The Q&A Archives: Pothos Plant Cuttings

Question: What is the correct way to cut the stems of a pothos plant for replanting so that you don't stop the growth of the stem you cut? The transplants seem to be doing fine, growing new leaves, etc. but the spots where I cut them off have crusted over into dry looking stumps and seem hopeless as far as ever growing again... I think I may have screwed up.

Answer: Observing how the plant gorws is the key to taking cuttings well, so you are on the right track! When you take the cuttings, cut just above a leaf node so that the cut is less obvious. Then trim the cutting as needed. The vine should regrow from below the cut and eventually it will be hidden behind the foliage. When you take cuttings, keep this in mind so that you cut from say the back of the plant or behind a particularly full section. Vigorous tips will make nicer plants, so it may be that you prefer to have a steady cycle of taking cuttings for a new plant and then discarding the old, or perhaps using one (unsightly) mother plant simply to take cuttings from. Alternatively, take one cutting each from of a number of plants so that the damage is less extensive to each. I suppose it is all a matter of preference!

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