How to propagate Pothos Plants

Could you please tell me how to propagate some pothos plants I have; I have a satin pothos, a marble queen, and a regular one with yellow coloring in the leaves. Mine are doing so well I wanted to share them with my Mom & sister.

Hi Mandy,

The easiest and most successful way to propagate pothos plants is by stem cuttings. Just follow these steps and you should get lots of new plants in a very short time.


Pothos plant with green leaves with yellow variegation

Golden Pothos

Pothos plant with white variegation in the green leaves

Marble Queen Pothos

Gray variegation in green heart shaped leaves of Satin Pothos

Satin Pothos

Stem Cuttings: Use a sharp, clean scissors or razor blade to cut a 3”-5” piece from the end of a healthy stem just below a leaf node. A node is where a leaf joins the stem. Remove leaves from the bottom 1/3 of the stem. Dip the cut end of the stem into a small amount of Rooting Hormone that contains a Fungicide. Plant the stem in moist potting soil. Cover the pot with clear plastic to increase the humidity and prevent the soil from drying out. Check the plant every few days to be sure the soil stays moist. Tug on the stem cuttings after a few weeks, if there is resistance, roots have developed, the plastic can be removed, and the propagation was successful.

You can also root the cuttings in water. Once roots have developed dip them in the Rooting HormoneRooting Hormone helps plant cuttings produce new roots and is very important to use if you want your propagation attempts to be successful. Always dip the cut end of a stem or leaf into water and then dip it into the rooting hormone before planting it. Tap off any excess powder since too much hormone is worse than too little. and proceed from there with the rest of the steps mentioned above. The main problem I’ve seen with this method is that the water sometimes attracts Fungus GnatsThis small dark skinny pest flies and jumps around plants and people driving us all crazy. Fungus Gnats develop in moist potting soil, feeding on root hairs and emerging as adults every 30 days. The best way to get rid of Fungus Gnats is to allow the soil to thoroughly dry out. This eliminates the eggs and gnats in the pot. Use yellow sticky cards to trap the Fungus Gnats that are flying around. that spread to your other plants and are difficult to get rid of.

These pothos plants are considered poisonous and should be kept away from pets and children. Read more about common houseplants that are poisonous in Don’t Feed Me To Your Cat! A Guide to Poisonous Houseplants