Distinctively-shaped and intricate, the pothos plant is an interesting one to consider having inside of your home. Not only do they look unique in design and aesthetics, but also they are relatively not fussy when it comes to growing and cultivating them. In the end, they make for a lovely addition to your household.
That said, you might be wondering just how you can propagate this particular houseplant, which is native to South and Southeast Asia? Especially if you have not had the experience of doing so, then you might be a bit lost on that matter. However, you might be surprised to discover that it is similar to propagating bamboo, which can be simple and pleasant to do.
Any case, do not worry: we are here to help! Read on to learn more in this article on how to propagate pothos plants to make them grow ever the larger and lovelier. Before you know it, you will have what is considered one of the most attractive indoor plants to call your own.
With that said, let’s get to it!
Items You Will Need for This Tutorial
At first, you might find the propagating process for pothos plants to be somewhat enigmatic, if not downright intimidating. However, you might find it hard to believe that it is actually super easy to do.
With just a few key items and a bit of research beforehand, you will be on your way to propagating pothos plants in no time. Here are the items you will need to get started.
A Pothos Plant Vine
Logically speaking, the magic does not start without having the pothos plant vine to propagate with. It is ideal to extract from the main pothos plant at least four leaves to a vine, so as to ensure that it has enough resources to grow smoothly and healthily.
A Pair of Scissors
In order to obtain a pothos plant vine, it is without a doubt in mind that you will need a pair of scissors to do so.
However, it is highly advised that you use scissors which are specifically-designed for gardening use. Any other pair out there, i.e. craft scissors, sewing scissors, would not be as effective, for they might not have the proper design, let alone the strength, to cut through a plant with ease.
A Glass of Water
Like with any plants out there, having water is the essence to life. Pothos plants is not any different: any normal tap water should do the trick.
In addition, having a glass cup is preferable, since you can actually see the roots sprouting over time; in other words, it is to keep things in check, as well as check on the propagating process for an overall smooth growing experience.
Just like with water, you cannot grow a plant successfully without some good, old sunlight. It works to generate warmth, which with water create a photosynthetic process that nourishes the pothos plant with love and care.
Granted, you might not necessarily live in a naturally sunny area, or perhaps your house is built to block out sunlight during the daytime. What you can do as an alternative is to use grow lights to simulate and otherwise produce the same effect as that of sunlight itself, so that you can still continue to propagate your pothos plants without any problem.
Our article on grow lights for indoor planting can be found here.
Rooting Hormone (optional)
Depending on certain types of plants, sometimes it might be of some usefulness to add in rooting hormone to enhance the propagating process. With store-bought versions, rooting hormone often comes in powder form, made from extracts of other plants which promote growth in others.
It is also possible to create your own rooting hormone at home, but that takes extra time to do so, which might not be convenient in the day. Especially if you want to propagate other plants, it might be better just to purchase the store-bought ingredients to get you started
How to Propagate Pothos Plants: Step-By-Step Process
Now that you have all of your ingredients, it is now time to start propagating! One things you will need to know when it comes to propagating anything is that it will take some time from start to finish, so it is essential to be patient and exercise good control when preparing and implementing it.
Here are the steps to get you well on your way:
Cut off a Pothos Plant Vine
Out of all the steps needed to successfully complete the propagating process, this first step will probably be the most technical, if not the trickiest. What it requires is a pothos plant, a good, sharp pair of scissors, and relatively good cutting skills to make this work well.
To start, select an area on the plant which you would like to cut off. If you are having trouble, know that it is ideal to leave at least three leaves on the vine, and then cut off four of them; this is to ensure that there is plenty of opportunity for the leaves to propagate.
Now comes the cutting part: using your scissors, cut at the root node, which is the small, dark bump attached to the vine. Doing so will make sure that the root will sprout anew when propagated.
Remove the Bottom Leaves of the Vines
Before placing the freshly-cut pothos plant vine into water, either cut or tear off the leaves from the bottom of the vine.
You do not want to submerge the leaves entirely into water, for it can drown them, which might otherwise affect the propagating process overall.
Place into the Glass of Water
Next, put the vine into a glass of water, making sure that the cup is filled up with just enough to submerge most of the part without the leaves attached. Place the glass of water with the growing vine near a windowsill or somewhere where it can receive a decent amount of natural light.
Again, if you live in a place where not much sunlight can get in, then you can consider using grow lights as a substitute. Just make sure that it is not too intense for the plant itself.
At this point, you can consider using the rooting hormone or not to help speed up the propagating process. However, due to the self-sufficient nature of pothos plants, it is not necessary to do so.
Transfer Vine to Potting Soil
After about two weeks, you might see root sprouts starting to form; if not, then you can continue to check up on it through the clear glass until they come out. Once this happens, transfer the vine to potting soil.
Plant it in, using about two inches of soil for the root’s bottom, then placing more soil over it to cover it up and keep it securely in place.
Water and Give It Enough Sunlight
Just like with any normal plant, it is now time to grow pothos plants traditionally. Water it just enough every so often and make sure that it continues to get enough light to stay healthy and thriving.
Overall, propagating pothos plants is a great way to experiment with new gardening techniques, all within the comforts of your home. By acquiring just a few necessary items, you can be sure to be well on your way to a beautiful plant.
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