Growing Pothos (Money Plant) in a Decorative Way
The Living Pyramid
Pothos or Money Plants are very easy-growing, hassle-free and low-maintenance plants. You just put some effort toward its propagation and start growing. It also grows in low light, so you can also keep it indoors. It could be grown in many decorative ways without too much effort. I am going to give you one of the decorative ways to grow it. I call it The Living Pyramid.
It is very easy to propagate. You can do it in two ways:
- You can take a cutting that has a node and a small root elevation, and place it in water.
- Or, you can place it in potting mix.
Actually, the difference is that if you place it in water, the root develops faster; in potting mix, it takes a little more time. Anyway, it’s almost the same. Roots develop in between 1 and 2 weeks. After that, you can pot it.
2. Preparing the Potting Mix
You can prepare a simple potting mix for this plant. Just mix these things:
- 2/5 part garden soil
- 2/5 part compost
- 1/5 part river sand
And you are ready to go.
3. Preparing the Pot
As you can see in the pictures, I used a piece of wood and placed it in the middle of the pot. Just place the wood exactly at the middle of the pot, push it until it reaches the bottom, make sure it is straight, and then make the soil harden to hold it right there.
You should use at least a 12-inch pot and be sure it’s good quality. If it breaks, you will greatly disheartened because you will not be able to repot it.
I propagated two plants to prepare this; I recommend using two plants. Plant one of them on one side of the wood and the other on the other side. This will help your plant to look bushy and green. Tighten the soil gently by pressing it in. Make sure your plants are parallel to each other and oppositely faced; this will help the plants to grow in a swirling way.
Okay, now you are ready to take care of it.
5. Taking Care (Growing Up the Baby)
There are some simple points on taking care of the Pothos; it’s easy, as I said. Just go through these to make sure everything is all right.
Many people make mistakes with light for their Pothos plant. It cannot tolerate strong or direct sunlight when it’s small or during its growing period. Never place it in direct sunlight when it’s young. I placed it in a shady corner of my rooftop; the windy environment facilitated its growth.
If you are preparing it for room decoration, I do not recommend starting it in a room. First prepare it in a good environment outdoors; after that, you can take it indoors.
Pothos likes water, gives it lot of water just makes sure that water is not lagging in the soil and also that your soil is not getting dry. Pothos likes rainy season, it grows faster in that season to.
You will be happy to know that there is no need of serious fertilization, as it is a low maintenance plant as said. The compost you gave on preparing potting mix work for a long time. You can mix some compost with water and give it to it, once a month.
Never over fertilize it, it can be dangerous.
It is an essential part for making any decorative plant. You will have to shape it in a good way by pruning. There are some little stages in pruning it.
- When it just starting to grow, and have two or three new leaves. Cut or pinch the tip of the two plants, thus facilitating it to grow more branches.
- After that you will probably have four branches of it, let three of them to grow up and the forth one two make more leaves at the bottom this will make it look more like a pyramid. So, cut the tip of the fourth one often if it grows much longer. This will make more branches at the bottom, making it look bushier.
And that’s it.
5. Tying It to the Stalk
Tying rightly to the stalk is also an important part for this. You will need to tie it to the stock as your plant climb up. There are steps to be followed for this:
- You should not tie it very tightly, or the stems will get crimpled up in those regions.
- You should tie in every 2-3 cm.
- You tie a very supporting knot without tying it tightly. I have shown it in the pictures.
Follow these steps, and you will be ready to go with it.
6. Important! Taking Care Inside
There are some differences in caring a plant outside and inside a house, so as for this too. We all know that plants take water from the soil and after utilizing it excretes the extra water from its leaves. The more the water passes through the plant the more your plant will be healthy.
Inside a room, the plants cannot excrete out extra water easily because of more humidity. If you room is as humid as outside there is no problem.
As pothos require more humidity and less light so it can be grown inside a room easily. Though, minimum amount of light and wind is required.
Always remember, the less the light and more the humidity the less water and fertilization is to be given. So never every over fertilize or over water when keeping plants inside a room. Yes, this goes for every plants too.
I hope this helps you a lot, and I would be highly obliged if you comment with your results of trying this. And please also vote in your views below.