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How to Propagate Pothos

Are you planning to add pothos in your home?

Then knowing how to propagate pothos is essential, for you to avoid planting them from scratch.

If you are one of the many who is wondering how to do this, then the information below will surely be beneficial to you.

So What are Pothos Plants?

What are Pothos Plants

One of the popular plants seen in homes today is pothos plants. A lot of homeowners love them because they don’t require too much sunlight, fertilization, and even water.

Pothos are also known as devil’s ivy, wherein the vines grow within the leaves. The leaves can be paler green, yellow, white or bright green.

Propagating the Pothos

Due to its popularity, more and more homeowners are looking for ways on how they can replant the pothos. Typically, propagation starts with the nodes of the root, which are located below the branch or the leaf.

The key to a successful reproduction are the little bumps that can be found on the rooting’s stems. Once you notice that your plants are getting leggy, it is time for you to start giving it a cut.

The cut will then be used for propagation, so you no longer need to plant it using the seed.

How to Propagate Pothos Plants in the Water

How to Propagate Pothos Plants in the Water

There are different ways on how you can propagate pothos plants and knowing these ways is essential for you to have options. You will also get to choose the option that is most convenient for you.

Checking the Vine

Checking the Vine Pothos

The first thing that you need to do is to check the vine that you are planning to cut if it is healthy enough. Avoid choosing a vine that has a dead or decaying tip, black leaves, dried leaves, and vines that are decaying or turning yellow.

Start Cutting the Vine

The next thing that you need to do is to start cutting one piece of the vine, and the length should at least be 6 inches in length and has 5 leaves that are healthy.

There should also be nodes, which are the stubs that are brown that can be found on each of the leaves and are on the opposite side of the vine. It would be ideal to cut closer to the node since this is where you will find the roots that will start sprouting.

Removing the Leaves

Start removing the leaves that are closest to the node’s bottom. The reason behind this is because to help avoid the leaves from dying once you start placing them in the water.

Placing the Vine in the Water

Place the vine in a container and fill it with water up to the part where the nodes are. You may also add a liquid fertilizer if you feel the need. But make sure not to overdo it since it can be bad for the vine. If you are not familiar with a liquid fertilizer, then you can just skip it.

Position the Container

Once you are done placing the vine in the container, it would be best to place the container in a spot where there is a little bit of light. To ensure that the nodes’ roots will keep growing, it is wise to refill its water regularly.

How to Propagate Pothos Plants in the Soil

How to Propagate Pothos Plants in the Soil

Choosing a Pot

The first thing that you need to do is to choose a pot that can drain the water well. You also need to ensure that the pot has at least 6 inches of depth. A tray underneath the pot is essential, especially if you are going to put the pot indoors.

Covering the Vine

Using your finger, create a hole in the soil, where you are going to place the vine. You need to make sure that the vine will be covered at least an inch above the roots. Once you are done, cover it with the soil and ensure that the hole is filled. Avoid packing the soil down.

Watering the Plant the Right Way

The right way to water the plant is by sprinkling the water to the soil instead of watering the plants itself. You also need to make sure that at least an inch of the ground is moist but not wet.

Avoid soaking the soil too much as mud and puddles are not ideal for your plant.

Allow It to Grow

Place the pot in the right area, where it can have the right amount of sunlight. To ensure that the vines will climb, you can use some trellis. All you need to do is to twine some of the vines that are long around the trellis. If you put it indoors, you can place it on the shelf to make a curtain.


tips on how to propagate pothos

These are the tips on how to propagate pothos so you can start planting them anywhere in your house. Of course, for your plant to grow healthily, caring for them is an essential thing for you to do.

Fortunately for you, pothos have the ability to enjoy different types of environment. They can thrive in low light or even in indirect light, so you don’t have to worry about not placing it under the sun. When choosing a soil, you need to make sure that they are nutritious enough for the vine to grow.

Pothos can be placed in homes, offices, and even in the bathroom since they don’t need much sunlight.

Lastly, having pothos in your home is beneficial since it can clean the air in your room. It can also help your eyes to feel relaxed, especially if you feel congested or irritated. Some of the other problems that can be prevented or treated are glaucoma, cataracts, and hypertension.

Start propagating your pothos for you to experience the benefits that it has. Just don’t forget to follow the tips above on how to propagate them depending on your preferences, for you to ensure that they will grow exactly the way they should be.

About the Author Ann Katelyn

I'm Ann Katelyn, Creator and Chief Author of Sumo Gardener. Since I was a child I've always been fascinated with plants and gardens, and as an adult this has developed into my most loved hobby. I have dedicated most of my life to gardening and started Sumo Gardener as a way to express my knowledge about gardening with the hope of helping other people's gardens thrive.

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