As much of a plant lover as I am, I have to admit that I’m opting for low-maintenance indoor plants these days. When I was pregnant and really sick, I let a ton of stuff die. And I sold a bunch of plants on Facebook yard sale. Some of the bigger plants to make room for baby stuff, but also some of the harder-to-keep-alive varieties. And by harder to keep alive, I mean stuff you have to remember to water more than once every few weeks. Since then, I’ve been slowly replacing everything with mostly cacti, snake plants, rubber plants, and pothos varieties.
And let me tell you what. The golden pothos plant is the all star of managing to thrive when suffering from painful neglect.
My favorite pothos is in our living room (in this DIY hanging planter):
And this is what it looks like now! I love all the green up against the black wall…even if it is now pretty much covering up the gold.
I also put golden pothos in two of the levels of this three-level Ikea planter I hung off the kitchen (ignore the holes in the ceiling I still have to patch…less time on my hands these days):
And, most recently, in our bedroom (also the same DIY hanging planter from the living room):
In addition to being really low maintenance, one of the great things about golden pothos is that it can be easily propagated using cuttings from existing plants. The little hanging pothos in Ramona’s nursery is from cutting from the living room plant, and I’m working on propagating some cuttings for another hanging plant in our living room right now.
So here’s what you need:
- Existing pothos plant
- Any container, a mason jar works really well because you can easily see when you need to add more water
And here’s how to propagate golden pothos from cuttings:
Step 1: Cut a few strands from an established plant. I like to make them at least 6 inches long, but over a foot if I can. That way there will be plenty of plant left above the soil when you replant it.
Step 2: Stick the cut end of the pieces into a jar with water. They should be fully submerged. I like using a clear mason jar because I can easily tell when I need to add more water.
Step 3: After a week or two, you’ll see new roots sprouting from the cut part of the pieces. Those roots are what prevents the plant from dying when you transplant it into new soil.
Here are the cuttings after about a week in the water. See the little whiteish roots sprouting from the stems? That’s the start of the new roots.
I like to let the roots get a few inches long before transplanting.
Step 4: When the roots are sufficiently long, dump the water out and carefully pull the pieces out of the jar. The roots are very fragile, so be very gentle. If the new roots break off, the piece will die when you transplant it into the soil.
Bury the new roots and a few inches of each piece in soil just as you would any other plant. I used perlite to build some drainage into this hanging pot.
I can’t wait for this guy to get growing and develop long, beautiful leafy strands!
Give it a day or two to adjust after you transplant it. If it looks a bit weepy for a few days, don’t panic. Sometimes plants need some time to rebound after being repotted. Do not over water (see detailed instructions for caring for a golden pothos here…but just remember to water at least once a week and give it a bit of daily sun and it should be fine!)
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