One climber plant that is common to be seen by us as climbers everywhere is the pothos climber.
Pothos climber is a vine climber plant. It has heart-shaped leaves, stalk length can reach up to 1 meter. This plant is originally from tropical rainforests in South America and Africa, but it’s also popular as a house plant because it’s tolerant to drought and has air cleansing capability.
If you get one with white or yellow leaves, that means your pothos climber needs to be fed more water. However, if the leaves are greenish-black, then you have to feed the plant more nutrition.
Maintaining Pothos Climbers:
There are two ways you’d like to feed your pothos climber, with commercially available fertilizing agents or with the soil that is rich in humus. If you want to use fertilizer, the usual content found on the package is 50% nitrogen and 5-6-8 (potassium, phosphorus, and calcium respectively). Fertilizing agents are usually advised to be used every two months.
If you want to use soil that has hummus, there are several options such as potting soil (e.g.: Canadian peat), composted bark, leaf mold, and sand. If you use potting soil or composted bark that you might have, it is best to mix them with peat moss (1 part) and sand or perlite (3 parts).
Humus usually stimulates the root system of plants. You should be aware that this pothos climber is not a vigorous grower, which means it, doesn’t need a huge amount of humus. Humus also helps in draining out excess water.
The same thing goes for pothos climbers that are fertilized with hummus. Usually, they do not require additional fertilizer until after about 3 months. Then again, if your plant leaves are greenish-black in color, then you can give additional fertilizer every two weeks.
Taking Care of Pothos
When caring for pothos climbers, there are some rules to follow. For instance, the pot should have holes for additional ventilation and drainage. The plant also needs shade or indirect sunlight to thrive.
If you want pothos climbers to bloom, then pick flowers with a small amount of fragrance. These climbers usually flower in spring or mid-summer. When caring for this climber make sure that you don’t fertilize the flowers or else they will drop off shortly after blooming. The best way to propagate pothos climbers is by cutting off pieces of vine and putting them in water until roots are formed.
Watering Tips for Pothos Climber
Pothos climbers like to be moist, not wet. You can water it in several ways. One way is to soak the entire pot when changing the water in its container. Another way is to sprinkle water gently on top of the soil using a spray bottle. You might also want to use a watering can instead if your plant is in an opaque container because you will be able to see the moisture level of soil through clear or translucent containers.
When caring for pothos climbers, make sure that they do not dry out completely and at the same time avoid keeping them too damp because then they might cause root rot or fungus problems.
Fertilizing Pothos Climber
As mentioned earlier, fertilizing your pothos climber is important and necessary. However, on the other hand, don’t fertilize your plant when it’s not necessary because this can damage your plant. Always refer to package instructions before applying any fertilizer.
One advantage of pothos climbers is that they are tolerant of different kinds of soil circumstances. For instance, they grow well in moist or dry conditions as long the soil isn’t too acidic or alkaline. They also do well even if you let them sit in water for a few days until their leaves turn yellowish-brown but make sure that you change the water regularly so as not to kill your pothos climbers from root rot.
To know whether your pothos climbers need additional food or not, look at their leaves. For instance, if their leaves are greenish-black in color then you can skip additional fertilizing. However, if your pothos climbers have yellowish-brown leaves then it’s better to give them some food because this means that they are hungry.
Effects of Fertilizers
Regarding the impact of fertilizers on soil pH level, it usually has no effect unless the fertilizer contains nitrogen or phosphorus and is applied by using a very high dosage rate. You should also be aware that nitrogen fertilization usually causes an increase in plant growth, which results in depletion of soil calcium and magnesium; thus causing a decrease in pH level.
Even though pothos climbers like moist soil conditions, make sure that you let water drain out freely after watering your plant since this will provide adequate oxygen as well. It is great to have pothos climbers around; they provide the comfort zone for the people with hearts. The fragrance of the greenery around and a little music around the climber plants give the actual feeling that you are looking for.