How To Propagate Pothos Plants: 3 Foolproof Ways (Steps + Tips)


You can propagate a pothos plant using three simple methods:

However, each plant propagation method has its pros and cons. 

Let’s discuss these aspects in detail. 

We’ll also provide some plant care tips for your propagated pothos.

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How to Propagate Pothos: Use These 3 Simple Methods!

The pothos plant (Epipremnum aureum or “devil’s ivy”) is a popular houseplant — especially for beginners. 

It’s one of the easiest plant to grow and comes in beautiful varieties, like:  

  • Satin pothos
  • Golden pothos
  • Neon pothos, and more.

But how do you propagate them?

Use these DIY methods to propagate pothos plants quickly:

1. Propagating Pothos in Water

You’ll need a stem cutting for water propagation (and soil propagation).

To take pothos cuttings:

  • Use sterilized scissors or pruning shears to snip off a pothos vine from the parent plant. Ensure the pothos cutting has 3-4 nodes (the part of the stem where leaves grow).
  • Remove a pothos leaf from the leaf node closest to the cut end.

Then, follow these easy steps to propagate pothos:

  1. Place your plant cutting in a container with fresh water (room temperature). Submerge every root node but not the leaves.
  2. Replace the water once a week.
  3. When the pothos roots show 2-3 inches of new growth, plant your rooted cuttings in a small pot with drainage holes. Use Rosy’s pothos soil for the best results!
  4. Place the pot in indirect sunlight and keep the soil moist for 1-2 weeks.

But you might be wondering:

Can’t I continue growing it in water?


You can grow pothos in water long-term. 

But use a liquid fertilizer in spring and summer to stimulate growth. 


  • The plant cutting sprouts roots fast (1-2 weeks)
  • Root growth is easily visible


  • If you transplant to potting soil, the new plant may take some time to adjust 

2. Propagating Pothos in Soil

Here’s how to grow the stem cutting:

  1. Optional: Dip the cut end of the vine cutting in rooting hormone 
  2. Fill a well-draining pot with nutrient-rich soil like Rosy. 
  3. Plant the cutting, ensuring every leaf node (or only the ones near the cut end) is covered.  
  4. Place the container in a bright spot with indirect light.
  5. Keep the soil moist for a few days to enable root growth.  


  • The new plant grows fast once roots have developed on the pothos cutting


  • The new root takes a while to form (about a month)
  • Root growth isn’t visible

    3. Root Division Pothos Propagation

    For a large pothos plant propagation, use these easy steps:

    1. Remove the pothos from the pot and loosen the root ball gently.
    2. Divide the roots of the mother plant into segments.
    3. Replant the rooted pothos cuttings in individual pots.


    • Convenient for indoor plants that outgrow their pots
    • New plants start producing new leaves quickly


    • Risk of plant or root damage

      How to Care for Propagated Pothos

      Pothos indoor plants are super low-maintenance. 

      Follow these plant care tips to keep your new pothos healthy and happy:

      • Don’t place your pothos in direct sunlight to prevent leaf burns. 
      • Avoid overwatering as it causes yellow leaves and root rot. 

      Only water when 1-2 inches of the top soil is dry.

      • Regularly prune off damaged leaves and aerial root segments.

        Grow New Pothos Plants In No Time!

        Follow the methods we covered here to propagate pothos plants effortlessly.

        If you’re planting pothos in soil, we recommend Rosy’s Pothos Potting Mix

        It’s nutrient-rich, well-draining, and eco-friendly (no perlite, coco coir, and sphagnum moss) — perfect for your pothos plants!