Golden pothos are a tough plant that grows well indoors. You can help your plant to grow thicker and fuller with a few easy tips. The key to a thick, full golden pothos is regular water, good quality fertilizer and trimming back long stems to encourage central growth. You can also grow a dense, full golden pothos by grouping multiple cuttings in the same pot.
This article will explore 8 easy ways to make your golden pothos thicker and fuller at home.
- Deep water your golden pothos every week
- Give your golden pothos good quality indoor plant fertilizer
- Plant multiple plants in the same pot
- Plant golden pothos into premium potting soil
- Place your golden pothos plant into a bright position near a window
- Soak golden pothos in seaweed solution
- Repot golden pothos once you see roots coming from the bottom of the pot
- Trim long stems to encourage dense growth
Find out more about the 8 easy ways to make your golden pothos plant thicker and fuller at home.
1. Deep water your golden pothos every week
Regular water is key to a thick and full golden pothos plant. If your golden pothos dries out it will slow its growth to conserve water. This will reduce the number of leaves making your plant look sparse. It can also cause leaf damage including browning and the leaves can drop off.
The best way to encourage rapid leaf growth is to deep water your golden pothos every week. Take the inner pot over to your sink and deep water the plant. You can also take the plant outside and deep water it with your hose. Completely wet the soil and allow the excess to drain through.
Once the plant has stopped dripping you can bring it back indoors and put it back on your pot tray or inside your inner pot.
Regular water is key to healthy, dense and fast leaf growth to encourage a dense plant.
2. Give your golden pothos good quality indoor plant fertilizer
Good quality fertilizer is key to growing a dense golden pothos plant. A good quality, slow release indoor plant food is best for your golden pothos. The one that I use lasts 6 months so can be applied in spring and fall. Water the fertilizer in after sprinkling it around the base of your plant.
You can also use a liquid plant food. This can be added to your golden pothos every month during the growing season to encourage more leaves.
3. Plant multiple plants in the same pot
Another trick that I use to grow a dense pot of golden pothos is to plant multiple plants in the same pot. I am always taking cuttings from my golden pothos and will plant 3 or more stems in the same pot once they have taken root. These plants are happy to share the space and this helps the pot to look full.
You can also plant multiple plants in the same pot to increase the density of the leaves. If you water the plant well and fertilize it regularly these plants will be happy sharing a pot.
4. Plant golden pothos into premium potting soil
The best advice I have for healthy, full and leafy indoor plants is a good quality potting soil. If you are planting out a new plant or repotting your older golden pothos premium potting soil is key. I like to choose an organic potting soil when I can but a general all purpose potting soil works well too.
Look for a potting soil that includes slow release fertilizer to feed your plant.
5. Place your golden pothos in a bright position near a window
Golden pothos will grow more leaves if they are given plenty of filtered light. I like to position my golden pothos plants around 2-3 feet from a window that gets morning light. Always avoid direct sun but bright sunlight is key to dense leaf growth and bright golden leaves.
Increasing the amount of light the plant can get will increase photosynthesis, increase the carbon capture of the plant and allow it to grow more leaves and stems.
6. Soak golden pothos in seaweed solution
A secret hack that I have been using to encourage more leaves on my golden pothos is a seaweed soak. Seaweed solution is great for plants and helps to strengthen their root growth. You can soak the whole pot in a bucket of water with a dash of seaweed solution. You only need to fill the level up to just below the top of the pot.
Leave the plant to soak for 5-10 minutes and then take it out to drain off completely. You can do this once or twice per year or simply add a dash of seaweed to your watering can monthly in spring and summer.
7. Repot golden pothos once you see roots coming from the bottom of the pot
Repotting golden pothos as soon as it has outgrown its pot will help it to grow more leaves. Allowing the roots the room to grow bigger will let them absorb more nutrients to feed the plant. This means more leaves and a fuller plant.
8. Trim long stems to encourage dense growth
Trimming your golden pothos plant to encourage more stems from the center of the plant will increase its density. Golden pothos grow as vines to will spend a lot of energy growing long stems rather than dense leaves. To encourage a dense plant you will need to trim the length off of the golden pothos vines.
Simply snip them off to the length you desire just below the leaf connection point. You can trim them back within a few inches of the base of the plant and it will send out new stems and more leaves.
8 Ways to make golden pothos thicker and fuller | Summary
Golden pothos can be encouraged to grow more leaves at the center by trimming back long stems, watering them regularly, fertilizing and placing them in a bright position. Golden pothos are one of my favorite indoor plants. You can plant multiple golden pothos cuttings in the same pot to increase the density of the plant and grow more leaves in a small space.
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