Potho is a common indoor plant, which is popular because of its characteristics of easy care and the ability to grow under harsh conditions. It is also called Devil's Ivy and Money Tree. However, if you do not know what the green apples need: soil with good drainage, sufficient nutrients, sufficient water and good air circulation, it may be difficult to keep the green apples healthy. In this article, Savana will let you know the soil most suitable for growing green apples and how you can create it yourself.

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The Best Type of Soil for Pothos

When planting pothos, it is important to ensure that suitable soil is provided for them. The following are some elements you need in the green apple soil:

1. A Clean Container

The first step in making high-quality potho soil is to prepare the container. This means removing any old potting mixture or other debris from the inside of the container before adding new material.

You can do this easily by flushing the container with water. After that, use an old tooth brush to remove any dirt or grime that may stick to the sides or bottom.

2. Sufficient Air Circulation

If your indoor plant container size soil is too much, your pothos may be threatened.

The roots need breathing space, so make sure the soil is loose enough to let the air flow through the whole root from bottom to top.

The best way to do this is to use potted mixtures containing perlite or vermiculite, which are lightweight materials that help aerate plant soil.

3. Good Drainage

Pothos is a tropical plant, which likes to keep wet but not too wet. If your pot or container does not have proper drainage, the plants will soak for too long and begin to decay.

If the pot you use has no drain pipe, you can make one yourself! First, use a small drill you have to drill several small holes in the bottom of the pot.

Even better, you can only buy flowerpots with pre drilled drainage holes! In addition, you can mix organics, such as chopped leaves or compost, to improve drainage.

4. Nutrients

Your pothos needs certain nutrients to keep healthy and happy.

For example, a soil basin rich in organic substances such as compost or peat moss is an ideal choice for growing pothos.

In addition, you may need to add some fertilizer to the potted soil. Balanced fertilizers provide at least nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium, calcium and magnesium.

To get your plant off to a good start, these nutrients must be present in sufficient quantities in your potting mixture.

Therefore, if you remember these four elements and apply them to your pothos soil, you will have the best growth environment!

Do Pothos Need Soil?

The pothos  plants can grow without soil, but you can plant them in the soil if you want. As long as you water it, the plant itself will grow with or without soil.

Pothos is a very cold resistant plant that can survive in many different conditions. This plant is widely used. In fact, it is often used in aquariums and glass containers because it can thrive in these environments!

You can also plant it in an earthen basin or a container filled with water - it doesn't matter! All you have to do is find the right conditions for your pothos  plant, and it will thrive.

However, if you plant the pothos in the soil, it will adapt to its environment. If it is moved to the water, it may not thrive.

How Long for Pothos to Root in Soil?

The potho is relatively easy to take root in the soil, but it does take a little time. For most varieties of potho, you need to wait about 4 to 6 weeks before your plants can begin to take root.

After the plant has taken root, you can transplant it into a flower pot or directly into your garden.

You may also want to consider planting pothos on a trellis or basket! In this way, they can grow up, instead of occupying all the space on the ground.

The best way to start planting a potho is to gently pull out some of its stems. Then, you need to put them in a jar of water with some nutrients added.

You need to keep the water high enough to cover the stems, but not so high that the leaves are completely submerged.

Place them in a jar until they show signs of root growth (usually after two weeks). At this time, you can transplant them into some potted soil and observe their growth!

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Can I Use Cactus Soil for Pothos?

Unfortunately, cactus soil is not suitable for your pothos. Cacti need little water and nutrients, so their soil is created to meet these needs.

Their soil has poor water retention and drainage is too fast. This is completely contrary to the requirements of pothos!

You want to provide soil for yourpothos to retain enough water to prevent their roots from withering, but not so much that they will deteriorate.

However, there is a way for you to use cactus soil to grow pothos! Just add organic materials such as peat moss or coconut shells to the soil, so that the soil will not lose water quickly.

These materials have excellent moisturizing properties and help plants grow.

Can I Use Loam Soil for Pothos?

Yes, you can use loam to grow pothos. It is an excellent choice for pothos, because it is an excellent medium for water conservation and drainage, which are two important factors for planting healthy pothos.

A good way to test soil drainage and water retention is to take some soil and put it into a container.

Then, fill the container with water until it starts to overflow, and let it stand overnight.

If there is still water at the bottom of the container in the morning, it means that your basin soil has good drainage and can be used!

Do Pothos Like Acidic Soil?

Compared with other indoor plants, pothos prefers acidic soil with lower pH value. They grow best in weak acid potted soil with pH value of 6.1 to 6.8.

This means that they will not thrive in neutral soils with pH values of 7.0-7.5 or any soils above 7.5, which is weakly alkaline (also called alkaline).

You can determine whether your soil is too acidic for your pothos by testing the pH value of the soil with the kit from the local hardware store (or online).

Just take a sample from the top of the pot with a trowel and mix it with some water until it forms a paste. Then, apply the paste on one end of the test paper.

Wait about five minutes, then compare the color on the test paper with the color chart provided by the kit manufacturer (or its website).

Are Coffee Grounds Good for Pothos?

If you are looking for a way to enhance your pothos, coffee grounds may be the answer!

Coffee grounds are rich in nitrogen, phosphorus, magnesium and potassium, four essential elements for healthy plant growth. In addition, coffee is acidic, which is something that the pothos likes!

When added to the soil of plants or used as topdressing, coffee grounds can help plants grow healthily by adding nutrients.

If you do not use enough fertilizer or have limited access to these products, you can also use coffee grounds as an alternative source of fertilizer.

Are Eggshells Good for Pothos?

In fact, eggshells are an excellent fertilizer for many different plants, including pothos. This is because they are rich in calcium and other nutrients that help promote healthy growth.

The best way to use eggshells as fertilizer for pothos is to smash them into small pieces, and then mix them with water until they are completely mixed.

Then, simply pour the mixture into the pot soil and mix gently. The nutrients in the eggshell will provide nutrition for plants during their growth. As time goes by, it will grow larger leaves and improve the overall health.

In order to obtain the best effect of using eggshells, please remove all egg dregs and thoroughly clean the eggshells before use.

In addition, it takes several months for shells to completely decompose in the soil, so don't expect the results too early or add too much at one time!

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3 Important Signs of Poor Pothos Growth

Sometimes pothos plants become a little droopy rather than healthy and lush. These are three signs that your plant is not getting the care you need.

1. Yellow Leaves

When its leaves begin to turn yellow or brown around the edges, it indicates that your potho is not growing well. This usually indicates a problem with your plant's water supply.

You may water too much or too little, or your plants need more soil nutrients.

If this happens, try adjusting your watering schedule so that it drinks less water than usual within two weeks. In addition, ensure that the soil has dried up between each watering.

Then, return to normal watering after the two weeks! It should help to illuminate those yellow leaves!

2. Wilting

Another sign that your potho has problems is that even if you stick to the watering plan, it will start to wither.

This may indicate that there is a problem with the light source in your home - or that plants do not like the light source to be too hot or too cold.

The potho plant likes bright indirect light. So, if your plant withers because it doesn't get enough sunlight, try moving it to another sunny place at home.

The potho plants prefer a temperature range of 70 to 90 ° F and high humidity. If they are exposed to temperatures well beyond this range, plants may begin to wilt.

3. Slow Growth (Or None at All)

This can happen if the plant is neglected or there are other problems with the environment.

This can also happen if you use too much fertilizer or water on plants, which can flood their roots and make them too wet and damp.

To solve this problem, follow the schedule of watering or fertilizing, and ensure that it gets enough indirect sunlight.


Finally, it is very easy to take care of a potho. The best soil for potho is acidic, nutrient rich and well drained.

In addition, if you add some eggshells or coffee grounds, you will add more nutrients to the soil.

Now that you know how to take care of the potho, what are you waiting for? Go out and grow!


December 26, 2022

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