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Where to Cut Pothos to Propagate-Simple Steps With Pictures

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Have you been wondering where to cut Pothos to propagate, and also achieve a full plant at the same time? In this post, I will show you step by step with pictures exactly how you can do this. I demonstrate using my own plant, and the before and after is quite dramatic!

You can easily do the same with your Pothos, so let’s get propagating and I’ll show you how you can do the same.

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You can use this simple process for any pothos plant. In this post, I’m demonstrating with golden pothos, sometimes known as devil’s ivy, which is one of the best low maintenance and low light indoor plants that you can grow!

Pothos plants (Epipremnum aureum) are among the easiest plants to propagate.

3 EASY STEPS FOR POTHOS PROPAGATION

1. WHERE TO CUT POTHOS TO PROPAGATE

If you really want to maximize your pothos cuttings, you’ll want to take single node cuttings.

What does this mean? Take a look at the photo below.

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Single node cutting of Pothos

Simply take a pair of sharp scissors and snip cuttings just like the one above. Find where the leaf and petiole attaches onto the main vine (this is the node) and snip on either end of the vine.

You may even already see little brown bumps (see where my finger is pointing in the photo). These are aerial roots and they will start to grow once you place them in water to root.

You can make longer cuttings with of vines with multiple leaves and nodes, and there is nothing wrong with this.

But by taking single node cuttings, you will maximize the number of resulting vines since each propagated node will produce a new vine.

2. WATER PROPAGATION

Next, I placed a bunch of these cuttings in water and allowed them to root.

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I took all the pothos cuttings and placed them in containers with fresh tap water. Keep an eye on the water level and always make sure that the nodes are under water.

It’s always a good idea to take multiple cuttings if you can, because not all the cuttings may make it (but you should have a very high success rate if you follow the tips in this post.)

As water evaporates, top off your jar of water with fresh water. If you notice anything that is rotting, go ahead and pull that material out and change the water.

I like to place my cuttings in a bright spot, with most bright indirect light.

Depending on your conditions, I’ve seen new roots occur in a matter of days, but sometimes it can take up to a couple of weeks or so.

In the picture below you can clearly see everything in action. As you can see, new pothos vines and new roots will start to grow from the node.

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Here are several cuttings that have fully rooted. Each cutting also has a new vine growing already.

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At this point, the next step is to plant the rooted cuttings in potting mix. Look at the photo above. I ideally would have not waited for the roots to get this long in order to plant in potting mix.

The cuttings will have an easier time transitioning with shorter roots once planted into potting mix, but everything still worked out beautifully in the end.

I would recommend planting in potting mix as soon as the new roots are about an inch long or so. At this point, you may not have any new vine growth visible yet, but they will come, so don’t worry.

3. PLANT IN FRESH POTTING SOIL

Next, go ahead and plant all the cuttings in fresh potting soil. Be sure to use a pot with drainage holes.

In my case below, planted in a coconut fiber lined hanging basket. Although there are no drainage holes per say in this case, the water goes straight through the liner when I water, so it’s good to go!

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Notice that I placed the cuttings pretty close together because I wanted to achieve a nice, fuller look. And remember that each of these cuttings will produce a new vine!

For my potting mix, I mixed in some perlite in with an all-purpose potting mix. I used about 2 or 3 parts of Miracle Gro potting mix with 1 part of perlite.

(Please note that you could have skipped placing the cuttings in water to root, and instead placed them straight into potting mix. Although this skips a step, I feel like it’s easier and more gratifying for many people to root in water first and then plant into soil.)

As a general rule of thumb, maintain fairly moist soil, but allow the top inch of soil to dry out before watering again.

I made 2 baskets like this. Fast forward one year, and this is what the baskets look like. Look how full and beautiful they are! They are both hanging over a bathtub and right under a skylight.

Here is one of the baskets:

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And here is the other basket. One long vine already reached the bathtub and will need to be trimmed or looped around the hanging basket so it’s not in the way.

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There is nothing wrong with planting only only a couple cuttings in a pot. But if you want a bushier look and not just one or two long vines, go ahead and plant several in the same pot if you have enough plant material.

IF I CUT MY POTHOS, WILL IT GROW BACK?

Many people have asked me what will happen to the mother plant that the pothos cuttings are taken from. Will the mother plant grow back?

The answer is yes! Take a look at the photo below.

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You can clearly see the cut end of the vine on the mother plant, and also the new growth where the new vine is starting to grow back. It is the gift that keeps on giving!

ADDITIONAL TIPS TO HELP PROPAGATE POTHOS

  • The best time to propagate any plant is during the active growing season. Spring or Summer will give you the quickest results, but I’ve successfully propagated in all seasons.
  • Don’t place your pothos cuttings in a dark area! Situate them close to a window where you would normally grow your plants.
  • Keep your cuttings in a warm location. Plant propagation can take a long time under cool conditions.

I love golden pothos, but there are many more beautiful varieties out there! If you want to expand your pothos collection, check out my post Pothos Varieties: 15 Beautiful Types to Get Your Hands On.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this post on where to cut pothos to propagate. Have you found this post helpful? Comment below. I’d love to hear!

Isabel Elizalde de Jouvin

Saturday 29th of October 2022

Can I live them in a water container instead of planted in soil?

Raffaele

Tuesday 1st of November 2022

Yes, they can grow in water for sure. Just make sure to change the water periodically and add some fertilizer.

Lora

Thursday 20th of October 2022

Thank you for that information! It was very helpful. However I do have a question. Every time I water my pothos one leaf turns yellow and falls off. What's going on?

Raffaele

Tuesday 25th of October 2022

Sometimes if you let the plant get too dry and a leaf starts to yellow, even after you water it, that leaf will continue to yellow. Try and keep more even moisture levels by letting maybe just the top inch dry out and no more. This should help.

Colleen

Sunday 17th of July 2022

Hi Raffaele! Thank you for the wonderful tutorial. I propagated single leaf cuttings in water, they grew long roots and just planted them in the mother plant like your picture! This may be a silly question, but since the mother vine is planted in soil and has calloused over, will my single leaves grow a new vine w/ new leaves? Where does it grow from? Thanks so much!

Raffaele

Tuesday 19th of July 2022

Hi Colleen! Glad you enjoyed the tutorial. Hopefully, I understood your question correctly. The vine that you cut will grow back usually from the node at the end of the vine wherever you cut it off. So just keep an eye out where the leaf meets the vine. You should start to see a new growth swelling there in the coming days/weeks. :-)

Don

Thursday 30th of June 2022

You ROCK! Total newbie and didnt have a clue. Many a green life you may have saved. Many thanks

Raffaele

Friday 1st of July 2022

Aw, you're very welcome Don! Enjoy your plant babies.

elena mount

Saturday 2nd of April 2022

I really need help! I adopted two 25 year old pothos plants and they each have yards of vine with no leaves, and then a foot or 2 with leaves on the very end. if I propagate as above, will the bare vines still root? I was excited to get the plants but am now disappointed after unwrapping the vines that were just wound around making the plant look full. I'm so glad I found this site, I'm new at this! thank you!

Raffaele

Sunday 3rd of April 2022

Hi Elena! You can definitely propagate the ends that have leaves as I describe in this post. I would honestly cut most of the vines off and just leave one or two nodes at the bottom of the original plant and see if it grows back. You can definitely try propagating the leafless vines, but not all of them will take...but since you have plenty of vines, you can certainly try! Hope this helps a bit.