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Angie101
May 3, 2020 10:49 AM CST
Hello so I have this pothos thats been in my house for a few years now but I feel like I completly messed up with it and now it's struggling. I keep it in water.

First some algas formed on the roots and i didn't notice them until they became this huge thing.. So I actually took the plant out and started cleaning the roots with a paper towel.. I don't know if it is gonna keep them from coming back

The second thing is that I put almost the whole plant in water so now roots are forming where I feel there should be leafs and I don't know if the plant is going to be able to grow anymore because it's now mostly a huge amount of roots for only 3 leafs. And are the 2 outer roots roting?
Could anyone help me please?

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WillC
May 3, 2020 1:04 PM CST
Stem nodes are the bumps where either leaves or roots may emerge. That is what is happening with yours. Root development requires constant moisture at the nodes.

Very long stem cuttings are awkward because they rarely develop new leaves lower down once they are potted up. I suggest that make it into a single short cutting by cutting off everything below the second root from the top end and discarding the rest.
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Angie101
May 6, 2020 9:52 AM CST
But there are no nodes above these two that have made the roots, so I'm afraid I'm gonna ruin it if I cut the rest of the plant

I've also tryed groing another one from a cutting. So this have been here for 5 days but I still don't see any evolution. I've been keeping it in rice water because I found out it would act as a fertilisant. I don't know if I am doing it right
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WillC
May 6, 2020 10:26 AM CST
Use plain water. Rice water does not provide needed nutrients and cuttings don't need nutrients anyway.
Will Creed
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Angie101
May 15, 2020 7:43 AM CST
So i'm back with a little update. I switched to plain water and i've been keeping these 2 right in front of a north facing window. But it's been 3 weeks and they don't seem to grow Sighing!
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Name: Will Creed
NYC
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WillC
May 15, 2020 7:46 AM CST
Be patient. As long as the stems under water remain firm they are okay. Some cuttings root very quickly and others take a long time. There isn't anything you can do to control that.
Will Creed
Horticultural Help, NYC
www.HorticulturalHelp.com
Contact me directly at [email protected]
I now have a book available on indoor plant care

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