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How To Propagate Pothos

How To Propagate Pothos
How To Propagate Pothos: A Complete Guide

Well, It's been a roller coaster for me over the last few days. Had been very busy with so much to do, I'd been trying my hand at painting and sketching :) Nevertheless, I had been adding new plants slowly but surely. 


And, of course, I had been constantly propagating my pothos as I love to see them everywhere around my home, even on the kitchen shelves! Now, I have pothos in soil (in pots) and water (in glasses and small, round-shaped aquariums) around different corners of my home!


So, today I'm gonna talk about pothos propagation.


Its nickname is “Devil’s Ivy,” but it’s also sometimes called Variegated Philodendron. It has bright green leaves with yellow, light green, or white markings on them. This is a vining plant and can be grown in hanging containers or trained up a moss pole or trellis.


Learning how to propagate pothos not only saves you money but also guards you against the inconvenience of visiting nurseries. You can get loads of plants for yourself and even give out some of them as gifts. Pothos have gorgeous leaves and their low upkeep needs, them one of the best houseplants for beginners. 


Plant lovers will love this technique because it’s totally free and you get more pothos than you bargained for. Pothos propagation is necessary if your plant is getting a bit leggy or you’re simply looking for more plants. I have been propagating my devil's ivy simply because I wanted more of these gorgeous plants :)


Pothos produce winding vines that run across the sides of a pot or container. The common variety is golden pothos. It is a fun plant to decorate your space. It is popular because it can be easily maintained even by those who have a hard time saving the plant. The pothos works well with less lighting and little water. One of the houseplants that will forgive when you forget to water.


Pothos Cutting Propagation

How To Propagate Pothos
How To Propagate Pothos: A Complete Guide

Perhaps the easiest way to learn how to propagate pothos is to use cuttings. Pothos propagation begins at the root node on the stem at the branch of the leaf or branch. These little bumps on the stems of the rooting pothos are responsible for giving us new pothos.


The first step is to determine the desired length for the vine. Use sharp scissors or a knife to cut the stem just below the best visible leaf node you want to leave. It helps because the vines can be quite long.


The next step is to make smaller cuts. Some plant owners prefer to take root and make whole stems. Personally, I prefer smaller cuts. I have found that it takes a very long time and often does not produce plants. Also, long cuts can lag behind establishing rooting back into the soil after a while in the water.


Cut along the stem to make many individual leaves. Cut off the top and bottom of all leaf stalks, leaving a small piece of the vine at the bottom of the leaf stalk. Always watch out for the small brown bumps on the vine. They are called nodes and are where new roots are formed. As previously explained, cutting does not take root, so you do not want to cut without nodes.


How To Spread Pothos In Water

The next step is to use glasses. I prefer small-sized glasses to spread my pictures. However, it should be noted that the size of the glasses you use depends not only on the size of the cut but also on your personal preferences. Look around and see what works best for cutting your photos!


The next step is to fill the container with water. Place the cut in water so that the tip of the cut is submerged in water. Again, make sure the cut is submerged in water and the node is covered. If the node is above the water level, it will not take root.


The setup is now complete. Put the cuttings in a bright and warm place and let the roots grow. It is advisable to check the cutting condition every few days. Also, do not forget to change the water in the glass and replace it with clean water. It is important to change the water, as fresh oxygen provides water to the cuttings. You also don't want to cut your photos by standing in rotten water.


Planting Propagated Pothos Cutting

How To Propagate Pothos
How To Propagate Pothos: A Complete Guide

Do not rush to move the pothos cuttings to the soil. I personally would like to leave my pothos cuts in water until I have at least 1 inch of roots. The great thing about propagating the pothos in water is that you can see it grow differently than when it grew in the soil. Difference? Yes, I like the little roots that are white and gorgeous :)


In most cases, you will end up with roots a little longer than 2 inches, because almost all cuts wait until 2 inches. Some roots will be longer than others because they don't all grow at the same rate. But I like them to be 2-3 inches long.


As a caveat, keep in mind that the longer the roots stay in the water, the more difficult it will be to adapt when transplanting into the soil. It's a good idea to plant a few cuts that reach 2 inches while waiting for the remaining cuts to get there.


Separate cuts with sufficiently long roots and cuts that do not. Cuts with not long enough roots and cuts without roots should be put back into the water until roots are formed. Again, patience is key.


Planting and Growing Pothos Cuttings

Pothos can be successfully grown in all-purpose soils. Pick each of the rooted cuttings and begin placing them around the edges of the pot.


Reach out and add soil whenever necessary to keep the cuttings upright. Fill the center of the pot with cuttings and add more soil if necessary.


Water slowly and thoroughly until water runs out of the bottom of the pot. This is the recommended method for watering most plants.


How to Propagate Pothos in The Ground

When learning how to propagate pothos, you may want to consider soil propagation. Some people prefer soil spread to water spread. If you are a beginner, you may want to try both methods and find out which one works best for you.


Soil propagation for pothos begins the same as water propagation. But instead of putting the pothos in the water, we use soil. Take the pothos cuttings and keep them on the rooting hormone.


Then put them on the ground. Ensure that the soil remains moist at all times. For best results, keep your rooting pothos out of direct sunlight as well.


Caring for Your Propagated Pothos Plants

How To Propagate Pothos
How To Propagate Pothos: A Complete Guide

If you did your propagation right, your new pothos plants should be healthy. Place the pots in a place where they have enough light. Take care of them as you would any other pothos plant. 


Voila! You just learned how to propagate pothos!


Hope you liked the post on how to propagate pothos useful. Now you can try the process and get lots of pothos plants at home, just like I did. Don't forget to share the post with your friends. Next, I'm gonna write on how to propagate orchids at home, so stay tuned!


If you have anything to discuss, I would love to hear from you people, go on and comment or write back!


Cheers and best wishes!

Chao 👋


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