How to Propagate and Plant a New Pothos Plant

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20 Minutes

The other day my mom gave me some Pothos stems that she had recently propagated. If you don’t know what propagating is, it’s when you grow new plants from an already established plant. This is done by cutting of one of the stems and placing it in a jar of water until it grows roots. Once the roots have sprouted you can then plant it and grow a whole new plant.

This is such a cost effective way to fill your home with beautiful live plants, and is also a lovely way to share new plants with family and friends. Below I explain the steps that I used to plant and propagate my new Pothos stems.

What you will need for this project is some Pothos stems that have grown roots, smalls rocks, potting soil, and a pot.

The first step is to place some rocks at the very bottom of your pot. This allows proper drainage and prevents the soil at the bottom of the pot from staying to wet and rotting your plants. If you have a self draining pot you can skip this step.

Then fill the pot with potting soil about 3/4 full.

Then take the stems and gently arrange them in the soil. You can see the new roots that have grown on this stem above.

Fill the pot the rest of the way up with soil being careful not to damage any of the stems. Make sure all of the roots are nicely covered. Give your new plant some water and watch it grow!

One of stems I had was very long, so I thought I would propagate it to even out the look of the plant, as well as to fill out my pot a little more while I waited for the plant to grow larger. To do this snip the stem about an inch bellow one of the leaves. You can use garden snips or a pair of very sharp scissors.

Then all you need to do is place the cutting in some water, making sure about an inch of it is submerged. Once the cutting has grown a few significant roots, it’s time to transfer it.

I love the way that my new plant looks on this shelf. I have recently discovered a love for live plants and am slowly wanting to replace some of my artificial ones with the real thing.

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  • Leslie Packwood Leslie Packwood on Jun 02, 2021

    How often do you change the water and approximately how long does it take for roots to grow out?

  • Soraya Pelaez Soraya Pelaez on Jun 03, 2021

    I have a question, you mention Jade plant, I absolutely love that plant but I don't know how to keep it alive, any suggestions ? And do you propagate the same as the other plants?

  • Bernadine Bernadine on Jun 03, 2022

    Do the Pothos need full sun or can you keep them in a darker area? I have one growing in a East window but would like one in a window with little sun

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  • Aprile Aprile on Jun 03, 2022

    If the roots are very long, you can trip them; it won't hurt the plant.

  • Lynn Lynn on Jun 03, 2022

    The most forgiving plant ever! I have had one for over 20 years, too, and have abused it at various time with lack of water and yet is is still hanging in there. It is about to get a new home and a trim--with fresh soil and fertilizer. Should be good for another 20!