Although pothos plants are generally very hardy, you do need to take care when transferring or transplanting your pothos plant from its current growing medium to leca clay balls. Any transplanting tends to put the majority of plants through stress as they get comfortable and rooted into their new homes. In this aspect, pothos plants are no different.
When moving your pothos into its new planter with leca, you want to make sure that you spread out the root system on your pothos, and with one hand holding the plant, gently lower it into an empty planter. With your other hand, slowly sprinkle the leca clay balls, so that they make their way past the root system of the pothos and to the bottom of the planter filling up the planter from the bottom up. You’ll want to gently wiggle the planter as you sprinkle in the leca, to help the clay balls settle in so that they are making contact with the roots of the pothos and are also not leaving empty spaces in the planter that should be filled with leca clay substrate for the stability of the plant and its root system.
How To Plant Your Pothos In Leca
Because pothos plants are fast growing, vining plants, it is actually very possible to fertilize your pothos plant every time you water it. There is also no fear of drowning a pothos house plant as they can actually grow directly in water. So, the addition of the leca adds a lot of air to the root system of your pothos plant, and a lovely structure for the roots to wrap around.
I keep my pothos plants that are growing in leca fertilized by using fish waste water or duck pond water. You can get either of these organic fertilizers for free by visiting an aquarium or fish store. They often throw out this fish waste water when they are changing out the aquariums’ water.
Because I do keep ducks, I have a constant supply of duck pond water which is filled with the nutrients left behind from the duck excrement. No matter which animal you use to fertilize your pothos, be sure to water it down to keep it from burning the root systems of your liquor growing plants.
If you are using fish aquarium water or duck pond water or fish pond water, as these are already in a liquid form, the likelihood of you over fertilizing any plant is extremely minimal. So, whenever you go to top off the water reservoir for your pothos plant, you can simply keep a jug of your chosen organic liquid fertilizer at the ready or keep it in an indoor planter for a less messy, more precise watering of your house plant.
How To Fertilize Your Pothos Growing in Leca Clay Balls
I have found that pothos plants do extremely well in a sunny window when they are grown in leca clay balls. This is because the surface area around the pothos stays moist due to there being a constant amount of water for the pothos plant to draw up as needed. Because leca clay balls do transmit water, they provide a more humid atmosphere for your pothos to thrive in. This microclimate is more jungle like than growing your house plant in an environment with a lower humidity. In fact, using a larger planter with an even bigger reservoir of water will increase the microclimate for your pothos plant, so that it can be even more comfortable growing in a sunny window or even in a partially shaded location.
Although pothos plants are popular for low light, indoor conditions, I find that they do grow faster when giving adequate sunlight, plenty of water, and a lot of fertilizer. It is important to remember that you should only grow your pothos plant in a sunny location if it is sure to have plenty of water and a higher humidity, preferably with other plants to help keep it company and make even more of a jungle-esque microclimate.