I often refer to pothos as old-school plants, and they’re definitely one of the most common plants you’ll see in collections worldwide.
And there’s nothing surprising about it. Pothos are super-easy to maintain and their trailing vines add a spectacular touch to any indoor design.
Best of all, you can quickly expand your pothos collection by propagating the plant. If you’re a beginner, don’t worry, you can get new plants even if you aren’t skillful or own any special equipment.
Here’s how to propagate pothos plants in 5 easy steps!
The easiest way to propagate pothos plants is through the stem-cutting method. So, the first step is to select a healthy and robust pothos stem and cut it with clean and sharp scissors.
The section you take from the plant should be approximately 6 inches long.
Always make an incision just above the leaf node, i.e., the tiny bump on the stems where new leaves will form.
Make sure that every pothos cutting has about 2-3 leaves.
Now it’s time to prepare the cutting for planting and get a rooting medium. Remove the bottom leaves from each pothos cutting because they can rot if you bury them in the soil.
Fill a small pot(s) with soil suitable for pothos plants. It should be free-draining and porous to prevent waterlogging and ensure good airflow.
Take the cutting and bury it in the soil; 2 inches of the cutting should be below the soil surface.
Lightly water your pothos cuttings. Never allow the soil to become soggy because overwatering your pothos can have detrimental effects.
It’s time to find a perfect spot for your pothos. Place it in a warm spot where it will get a lot of bright indirect sunlight. Remember that direct sun can damage your cuttings; if you can’t find a spot in indirect light, filter the light by putting curtains on the windows.
Your pothos cuttings will benefit from slightly higher humidity. I mist the soil and cuttings approximately twice a week using fresh and clean water.
Don’t allow the soil to dry out entirely because underwatering a pothos can lead to various issues.
Another way to boost humidity is by covering the cutting with a plastic bag.
Don’t panic if your pothos cuttings look droopy after propagation. They typically need a week to adjust to their new conditions.
Once the cutting generates roots that are a few inches long, it’s time to plant it in a larger pot.
If you find it hard to determine if the roots are long enough, gently pull the cutting and if it shows resistance, you can proceed with transplantation.
Can You Propagate Pothos In Water?
If you prefer propagating your plants in water, you’ll be delighted to hear that you can use this method for pothos plants.
There are a few things to pay attention to if you decide on this method. First, when putting your pothos cutting in water, make sure the leaves aren’t in contact with the water because they can quickly rot.
You should refresh the water approximately every 3 days, or sooner if you notice it’s getting dirty.
Once the pothos cuttings form the roots and they’re a couple of inches long, you can plant them in a suitable potting mix.
When To Propagate Pothos
Some gardeners claim that you can propagate pothos any time of year. Well, the thing is that the success rate is highest when the plant is actively growing.
For pothos plants, the growing season starts in the spring and lasts through summer. This is when you should propagate for best results.
If you thought that getting new pothos plants is hard or expensive, now you know the cheapest and easiest method! Make sure to give your pothos enough light and water, and enjoy watching it thrive!