How to Propagate Pothos in Water Step by Step

Pothos plants are some of the easiest plants to care for, and they also pump a lot of oxygen into any room, so if you don’t have a Pothos plant yet, we recommend that you get one. If you already have a Pothos plant we will show you how to propagate it. It is easy, fast, and really the best way to do it, especially if you have a big plant that is too big! All about how to propagate pothos in water.

How to Propagate Pothos in Water – Step by Step Guide

You will need:

A pair of scissors or a knife

Glasses or water containers to hold the cuttings.

A pot to plant

Potting soil


Step 1: Cutting

Decide how much you want to cut from your roots and use a pair of scissors or a knife to cut just below the knot of the lowest blade you want to leave. Cut as many vines as you want! Untangle the vines and place them individually on a flat surface.

Step 2: Cut the Stems into Individual Knots

Start by cutting along the stem to create individual blade cuts. Do this by cutting to the left and right of each leaf stem, and leave a small piece of vine attached to the bottom of the leaf stem. The small brown spots on the vines are called knots, and this is where the new roots will begin to form.

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Step 3: Place the Stems in Water

Fill containers with water and place the stems in the water. Make sure the cut ends are completely submerged. Place the glasses with the stems in a bright, warm, and sunny place, such as a window sill, where they will receive the most sunlight. Wait for the roots to grow and change the water every few days.

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Step 4: Plant your Pothos Stems

The stems of your pothos should be ready for planting once the roots are at least an inch long. You can also wait until the roots are a little longer, between two and three inches long. Some of the cuttings may have roots, and some may not! Those with roots are ready to plant, so remove them from the water. Those without roots can stay in the water without moving until they form their roots.

Fill a pot or container with about 2/3 of the potting soil and place the cuttings around the edges of the pot. Add soil around the roots to stay the cuttings in situ. Fill the remainder of the pot with cuttings and add more soil. Water slowly immediately after planting. Hang or place your new pot plant anywhere you want and you’re done – you’ve just learned how to propagate pot plants!

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How Often Should I Water My Pothos

It is advisable to water this plant regularly every two weeks, deeply wetting the soil with an average of 25 glasses of water, waiting for the soil to be very dry before watering, and avoiding water stagnation in the soil or the saucer at the base of the pot since this excess liquid is conducive to the development of fungal diseases.

About Henry Morgan

We are the Morgan family, Henry, and Julia, both agronomists from the University of Michigan, where we met. We are experts in putting our hands in the soil and developing organic foods and improving production processes for decades. Likewise, we have worked for companies such as Mondelez International, BASF, Monsanto, etc. currently in our role as science writers for as well as advisors in promoting large scale food growing in urbanized areas. In this website, we share what we are most passionate about, gardening and farming. Enjoy and see real photos on our website.