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Question: I have a question that I have been trying to get answered. I have been trying to root pothos two ways one way is in watter and the other way is by putting a node in soil and wattering it regularly. When I put the roots in soil the leaves begin to wilt within on day and then within one week the stem has rotted. Or the leaves fall off. I tried wattering frequenly and also wattering less. I do not know what to do less than half of the plants live. If you would please email me with any response it would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you,


Answer: I have a technique for propagating houseplants that never seems to fail. You might want to try it, too. You'll need a 6" plastic pot (the kind with drainage holes in the bottom), a plastic or glass saucer, a 3" terra cotta pot, some perlite (white puffy stuff in a plastic bag you'll find in a garden center) and a piece of masking tape. Once you have all the items you can assemble a propagation system by placing a folded paper towel in the bottom of the plastic pot (to keep the perlite from falling through the drainage holes), then fill the pot up half way up with perlite. Take a piece of tape and cover the hole in the bottom of the terra cotta pot and then set it in the center of the larger pot. When you've done that, fill around the outside of the terra cotta pot with more perlite. The final step is to fill the terra cotta pot with water and to keep it filled with water (check on a daily basis). The way this propagation pot works is that the perlite will hold just the right amount of moisture to promote rooting of your plants, but not so much that the roots suffocate. As long as you keep the terra cotta pot filled with water, the perlite will remain moist. After you've assembled your propagation pot, take cuttings from your pothos (a stem with one leaf and a leaf scar or node). Dip the cut end in rooting hormone and stick it into the perlite. You can take 5-6 cuttings and set them in the propagation pot all at the same time. As long as you keep the terra cotta pot filled with water, your plants should root within 2-3 weeks. Hope this works as well for you as it does for me!

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