Rooted Cutting Won't Grow - Knowledgebase Question

Westminster, MD
Question by notfouru
January 28, 2000
I have a rooted cutting of a pothos potted up, have been watering it correctly, giving no fertilizer, keeping it out of direct sunlight, yet it gets the light it needs. Temperatures are fine. Yet it won't grow. There's just a slight extention to it, very small. It's been about five months. What gives? By the way, it was definitly well-rooted in water before I potted it up.

Answer from NGA
January 28, 2000


There ae several possible explanations for why this could happen. When a cutting is first rooted in water and then moved to soil, the roots need to adapt to being in the soil and this can take some time. Moving a rooted cutting into an overly large pot can cause it to stall while the roots try to fill the pot, in the meantime the soil texture and quality is also naturally deteriorating. It is also possible that the soil you used is for some reason not suitable and has inhibited root growth, or most likely of all, it is possible that the plant would simply prefer more light than it is receiving. You might try moving it to a brighter location and use a water soluble fertilizer for folaige plants according to the label instructions.

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