What is Pothos Water and why is everyone talking about it? 🤔
❓I’ve gotten questions on many #ScienceWithGreg posts about #PothosWater! What exactly is Pothos water and why is everyone talking about it?
🔬Quick Science: Pothos have excess amount of rooting hormones that are water-soluble. When pairing a Pothos cutting/plant/water with a slow rooting cutting, the slow grower will benefit from the Pothos’ rooting hormones and use them to accelerate root growth and overall plant health.
💧I categorize Pothos water as water that has been holding Pothos CUTTINGS or a Pothos PLANT for a duration of 10-12 days . A rule of thumb when propagating Pothos cuttings or growing a Pothos in water, is to change the water every 8–14 days to prevent stem rotting, algae forming, etc. The interesting thing about Pothos is that they grow indefinitely in water, just as they do in soil, meaning you can leave them in water forever! So there’s really no rush to transplant your Pothos cuttings if you don’t want to, just make sure to change water every now and then. If you keep your Pothos in water, technically you have an endless supply of #PothosWater.
❗️All of my propagations sit in my East facing room and get 8-10 hours of grow light a day. I keep the room at 70%-85% humidity as well. I chose 10-12 days because it is in between the suggestion time of when to change propagation water and from experience and my environment, I’ve noticed that my propagation water i.e Pothos water gets murky in between the 10-12 day mark. Whenever I notice my water get cloudy during this time period, I will save the water, use a strainer to get any gunk out and then store it in a mason jar. From what I’ve been experiencing, it seems like it’s ready to use, but I have tried letting it sit for 24 hours and did not notice a difference in “Potency”.
✅ The way I use it is I measure (or eyeball most of the time) how much water I’ll use. For example, if I’ll be watering my small succulents, I’ll grab my 300ml watering bottle and fill 150ml with Pothos Water and 150ml with Distilled (50/50 distilled & Pothos) and then use any amount I need. Some will need more so I’ll make more, some will need less so I’ll use whatever I need and leave the rest in the bottle.