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Proper Watering for Pothos Plants

If you’ve ever had a pothos plant, you know that when it’s thirsty, it will let you know by drooping and wilting. But how do you make sure you don’t overwater it? Or underwater it? It turns out that there’s a method to this madness. With the help of a moisture meter and a little patience, you can make sure your pothos has just the right amount of water every time! Keep reading to learn how to water your pothos like a pro.

Watering Pothos Plants the Right Way

Monitoring the foliage of your pothos plant is the best way to determine when it needs water. When you start to notice the leaves wilting or beginning to fall, this is usually a sign that it’s time for a drink. It’s important not to wait until the plant has completely wilted, as this can lead to permanent damage. Make sure you also check the soil in addition to visually monitoring your pothos; if it feels dry then your plant likely needs more water.

Bottom watering is an effective way to ensure your pothos gets the hydration it needs without the risk of leaf spots caused by splashing water.

To do this, fill a container with water and place your plant in it, allowing the soil to absorb the water from the bottom up. Be sure to take it out after 10-15 minutes so that it doesn’t get overwatered. It’s also important not to water too frequently; if you let the soil dry out between waterings then your pothos will be more sensitive to moisture and require less frequent watering. Before giving your plant more water, make sure that at least an inch of soil is dry. In the event that it feels wet, please wait two days before watering again.

If your pothos has been overwatered, you will likely notice yellow and brown leaves, rotten roots, and mold in the soil. To revive a plant that has been overwatered, it’s important to take action quickly. First, remove any dead or discolored leaves from the plant. Then check the roots for any signs of rot; if they are damaged then carefully trim them away with scissors or pruners before repotting into fresh soil with better drainage. Finally, make sure to water your pothos appropriately going forward so that this doesn’t happen again.

It’s also important to note that while pothos leaves can be submerged in water for a short period of time, they do best when grown above water so that they can get the air circulation they need.

Growing a pothos in water works the same as growing one in potting soil, but it is important to make sure that it gets enough nutrition.

Watering and Light Requirements for Pothos Plants

When it comes to the amount of light a pothos needs, they will tolerate medium and low light but prefer bright light. In brighter light, the variegation in the leaves will be more pronounced. While your pothos can tolerate sunlight, it should not be in direct sun as this can burn its foliage. When trying to determine how much water your pothos needs, make sure that at least 50% of the soil is dry before watering again; over-watering should be avoided as this can lead to root rot and other issues with your plant’s health.

Over or underwatering is the most common cause of yellowing in a pothos, and you may notice yellow leaves with some brown spots on additional leaves if it has been underwatered.

A great way to know when it is time to water your pothos is by using a moisture meter. The soil should read between 2-3 on the meter, which will let you know that your pothos is ready for a drink. Additionally, you may notice that the leaves start to droop if it’s too thirsty.


Overall, pothos is a relatively low-maintenance plant that is easy to take care of and can thrive in different types of light and soil condition. To ensure the best results, use a moisture meter to check the soil moisture and water your pothos when the top 50% of the soil is dry. Avoid overwatering and underwatering as it can cause yellowing or brown spots on the leaves. Lastly, be sure to bottom water the pothos to prevent leaf spots and ensure good soil hydration.