July 12, 2024
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After a day of transforming my Pothos into an army of leafy clones, I've learned they're essentially the zombies of the plant world. Super simple, just snip, dip, plant, and watch the green magic happen!

Cuttings! Cuttings Everywhere!

Buzz Lightyear and Woody seeing cuttings. Cuttings everywhere.

So yesterday I spent most of the day committing botanical homicide on our indoor houseplants. When I say homicide, I was actually creating an army of their leafy offspring by chopping them all up into cuttings. If you didn’t know, Pothos are basically the zombies of the plant world—they just keep coming back from the dead!

Propagating Plants from Cuttings

Pothos Vine
Brazil Pothos Vine

Propagating plants from cuttings is a popular method of plant propagation where new plants are grown from a segment of a parent plant. This technique is especially useful for replicating plants that may not readily produce seeds or for quickly increasing the number of plants without purchasing more. The main idea is to take a section of the plant, place it in a suitable medium, and let it grow roots.

Pothos cutting
Brazil Pothos cutting

Best Technique for Propagating Pothos

Pothos (Epipremnum aureum) is a particularly forgiving and easy plant to propagate. Here’s the step-by-step method to ensure a high success rate:

  1. Selecting the Cutting:
    • Choose a healthy vine to cut. Look for a vine with several nodes (the points where leaves attach to the vine).
  2. Making the Cut:
    • Using sharp, sterilized scissors or a knife, cut the vine just below a node. Ensure your cutting has at least 3-4 leaves and a couple of nodes. I actually leave just one leaf and I have no bad results.
  3. Preparing the Cutting:
    • Remove the leaf closest to the cut end to expose the node and slightly trim the end of the cutting to prevent rotting.
  4. Choosing the Rooting Medium:
    • You can root pothos cuttings in water or directly in soil. Both methods are effective:
      • In Water: Place the cutting in a jar of clean, room-temperature water. Ensure at least one node is submerged. Change the water every few days.
      • In Soil: Plant the cutting into a pot filled with moist potting soil, burying the exposed node. Keep the soil moist but not waterlogged.
  5. Providing Care:
    • Place the cutting in a warm, bright location but out of direct sunlight to avoid scorching.
  6. Monitoring Growth:
    • In water, you should see roots developing within two weeks. When the roots are around 2 inches long, you can transfer the cutting to a pot with soil.
    • In soil, gently tug on the cutting after a couple of weeks to check for resistance, which indicates root growth.

By following these steps, your cuttings will develop into full-fledged pothos plants ready to bring more green to your indoor space!

Why do I chop up my Pothos?

After a while, they may start to look stringy and at certain spots along the vine, the leaves might drop off, leaving a long bare string. This is simply an opportunity for us to give them a little more care and attention. The plants are healthy and vibrant, just in need of a bit more TLC. Rather than letting them decline, we rejuvenate them by cutting them up and creating even more wonderful plants.

We start a new pot and let them grow into the bushiest divas in the garden. Instead of just having a couple of lonely vines pouting in one pot, we decided to throw a party and invited multiple cuttings to create a much fuller look. The leftover cuttings get their own VIP treatment in Nursery pots, which we then proudly hawk on Facebook Marketplace. People are absolutely glued to their screens, eagerly refreshing their feeds for our latest leafy updates!

We’re excited to be selling these on Facebook Marketplace! We kept a few 8-inch pots for ourselves, and we’ll hang them back up once they’ve rooted and started to grow longer again. It usually takes about 2-3 weeks for good rooting, and then another week or so to see them start growing longer.

Conclusion…

Pothos propagation cuttings

By taking the time to propagate your Pothos and other houseplants, you’re not just expanding your indoor garden but also contributing to a greener and more vibrant living space. The joy of watching these new plants grow from simple cuttings is truly unparalleled. So, grab those scissors and start your own little propagation project today!

We’d love to hear from you! Share your thoughts on this post and let us know if you have any propagation tips or success stories of your own. Don’t hesitate to leave a comment below—we’re always excited to learn new techniques and connect with fellow plant enthusiasts! 🌿✨

Happy planting! 🌱

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