How to Grow Big Pothos Plant Leaves

Pothos (devil’s ivy) makes a great option for anyone looking for an easy-to-care-for houseplant. This indoor plant is hard to kill, making it perfect for beginners. Pothos produce attractive and heart-shaped leaves with specks of yellow. 

Even though this is an easy-to-grow plant, growing the big pothos leaves is tricky. You need to provide suitable growing conditions if you want this plant to produce large leaves that are attractive and healthy. Here are easy tips on how to grow big pothos plant leaves.

Go for the Right Variety  

Pothos are available in different varieties. The common species are;

  • Golden pothos
  • Jade pothos
  • Neon pothos
  • Marble queen pothos

When you want your plants to have large leaves, go for a naturally large leaf variety. The golden pothos is a good option for this.

Do Proper Pruning

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One of the secrets to growing big pothos leaves is proper pruning. Prune off the tips of the stems regularly to encourage new growth and large leaves. You can use a pair of sharp scissors or shears to prune off the tips. When pruning grown pothos, ensure to cut just above a node (joint); otherwise, the plant will not produce new leaves. 

Use your fingers to pinch off the buds for small plants. Pinching tends to be easier since it allows you to prune closer to the cut off the top two or three leaves. For larger plants, cut off the tips of six to eight leaves. 

You may also want to cut off the older leaves on the tips of the stems. Remove yellow and brown leaves that may not be attractive to encourage healthy growth.

Apply Fertilizer

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Even though pothos plants don’t require fertilizer to grow, it helps the plant produce large leaves. Fertilizers that are high in nitrogen are recommendable. Fertilize your plant every two weeks during the growing season.

For application rates, follow the fertilizer package instructions. Excess fertilizer can damage your plant, so be careful.

You can also apply homemade compost manure to your pothos plant. This will help improve your plant’s health and encourage leaves growth.

Provide Enough Light

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Pothos plants do well in bright indirect light. When growing them indoors, place your plant near a window where it can get uniform sunlight. Inadequate light leads to low growth, leading to small leaves. However, avoid placing your plant in direct sunlight; it may cause the leaves to burn. 

Provide a shade for your outdoor growing pothos. When the plant doesn’t get enough light, it may produce smaller leaves, or the leaves will start to turn yellow and brown.

Water Regularly

Pothos plants need water regularly, especially when they are actively growing. When the leaves start curling and turning brown on the edges, it’s a sign that your plant is thirsty. Water the soil adequately until it drains out of the pot. Avoid watering again until the top inch of soil feels dry to the touch.

Too much water will cause root rot and droopy foliage, and the plant may finally die. So be careful not to overwater your pothos plant.

Introduce Epsom Salt

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Dull and yellowing leaves may be a sign of low chlorophyll production. This is due to a lack of magnesium in the soil. You can add Epsom salt to your pothos plant to increase magnesium levels and boost chlorophyll production. 

Add Epsom salt by;

  • Mixing it with water and spritz your pothos every two weeks 
  • Add Epsom salt to the soil during repotting

Regardless of the application method, this treatment will make the leaves greener and full.


If you want your pothos to produce large leaves, follow the steps above. Remember that you can choose a variety with naturally huge leaves if you don’t have the time to practice the tips. Subscribe to our blog for more gardening tips.

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