If you’re new to plants, pothos plants (or Epipremnum aureum if you want to get technical) are the perfect starter plants. They’re easy to grow, very easy to propagate and provide a lot of green!
It’s no secret I love pothos plants. I have them all over my house and have even used them for tablescapes!
Pothos plants were the very first plant I ever owned! My mom gave me one when I was in college and that one plant has been propagated into many, many, many other plants for myself as well as numerous friends and family members.
If you follow me over on Instagram, you’ve seen lots of tips and tricks on my stories. Here’s even more!
Light + Water
Pothos plants can live in a variety of lighting situations including low light places which is why I always brought a pothos to work when I worked outside the home!
Tip: if your plants are typically in low to no light, gather them up before heading out for a weekend and place them near a window (but try not to place them in a full day of direct light).
When it comes to watering, they can survive if you forget to water them (although watering them once a week is the best!). If your plant is looking droopy or the leaves are turning brown it means it needs more water. If the leaves are yellowing or getting soft, you’re watering them too much.
Don’t worry if your plant gets droopy – pothos plants are hardy plants and will likely pull through. 😉
Some love long stems that can hang over a plant stand or down a wall. You might love short perky stems. Both of these can be achieved!
Short perky pothos plants simply need more frequent propagating or trimming.
Longer plants just need some time to grow!
Regardless of how you like them, trimming up extra long stems or stems that are getting a little bare is important.
Let’s talk propagating.
What do you need? A pothos plant (duh), a pair of scissors and a jar or glass with water.
First snip of about 6 inches of stem.
Make the cut right below the root nodes, or the small bumps on the stem. This is where the root will shoot out from. I typically like to cut the stem so there are 3-4 leaves attached.
Remove the bottom leaf.
The roots will shoot out from the bottom so that is what will be in the soil. You don’t want to plant a leaf in the soil! By removing the leaf on the bottom you’ll be left with 2-3 leaves when you plant your cutting.
Next, fill up your jar with water.
Fill it to the top with lukewarm water.
Put your cuttings in the water.
Make sure the nodes (little bumps) are submersed in water. They will need to be fully immersed in order for roots to grow.
Now watch for roots!
Roots will typically grow faster if the jar has some sunlight but in all honesty I put these in our bathroom which get no light and they grow roots just fine. I always fill my jar with anywhere between 5-10 clippings so it not only looks pretty while the roots are growing but they will also fill up a pot nicely! (Do you really want one clipping in your pot? Nope!)
When roots have formed (I usually wait until they’re about an inch or so long) you can plant them! Simply put the cuttings in a pot, add dirt so the roots are fully covered, water and enjoy!
Soon enough you’ll be the favorite friend of your friend group when you show up to house warming parties, birthdays or even meeting a new baby (I think all babies need a plant in their nursery!) with a lovely pothos plant (that only cost you amount of a pot and some soil).
Thanks for reading and sharing!