How to propagate a Satin Pothos plant

Last Updated: September 5, 2023

We are in love with Satin Pothos plants because of their incredible silver speckles leaves. Although they can sometimes be a little fussy to care for, propagating Satin Pothos plants is a total breeze! It really couldn’t be easier and soon you’ll have so many Satin Pothos plants you won’t know what to do with them all. 

In this post, we will guide you through the whole process of propagating your Satin Pothos plant, from tools needed to step by step methods as well as issues you might face along the way.

Why propagate a Satin Pothos plant?

There are several reasons why you might choose to propagate your Satin Pothos. The main reason is probably just wanting to multiply the number of Satin Pothos’ you have without having to shell out any more money on houseplants! Plants and plant cuttings make great gifts for friends which is why we always make sure to take a few cuttings from each of our new plants. 

The other reason why many plant parents choose to propagate their Satin Pothos is that their plant is either too long or becoming very leggy. Cutting your Satin 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 Satin Pothos cuttings, why not propagate them and start a whole new mother plant.

What tools will you need to propagate a Satin Pothos plant?

Let’s start off with the easy part. It’s important to make sure you have all the things you need before taking that first cutting.

Propagate a Satin Pothos using stem cuttings

This is the main method of propagating Satin Pothos plants as it’s suitable for all maturities and lengths of Pothos plants. It’s also really easy too as you can create several new Satin Pothos plants just by taking a short stem cutting.

  1. Locate a healthy stem 

    When taking a stem cutting you want to make sure that the part of the plant you are cutting is healthy to give you any chance of success. Avoid any sign of disease or pests as they will be transferred onto your new cuttings.

    Ideally, you want to locate a stem that has several healthy nodes and leaves. A node is the joint in the stem where the root would grow out from (you will feel a slight bump running a finger down the stem). If you can, try to choose a section of the plant that already has aerial roots as this means it will be a more mature plant and propagation will be quicker.

  2. Make the cut 

    You want to use clean scissors/ shears or a knife to make the cut to avoid passing on dirt or any infection to the cuttings. Use your tools to make a clean cut across the stem leaving at least one node per section. 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.

  3. Fill up your container with water 

    Next, you want to fill up a glass with fresh temperate water to place your Satin Pothos cuttings into. Make sure the water isn’t super cold or hot as this will shock or burn the cutting and weaken your chances at a successful propagation.

    It’s best to use purified water so the levels of chlorine and fluoride aren’t as high as in the water straight out of the tap. A great way to do this naturally is to leave the water out for 24 hours to allow the chemicals to evaporate. You can also use filtered water or collected rainwater to avoid this sensitivity.

  4. Place your cuttings in water

    Make sure that the nodes on your Satin Pothos stem cutting are sat in the water so that the roots will start to grow out from them. Place your glass in bright but indirect sunlight. Intense light will damage the cutting and prevent a successful propagation. You can use a light monitor to figure out if you’re Satin Pothos cuttings are getting the right amount of sunlight. You can also supplement sunlight levels by using an LED grow light which are great at encouraging growth in cuttings. We love this one which is available on Amazon here. 

    It’s at this stage that you might choose to use rooting hormone. This will help to speed up root growth on the new cuttings. We have always found this rooting gel to be successful – you can buy it on Amazon here. 

  5. Change out the water regularly 

    One of the most important steps in the Satin Pothos propagation process is to switch out the water in your glass regularly (every 2-3 days). This keeps the water free from bacteria and stops it from stagnating which is harmful to your cutting. Stagnant water will also start to smell so it’s something you really want to avoid.

  6. Be patient 

    Luckily Satin Pothos plants are fairly quick at growing roots and after a week or two, you should start to see them popping through. 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.

  7. Plant your cuttings into fresh potting mix

    Once the roots on your Satin Pothos cutting are a few inches long, it’s time to pot them into soil! We recommend using a high-quality potting mix to aid with drainage and aeration. Our top choice for soil would be this potting mix from Miracle Gro. 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.

  8. Resume usual Satin 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. But after a few weeks, you can go back to usual Satin Pothos care and soon those cuttings will be long enough to propagate again!

Propagate a Satin Pothos through division of the mother plant

This method of propagation only really works if your Satin Pothos is quite bushy and you don’t mind taking a chunk from it to form a new plant. But it’s a great way to propagate your Pothos plant if you don’t want to wait weeks and months for new growth. This way you get two (or more) plants instantly!

  1. Take your plant out of the pot

    In order to propagate your Satin Pothos through division, you need to be able to locate the various vines and separate out the roots. Take your plant out of its pot carefully, trying not to damage the leaves or root system. 

  2. Locate the various natural divisions

    When looking for a part of the plant to divide it will become very obvious that there are various different offshoots and stems on your Satin Pothos. The best way to locate them is by following each individual vine and loosening the roots around it. 

    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. 

  3. Separate your plant

    You may have to trim off the odd root here and there if they aren’t detangling easily but you should be able to carefully pull the sections and vines apart from each other. It’s ok if you have to slice around the plant a little to separate them but just make sure that each section ends up with a good amount of roots to ensure your propagation is successful.

  4. Place each section in fresh potting mix

    Pop your mother plant back into its original pot (or downsize slightly if you have taken away a substantial amount of the original plant). Then pot your new Satin Pothos plant(s) into fresh potting mix.

    If the roots aren’t very mature you may want to grow them in water for a few weeks but we tend to always go straight into potting mix when propagating Satin Pothos through division. Never reuse old potting mix from another plant as this can contain pests or bacteria that will transfer onto your new Satin Pothos plant. 

  5. Continue normal care

    That’s all, your Satin Pothos propagation is complete! Now your plants are safely in their new homes you want to resume normal Pothos care.

Satin Pothos Propagation FAQs

Here’s some answers to the most common questions we get on this subject, hopefully something here can help!

Common problems when propagating a Satin Pothos plant

Propagating plants doesn’t always have a 100% success rate and you may encounter some problems along the way. But don’t worry, below we have all the main problems you may face when propagating your Satin Pothos so you can figure out what is causing these problems to arise and hopefully solve them before it kills your plant cuttings.

We hope you have found this complete guide to Satin Pothos propagation useful. You might not get a 100% success rate all the time as some cuttings take longer to root in and sometimes it just doesn’t work. But as long as you are equipped with the right method, care, environment and tools you should have a pretty good shot at growing new Satin Pothos plants. We have had to wait several months before seeing any root growth on plant cuttings so it really can just be a waiting game. But the end result is worth it so be patient! 

Check out our full Satin 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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