Pothos is a perennial herbaceous perennial with small white flowers which are followed by long lasting seed pods. It grows from 2 to 6 feet tall and spreads out to several feet wide. Its leaves are smooth, waxy or hairy and have five leaflets each up to 5 inches long. Leaves turn brown when they dry out and eventually fall off at their base leaving only one leaf remaining above ground.
Pothos plants are not invasive but they do require regular trimming to keep them from becoming overgrown. They need to be pruned back every year so that they don’t become too dense and choke out other plants.
If left unchecked, it may even spread throughout your garden causing problems for others.
How To Prune Pothos Plants?
The first thing you want to do is cut back all the young shoots growing near the top of the plant. You want to leave some space between the old shoots and the new ones.
You can use a sharp knife or simply pull them all off with tweezers.
Once you’ve got rid of most of the young shoots, you’ll see that there’s still plenty of room under the plant. You can now start removing all the older leaves until you’re left with just two leaves at its base.
The final step is to trim the very top of the plant back so that it just sits on top of the rootball. You’ll be surprised at how much it will continue to grow while everything else has stopped for the winter.
You should cut it all back every year and you’ll soon have a lovely thick green cover over the soil helping to keep your home cozy warm in the colder months.
Does Pothos Grow Back After Cutting?
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