Propagating & Growing Pothos in Water

If you don’t want to deal with the mess of soil then¬†Growing Pothos in Water is the best way to have this versatile houseplant.

Devil’s ivy or golden pothos (Epipremnum aureum) is a popular houseplant, which is very less demanding and has no specific requirements. Also, it helps in purifying the indoor air. What is more surprising is it can survive in water. Yes! Growing pothos in water is possible!


How to Propagate

From root nodes, new roots will appear

Follow these steps to propagate pothos in water:

  • Choose a healthy stem of the plant and cut at least 4-6 inches top part of it beneath the root node, ensure that it has 3-5 top leaves attached to it.
  • You can propagate the plant in both soil and water.
  • If you have opted to grow pothos in water, keep reading this article.

Learn how to propagate pothos in the soil here!


Growing Pothos in Water

Things You’ll Need:

  • Glass jar, bottle, or vase
  • Water
  • All-purpose fertilizer (Optional)
  1. Choose a clear glass jar. Transparent ones are ideal to start with to check the root development. After that, you can also use a dark color vase or jar that will obstruct some light and reduce the growth of algae.
  2. Fill the jar with clean water. You can use tap water! Usually, the plant can do well in it. However, if the tap water contains chlorine, then allow the water to sit for 12 hours to evaporate the chlorine before filling it into a jar.
  3. Before propagating the plant in a jar, add a 1/6 to 1/4 strength balanced fertilizer into the jar. This will induce growth and encourage the plant to grow. You can skip it as well!
  4. Now sink the cut end of cutting in the jar, if there are lower leaves, remove them.
  5. Make sure that nodes are submerged in water.

Benefits of Growing Pothos Plants Indoors


Pothos Plant Care in Water

  1. Place the pot in bright indirect sunlight, avoid keeping the plant in the harsh afternoon sunlight, as it can damage the new growth.
  2. Wait for a few weeks, and you will notice new roots are emerging from cuttings.
  3. Change the water every 1-2 weeks as water loses oxygen with time, and roots require it for optimum growth.
  4. Add complete fertilizer every 4-6 weeks, dilute the liquid fertilizer to 1/4 of its recommended strength in water.
  5. Keep the glass jar clean by removing the algae regularly, use an old toothbrush or a scrubber for cleaning. While you clean the glass jar, transfer the cutting to another pot filled with fresh water.

Your pothos plant will continue growing in water for a long long time, just don’t expose it to cold draft and low temperature below 50 F (10 C).

1 COMMENT

  1. Hello,

    Can I use Miracle-Gro Water-Soluble 5 lb. All Purpose Plant Food for my pothos? After mixing formula in recommended water, how would I go about adding to pothos plant that is growing in water? The leaf cuttings and nodes already have roots growing (about 2 inches long) but I’d like for the plant to start growing longer now. I currently have the trimmings in a class with about 1-1.5Cs of water. should I add about an oz or the solution or how much would be ideal?

    Thanks in advance

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