If you’re an ultimate lover of indoor plants, learn How to Propagate Pothos to multiply this low-maintenance houseplant in easy steps!
Golden Pothos, also called Devil’s ivy, are the most commonly seen houseplants. They are forgiving, require low maintenance, and don’t have specific requirements for light, watering, or fertilization.
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Before starting with pothos propagation, it is important to know a few essential points:
- Pothos can be propagated both in water and soil.
- For propagating in both mediums, you need a healthy 4-6 inches long cutting with 1-2 nodes and a small pot, a glass jar, or any other creative container.
Growing Pothos in Water
The first step starts with getting a glass jar. Fill it up with fresh water and place the cutting in it. Let the nodes submerge entirely in water as it is going to aid in the formation of the roots. Keep the pot at a spot where it can get bright indirect sunlight. Always keep the plant away from the harsh afternoon sun, as it can harm the tender, budding plant. The roots are going to form within a month.
Once the roots form, keep the plant in the glass jar in water or plant it in soil. However, do remember, once pothos roots adapt to grow in the water, it will be difficult for them to change the growing medium. Therefore, it’s better to keep growing the way it is.
Growing Pothos in Soil
The process is similar to the one for water. Dip the cut end of cutting in a rooting hormone and plant it in a potting mixture, covering the nodes completely in soil. Keep the soil moist while ensuring that you are not overwatering the plant as it can cause root rot.
The roots are going to form in 30-40 days, and it is going to take about two months or more for the plant to start new growth. Keep it away from the direct sunlight. With the right care and indirect light, the plant is going to flourish for a long time to come!
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Growing Pothos in Soil from Layering
Layering is a process where the developed stem of the plant grows roots while still being attached to the donor plant. A low-growing stem of an existing plant is bent into the soil in another pot. After bending the stem, cover half of it with soil and let the remaining part be exposed to the air. It will form roots in 3-4 weeks.
Similarly, you can grow pothos from air layering too. Select a healthy node, and wrap it tightly with a plastic filled with sphagnum moss. Unwrap the plastic once in 4-5 days to mist the moss with water. The node will root in a couple of weeks.
The best time to propagate pothos from layering is when the weather is warm and humid. Make sure that you are bending a mature and healthy branch.
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