Propagating Pothos

Pothos plants (Epipremnum aureuma) are one of the easiest houseplants to grow, making them very popular. Propagating pothos plants is a great way to get more plants to fill your home for free.

Propagating pothos is so simple that beginner houseplant owners can easily do it. It is as easy as giving your pothos plant a haircut and plopping in water. But let’s get the details for sure success!

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All you need is a healthy pothos plant and some simple supplies. Here’s everything you need to know about propagating pothos plants.

Propagating Pothos Supplies


To propagate pothos plants, you will need the following supplies:

  • A healthy pothos plant with at least two leaves
  • A sharp knife or pair of scissors/snips
  • A glass jar or vase filled with water
  • A bright, sunny spot

How to Propagate Pothos plant in water

Cut a 4 to 6 inch length of stem from the mother plant. The cutting should contain at least 4 or more leaves. Use a sharp knife or pair of snips to make a clean cut just below a leaf node.

A leaf node is a point on the stem where leaves emerge.

Remove the lowest leaf or leaves from the stem cutting, making sure to remove any leaves that would be under the water.

Place the stem cutting in a glass jar or small vase filled with water. Make sure that at least two leaf nodes are submerged underwater.

Place the jar or vase in a bright sunny spot with indirect sun and wait for new growth to appear.

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Keep the water topped up and refresh if it begins to get cloudy or dirty looking. Keeping the cuttings in a place you view daily can help you stay on top of it.

It can take anywhere from one to four weeks for new roots to grow.

Planting Rooted Pothos (Epipremnum aureuma) Cuttings

As soon as you see roots growing it is time to place your rooted cuttings into soil. A good-quality potting soil mix will work fine.

The longer the rooted cuttings stay in the water the harder time they will have adapting to the soil.

Place some potting soil into your container of choice, and gently place a cutting or several on the soil. Fill in around the cuttings with more soil and gently press it to firm.

Water well. Place your freshly potted Pothos plant in a bright spot with indirect sun and keep the soil moist but not wet. Soon your new pothos plant will begin to grow and fill in with new leaves.

Using several rooted cuttings of pothos in one pot or container creates a fuller plant faster.

Propagating Pothos in Soil

Another way to propagate pothos is directly in a loose potting soil like cactus mix or in perlite. I don’t find this method as quick or easy as propagating in water but you can give it a try.

Take your cuttings the same way as rooting in water. Dip the bottom two nodes into rooting hormone. Place into your pot or container, and fill with the cactus mix or perlite.

Water well.

When you see new growth on your pothos you know it has rooted.

Growing Pothos Plants

Growing pothos is easier than most houseplants making them an easy plant for beginners.

There is an entire article on growing Pothos here.

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Grow Happy Healthy Pothos

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That’s all there is to it! With just a few simple supplies, you can easily propagate pothos plants at home. Give it a try and see how many new plants you can grow!

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