This post shares tips about how to grow golden pothos cuttings in water. Pothos plant propagation is easy, and I’m going to teach you how to grow pothos in water so you never have to buy it again! If you like this post, you’ll love my list of all my DIY planters to help you decorate with plants.
How to Grow Golden Pothos From Cuttings
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. Here is a full post about how to care for pothos plants (if you like easy plants, also check out my snake plant care tips and my post about all the ways you can propagate snake plants! Learn how to grow German Ivy and how to debug houseplants to bring them inside). My favorite pothos is in our living room (in this DIY hanging planter made from a bowl):
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. But that’s a good sign because it means it’s thriving.
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).
Since taking this picture, I have actually put pothos plants in all three of these planters. It looks lovely.
Most recently, in our bedroom (also the same DIY hanging planter from the living room):
Growing Pothos in Water
In addition to being really low maintenance, one of the great things about pothos plants is that they are really easy to propagate. Growing pothos in water is super simple and can help you make new plants from pothos cuttings.
Want to learn more about plant propagation? Check out my guides on propagating pothos plants, snake plants, peperomia, string of pearls, succulents, prickly pear cactus pads, and monstera and the list of best plants to propagate.
The little hanging pothos in Ramona’s nursery is from cuttings from the living room plant, and the matching pothos in the second bathroom is from cuttings as well.
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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 grow 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.
However, while trimming plants, I have cut shorter stems to root. It’s fine either way and just depends on how large of a plant you want to start off with. Don’t forget that pothos plants grow like weeds with just a little bit of care, so a small plant will becoming a large plant in no time.
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 and see when roots sprout.
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 probably wilt and 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. (See my post on how to create drainage in hanging planters or pots without holes.)
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.
I recently planted some more newly rooted cuttings in another upcycled thrift store bowl hanging planter, too. And those look absolutely lovely!
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