How Often to Water Pothos: 6 Rules to Avoid Rookie Mistakes



Many beginner gardeners assume that pothos needs frequent watering because it’s a tropical plant. Also, it’s easy to think that watering it on a 1 – 2 week schedule will keep it happy.

Knowing how often to  water pothos is the first step in providing it with proper care. And once you understand its water requirements, you’ll never have to worry about your plant wilting or developing root rot.

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6 Must-Know Pothos Watering Rules

Always Provide Drainage

Plant your pothos in a pot with drainage holes, and use a well-draining potting mix. If your container doesn’t have drainage holes, the excess water will build up at the bottom of the pot.


Wait Until the Top of the Soil Dries Out

Always let the soil in the pot dry to a depth of 2 inches before watering your plant. If you’re using containers 8 inches wide (approximately one US gallon) or bigger, allow the soil to dry to a depth of at least ⅓ of the pot’s height.


Don’t Water on a Schedule

Your watering schedule will change throughout the year depending on several factors. And if you use a strict routine, you’re more likely to overwater or underwater your plant.


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