How to Propagate Pothos in Water

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Looking for ways to grow your indoor garden on a budget? Propagating plants is the easiest way to grow your garden for free! Learn how to propagate pothos in water with these 7 easy steps.

Pothos is one of the easiest houseplants to grow and care for.

They are low maintenance, resilient, can tolerate different levels of light, boosts the mood, and purifies the air.

But did you also know that they are super easy to propagate in water?

It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of easy-care houseplants.

My plants grew so much while summering outdoors.

So it’s time to clean them up and cut some of them back.

But what to do with the cuttings?

I’m going to grow more plants!

Several easy care houseplants can be propagated in water.

And pothos are one of the easiest houseplants to propagate. You can pot them up after they form roots or continue to grow them in water.

My pothos was growing out of control in the kitchen.

So I gave them a haircut and started rooting them in these cute bud vases.

I started my pothos cuttings about two weeks ago and already have some roots.

And this is how I did it.

Before pruning pothos for propagation

Supplies to Propagate Pothos

  • pothos
  • sharp scissors or pruners
  • bud vases, glass jars or something similar

How to Propagate Pothos in Water

Propagating pothos in water is one of the easiest things to do.

And at the end of a few weeks to a few months, you’ll have new plants to pot up and keep or give away to friends and family.

  • Determine where to cut from the main plant. If possible, find the root node. Look for a mature vine and find a small brown bump before making any cuts. Try to keep a node or two with the cutting.
  • Using clean, sharp scissors or pruners, cut about 1/4″ or so below the node.
Where to make the cut
  • Remove any leaves that are below the root node or that will be in water.
  • Fill a jar or bud vase with room temperature water and drop the cutting in. Be sure to covers the nodes with water because that is where the roots will grow.
I love these little bud vases for rooting cuttings, but you can also use other types of glass jars or vases.
  • Place in an area that gets bright indirect light. I have been growing mine on my kitchen ledge near the windows.
  • Replace the water every few days or top it off if its running lower. If the water looks dirty, change it.
  • It can take a few weeks to a few months for roots to grow, so keep an eye on the cuttings. As long as the cutting looks green and healthy, leave it be.
After two weeks
  • Pot up the cutting when the roots grow about 3-5″.

How to Pot Up Your Cuttings

  • When the roots are ready, pot them in fresh potting mix.
  • Water well
  • Keep in bright indirect light.
  • Let soil completely dry out between waterings. And don’t go by what the soil looks like. Follow this test to determine whether you need to water or not or use a moisture meter like this one.

And the best place to pot up new plants?

A potting bench.

Do you have one yet?

If not, you NEED ONE, and here’s why.

More Easy Care Houseplants that Propagate Easily in Water

Here’s a great list of some easy-care houseplants to propagate in water.

I’ve propagated several of these with great success.

  • Pothos
  • Swiss Cheese Plant
  • Philodendron
  • Monestera
  • ZZ Plants
  • Coleus

Not sure if a particular plant will root in water easily?

Try it anyway!

What do you have to lose?

Half the fun of gardening is experimenting with different plants.

Next on my propagating list is this swiss cheese plant!

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After I potted up several of the cuttings

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  • Vicki Vicki on Jun 15, 2021

    You indicate "follow this test to determine if you need to water or not". Please, what test?


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  • Deborah Frakes Deborah Frakes on Jun 15, 2021

    Been doing my ivy for years in water.

    They root quickly. Leave most of them growing in water because they look so pretty. I've found it you want to do it that way occasionally will have to trim the roots a little when they get really thick and long and filling up The container.

  • Glennette Armstrong Glennette Armstrong on Jun 16, 2021


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