Pothos plant propagation

How to Propagate Pothos Plants

Last updated on January 1st, 2024 at 02:46 pm

How to Propagate Pothos Plants.  A Comprehensive Guide for Beginners, also known as Devil’s Ivy, is a popular, low-maintenance houseplant that can quickly fill your indoor space with lush green foliage. This guide will teach you how to propagate Pothos using simple, step-by-step instructions.

With our help, you can create more vibrant plants and give your space a verdant boost! Getting Started:

Essential Tips for Pothos Propagation Success

Before you embark on your pothos propagation journey, having the right materials and knowledge at your disposal is crucial. Here’s a rundown of what you’ll need and some essential tips for success: Mater

Sharp scissors or pruning shears Small glass or jar (for water propagation) Pot with drainage holes Chunky soil mix (made from fresh potting soil, perlite, and coco coir)

Tip: Pothos cuttings root quickly and usually don’t require rooting hormone.

How to Propagate Pothos Plants
A bit of good potting soil, small pots, and scissors.


When to Propagate Pothos: Pothos can be propagated all year round, but for the best results, propagate during spring and summer when the plant is actively growing.

Quick Tip

The same propagation method can be used for all types of pothos, including Golden Pothos, Marble Queen, Pearls and Jade, Neon Pothos, Manjula, Cebu Blue, and even Satin Pothos (Scindapsus pictus). How Many Pothos Cuttings Do You Need? Use 3-4 cuttings per pot to create a bushy pothos plant. For a 6-inch pot, five cuttings should suffice.

Pothos plant care

Another good Tip:

Even if a pothos cutting doesn’t have leaves, it can still be propagated if it has a growth node and visible aerial root. How to Cut the Pothos Vine for Propagation Untangle your Pothos plant and select 3-4 of the longest, healthiest vines for propagation.

Locate the growth node on the vine (a small lump where the leaf petiole joins the main stem). Disinfect your scissors or pruning shears with isopropyl alcohol and cut the vine at an angle, half an inch above and below the node. Never cut more than ⅔ of the Pothos plant, which could shock it and impede future growth.

How to Propagate Pothos: Step-By-Step Guide

There are two main methods for propagating pothos cuttings: water and soil. Water Propagation: Cut the pothos vine ½ an inch above and below the growth node. Take at least three cuttings per pot. Half-fill a glass with room-temperature water.

Pothos Plant Care Tips
Pothos plants in water

Place the cuttings in the glass, submerging the growth node, but the leaves remain above water. Keep the glass in a warm, bright room, away from direct sunlight. Change the water every 5-7 days. After 7-10 days, the cuttings should grow roots. Wait until the roots are at least 2″ long (3-4 weeks) before transplanting to soil.

Pothos Cuttings Tip:

Pothos cuttings can speed up water propagation for other plants due to their water-soluble hormones that promote cell division and rapid root growth.

Soil Propagation: Cut the pothos vine half an inch above and below the growth node. Fill a pot with suitable drainage holes with a chunky soil mix. Stick each cutting one inch deep into the soil and press the soil around it to keep it upright. Water the soil slowly and evenly until water drains from the bottom.

Place the pot in a warm, bright room and moisten the soil. After 3-4 weeks, give the cuttings a light tug. If you feel resistance, it means they have developed roots. Water vs. Soil Propagation: Which is Best? Water propagation is often the faster and easier method for rooting pothos cuttings.

Your cuttings will root up to 3 weeks faster in water, especially when placed in a warm, sunny room. Additionally, water propagation allows you to monitor root growth visually. As long as you change the water every 5 days, you should avoid rot issues that can occur in soil propagation. While we recommend using the water propagation method, soil propagation is still a viable option if you prefer that method.

Troubleshooting Common Propagation Mistakes

Cuttings Are Not Rooting: Ensure the cutting has a growth node. Place the cuttings in a bright, indirect light location. Use single-node cuttings or vines shorter than 6 inches.

Be patient; pothos cuttings can take 1-4 weeks to grow roots. Cuttings Turning Black: Change the water every 5 days (for water propagation).

Use a well-draining potting mix and let the soil dry slightly between waterings (for soil propagation). Cuttings Wilted After Transplanting:

Monitor the water level, as wilting may be due to over- or under-watering. Use a well-draining potting mix and avoid sudden temperature changes.

Final Thoughts Propagating pothos is a rewarding and fulfilling activity that allows you to quickly expand your indoor garden. By mastering the propagation techniques outlined in this guide, you can enjoy the benefits of a lush, green space filled with healthy, thriving pothos plants.

Not only will your new plants provide visual appeal, but they can also improve air quality and elevate your overall mood and well-being. Moreover, you can choose the approach that best suits your preferences and conditions by understanding the two primary propagation methods- water and soil.

Remember that patience is vital during this process, and with careful attention to detail and proper care, your pothos cuttings will develop strong roots and grow into robust, mature plants. You can apply these skills to other houseplants as you gain experience and confidence in propagating pothos.

This knowledge can also be shared with friends and family, allowing them to cultivate beautiful indoor gardens. Finally, remember to appreciate the joy and sense of accomplishment from nurturing and watching your pothos cuttings transform into thriving, vibrant plants. Embrace this opportunity to connect with nature, learn about plant care, and create a verdant haven in your home.

There are over 50 types of pothos plants – Learn more about these types at Wikipedia.

Happy propagating!

This post was authored by Davin Eberhart

How to Propagate Pothos Plants

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