How do I replant these in dirt?


I’d like to know if these will eventually grow any roots. If so how long will it take before I see any roots ? Right now I have them in water.

q how do i replant these in dirt
q how do i replant these in dirt
  15 answers
  • Beth Beth on Mar 12, 2019

    This looks like Pothos. It roots easily in water. I hope you gave it a fresh cut before you put it in there so it can take up water -- if not, do it now and put it back in some fresh water. Make sure no leaves are below the water line.

    I have some that is over 40 years old and is very, very long! It loves a sunny spot.

  • Betty Albright-Bistrow Betty Albright-Bistrow on Mar 12, 2019


    I have listed some videos for you to look at so you will know exactly how to do this. Best wishes to you!

    The best way to protect roots is to put about 2 inches of dirt on the bottom of its new container, gently place the pothos cuttings into the plant container and drop new soil on top of the roots. Gently pack down the potting soil and water it.

  • Dorothy A Crowley Dorothy A Crowley on Mar 12, 2019

    I call this the plant you can not kill! Loves water so it will grow in water or dirt. Once it has a bunch of roots just stick it in some potting soil, I like to do short ones so I can make more plants. You can remove some of the leafs and place in water,wait for roots to grow and plant away or just keep the water fresh and keep in water. I have these all over my house and outside in the shade.

  • Sandy Sandy on Mar 12, 2019

    I can’t answer your question because I can grow anything in water, but as soon as I try to repot the plants in potting soil, they die!

    • Theresa Shaut Theresa Shaut on Mar 14, 2019

      Remedy is to never put them in soil. I have many jars of cuttings I've had for years, just in water. Clean out every now and then, cut bad parts off, out with some old, in with some new - good to go. Do add plant food to the water also.

  • Ethel Ethel on Mar 12, 2019

    These are native to zones 8 to 11, so you'll always have to treat them as house plants if you live in zones 4 to 7. When you repot, if you don't want to snip and root in water, just pin and cover in potting soil and they will root themselves.

  • DesertRose DesertRose on Mar 12, 2019

    They look like philodendron. You can expect roots to start soon and then plant them in watered soil. They usually do well and need little care to get started. You can buy root start to help plants at the nurseries.

  • Em Em on Mar 12, 2019

    I leave them in water to add greenery to dark corners. If you put them in a vase or bottle with a small neck and opening you do not have to water them very often and they will live like that forever. When the roots get really huge I usually put them in a planter with soil. I use a mix of potting soil and perlite to keep the soil lighter and airy. When they get too long for the pot ( I have some on pedestals) cut them off and start over. Make cuttings just above where a leaf is attached. Strip the leaves on the cutting so they are NOT in the water about 5" from the bottom and start your rooting process all over.

  • Nancy Turner Nancy Turner on Mar 12, 2019

    When we trim our really long stems on our pothos, we fill pots or a window box with good potting soil, dip the ends in rooting compound and put them in the soil. We like to put the plants outside on the north side of the house under the eaves out of the sun, for the plants that aren't too long, in the summer and they do really well. The really like the warm humidity. Be patient, keep the water clean and they will root really well in the water.

  • Debbie Tyner Debbie Tyner on Mar 12, 2019

    If they have grown there roots get some potting soil and a pot that you like and just plant it in the middle of the pot. Since this plant does best inside the home make sure you get a pot you love. It will fill out and spread so a nice size pot to give it room to grow. It's mostly a hanging plant since it will continue to grow long. As it grows you can continue to snip off several inches to root and fill in your planter and make it fuller.

  • NotHermione NotHermione on Mar 12, 2019

    When the vines get too long, simply snip the vine at whatever point you want. And stick them in either water or potting soil as others have shown in previous comments. You have a plant factory started!!! Pothos is a sturdier looking plant compared to Philodendron. They both propagate the same way. Pothos has some really neat variegated leaf combinations: green and white marbled, green and yellow marbled, etc.

  • Darla Darla on Mar 12, 2019

    All the above answers are correct and will work well for you. I have started Pathos both in dirt and water and had wonderful results. If you have the kind that has two colors you will need to put it in more light so that both colors show as the lighter colors require light. I have always taken a coat hanger and bent it into a shape and used it as a trellis for the plant to be twined around which makes it seem fuller. Note that the more sunlight it gets the more you will have to water it. It likes to be slightly moist but not wet so be careful to let it dry out slightly before watering again. I usually stick my finger down in the dirt to about the first knuckle, if the end comes out damp don't water it. Happy growing :)

  • Cynthia Ciallella Cynthia Ciallella on Mar 12, 2019

    I had some very prolific Pathos that I had in water in glass bricks for years and they were never planted in dirt to add more color in the room I would add food coloring to the water.They will be drinking the water they are in so just keep whatever sort of container they are in full of water. At the same time I would let their vines get to be between 6 and 8 feet long, then whack some off and just stick the cut ends into a pot full of dirt. Honestly I really do like using the Miracle Grow potting soil to start plant cuttings off because there is food already in the soil, in addition to the food already in the soil I supplement mine with Jobes house plant spikes for indoor plants to get them started quickly. Don't over water your plants these plants can be left to get dry before giving them a second helping of water. More people kill their plants from over watering than not enough water. If the plants leaves are looking yellowy and limp don't water till the soil is dry again.

  • Pat Long Pat Long on Mar 12, 2019

    I find it best to leave in water. You don't have to keep watering. You can put them in some colorful vases, add a little food color They grow great in the bathroom. They don't need direct sunlight.

  • Patty Patty on Mar 14, 2019

    It takes mine about 3 weeks or longer to root in water. I usually put it in dirt afterwards. I just potted up 6 or 7 cuttings from my marble queen. Now I'm rooting jew cuttings in water.

  • Robyn Garner Robyn Garner on Mar 16, 2019

    You should use distilled water so there isn't added chlorine, etc.

    For a fuller planting, insert several rooted cuttings into good indoor potting soil. You'll get faster and more vigorous growth by using Miracle Gro 1/2 strength every 2 weeks.

    If you are not in zone 8-11, you can take these outdoors for the summer as long as they're back in the house by fall. Otherwise, they can live outdoors and will grow large!