How to propagate pothos plant for free from cuttings in water

How to propagate pothos plant for free from cuttings in water

Pothos plants are one of the most popular houseplants. They don’t have any special requirements regarding light or water or fertilization. You can put pothos in water or put it in soil, put it in your bathroom with low light and high humidity, or put it in a place with a lot of sunlight, it stills grow fast and strongly. And when it comes to how to propagate a pothos plant, it’s free and as easy as a pie. Anyone can do it with a high level of success even in her first try.

Pothos propagation begins with the root nodes on the stem right below the leaf or branch junctures. These tiny bumps on the stems of rooting pothos are the key to propagating pothos. When you put those bumps in water, it will form new roots and eventually a new pothos plant.

There are several reasons why you might want to propagate your pothos plant from cutting:

  • When your aging plant begins to get leggy or your full and healthy plant grows too long, simply give your plant a haircut. It will help to make your pothos grows fuller and bushier.
  • You want to have pothos plants for free to decorate some locations in your house, or as gifts to friends and family. It’s doesn’t require much equipment for pothos propagation and it can under 1 week for pothos cuttings to generate roots, and then in a month for it to start to grow new leaves in pots and containers

Below are 4 easy to follow steps that help you get new pothos plants in no time.

Leggy pathos plant is a good candidate for propagration
Leggy pathos plant is a good candidate for propagration

Level of difficulty

Success rate

Times to finish

Times to get the new plants

Easy

High

15 minutes

1 week for the root to grow and 1 month for the plant to start to make new leaves

Checklist for propagate pothos in water

Before propagating your pothos plant: You need
◻️A pothos plant or some pothos vines. 6 inches of vines at a minimum
◻️A sharp fruit knife or a pair of scissors

◻️A glass of water

◻️Pot and potting soil

◻️Optional: Hydroponic Nutrients, old newspaper

During propagation

◻️Cut stems into individual nodes

◻️Put nodes into the water glass and add some nutrients

After propagation

◻️Wait for the nodes to grow root about 1-2 inches long. It will take 1-2 weeks

◻️Transfer the plant to the potting container

Steps by steps guides on how to propagate pothos by cuttings

Preparation for propagating a pothos plant in water

A pothos plant You can either have an already growing pothos in your house or can ask friends for one or two vines of their pothos. Either-way you only need a branch of pothos about 6 inches (15 cm) at a minimum. In the rare case when you can’t find existing pothos plants anywhere, there’re shops on Etsy that sell pothos vines online for as cheap as 5$ for a bunch of them with free shipping.

Trimming your pathos plant will make it looks fuller
Trimming your pathos plant will eventually make it looks fuller

A pair of gardening scissors to trim your pothos plant

A sharp knife to cut the pothos vines into individual nodes. Although pothos is very tolerating, it’s generally recommended that you avoid using scissors for any type of plant propagation by cutting. Scissors will squeeze and damage the branch and leave the cutting with bruises and might lead to infections. You can use a ceramic knife, which in my experience is the best for cutting plants and vines the propagation of any kind of tree. A metal knife or x-actor knife is fine. But be careful with the sap from the tree that will make your knife rusty and it less hygiene afterward.

💡Tips: Before cutting the pothos plant for propagation, it’s best to wipe your scissors and knife clean using wet tissue with alcohol 90% just to make sure any germ is removed from the knife. And cleaning up the knife and scissors after you are done cutting the pothos plant is recommended to remove exceed dirt and tree sap. It will keep your tools remain shiny and sharp.

A pair of sharp scissors can give a cleaner cut when propagate pathos
A pair of sharp scissors can give a cleaner cut
Ceramic knife is very sharp and easy to cleanup
Ceramic knife is very sharp and easy to cleanup

A glass full of waters to hold the cutting. Any water container is fine. you can have a glass or even throwaway plastic bottle. It’s preferable to use see-through containers so you can see the progress of the plant propagation over time

You can choose dark green or brown water glass that can filter out some light
You can choose dark green or brown water glass that can filter out some light

Containers and soil to put the plant after it takes root. You can use indoor or all-purpose potting soil for planting

Containers and soil to put the plant after it takes root. You can use indoor or all-purpose potting soil for planting

Rooting hormone (optional). You don’t need rooting hormone when propagating pothos from cutting since this vine is very easy to propagate. But if you have some readily available, it can help the plant to recovers from cutting and root to spout faster

Hydroponic nutrients (optional). This is also optional when propagating pothos, but giving the plant some more nutrition will boots its livelihood and helps to generate root faster, make the leaves much greener, bigger and shinier

💡Tips: You can prepare some old newspaper for cleaning up your workspace during and after cutting the plants

You can prepare some old newspaper for cleaning up your workspace during and after cutting the plants

Step 1: Trim your pothos plant

From your existing pothos plant, trim the plant as you see fit. If you want to make the plant fuller and bushier, you might want to trim the plant near its very root, since from the cutting, 2 more branches will grow out. Or just give your pothos plant a hair cut, remove the vines and branches that are too long.

💡Tips: For the branches vines that you want to use for propagation, you might want to have about at least 6 inches of vines in total so you can produce many cuttings at once. This will increase the chance of success and give you a great number of new plants after a small amount of time

You might want to have about at least 6 inches of pathos vines in total so you can produce many cuttings at once

Step 2: Cut pothos vine into individual nodes

Now it’s time to dismantle the pothos stems into individual cuttings. After sanitizing your knife, cut along the pothos stem to create individual nodes. Some people like to root a whole long vine, but if you want a fuller and faster-growing pothos plant, you want to make it into many smaller nodes. Cut to the left and right of every leaf stem, leaving a small piece of vine attached to the bottom of the leaf stem. The little brown bumps on the vine are called nodes, and that’s where new roots will form.

For the top nodes, you can leave it at a longer size with the leaves attaching

💡Tips: you can wait for several hours for the cutting to heal. You can skip this step if you’re confident or in a hurry. I normally cheat and skip this step since pothos is so easy to propagate. But for some other indoor plants, this step is a must-have. You can also apply the healing solution at this step if you having some readily available.

Dismantle the pothos stems into individual cuttings

Step 3: Put the pothos cuttings into the water and wait for new roots to form to finish the propagation process

Fill the cup of waters with clean water. You can put in some drops of hydroponic nutrients at this step. Put your pothos cuttings in the glass of water and put it in a cool place with filtered sun lights. You can put it in your kitchen or on your bookshelves.

Change waters after 3-4 days or when the water gets muddy or smelly. Remember to put in droplets of nutrients.

After about 5-10 days you can see new roots are forming through the glass of water. After about 1-2 weeks the roots have already form nicely and you can put the plants in the pot. It’s ideally to wait for the root to grow 1-2 inches long. When the root is formed, you can move your pothos plant to a place with more sunlight so the new pothos plants can grow even faster.

Put the pothos cuttings into the water and wait for new roots to form to finish the propagation process
Put the pothos cuttings into the water and wait for new roots to form to finish the propagation process

Step 4: Transfer your pothos plant to the pot to grow

Prepare a pot of clean soil, you can add organic fertilizer in the soil for your newly grow pothos. Pothos prefers dry soil to grow quickly, so it’s best to have terracotta pots or ceramic pots. Plastic pots are also fine, but remember to put a drainage hole at the bottom of the pot and make sure the soil is not too soggy by reducing the water if needed.

Fill the pot with soil to 2/3 of the pot. Put the pothos cutting in the soil and then fill another layer of soil on top to cover the new roots completely.

Water thoroughly and let the water drained out. You can put it in shade for several days and after that bring it to a brighter spot with a lot of sunlight so the new pothos plant can grow faster. Remember to water every 2-3 days.

Put the pothos cuttings into the water and wait for new roots to form to finish the propagation process

Caring for the pothos plant after propagation

🌱Container: it’s best to grow pothos in terracotta since it gives the tree a lot of oxygen to breathe, but other types of pots are fine. After 3-6 months. checks for the bottom of the container. If you can see the root grows out, that means the tree grows up to the container limit. You should consider change bumping the pot size

🏔Soil: pothos prefer medium soil you can put in sands of branches or small stones to make the soil richer in oxygen

💩Fertilizer: it’s best to use organic fertilizer since it promotes bacteria to grow. You can put it into water every 2-3 weeks

💦Water: pothos prefers medium wet soil, but not too damp. You can fully water it every 2-3 days and let it dry out.

🌦Temperature, humidity and light: pothos prefer places with medium humidity and temperature with more 6-8 hours of sunlight

Caring for the pothos plant after propagation

Others ideas with pothos propagation

After growing pothos for a while and have enough experiences with pothos propagation, you might realize how easy it is to propagate a new pothos plant from cuttings. Below are some ideas with pothos plant that I hope can give you a spark of inspiration

Put pothos vines in a vase or bottle of water and grow it hydroponically. Since the plant can easily live in waters and you don’t have to throw it away after one week as flowers, it’s an ideal solution for spots that require low maintenance and you can’t reach to water every day such as the top of the shelf, or your working space at work

Put pothos vines in a vase or bottle of water and grow it hydroponically

Combine pothos plant with some others vines that live well and grow root in waters but have a different texture and leaf color like wandering jews. You can also put several pothos plants in your bathroom. Pathos will help remove the odors and maintain the perfect humidity for your bathroom

Put pothos vines in a vase or bottle of water and grow it hydroponically.

Pothos is also a wonderful plant to plant to cover the soil of other types of bigger indoor plants. It will make your container looks fuller and cover the soil as well as part of the vase and the container arrangement

Pothos is also a wonderful plant to plant to cover the soil of other types of bigger indoor plants

Instruction video Propagating pothos from cuttings

Questions on how to propagate pothos plants

How long does it take for pothos to grow in water?

It takes from 1-2 weeks for roots started to show in waters and about 1 month after transfer into new soil for the plant to stabilize and start growing new leaves

Can you propagate pothos in soil?

Absolutely yes, but you need to make sure the soil is well watered and not too damp. You might want to bring the pot in your house and maintain a high level of humidity for the plant to grow. But it will take longer compared with the watering methods. The cons are the root once formed has already stable and start to grow

Can you propagate pothos without rooting hormone?

You can propagate pothos without any rooting hormone at all