Pothos, or Golden Pothos as it is often known, is a fantastic houseplant because it is easy to grow, is happy in low light and doesn’t require a lot in terms of fertiliser or water. Pothos is also really easy and simple to propagate.
This beautiful jungle vine that originates from the Society Islands of French Polynesia is low-maintenance, unfussy and looks great in any home or office, making them a rewarding option even if you don’t have green fingers!
So What are Pothos Plants?
Pothos are great for homes, offices, and even in the bathroom since they don’t need much sunlight or maintenance. The leaves can be paler green, yellow, white or bright green.
When is the Right Time for Pothos Plant Propagation?
Propagating pothos is a fairly easy process, allowing you to transform your one plant into many. It’s a good idea to propagate your pothos when it starts ageing, becoming very leggy and unruly, or getting pot bound, in order to give your plant a fresh start.
Eventually, any pothos in a pot will become pot bound, which means that it’s used up all the space and soil available in the pot. If your pothos is starting to droop after being in your care a long time, lift it gently out of the pot. If there are a lot more roots than soil, it’s time to think about pothos plant propagation.
Check the Health of Your Pothos Plant
Successful pothos propagation starts with a healthy piece of your vine. Start by visually inspecting your vine. Avoid choosing any piece of the vine that has a dead or decaying tip, black or dried leaves, or where the vine is turning yellow or decaying.
You want a strong and healthy piece that is deep green and thriving, with a strong stem and healthy leaves.
Cutting a Piece from the Vine
Once you’ve found a healthy section of your vine that’s perfect for pothos propagation, select a piece that is approximately 6 inches in length with around 5 or so healthy leaves.
Look for the root nodes (brown stubs) just below the leaves on opposite sides of the vine, cutting close to the nodes without damaging them. This is where your new roots will start sprouting from.
Now, we move onto two different methods of propagating pothos – the first, propagating it in water with no rooting hormone, and second, propagating pothos in soil.
How to Propagate Pothos Plants in Water Without Rooting Hormone
How to Propagate Pothos in Soil
One of the questions we often get asked is, “Can you propagate pothos in soil?” and the answer is yes, propagating pothos in soil is easy! Here’s how.
Caring for Your Pothos Plant
Place the container in a location that gets lots of indirect light but no direct sunlight. Keep the soil moist, but do not soak the soil or over-water, as this will damage the vine. It should take around one month for the new roots to develop.
Fertilizing Your Pothos
These plants require little in the way of fertiliser, but you can boost their health and growth by applying a balanced liquid or granular fertiliser (20-20-20) on a bi-monthly basis.
A healthy pothos can grow to 30 feet long, but if you want to keep it more contained, then simply prune it on a regular basis. This will help keep the foliage full and prevent the vine from becoming leggy.
Positioning Your Pothos
Pothos plants like Golden Pothos don’t need a lot of light and can be damaged by direct sunlight, so it’s important to position your plant pot correctly. Choose a spot indoors where it gets lots of indirect light and place a climbing trellis against the pot to allow the vine to climb.
When you see new tendrils appear, gently wind some of them around the trellis to start it off. Alternatively, you can place it on a shelf so that it grows downwards and forms a curtain.
Watering Your New Pothos Correctly
The right way to water your new pothos plant is to sprinkle the soil rather than watering the plant and leaves itself. Water it gently, ensuring that the top inch of soil is moist. Don’t soak the soil or water too frequently, as this can harm your plant.
How Often Do You Water a Pothos Plant?
Depending on your environment an indoor pothos plant needs to be watered between every 4-7 days. If your soil is still moist, you can water it less. Outdoor plants can be watered a little more often.
How Do You Prune A Pothos Plant?
Using clean scissors or knife Cut the stem 1/4 inch above a leaf scar. New stems will grow at scars below the cutting point. This is how to grow a fuller, shorter plant. Cut back the stems as much as necessary to keep the plant your desired size.
Why Are The Leaves on My Pothos Pant Turning Yellow?
Yellowing leaves on a pothos plant can signal a serious problem like root rot, fungal disease or bacteria leaf spot. Read our guide here.
Do Pothos Plants Clean the Air?
They are able to remove VOCs (volatile organic compounds) and toxins from the surrounding air. They can remove pollutants such as toluen, carbon monoxide, benzene, zylene and formaldehyde from the air. They can even help you sleep better, read our guide on here.
Check out this cool Time Lapse of a Pothos Propagate Root Development
Now You Know How To Propagate and Maintain Your 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 environments. They can thrive in low light and 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.
Lastly, 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.
Now it's time to start propagating your pothos to experience all of it's benefits. 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.
As you can see, golden pothos propagation and maintenance is easy! Now that you know how to propagate pothos in soil or water, you have a rewarding way to refresh your houseplants and enjoy them for many years to come.