How To Care For and Propagate Indoor Pothos Plants

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How to care for and propagate indoor Pothos house plants. Set in an area with non-direct sunlight. Water only when top soil is dry.

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I am so excited to have teamed up with some of my gal pals over on Instagram to share all about plants! Yes, you read that right…PLANTS!! I know this is something that I haven’t shared about since my flourishing container garden in 2012 {whoa, I’m a dinosaur in the blogging world!} and that I usually prefer artificial plants for household decor…but hey, who says someone can’t change?

How To Care For A Pothos Plant Indoors

Let me take you on a little journey of my lovin’ on plant days…one cold, November, wintry day in Wisconsin, during the middle of Covid, we ventured to Home Depot and I stumbled upon the saddest looking clearance household plant there ever was. This green leafy plant hung there on the shelf in its plastic hanging basket with the bright yellow clearance sticker. It literally pulled at my heart strings and whispered “buy me, take me home, I promise I won’t die like all of the other houseplants you’ve bought”.

So…like the good Samaritan I am, I bought that dang $3 clearance pothos plant and we’ve been BFFs ever since!

I have to admit, I am a sucker for dying, tossed aside, no one else wants things! I love a good revival story and turning something completely around!

I hate the saying “if I can do it, so can you”….ugh! That’s always so pathetic sounding! Haha …. However, if you are like me or not, I promise you that raising a Pothos plant in your home is actually not that hard! It literally just sits there, and gets watered when you remember…and somehow, keeps growing! It’s like a magic plant!

Now, six months later, the saddest little Pothos plant has babies, that have also flourished and moved far far away to Illinois! ? So I guess, congratulations are in order for me…I’m a plant grandma!

Alright, let’s get a little more serious! Let’s dive into how to care for a Pothos plant and how to propagate one (and what propagate means for that matter!)

How To Care For A Pothos Plant Indoors

What is a Pothos Plant?

A Pothos plant is an evergreen plant that is commonly grown indoors, although it can survive outdoors. The Pothos has large, waxy-green leaves that are heart shaped. Most often, Pothos are grown in hanging baskets, as their leaves grow into beautiful, long vines.

How To Care For A Pothos Plant Indoors

How To Care For A Pothos Plant Indoors

The great thing is, pothos plants don’t need a whole lot of care or attention. They are loner plants and are totally fine just sitting there by themselves soaking up minimal sunlight and water…and thriving! Literally, these plants are so low maintenance and pretty hard to kill! Yay for all of us who don’t have green thumbs!!

Where To Put Pothos Plants in Your Home

Many people ask, “where should i put my pothos?” and “can pothos be in direct sunlight?”. Pothos plants thrive in lower, non-direct sunlight areas indoors! They make great additions to bathrooms, basements, and other areas of your home or building that don’t get a ton of sunlight! Pothos plants, however, do not thrive very well in direct sunlight. I keep one of my Pothos plants in my kitchen on a window shelf above my sink, while the others are scattered throughout our library and dining room.

pothos plant on a side table next to a sofa

What is Propagation?

Propagation is starting/breeding a plant from another plant.

How To Propagate Pothos Plants

Propagate Pothos in Water or Soil?

Pothos are very interesting plants as they can be grown fully immersed in water or potted in soil! Clippings can be taken from the mother plant and be put into water or soil. However, it is harder to grow a baby plant in an environment in which it was not “birthed” in. Therefore, if you have Pothos plant in soil, it’s best to put the baby clippings into soil to root. Alternatively, if you have a Pothos plant in water, it’s best to put those baby clippings into a container with water!

Propagating Pothos In Water

If you are planning to grow a baby Pothos clipping in water, tall skinny necked bottles work best. Be sure to change out the water every couple of days as the oxygen in the water dissipates … and plants need oxygen to grow!

How to propagate Pothos plants in water | Propagating Pothos In Water

Where To Cut Pothos Plant for Propagation

Using a sharp pair of scissors, cut the Pothos clipping right before and after the stem of a new leaf, like shown in this picture. This is called a “node”.

pothos plant clipping | Where To Cut Pothos Plant for Propagation

Pothos Root Growth Through Water Propagation

Can you root pothos in water?

Yes! You absolutely can! Below is my rooted Pothos in water!

How long for pothos to root in water?

Every time I have propagated Photos in water, the roots start to appear usually within two weeks.

Pothos Root Growth Through Water Propagation | Where To Cut Pothos Plant for Propagation

Happy, Healthy & Thriving Pothos Plants

When Pothos plants are happy and healthy they have large, beautiful leaves. Some with variegation (different colored leaves/sections) and some with none. On my particular rescue Pothos plant, I have a lot of variegation at on the newer growth leaves – which leads me to believe it is a Golden Pothos or Devil’s Ivy. The leaves that are longer down the vine tend to be solid green.

Variegation in a Pothos plant

Pothos plants can grow very long vines. Clipping them back and rooting the clippings in the same pot can help create beautiful and bushy Pothos plants!

healthy and full indoor pothos plans

p.s. Pothos plants thrive even more when they are placed next to pictures with people who love them! …true story! ?

Now that you are a Pothos expert, go out and rescue the poor clearance Pothos plant and give it a second chance at life! It will thank you in the long run!

Signing off for now…

xoxo, the happy plant grandma!

stephanie bruce from gathered in the kitchen at kitchen sink caring for plants
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10 Comments

  1. I love my pothos plants! Great post on propogation. Going to try it! ~Missy

  2. alda ellis says:

    I loved reading your post…my mother had this plant…I never knew the name but she had it for YEARS! It was nice to snip off a cutting and share with neighbors as she often did. Great post!

  3. Enjoyed your post. I have a pothos that my now 36 year old son gave me as a Mother’s Day gift when he was in 5th grade. I replant it every year in fresh soil so it has the nutrients it needs to keep producing. I keep it in the same sized pot for ease of care and to minimize its growth. When I place it in new soil I propagate it by cutting off the longer tendrils and cutting those yet again as you’ve stated. I put the fresh cuts in water and voila! Within two weeks I have a root system going. I generally do not keep the clippings but this year I did. Otherwise I’d be knee deep in ivy! Once the root system is established in the water I move it to its own planter and now I’ve got a second container filled with a beautiful ivy. Thanks for saving a neglected plant and giving it a bee life!

    1. How awesome is that! I love that you still have the gift from your son!! Thank you so much for the tips! I’ve since cut this pathos several times over the past 9 months…and now it’s growing crazy! The vines are half way down my dining room china cabinet!

  4. Beth Pierce says:

    I have one that my then boyfriend (now husband of 43 years!) found left behind in my dorm when he was helping me move out after my freshman year of college. Since we dated for four years before marrying, the plant is now 47 — yes, 47! — years old! I have given away cuttings, rooted it many, many times, and kept it going. Just like us!

    1. Oh my gosh! This is so amazing! 47 years old!!! Wowza! Now I really have plant goals to try and live up to!!!

  5. Joyce Thiery says:

    What is the difference between a pothos and a philodendron

  6. LouAnn Barczykowski says:

    Hi! This is probably the only plant that could survive in my condo. I haven’t bought one in years because I have two cats and one who likes to nibble. Are these poisonous to cats?

    1. Hi LouAnn, yay that a pathos would survive in your apartment…but bummer, because yes, I do believe it is poisonous to cats. However, I will say, I have 3 cats and they have never touched my pothos. I do keep it up high on my china hutch (because then it has space to “crawl down” as it grows. Maybe that is something you could try?? Good luck!

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