How To Repot Your Pothos Plant

Last Updated on November 15, 2022 by Stephanie

It is necessary to refill your Pothos regularly as it develops. Repotting is beneficial in replenishing the substrate, which allows space for roots to expand and prevent root rot and supplying fresh nutrients.

Know When to Repot Your Pothos & How To Do It

Have you noticed that your Pothos has been growing in its pot for more than a year? Do the leaves seem to be drooping after youve watered the plant?

Are there any roots sprouting out of in the middle of your pot? If yes, then its likely to be potbound, which means it is that roots filled up the pot to the limit and are unable to move on It is time to repot.

Why Repotting is Good for Pothos   

Yes, it does grow quickly in bright sunlight and may be rooted-wrapped or potbound. As the name implies, the roots arent given space left for growth, and the plant wont flourish in these conditions.

The potting medium has run out There isnt enough to supply the Pothos with all the nutrition it requires.

When you plant a new pot, it replaces the tired, old substrate with a new one that is full of nutritious minerals and other nutrients that your Pothos needs to keep growing.

small Pothos in pot

What Happens When You Don’t Repot Pothos

The leaves drop, and the plant gets stressed when wrapped around the roots. The growth of the plant will slow due to the fact that theres not enough soil to hold the water near the root.

Additionally, the substrate gets depleted of nutrients over time and can also become compacted and will not drain efficiently.

Pothos is prone to root decay when the soil is not drained correctly and will eventually end up dying.

Related: Pothos Root Rot Causes and How to Fix It

Pothos Repotting – Step by Step Guide 

  1. Prepare Pot: Prepare the new potters mix and make sure the pot is filled to less than one-third. Make sure that the pot has drainage holes.
  2. Remove Pothos: Gently take the Pothos from the pot, taking care not to cut the stems. Place the pot upside down and scrape the soil to loosen it around the edges using an abrasive knife or spatula. After that, slowly tilt the pot upside down, and the plant that is on the substrate will fall into your hands.
  3. Remove old Soil and Check Roots: Use your fingers to take away all the old soil around the roots. Examine the roots carefully and take out any that are dead or looks odd. Dont cut the roots unless you notice decaying mushy roots.
  4. Place in New Pot: Put the plant in the new pot and then over the roots with the rest of the substrate, up to one inch or so beneath the rim of the pot.
  5. Water Plant: Water the plant until you can see it flowing through drain holes. Fill the pot with a mix of potting soil if it begins to subside. Do not apply fertilizer until the soil has been absorbed into the new pot, which can take about one month.

How Often You Should Repot Pothos

If the Pothos has a healthy growth rate and is expanding each month, youll probably have to plant it again each year, either in spring or in the early summer.

Pothos is a fast-growing plant and is the reason it requires repotting every year. But, if its in low-light conditions, it will not develop as quickly as it does in bright lighting and might require repotting only once each two years.

Related: How Fast Does a Pothos Grow?


When is the Best Time to Repot Pothos?

Pothos, as well as other houseplants is into dormancy in winter. Its alive, but it is not growing actively in the winter months. The plant begins to wake up in spring and is active through the summer months.

The spring or early summer months are the ideal time to repot when Pothos begins the growth stage. The root system will benefit from the new medium for potting and the extra space it has to grow and allow for the development of the vine and new leaves.

If your Pothos appears to be unwell and you believe it could be caused by root rot, its recommended to replace it as soon as you can to stop the disease from becoming worse.

The signs that this is a problem include yellowing or dying leaves and mushy roots. Make sure to act immediately, regardless of whether its still winter or autumn.

Best Soil Mix When Repotting Pothos 

Pothos prefers well-drained soil because its roots require oxygen and water. A lot of liquid in the soil blocks the roots from receiving oxygen. If you are repotting your Pothos, do not apply potting soil on its own and dont employ gardening soil.

You can create your own substrate by using four parts peat moss and two parts perlite, or one part sand and one part of shredded bark.

It is also possible to mix perlite and peat moss with regular pot soil. Its pH must range from 6 to 6.5 However, you will require an instrument to determine it. This isnt, strictly speaking, required.

If not, you can purchase a potting mix specifically made specifically for succulents. Whatever you choose to use, it must be adequately aerated, hold water and nutrients, and sufficient in depth to hold the plant securely.

How to Fix an Overwatered Pothos

A few times of overwatering arent dangerous as long as you allow the soil to dry completely before you water again. If youve been overwatering for a long time, the only option is to plant your Pothos, as they may have root decay.

The root rot disease is a serious disease that strips plants from oxygen, water, and nutrients and ultimately kills it.

Related: Why Your Pothos is Dying

It is possible that you do not notice the issue until its too late since it begins beneath the surface of the potting soil. Roots that are affected by rot do not recover, and the problem can be spread throughout the root system.

What To Repot Pothos In

Pothos isnt too fussy about the materials its pots are composed of, as it has enough drainage holes.

It is possible to repot it in a hanging container or a terracotta container, or even a plastic one. If you are using hanging baskets, choose one made of plastic with an integrated drip tray.

The baskets filled with peat can get drained too quickly and may be messy. Terracotta and clay pots draw off the moisture from the soil, allowing it to evaporate into the air, which means you might need to water more frequently. Pots made of plastic hold more water and require lesser regular watering.

Related: How Often Should I Water A Pothos Plant?

Container Size is Important

Dont believe that you are doing yourself any favors by repotting the pot of your Pothos in a massive new pot, youre doing yourself or anyone else doing yourself any favors.

If theres excessive soil around the Pothos, you run the risk of excessive watering, which could cause death because the plant can develop root decay. The sides of your new container should only be a few inches away of the roots ball.

Related: How to Propagate Pothos (Devils Ivy) Properly



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