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How to Propagate Pothos in Water

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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!

Here’s how to do it.

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How Long Does it Take For Pothos to Root in Water?

It takes roughly 7-14 days.

I’ve had some plants root quickly.

And others take a bit longer.

So just be patient.

And wait to pot them up until they are about 4 inches long.

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Houseplants in farmhouse kitchen ready for a bath

Is It Better to Propagate Pothos in Soil or Water?

I don’t think one way is better than the other per se.

However, if you propagate pothos in water, you want to make sure the roots are long enough to be potted.

Can Pothos Stay in Water Forever?

Pothos can live a very long time in water as long as you provide it with fresh water and nutrients as needed.

How Long Should Pothos Roots Be Before Planting?

A good rule of thumb is about 4 inches.

But the roots can be longer if you choose.

How to Propagate Pothos in Water

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.

This is how I did it.

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My Pothos on the corner hutch is growing out of control. It needs a trim so I’m going to root the cuttings and grow more plants!

Supplies Needed to Propagate Pothos

How to Propagate Pothos in Water Directions

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.
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Making the cut on a pothos plant for propagation
  • 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.
Put pothos cutting in water in bud vase or glass -Easy Care Houseplants to Propagate in Water
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.
When propagating pothos, keep out of direct sunlight - pothos cuttings in water  for propagation - Easy Care Houseplants to Propagate in Water
After a week, roots started to grow
  • 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.
  • Pot up the cutting when the roots grow about 3-5″.
Roots forming on this pothos cutting in a bud vase with water - Easy Care Houseplants to Propagate in Water
I started this cutting about 2 weeks ago and look how long the root is already!

Propagating Pothos in Soil

While I prefer to propagate pothos in water, it’s just as easy to propagate them in soil too.

Simply cut pothos like above and remove the first few leaves above the cut stem.

Using a pencil, make a hole in a small pot filled with half peat moss and half perlite

Dip the cutting in rooting hormone.

Then gently plant the cutting in the pre-made hole.

Be careful not to knock off the rooting hormone.

Gently cover the hole around the stem.

Place in a location out of direct sunlight and keep it moist.

Within a month or so, roots should develop and the plant will be ready to pot up a few months after when roots are longer and more substantial.

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How to Pot Up Your Cuttings

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.

Is It Better to Propagate Pothos in Water or Soil?

Pothos is so easy to propagate, it can really be done with either way.

So it’s a matter of preference.

That said, when propagating pothos, it’s important to pick which lane you choose and stick with it.

Pothos prefer their mediums not be switched while propagating them.

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Sunroom Before and After

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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17 Comments

  1. This is so good to know! I always wondered where to cut it properly. Even me, the plant killer, could probably do this!

    1. You can totally do this! And if you don’t have pothos, try growing it because it’s really forgiving. But if you are starting from scratch, try snake plant. They are tough as nails and THE EASIEST to grow! xoxo

    1. You will love indoor gardening Kim! It’s a great filler for the time we can’t be out in the gardens! xoxo

  2. I’m crushing on that Swiss Cheese plant!!! (as I chant to myself “I do not need any more plants…I do not need any more plants”). I’m trying to figure out where I’m going to put all my plants now so I can decorate for Christmas. Last year I kept bringing them into one of my son’s rooms and kept getting the eye roll!!!!

    1. Aren’t they so pretty? That’s next on my list to propagate. And I have the same problem – I’m doing the houseplant shuffle right now! lol

  3. My plants are not full like yours. If I progate, am I able to place this in my current pot to fill it?

    1. I would start them in a different container with fresh potting soil. If the one you currently have does not have a pest or disease problem, then you can pot them up in the same container later. But I’d give the newbies time to grow and develop on their own for a while first.

  4. Hi Stacy, It’s a marvelous blog. I also love gardening and Pothos are my favorite and are one of the easiest houseplants to grow and care for. I got many more ideas propagating pothos. Keep sharing!

    1. Thanks you SO much Jane! I really appreciate your kinds words. Pothos are the BEST! And I’m potting up my newbies today! I hope you have a wonderful holiday season. xoxo

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