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dafneyagu
Jul 26, 2017 4:02 PM CST
Hello!
My question might not be adequate for this forum, but I'll ask... Please feel free to send me somewhere else :)
I have 2 small Pothos plants someone gave me as a present. I love outdoors gardening better, not a big fan of indoor plants, nor Pothos sp. But I'd like to keep and grow these 2. And I don't want to keep a pot with soil indoors.
I know Pothos can root and grow in water only, plus several fertilizer drops every now and then...
My question is: can I succeed transferring these small plants from soil to water...? Out of the pot, wash the soil from the roots, and grow them in water containers...?
I'm concerned wondering if once the plant has been grown in soil, it won't adapt to water-only containers.
Thank you very much in advance, this forum and this website is wonderful!
Dafne Yagupsky, from Burbank, California, USA
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DaisyI
Jul 26, 2017 5:45 PM CST
Welcome!

That's a good question. Back in the 1980's (Ah-oh! Dating myself), growing plants in a large vase with the roots in water and a Betta swimming around was the 'in' thing to do. Pothos was one of the plants used but usually, the cuttings started in water and stayed in water. Other plants were taken out of the soil and switched to water culture, though.

As the roots can go from water to soil, I don't see a reason they can't go from soil to water. Try to rinse the soil off without damaging the roots too much. But, as they root readily in water, even if you damage roots, the plant will re-root. You will have to watch carefully at first to make sure none of the roots rot and kill the rest. Put a drop or two of Hydrogen Peroxide in the water to help ward off fungal infections and oxygenate the water.

You will have to get every bit of soil off the roots because until you do, fungal infections will be a very real concern

Keep us posted!
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tarev
Jul 26, 2017 7:22 PM CST
I grow my pothos indoors in water gel beads, they still get their needed moisture at root zone, and the needed airflow down there too. Best part no fungus gnats to be bothered with. I don't even give them fertilizers.

I just refill again with water for the gel beads to inflate again if it has gradually dried out.
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dafneyagu
Jul 27, 2017 4:06 PM CST
Daisyl and Tarev, thank you both for your quick and helpful answers!
I didn't think about the gel option, never tried it before, sounds kind of interesting!
Given that I got 2 Pothos, I will grow one in water (will consider the Hydrogen Peroxide suggestion until all soil is gone), and the second one will go into gel beads.
I really LOVE this forum, thank you so much, I'll keep you posted :)
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tarev
Jul 27, 2017 7:10 PM CST
Glad to help! Just be careful handling the beads okay, you will not want it to accidentally drop to your sink drain. Smiling
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WillC
Jul 29, 2017 7:33 AM CST
The cell structure of roots grown in soil is different than roots grown in water. Otherwise, we would never have to worry about over watering our plants grown in soil. When roots are moved from one medium to the other, there is always a transition to be made that doesn't always go well. More commonly, folks root cuttings in water and transfer them to soil after roots have developed. It doesn't always work. You are suggesting doing the reverse and the same applies; it certainly can be done, but the transition doesn't always go well.

I suggest that you take lots of stem cuttings and root them in water from the outset, thereby avoiding the transition from one medium to another.
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dafneyagu
Jul 30, 2017 10:05 PM CST
WillC, thank you! Will take some cuttings as well then, try both options, see what happens... My original plants are big enough to cover both options I think! :)
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dafneyagu
Nov 28, 2017 4:43 PM CST
Guys! I know it's been a while since my first post above regarding plants growing in water only. Also then, I learnt from @tarev about water gel beads from the first time.
I only wanted to thank you, now that some time has passed and my plants are starting to show some successful grows Smiling
So, I'm attaching a pic of my baby pothos with whom I tried this technique, doing fine so far. Very happy for this group and your suggestions. Just wanted to share <3
Thank You!
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plantladylin
Nov 28, 2017 5:01 PM CST
Dafney, great job .... they look really nice! Thumbs up

I've never used those water/gel beads but I've grown Epipremnum aureum (Pothos) in vases of water many times over the years and they've thrived. I currently have some in a jar of water sitting on a shady windowsill. I've never had trouble taking a Pothos plant from soil, washing off all soil from the roots and sticking it in a jar or vase of water but the other way around always gives me trouble. Those thin, watery roots seem to have difficulty acclimating to soil.
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dafneyagu
Nov 29, 2017 1:40 PM CST
Thank you for the feedback Lin!
Yes, I totally agree, I learnt the same thing during these months, growing pothos in water only works all right with non rooted cuttings and also w/plants from soil cleaned and transferred to water, but the other way around is tricky...
I find this very interesting and I also like how plants look in water, glass pebbles, gel beads around my house...
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DaisyI
Nov 29, 2017 6:36 PM CST
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Now you have to grow some in just water and add a Betta fish to the vase. Smiling
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dafneyagu
Nov 30, 2017 11:36 AM CST
Daisyl,
LOL, I know...
I have one cut in water only, no beads, growing VERY SLOWLY but so far so good...
Fish tank is a different story, will need to ask my cat about it Confused
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Nov 30, 2017 11:44 AM CST
Ha, it could be your cat's new "television" to watch all day.
I love the looks of your pothos cuttings growing in the gel beads! I might have to give that a try too.
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