How to Propagate a Pothos Plant




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If you're got an overgrown pothos plant or are looking for an easy way to get more plants, propagation via cuttings if the best way to go! In this instructable I'll show you how to trim your pothos plant, take cuttings, root the cuttings in water, and how to plant the pothos cuttings and take care of them.

I love this method of pothos propagation because it is super easy - all you need is some time and glasses of water!

Step 1: Tools for Propagating a Pothos

Thankfully, you don't need much!

  • Sharp scissors or an x-acto knife
  • Glasses full of water to hold cuttings
  • Pot for planting
  • Indoor or all-purpose potting soil for planting

Step 2: Trim Your Pothos Plant

As you can see, my plant was getting a little out of control. I had to wind its vines into the other pothos nearby to keep them up and away from my cats. It was actually as long as I am tall!

First things first: time for a trim! Decide how long you'd like the vines to be and trim them directly below the lowest leaf node you want to leave. Untangle the vines and lay them out individually to get ready to make some cuttings!

Step 3: Cut the Pothos Stems Into Individual Nodes

Now it's time to dismantle the pothos stems into individual cuttings. Some folks like to root a whole stem, but I find that takes a very long time and often doesn't produce a plant that transfers easily back to soil after being in water so long.

Instead, I cut along the stem to create individual leaf cuttings. Cut to the left and right of every leaf stem, leaving a small piece of vine attached to the bottom of the leaf stem. See the little brown bumps on the vine? Those are called nodes, and that's where new roots will form.

Step 4: Place the Pothos Stems in Water and Wait

I use small juice glasses for this, but have a look around and see what fits your pothos cuttings best!

Fill your container(s) with water and place the cuttings into the water so the cut ends remain submerged.

Place the cuttings in a warm, bright spot and leave them to grow roots. Check on the cuttings every couple of days and dump out the old water and replace it with new. (Oxygen dissolves in standing water after a time, so it's important to refresh!)

Step 5: How to Know When Your Pothos Cuttings Are Ready to Plant

I always leave my pothos cuttings in water until they have at least one inch of roots. In this case, I ended up with much longer ones waiting for more of the cuttings to root, so the roots are between two and three inches.

Keep in mind that the longer the roots remain in water, the harder it will be for them to make the change to soil. It's better to plant some of the cuttings while waiting for the rest. :)

Sort your cuttings and remove the cuttings with roots from the water. Cuttings without roots can remain in water until they form roots - some can take quite a while!

Step 6: Planting and Growing the Pothos Cuttings

Fill a pot about 2/3 full with fresh potting soil and start placing the cuttings around the edges of the pot, adding soil as necessary to keep the cuttings in the right place. Then fill in the middle of the pot with cuttings and add more soil as needed.

Water slowly and thoroughly, until the water runs out the bottom of the pot. Once it stops dripping, place the pot where you want it to live and care for it like a normal pothos. Congrats! You just propagated a pothos. :D

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13 Discussions

Jack of Most Trades

16 days ago

Those little jars that Dannon "French Style" yogurt come in make great rooting jars. I didn't know you propagate from a little snip of stem with a node. Now I'll have more success with my vines.


19 days ago

You think yours are out of control? Get a load of my tangled mess... Got the plant (and another unknown vineing plant) as a housewarming gift 7 yrs ago and just do my best to keep it above cat's reach... I think its doing more than surviving, its thriving! Lol! Question... A lot of my plant is empty vine. When I begin to untangle and prune, have you noticed if leaves and nodes from the tips grow better or ones closer to the soil end of the vine?


20 days ago on Introduction

Thanks! My mum used to propagate all sorts of plants, and very quickly too. Her "trick"?: she always cut the leaves with very little or no stems attached, and placed them in twos, one facing the other, in warm compost that she kept moist and sunlit.The "twosomes" grew roots very quickly, and she said they liked to be with siblings!


4 months ago

Thank you so much for this. My pathos plant needs help and this sounds like just the ticket!


7 months ago

I’m so excited to have found this. My 13-year-old granddaughter will be spending a few days with me next week. I’ve been looking for fun & educational projects for us. My pothos needs a good trimming, so this is perfect. Thanks!


7 months ago

Interesting... I'm wondering if spring/summer is the best time for this. It would be great if I could get them going outdoors!

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Reply 7 months ago

Mine have definitely grown roots quicker when it's warmer. The ones I started over the winter went sooooooo slow. :)


7 months ago

I was about to say! Water roots are different from soil roots. I would have suggested the cuttings be placed in sterile starter mix.

Moisten the mix and place it in a roasting pan or something oven safe. Moisten the mix and set the oven to the lowest temperature, place the soil, in the covered pan, in the oven until the soil temperature reaches 165°F for 20 minutes.

Kink Jarfold

7 months ago on Step 6

I've always liked the coloring of these plants. Nice How To post. Kudos. Also, cute moniker. Your pictures cannot hide that impish sense of humor of yours.


7 months ago

Now I understand why my cuttings never survived...thank you! :D


7 months ago

Thanks for sharing !


7 months ago

Wow! The pictures are exquisite and make me relaxed. Thanks so much for the post, just keep on......