“I have a pothos that just needs trimming. I hear that they are good for indoors, but since mine is doing so well I got lazy and stopped pruning it.”
It may sound like a boring task, but pruning your pothos is one of the most important things you can do to keep it healthy and looking good. With a little pinching or hair-tie coordination, pothos just grows and grow. Without pruning, the plant can quickly become leggy with long, exposed stems.
There are two main types of pruning your pothos should be concerned with - hard pruning and soft pruning. Hard pruning is used to encourage new growth by cutting off the stem just above a leaf node, while soft pruning is used to remove excess growth or shape the plant.
Pothos plants (Epipremnum aureum) tend to grow quickly and can reach heights of 20 feet if they aren’t pruned regularly.
If your plant isn’t already very large, pruning regularly will encourage branching and produce a fuller appearance.
Without pruning, the plant can quickly become leggy with long, bare stems.
Now that you know why it’s important to prune your pothos.
Pruning your pothos is an important part of keeping them healthy and looking good.
Here are a few tips on how to do it:
1. Prune your pothos when it’s actively growing - typically in the spring and summer.
2. Make sure the plant isn’t flowering before you start pruning. This will help ensure that the flowers are not damaged.
4. Use sharp clippers and cut at a 45-degree angle when you’re pruning. This will help the plant heal faster.
5. Only remove a few inches of stem at a time while pruning.
6. Be careful not to over prune your pothos, as you only need to clip off a small amount of foliage each time.
8. Sterilize your pruning tools after use on diseased plants to prevent the spread of disease.
10. Fertilize your pothos regularly to keep them healthy and looking good.
11. Pinch off runners when they appear on your pothos to keep it tidy and under control.”
15 Common Mistakes To Avoid While Pruning Your Pothos
1. Pruning your pothos at the wrong time
2. Not pruning your pothos often enough
3. Pruning too much of your pothos at once
4. Not clipping the stem at a 45-degree angle
5. Clipping off leaves that are not dead or rotting
6. Damaging the flowers with your pruning tools
7. Pruning branches that are too thick or brittle
8. Not cleaning your pruning tools after use
9. Using old, dull clippers or scissors
10. Failing to sterilize your pruning tools after use on diseased plants
11. Doing nothing at all with overgrown pothos plants
12. Letting the plant get too leggy
14. Not taking into account the size of your pothos plant
15. Cutting off more than a few inches of foliage at a time.
It’s important to prune your pothos regularly to keep it looking its best.