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Pothos Plant Not Rooting!

I got a Pothos Plant for my filter to lower nitrates.
I put a 6500k light on top of it and after a week, not even a spec of white roots.
Is it supposed to take this long to root a Pothos Plant?
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If you have any kind of ambient light in the room, you probably don't need a light over it. Especially if you're trying to root a plant, they usually don't want much light while rooting. As long as the plant is not dying, showing yellow leaves, then just be patient. Pothos are just about the easiest plant to grow, ever. I'm hoping also that I'm correct in assuming that you mean you took a cutting of a pothos and put in the filter, right?


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Can you take a photo? Pothos are one of the harder vines to root in water. When you cut your stem, did you leave a node at the bottom and plunk the leaves off? I've found it takes atleast 6'8 nodes on a stem to get them to root in water. It works better if you put it in a vase near a window before you stick it in the filter.


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Hard to root in water??? Not in my experience. Can't tell you how many cuttings I've taken from pothos over the years that I stuck in empty wine bottles and vases that have taken off almost immediately. And still thrive years later in just water. Also I've never noticed I have to leave that many nodes open for them to thrive, maybe just 2 or 3 at most.

If anything though, I do agree with Italian stallion that it may be easier to root it in still water till it's developed some roots before moving it into the filter..


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Be Patient! Its slow to start new roots/sprouts when cut short.

As Italian said, leaving a lot of nodes (longer vine) helps it start new growth more quickly.

I cut off 2 bare stocks (leaves died form lack of light behind another plant) that had 1-2 nodes each and put the root nubs in my HOB, it took 2-3 WEEKS before I finally have new stem and root growth started. My water is 76F, 7.5pH and very hard (lot of calcium), t5 2 bub 5400k lights 2' above this pothos on 6-6.5 hours a day.

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Also a marble queen stock taht was less thant 1/2 an inch and 2 leaves gave me this:



Note: stock below where roots grow will likely rot (turn brown and soft), you can cut this part off. Photos from today are after removing the rotted part of the vine.

Due to photobuckets new bs cost for use of images on forums I have deleted all photobucket accounts. I apologize if you enjoyed or found my photos helpful.
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I meant root in a hob. I have rooted many In a window, but no luck in a hob. I had to transition them over.

Would the pothos have issues with semi high nitrate numbers. That's really the only difference between my tank water and tap at the moment. All they do on top of the tanks is melt.


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