Propagation

How to Propagate a Pothos Plant

Pothos Plants are one of the easiest and rewarding houseplants to care for as they are super fast-growing and can be pretty adaptable to various environments too!

How to Propagate a Pothos Plant

Propagating Pothos plants is definitely one of the simpler propagation methods and you can create plenty of new plants from just a short vine cutting. 

Below we will go through the different methods you can use to propagate your Pothos plant, including a step by step process as well as top tips and any issues you may come across to ensure your propagation is a success!

Why propagate your Pothos plant?

Whether it’s a Devil’s Ivy, Snow Queen Pothos or one of the other incredible Pothos varieties, there are several reasons why you might choose to propagate your plant. The main reason is often simply wanting more plants! Propagation is a great way to get new houseplants without having to open your wallet. Pothos cuttings also make great gifts for your friends and family as they are so easy to grow into full plants. 

Another reason why many plant parents choose to propagate their Pothos is that their plant is either too long or becoming very leggy. Cutting your Pothos back encourages bushier growth and is a great way to cut back that winter growth which may have become straggly or leggy. But instead of simply throwing away those special Pothos cuttings, why not propagate them and start a whole new mother plant. 

You might also be forced to propagate your Pothos plant if you notice that part of the plant is slowly dying. Whilst we are always strong believers that you should do everything you can to save your plant, we do recommend taking a few vine cuttings from the healthy part of the plant just in case your Pothos plant doesn’t make it.

What tools/equipment will you need to propagate your Pothos plant?

It’s important to make sure you have all the right things before you start the propagation process.

 

  • A healthy and mature Pothos plant

  • Clean, sharp scissors/shears

  • Spare pot(s)

  • Fresh potting mix and water

  • Newspaper or plastic sheet if propagating indoors

Propagating a Pothos using Vine Cuttings

This is the main method of propagating Pothos plants as it’s suitable for all maturities and lengths of Pothos plants. It’s also really easy and means you can easily come away with several new Pothos plants by taking a short vine cutting. 

 

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    Locate a Healthy Vine 

    When taking a vine cutting you want to make sure that the part of the plant you are cutting is healthy to give you the highest chance of success. Avoid using parts of the plant that show any sign of disease or pests (eg. brown or yellow leaves) as these problems will be transferred onto your new cuttings and intensified in such young plants. 

    Ideally, you want to cut a vine that has several healthy nodes and leaves. It’s important to know what a node is as without one, your propagation can’t be a success. A node is the joint in the vine where the root would grow out from (you will feel a slight bump running a finger down the vine). If you can, try to choose a section of the plant that already has short roots coming out of the nodes as this means it will be a more mature section of the plant and propagation will be quicker.

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    Make the Cut(s)

    Using clean scissors, shears or a knife, make the cut across the vine. It’s important your tools are clean so they don’t pass on dirt or pests to the cutting or mother plant. 

    Make sure that each section of the vine has at least one node and leaf. If possible try to include 2-3 nodes and leaves on each cutting but it will also work with just 1 so it depends on how much you want to cut off your plant. The number of cuttings you take is entirely up to you and depends on your Pothos plant!

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    Fill up a Container with Water 

    Next, you want to fill up a glass with fresh temperate water to place your Pothos cutting(s) into. 

    It’s super important that you don’t use hot or cold water as this can very quickly shock or burn your delicate cuttings.

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    Place your Cutting(s) in Water

    Make sure that the nodes on your Pothos vine cutting(s) are sat in the water so that the roots will start to grow out from them. Place your glass in bright but indirect sunlight, avoiding any direct light as this can burn the leaves.

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    Make sure you change out the water regularly 

    To prevent stagnant water and bacteria from forming, you need to be refreshing the water every few days. 

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    Be patient 

    Now comes the boring part – waiting! However, the good news is that Pothos propagation is actually relatively quick and you should see roots growing after only a week or two. It can be a little unpredictable though so just make sure your cuttings are getting enough light, warmth and fresh water and you should start to see roots soon.

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    Plant your cuttings into fresh potting mix

    Once the roots on your Pothos cutting are about 5 or more centimetres long, it’s time to pot them into fresh potting mix! We recommend using a high-quality potting mix to make sure your cuttings are getting enough nutrients. Carefully place your cuttings a few centimetres into the soil, making sure not to damage the newly formed roots as they can be quite delicate.

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    Resume usual Pothos care

    For the first few weeks of your cuttings living in potting mix, we recommend keeping the soil a little more moist than usual as the cuttings are used to living in water and you don’t want their roots to dry out and shrivel up. But after a few weeks, you can go back to usual Pothos care and soon those vines will be long enough to propagate again!

Propagating a Pothos plant through division of the mother plant

This method of propagation works best if your Pothos is quite bushy and has several separate vines. it’s a great way to propagate your Pothos plant if you don’t want to wait weeks and months for new growth but do be prepared to take a chunk out of the mother plant and it will appear thinner.

 

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    Take your Pothos plant out of its pot

    To propagate your Pothos plant using the division method, you need to be able to locate the various vines and detangle the roots. Take your plant out of its pot carefully, trying not to damage the leaves or root system. 

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    Locate the various natural divisions in your Pothos plant 

    When looking for a part of the plant to divide it will become very obvious that there are various different offshoots and vines that make up your Pothos plant. The best way to locate them is by following each individual vine from the tip to the pot. 

    Shake off the potting mix around the roots so you can see the entire root system clearly. A good way to loosen the soil is to run your fingers through the roots to start to separate them. Don’t worry if a few break or fall out, this is normal and won’t cause much damage to your plant. Each vine should have its own root system that you can pull apart from each other.

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    Separate the vines

    You may have to trim off the odd root here and there if the sections aren’t coming apart from each other very easily but with a bit of work, you should be able to separate out the different vines. 

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    Place each section in fresh potting mix

    Pop your mother plant back into its original pot (or downsize to a smaller pot if you’ve taken away quite a bit from the mother plant). Then pot your new Pothos plant(s) into fresh potting mix. As you are dividing an already mature plant, you can usually skip the water step!

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    Continue normal Pothos plant care

    That’s all there is to it! The Pothos propagation is complete! Now your new plants are safely in their new pots you want to simply care for them as you would any other Pothos plant.

Pothos Propagation FAQs

Here’s a few of the most common questions we find people have when looking to propagate their Pothos.

Common problems when propagating Pothos plants

Whilst propagating Pothos plants is definitely easier than some other houseplant types, that doesn’t mean it won’t come with some issues every now and again. You might be lucky and find the whole process goes off without a hitch, but it’s important to look through the common issues below so you know what to look out for and can act quickly if something is wrong. 

We hope this guide to Pothos propagation has been useful! It can be a little unpredictable and things won’t always go the way you want them to! But with the right method, care and environment, you are ensuring that there’s nothing else you can do to help those cuttings thrive. Pothos plants are fast growers and your small cuttings will soon enough be long cascading vines, so it’s definitely worth a little bit of hassle.

Check out our full Pothos care guide to find all the information on how to continue to care for your cuttings once they have matured.

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