Pothos plants (Epipremnum aureum), or Devils Ivy grow rapidly in Spring and will trail within 3 months. Pothos can grow 10-12 inches within 12 weeks during this time. For fast trailing pothos plants water them regularly, place them in bright, indirect light and add a slow release fertilizer at the start of spring.
If you want the fastest trailing pothos plant, get a Golden Pothos. These grow rapidly in spring and will quickly trail down a bookshelf, hanging pot or up a moss grow pole.
This article will explore how long it will take for your pothos to trail, the factors that will influence how long it takes and what you can do to help your pothos to trail faster.
How long it takes for pothos to trail
Pothos are fast growing plants and the common varieties such as golden pothos grow rapidly in spring. If the plant is given regular water, a slow release fertilizer, is growing in good soil and has indirect sunlight it will begin to trail within 3 months of planting.
Pothos plants are vines that grow leaves from the ends of the stem. The pothos will continue to grow longer and with some simple pruning you can also get them to branch.
A more mature plant will generally grow new vines faster. They will have more established root systems and will be ready to add new growth in spring.
7 Ways to get pothos to trail faster
Check out my easy tips to help your pothos to grow and trail faster. These tips will give you long vines that you can trail down a book case, over some wall hooks or up a moss pole.
1. Plant pothos in spring time
For rapid growth and a quick trailing plant buy and plant your pothos plant in spring. During the warm spring weather your plants will wake up from their winter hibernation and grow rapidly.
This is also a great time to take a pothos cutting and place it in water. Within a few weeks it will grow new roots and can be planted out in soil. For a denser leaf coverage, plant 2-3 pothos vines in 1 pot.
2. Place pothos plants in bright indirect light
Put your pothos plant in a position that gets bright light for most of the day. This will help the vines to trial faster. As the leaves are able to access more light, they will increase their rate of photosynthesis and grow longer faster.
3. Aim for higher humidity
Increasing the humidity levels around your pothos plant is another way to help them to grow and trail faster. If you live in a tropical or sub-tropical area like I do you can let the naturally increasing humidity levels help you out.
If you live in a dryer area, set up a small plant humidifier near your pothos to encourage them to trail fast.
4. Avoid pruning the vines or taking cuttings
To encourage your pothos to trial faster it is important to avoid pruning it during its growth period. Allowing the vines to grow naturally in spring and summer will give you the longest vines possible.
Unless you are planning on attempting to grow more plants, then leave your vines alone and don’t cut them back.
5. Water pothos regularly
Regular water is essential for fast growing pothos plants and long trailing vines. In spring and summer I increase my watering schedule to 2 times per week to get the vines to grow as fast as possible.
My plants are growing in relatively small pots for their size so need to be topped up with water more regularly.
If you are not sure if your pothos needs water, stick your finger in the soil 2 inches down. If it feels dry then it is time to water.
For tips on how to bottom water pothos plants, check out my article here: Watering pothos from the bottom | Should you do it?
6. Apply slow release fertilizer at the start of spring
For fast trailing pothos plants give them a feed of slow release fertilizer at the start of spring. I like to use a general, all purpose indoor plant food. This is low odor and will last for around 3 months.
This will give the pothos the nutrients it needs to grow rapidly and extend its vine length to trail.
7. Choose a Golden Pothos
For the fastest trailing pothos choose a golden pothos variety. These are the fastest growing pothos in my experience and grow long trailing vines within a few weeks of planting.
Golden pothos are easy to grow, can grow from cuttings easily and look great with their green and yellow contrasting leaves.
Tip: The more light your golden pothos gets, the more gold you will see on the leaves.
How Long it Takes for Pothos to Trail | Summary
Pothos plants can trail within 3 months of planting. These rapidly growing vines will grow up a grow pole, trial down a book shelf or can be hung over wall hooks for a beautiful indoor look. I am growing my pothos down a high book shelf letting them trail down naturally.
These vines area adding almost an inch of growth per week now that it is spring. These plants need more water in spring and summer so make sure you check the soil and water more regularly for a fast growth.
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