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How to Plant Propagated Pothos and Plant Cuttings?
What is a Pothos Plant?
Importance of Nodes
Propagating Pothos Plants
Leaf or Leafless Nodes
Other Important Elements in Propagation
Before moving any further, I need to discuss the common but very important elements in propagation. To have a successful attempt at propagating plants, you need to have these elements in check. You only have to ensure that the plant cuttings get enough of these elements.
People often neglect this element, especially in specific propagation methods involving plastic bags or other closed containers. You need to have the air since plants or their cuttings cannot survive without it. The best way to have a successful propagation attempt is by keeping the propagated plant or its parts well ventilated.
A lot of people know the importance of this element. However, somewhere in the propagation process, people tend to forget or neglect to control the temperature levels. Too hot or cold an area can easily kill the propagated plant or its parts.
Moisture or Water
This element is the most important when propagating plants. You can either submerge a specific amount of the propagated plant or its parts or spray water on them now and then. It depends on the propagation method you choose to use. The important thing to remember is never to submerge all of the propagated plants or cut them since it’ll drown them.
Planting Propagated Pothos
Now that I have explained the details, we will continue with the specifics on how to plant propagated pothos. As mentioned earlier, propagation in pothos plants is done through cutting. I’ll be discussing the specific tools needed and the steps done.
Tools Needed for Propagating a Pothos
- Sterile sharp cutting tool – You can use a scalpel, snippers, scissors, or even your designated garden knife. You have to ensure that the cutting tool is sharp and clean.
- Jar or container – You will need a container for the water needed in the propagation process. If possible, get a clear mason jar so you can eventually display the roots of the pothos plant as well.
- Potting Mix – Alternatively, you can use a growing medium in the initial stages of the propagation process. You can use any moisture-retaining growing medium.
- Flowerpot – This container will be the final one where you’ll put the pothos pot. I usually go for colors and designs that suit the paint and dimensions of the room. Matching colors work best.
Cutting the Pothos Plant
Placing Pothos Plant in Water
The water component will be the trickiest part of the whole propagation process. There are three ways to choose from:
- Jar method – People often use this method. You fill a jar with warm to lukewarm water and submerge the lower part of the node. Don’t close the jar; check every now and then for the node to react with a brand-new root.
- Potting mix method – A lot of people also use this method. Here, you’ll use moisture-retaining potting mix instead of water. Don’t bury the whole cutting. Cover only up until the node.
- Potting mix in a bag – This method is a bit tricky. You’ll be placing potting mix in a clear plastic Ziplock. Always check on your cuttings every day. You also have to open it up to let air in. Lastly, it would help if you kept the moisture levels up inside the bag. You can do this by spraying a bit of water on the potting mix and cuttings before closing the bag.
You need to remember that you shouldn’t submerge the whole cutting. The cuttings need to be moist for roots to grow from the nodes. Also, you need to give them a bit of air now and then if you choose the bag method.
What to Look Out For Propagating Photos Plant?
When discussing how to plant propagated pothos, you must be mindful of the tools and cutting process. The tools must be clean to avoid unnecessary contamination or other elements that may affect the propagation process. You need to cut the stems near the node areas with clean cuts. Avoid using dull tools since that will result in crushed tissue on the part of the pothos cutting, which might result in a failed propagation.
Never forget to check in on your cuttings every once in a while. You’ll usually get results after a minimum of 4 to 5 days. Though many people also say that roots took nearly a week and a few days before roots started to form. You need to be patient and trust that you did well during the propagation process.
When to Replant Pothos Plants?
How to Replant Pothos Plants?
Propagating House Plants Cuttings and Other Methods
Best plants to take cuttings from?
The best plants to take cuttings from depend on your personal choice and experience with propagation. A perfect balance between the two would be the perfect way to choose to start house plants from cuttings. A quick study and search online will give you several plants that people find easy to propagate and look amazing around the house.
Starting House Plants from Cuttings or Other Methods
Here are some of the easiest starting house plants from cuttings or other methods I’ve experienced over the years of gardening. You must remember that specific plants can only be propagated through specific methods. I’ll give some plants for each of the propagating methods mentioned.
Some of the best houseplants you can divide would be ferns and peace lilies. Ferns are beautiful houseplants that can easily grow in medium to bright light. Similar to pothos plants, they are tropical and love moisture or high humidity areas. A lot of people find propagating ferns to be very easy. I recommend getting Bird’s Nest Ferns since they can easily grow and thrive in any area. Usually, I place them in my kitchen or bathroom.
Peace lilies look amazing in living rooms. They give off tranquil or peaceful vibes for both your family and any guests. They can easily be propagated through division and love high humidity as well. The best part about them would be their high ability to filter indoor pollutants from the air!
My recommended houseplants that can be propagated through rooting leaves would be sansevieria and peperomia plants. I and many people I know find these two to be some of the easiest plants to plant, propagate and care for. Sansevieria plants are even often known as nearly indestructible plants since they can survive and even thrive in any corner of the house.
Peperomia plants can also boast their endurance since people often consider them one of the most hearty plants. They have beautiful textured and colored leaves. I’m often busy with other things so most of my recommendations will be plants that are low maintenance and won’t die easily. Peperomia plants tick every box of the houseplants I want and need.
The best plants to take cuttings from would be Pothos and Dracaena houseplants. These houseplants are the easiest to grow, propagate and care for with little to no effort. They look amazing in any part of the house since they can thrive in almost any condition. People even consider pothos plants as the perfect houseplant for beginners.
Dracaena plants have beautiful long streaks of yellow that contrast their green leaves. I recommend the Lemon Lime Dracaena since they look amazingly refreshing. They provide the much-needed pop of color for my doorways. These beautiful plants have gray-green centers on their leaves with white and yellow streaks.
When discussing how to plant propagated pothos plants or even how to replant pothos, you only really need to consider the important elements I’ve discussed. Propagating itself can seem difficult, and most likely, you’ll have failed attempts since plants can die no matter how careful you tend to them. However, I hope I could sufficiently give you my insights into my experience with propagation.
Starting house plants from cuttings and the best plants to take cuttings from depending on your personal choice and experience in propagation. Propagating house plant cuttings that are difficult but beautiful won’t be as enjoyable to do and have, especially if you’re a beginner. A perfect balance needs to be met since it’ll be left to you to take care of the chosen houseplants. Remember, when propagating house plant cuttings or any other method of propagation, you need to keep a constant eye on them to have higher success rates.