Growing pothos: Easy tips to propagate and care for this plant like a pro

You know we love indoor plants and one of our absolute favourites is the pothos plant – it’s rich glossy leaves, the way it drips down and most of all, how easy it is to grow!

Believe it or not, we seriously suck at keeping plants alive. It’s what led us to write this blog post on the top 20 hard to kill indoor plants. And from experience, the pothos plant is the easiest of them all.

Here’s how you can propagate this trailing vine plant and our top care tips.

Growing pothos cuttings
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Items you need to propagate pothos:

  • Pothos plant (so you can take cuttings)
  • Vases or bottles (there are also special propagation kits available)
  • Scissors
  • Plastic pots with drainage holes (like those from the nursery)
  • Quality soil

How to propagate pothos:

  1. Looking at the plant, you’ll see how leaves shoot off from the vine. The trick to taking a good cutting is to cut 1cm either side of where a leaf meets the vine – this will allow as much water and nutrients to enter as possible.
  2. Place the cuttings in a bottle as shown below. You could use any kind of jar or bottle that has an opening large enough for the cutting to easily fit down, but not too large that the leaf will also drop into the water. For example, jam jars are probably too large but a water bottle would be ideal. (There are also propagation kits available but it isn’t necessary to spend the money when you most likely have something suitable at home.)
  3. Fill with enough water to cover the cutting and replace the water each week. Within 1-2 weeks roots will begin to grow.
  4. Once the roots are at least 10-20cm long, they are ready to plant. Find a pot with good drainage holes, such as the plastic pots available at nurseries. Fill the pot 2/3 with soil and place the roots of the cutting into the pot while supporting the leaf growth. Fill the rest of the pot with soil and gently press down to secure the new plant.
  5. Water weekly and watch your plants grow.
Cuttings in water
Feed cutting into bottles that support the leaf, ensuring only the cutting is submerged in water
Roots growing from cutting
After several weeks, roots will be 10-20cm long and ready for planting

Top easy care tips:

  1. Cuttings. Contrary to popular belief, the best cuttings aren’t long sections of vine rather 1cm to the left and right of where a leaf meets the vine. The problem with large cuttings is that all the water and nutrients to feed the plant will be coming from one small opening (aka where you cut the vine) and the plant will be working overtime to keep itself alive rather than putting its energy into new growth. By taking smaller cuttings you create a larger surface area for water and nutrients to feed your plant, giving it more energy to grow.
  2. Water. In the first few weeks, water will be the only source of nutrients your cuttings will get. Change the water at least weekly to feed your plant and promote growth.
  3. Soil. When it comes time to potting, these plants like well-drained soil. You can also add a small amount of fertiliser.

We’d love to hear from you if you use our tips to grow and care for pothos – or better yet, share a pic with us by tagging @stylecuratorau when you post it online or email it to us!

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