Epipremnum aureum, also known as Devil’s Ivy or more commonly as Pothos, is a popular houseplant because of it’s non-fussy nature and easy care. Another great thing about Pothos is how easy it is to propagate: if you don’t have much experience with propagating houseplants this is a great species to start with.
Keep reading to find out how to propagate Pothos from cuttings!
Taking Pothos cuttings
If you’re looking to propagate your (or someone else’s) Pothos, the first step is to take a cutting. Find a healthy looking vine with a decent number of leaves and select a piece that includes at least 3-4 leaves. Be sure to have a look at the root nodes before cutting: these brown bumps on the vine produce leaves and, more importantly, roots. It’s easiest if you clip off your cutting right after a root node. Congratulations, you can now get started with the propagation process!
Propagating Pothos cuttings in water
Probably the easiest way to get your Pothos cuttings to root is to just place them in water. Take a pretty vase or glass, fill it with water and put it in a brightly lit spot with no direct sunlight. After this, just leave your cutting alone aside from changing the water occasionally. Roots should soon appear! This is where it gets tricky, though, because the downside of water propagation is that a plant might have trouble adapting when you transfer it to soil.
Try planting your cuttings around 1-2 weeks after the roots have formed by covering the roots with a thin layer of potting soil and gently pressing the soil down a bit.
And voila! If all has gone well you now have a brand new Pothos vine.
For my own first attempt at propagating Pothos (which was succesful!) I decided to try and root my cutting in potting soil instead of water. This process takes a little longer but there is no risk of the plant getting shocked when being moved from water to soil. I secured the vine with a few pieces of wire.
If you go for this method, be sure to be patient and trust the process: your cutting(s) might not do much for quite a while and can start to look a bit sad due to the lack of roots, but they should perk up after a while once they can properly take up water. It can be a little difficult to figure out whether the plant has rooted yet but once you’re seeing new growth you can be pretty sure your propagation attempt has been succesful.
If you have any more questions about propagating Pothos or want to share your own experiences with propagating this popular houseplant, be sure to leave a comment below.