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How to Propagate Pothos in Water

October 31, 2020 13 Comments

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 its 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!

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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.

And this is how I did it.

How to Propagate Pothos in Water

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 to Propagate Pothos

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.

How to Propagate Pothos in Water

  • 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.
How to Propagate Pothos 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.

How to Propagate Pothos in Water

  • 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.
How to Propagate Pothos in Water

I started this cutting about 2 weeks ago and look how long the root is already!

  • Pot up the cutting when the roots grow about 3-5″.

How to Pot Up Your Cuttings

Potting Bench Idea and easy care houseplants

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!

Easy Care Houseplants to Propagate in Water

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Stacy Ling is a master gardener who loves home decor and creating beautiful spaces. She provides easy-to-follow, easy-to-do garden, home decor, lifestyle & DIY inspo.


  1. Reply

    Rachel Harper

    October 31, 2020

    Great Information Stacy.

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      Stacy Ling

      October 31, 2020

      Thank you Rachel! xoxo

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    November 2, 2020

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

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      Stacy Ling

      November 3, 2020

      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

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    Kim | Shiplap and Shells

    November 3, 2020

    This is so good to know Stacy. I am first going to go buy a house plant, and then we’ll talk!

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      Stacy Ling

      November 3, 2020

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

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    November 4, 2020

    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!!!!

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      Stacy Ling

      November 4, 2020

      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

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    Brenda L Herrling

    November 6, 2020

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

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      Stacy Ling

      November 7, 2020

      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.

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    Jane Anderson

    November 9, 2020

    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!

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      Stacy Ling

      November 9, 2020

      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