.

But, you shouldn’t allow them to get too cold. These are tropical plants that stop growing if they are frozen. I’ve written more on the subject on this page.

Can I Remove The Top of My Pothos?

Pothos plants do not have an identifiable ‘top’ the same way as corn and palms do.

Since their tops are the tops of vines, there’s no reason to avoid cutting off the top.

Instead, you can trim the Pothos at any time along the vine, which allows you to form the plant into any shape you like.

They are extremely durable and will grow back over the area of cut.

How Do I Make My Pothos Bushy?

As mentioned previously the idea of planting cuttings propagated from pothos’s parent is a great method to thicken Pothos.

Alternately, you can make a coil and pin the existing vines to make an elongated Pothos.

Make sure that the roots are facing downwards by twisting the vines before placing them on top of your potting mix.

Pin them using the hairpin that is open or a cultivation pin to make sure the roots are within contact with soil. (Amazon link)

As time passes the aerial roots will shift direction and eventually grow down to the ground.

I have found that burying the nodes in the medium can help however, sometimes it causes the nodes to shed their leaves.

After the node has been rooted and rooted, a new plant will grow, creating an overall bushier plant.

Why Does My Pothos Have Only One Vine?

The Pothos plant is a vine that climb. If they are grown in a pot the majority of them will only be anchored to one spot, and let the vine develop.

Wild, this single vine will locate a tree or cliff face, and climb it, before releasing new shoots.

A single plant is typically the only indoor plant that can produce, particularly if it does not have support.

Instead, the single tendril is looking at something that it can climb, but is never high enough to create multiple vines.

This is a straightforward issue to solve. The most effective way to encourage the plant to produce fresh shoots is wrap the Pothos vine inside the pot, and then hang it from the top.

Each node that is in contact with the ground is able to develop into a new plant.

You can also cut the stems and plant them back in the pot that you originally planted them in.

Even if one plant isn’t able to produce many vines, every new plant will release its vines, which makes the Pothos more dense and full.



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