Propagation forum: Propagating in water

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Name: vee
Pasadena, CA (Zone 10a)
Apr 23, 2016 12:48 PM CST
Hi there!

I have a question regarding new foliage growth for plants rooted in water.

I have successfully rooted cuttings from my pothos and philodendron in water. My question is: when will new foliage begin to grow?

I began questioning my set up when I noticed a brown leaf that grew from the philodendron cutting. It was brown because it was submerged in water. I took off the brown part and slightly lifted that piece out of the water. Now a fresh new leaf is growing there.

When I first began this propagation process I made sure ALL nodes were submerged in water and only the top leaf of each stem was out of the jar.

Should I have left a few nodes above water to allow for new leaf growth? Most of the nodes have turned into roots at this point. So now I'm wondering when/where new growth is going to come from... These cuttings have been in water for over a month now.

I hope my question makes sense. Please let me know if it does not! :p Thank you for your feedback!


Here is the pothos:
Thumb of 2016-04-23/V33JG/4f68b1

And here is the philodendron. The second picture clearly shows the new leaf growth I mentioned (far right).
Thumb of 2016-04-23/V33JG/9efbbb
Thumb of 2016-04-23/V33JG/7101fe

Name: Tiffany
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Apr 25, 2016 5:26 AM CST
These cuttings are so tiny. There should be at least 1 node in water, 1 out. Every exposed node can grow a new stem, but whether or not each will is always a mystery.
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Name: vee
Pasadena, CA (Zone 10a)
Apr 25, 2016 5:58 PM CST
Tiffany, so what you're saying is that if all of my nodes are submerged, there will be no new growth?

If I dump out some water to expose the first set of node, will this affect the roots that have grown from that node region?
Ontario, Canada (Zone 6a)
Apr 25, 2016 10:48 PM CST
It's fine to start reducing the level of the water once roots have grown, or just stick the rooted cutting in dirt.

Personally, I never root pothos or philodendron in water. It's easier to stick the node in dirt, water it, and wait for roots to grow.

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