How to Propagate Pothos – Pothos Growing Guide

How to Propagate Pothos – Pothos Growing Guide

Without a doubt, one of the most low-maintenance houseplants is the pothos plant.

Known by scientific name Epipremnum aureusThis easy-to-care-for houseplant is native to the Solomon Islands and loves bright, indirect light, which helps it grow quickly.

However, it is not a fan of direct sunlight, which can cause it to burn. But pothos is almost always happy in moderate light, and even adapts well to lower light levels. It will happily sit on your end table in the living room or on your desk at work.

If you want to create more pothos plants (for free!) then you’re in luck. Pothos is very easy and satisfying to deploy.

You can make new plants for your home or exchange them with friends. Propagating new pothos plants is also a way to rejuvenate a plant that has become long and thin.

Pothos are ideal for new plant parents because they can handle a little neglect (for example, if you forget to water them every once in a while). In fact, the only one A guaranteed way to kill your pothos He over-watered it!

Pothos likes to dry out a bit between waterings, so stick your finger into the pot and test it before giving it a drink. If the soil sticks to your finger, wait a few more days and test again.

Many species of pothos have a vine shape, hanging gracefully from pots. Most species will climb if you give them a moss pole or something else to climb on.

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Although you will find golden pothos, the most common type, for sale almost everywhere, many new species have been introduced in recent years with cream or variegated markings.

There is a whole world of beautiful new pothos plants available nowadays.

The only caveat we’ll mention is that this houseplant is toxic to cats and dogs, so if you have a rodent, keep it out of your pet’s reach. (You can read about our favorite pet-friendly plants to grow here.)

Here’s what you need to know about how to propagate pothos:

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How can I propagate pothos?

The simplest way to produce more pothos plants is to cut a healthy vine. You don’t need anything special to do this, other than a pair of scissors or plant clippings and a cup of water.

Take a cutting about 6 inches long, making sure the section has a few leaves and the node, which is where the leaf connects to the stem. This bumpy brown thing is an aerial root, which helps it climb in the wild.

New roots are also formed here.

Next, place the cut end in the cup of water so that not the leaves but the node and aerial root are submerged under water. Place the glass in bright, indirect light, not direct sunlight. Change the water every few days.

The cutting will begin to push out the roots. Once they are several inches tall, transfer them to a pot of fresh potting soil.

Push your finger into the soil, place the cutting in the hole, and press down on the soil around it. Water lightly, keeping it moist, but not soaking.

To fill a container faster, place several rooted cuttings in one container. Give the pot bright, indirect light, and watch your new pothos plants take off!

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How long does it take to root pothos cuttings?

It can take up to 10 days or more, so be patient. If nothing happens after a few weeks, throw away the cuttings, clean the vase and try new cuttings.

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Rooting hormone

Do I need rooting hormone to propagate pothos?

As an alternative method of propagating pothos, you can place it directly in the soil. To do this, you will need to use a rooting hormone.

Take the cutting, as above, dip it in water and then in rooting hormone, then plant the cutting directly into the soil. It will take a few months to root.

My pothos cutting is dead. What happened?

Like most things in life, there are no guarantees. Not all pothos cuttings will be able to survive the transition from water to soil.

Fortunately, you can try again! If you seem to be having issues with frequent failure, try the hormonal/soil rooting method, which may yield better results.

Can I grow pothos in water only?

You can! Keep it in bright, indirect light and change the water periodically so it doesn’t become sticky. You will also need to apply a liquid fertilizer every 4 to 6 weeks.

Golden pothos
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California Tropical ‘In Joy’ Pothos
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