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Alcandra
May 6, 2020 4:26 PM CST
Hello ;)

One week ago, I bought a marble pothos. The plant has long vines with a few leaves in each vine. Since I know nothing about pothos, I did not consider this as a problem. The seller assured me that the plant is healthy. But when I started to look for pothos plants on the internet, I realized that it should be much fuller than it is. What can I do to improve the health and look of my plant?

The plant was in a very shady corner of the store, now it's in a semi-shade corner of a shiny balcony. Will this fact improve the plant's health?

Excuse me for my bad english, it's not my language.






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sallyg
May 7, 2020 6:44 AM CST
Welcome!

One thing to understand with this plant is- Every vine wants to just get longer with new leaves at the very end. But each vine can only keep a certain amount of leaves based on how much light and water it gets (Light primarily; more water does not make up for less light)

So it may be healthy, but this is how they grow in many places after a long time.

To get thick bushy plants like on the internet, the plant grower takes a bunch of short vine ends and plants them all together in a pot.

Anytime you cut a long vine, it will try to grow a new vine and leaves at the end.

You could cut off the long vines, throw away the bare section, and put just the ends with 2-3 leaves and 2 nodes (bumps where leaves used to grow) into water to make new roots.

Some others will probably also answerand maybe describe a little differently, in case I missed something or was not clear.

PS Your English is great Hurray!
i'm pretty OK today, how are you? ;^)
Name: Will Creed
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WillC
May 8, 2020 9:03 AM CST
I am appalled at what people are selling online. Follow Sally's advice and prune back the long bare stems. As long as the roots are healthy and watered properly, new growth will emerge on those shortened stems that you cut back.

Keep it as close to a window as possible but not so close that the sun falls directly on it. Water it when the top half-inch of soil feels dry. Don't try to repot it or disturb the soil or roots.
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