Pothos is one of the easiest houseplants to propagate. Propagation can be successful by placing stem cuttings in potting mix or, alternatively, in water.

For propagating pothos you should examine the plant for three or four potential cuttings. It’s best to attempt propagation in the spring, but other times of the year can produce good results.

Cut 4-inch stem sections with at least three healthy leaves from the parent pothos using a clean, sharp knife or pruner. Make the cut just below a root node. The root nodes are little brown bumps protruding from the stem of the pothos. Remove leaves from the bottom 1 to 2 inches of the cuttings.

Mix a potting mixture of one part peat moss and one part coarse sand or perlite. Fill a 3-inch pot with the mixture and water well before inserting the pothos propagations.

Dip the pothos cuttings in a rooting hormone, giving them a light coating. Create a hole in the media using a pencil as a dibble. Gently insert the cutting without rubbing off most of the rooting powder. You can fit three or four cuttings in a 3-inch pot.

Place the pot in filtered light. Monitor the cuttings for the next month and make sure the potting mix stays moist. After a month, rooting should occur, and new growth should begin.

You can arrange the cuttings in water instead of a potting mixture as an alternative. Watch the cuttings and in about a month after roots have sprouted, place them directly into standard potting mix. Propagation in water is less likely to be successful, but can be quicker and easier.

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