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One of the most common searches people use to find my site has to do with Pothos plants (Scindapsus, Epipremnum). There are a few reasons for this – one, I love to talk about them as houseplants, because I think they are so pretty and so easy to maintain. Another reason is that they are popular houseplants, but a lot of people aren’t sure how to prune them or what to do with the cuttings after they’ve been pruned.
Pothos cuttings root really easily in water, and it doesn’t take long either.
I acquired the above pictured containers full of cuttings a few weeks ago. You can see that the roots are very well developed. The cuttings in the vase on the left have been there for over eight months, as an employee kept meaning to take them home but never did (she finally asked me to take them and do something with them). The other cuttings have been growing roots for probably about six months – that employee left the company and her starts behind, so I scooped them up.
Planting them is a piece of cake.
When I say that planting Pothos cuttings is easy, I mean really, really easy. Start by using containers with good drainage, and high quality potting soil. I didn’t add anything (like pieces of clay or styrofoam) to the bottom of the containers, because it’s not necessary for these plants in that size container.
You can see that the root balls are big and cumbersome. It’s ok to prune those back (think of it as a haircut for the plant), using scissors or by pulling them apart with your hands. They don’t need to be that big.
Once you’ve got the roots a more manageable size, all you do is put the cuttings into the containers and cover them up with soil, pressing down as you go so you can fit more soil inside the container.
I like to put several cuttings into each pot so the plants are full from the getgo.
I also like to use cuttings of varying lengths so the plants look more mature than they are.
I know people have a lot of trepidation when it comes to potting plants, but they shouldn’t. It’s really as easy as the photos say it is. Afterall, repotting is really just moving the plant from one container to another, sometimes from one medium to another (like from water to soil). There’s not a lot to it.
If you’ve had cuttings sitting in water, hopefully this gives you the courage to make the leap to soil. The cuttings can survive in water for a long, long time, but they prefer soil. If you still have questions, please let me know.
Plant Puzzler Reminder
You still have time to guess whether these plants are real or fake. I apologize for the crappy photo – I took it at an airport, and obviously, I was in a fairly big hurry to catch a plane:
If you think you know the answer, leave your best guess in the comments section. The deadline is tonight at midnight, MST (that’s 2a.m. EST). Remember, the prizes may be imaginary but the glory of winning is oh-so-real. Hope to see you back here manana.