Should I propagate pothos in soil or water?

Answered by Stephen Mosley

When it comes to propagating pothos, there are two main methods: water propagation and soil propagation. Both methods have their advantages, so the choice ultimately depends on personal preference and the resources available.

Water propagation is a popular choice because it allows you to closely monitor the development of the roots. To propagate pothos in water, you will need a clear glass vessel that can hold water. This vessel should be large enough to accommodate the cuttings with room for the roots to grow. Select healthy pothos cuttings, around 4-6 inches in length, and place them in the glass vessel, ensuring the nodes are submerged in water. Change the water every 1-2 weeks to prevent the growth of algae and ensure a healthy environment for the roots. In a few weeks, you should start to see roots developing from the nodes. Once the roots are a couple of inches long, you can transfer the cuttings to soil.

Soil propagation is another option for propagating pothos. This method mimics the natural environment of the plant and can result in quicker growth. To propagate pothos in soil, you will need a well-draining potting mix. Choose a pot that is slightly larger than the cutting and fill it with the potting mix. Make a hole in the soil and insert the cutting, ensuring that at least one node is buried in the soil. Press the soil gently around the cutting to provide stability. Place the pot in a location with bright, indirect light and water the soil lightly to keep it slightly moist. Avoid overwatering, as this can lead to root rot. Within a few weeks, you should start to see new growth from the cutting.

When it comes to caring for pothos cuttings and grown plants, they prefer bright, indirect light. Direct sunlight can scorch the leaves, so it’s best to place them near a window with filtered light or use artificial grow lights. Pothos also prefer slightly moist soil. Allow the top inch of soil to dry out before watering, but do not let the plant sit in waterlogged soil as this can lead to root rot. Regularly check the moisture level of the soil by inserting your finger into the soil up to the first knuckle. If it feels dry, it’s time to water.

Both water propagation and soil propagation are viable options for propagating pothos. Water propagation allows for easy monitoring of root development, while soil propagation provides a more natural environment for the plant. Consider your resources and preferences when deciding which method to choose. Remember to provide bright, indirect light and slightly moist soil for the best growth and health of your pothos cuttings and plants.