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The easiest way to propagate Pothos plants from cuttings!

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Love plants? Plant propagation is an easy way to get free new plants. I love propagating plants and pothos is one of my favorites. 

Pothos is a great plant to have around your house because it is super hardy and easy to keep alive.

It doesn’t need much sun (though it does grow faster in a sunny window).

It doesn’t need much water either – I water mine until water runs out the bottom of the pot once per week.

Because it is so easy to grow, I have pothos all over my house. Almost all of it was propagated from one starter plant! Propagation is a great way to turn one plant into many plants. 

Pothos cuttings also make a great gift! Place 2-4 in a glass jar with a bow tied around it! Your friends will love watching the roots grow and then can add them to any pot of soil. 

how to propagate pothos

How to propagate pothos

To propagate pothos, you are going to want to take a cutting. Check out the stem of your plant.

See those raised bumps every 2-3 inches? Those are called nodes. Nodes are what will grow roots!

Use a sharp pair of scissors to cut right below a node. I like pieces that are at least 6 inches long, with 2-4 leaves. 

Cut any leaves that would fall under water on your stem. They’ll just turn brown and soggy from being submerged, and make your water foggy. 

Place the cutting in water. Place in indirect sun, like in a sunny window. 

Check once a week. Change the water as it becomes cloudy.

You will see fat white roots develop after a couple of weeks. I wait 6-8 weeks total to let roots get well developed. You want them about 2-3 inches long. 

You may now plant your baby pothos plant in soil. 

how to propagate pothos

FAQs

How long does it take for pothos to root in water?

You should see the beginning of roots in about 2 weeks.

I let my plants root from between 1-2 months, until the roots are 2-3 inches in length, before planting in soil. 

You can easily root pothos in water. However, they grow best if you do transfer them to soil before the roots get much longer than 3 inches. 

Do pothos like to be misted?

No – Pothos do not need extra moisture and do not need to be misted.

Is pothos toxic to dogs and cats?

Yes – golden pothos is deemed toxic to dogs and cats (and humans) by the ASPCA. 

When should I move pothos from water to soil?

Move your cutting into soil after 3-4 weeks or when the roots are about 2 inches long.

Can you propagate pothos without leaves?

Yes, I have successfully propagated segments of pothos stem with no leaves. Once you plant them in soil they will grow new leaves eventually!

how to propagate pothos

How to propagate pothos

Active Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Difficulty: Easy
Estimated Cost: $0-10

It is easy to propagate pothos plants to create many more plants!

Materials

  • Pothos plant
  • Water
  • Jar

Tools

  • Scissors

Instructions

  1. Use a sharp pair of scissors to cut right below a node. I like pieces that are at least 6 inches long, with 2-4 leaves. 
  2. Cut any leaves that would fall under water on your stem. They'll just turn brown and soggy from being submerged, and make your water foggy. 
  3. Place the cutting in water. Place in indirect sun, like in a sunny window. 
  4. Check once a week. Change the water as it becomes cloudy.
  5. You will see fat white roots develop after a couple of weeks. I wait 6-8 weeks total to let roots get well developed. You want them about 2-3 inches long. 
  6. You may now plant your baby pothos plant in soil. 

Did you make this project?

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Pothos is a super fun house plant for beginners! I hope that this article helps you get started on your gardening journey.

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