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New York City (Zone 7b)
Aug 1, 2016 9:20 PM CST
I want to transfer my pothos plant to a water vase. Below is a photo of my plant and a photo i found online of more or less what i want to achieve.

My plan is to just cut the very bottoms of all the stems and throw it in a vase filled with water. Even if 50% of it survives well in the water it will be sufficient. I would also wrap a large ziplock bag or clear garbage bag around the vase for the first week.

When is the best time to transfer it? Immediately after watering? A day after watering? A day BEFORE watering?

Do I need to cut stems at a particular angle?

Do I need to remove any leaves before putting it in the vase?

Do i fill the water to the absolute top? Halfway? How much of the stem should be in the water? Should any leaves be submerged in water at all?

I have rooting powder. Should I use it?

How often should I change the water and clean the vase? How should I clean the vase? Soap and water?

Are there any benefits of adding rocks or pebbles to the vase? Does it matter if the rocks are covering the roots and stems?

Any other advice greatly appreciated.
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Aug 1, 2016 9:33 PM CST
You could certainly take cuttings of your plant and grow them in water... but I don't understand why you would want to do that. For one thing, there are (essentially) no nutrients in water, so your plants are eventually going to suffer and fail.

You don't want any leaves submerged in the water -- they will just rot and foul the water. and I don't think there is any advantage to using rocks, it would just be for "looks." Just take some cuttings of your plant stems (I don't think it matters when you have watered, or what angle you cut at), strip off the leaves that would be below the water line, stick the stems in the water, and roots should form where there were leaves. I wouldn't use rooting powder. But then, I wouldn't do this at all, other than to root some stems to make new plants. Shrug!
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New York City (Zone 7b)
Aug 1, 2016 9:41 PM CST
I understand the plant will thrive much better soil. However, for this particular situation, I want the plant in water. I like the look of it and it will be a nice change from all the other pots that I have.

Would the plant really suffer and fail? I thought a pothos can survive in water.. ?
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Aug 1, 2016 10:42 PM CST
Sandi has all valid points! I agree
Jungleboy--You can do that, keep the pothos in water. But long term what is best for the plant is to be in soil. As yours gets gangly you could take cuttings, put them in water with a little hydrogen peroxide added. Let them form roots, keep them a little while that way and then pot. Give another haircut to pothos and do the same. Eventually you will have more than you know what to do with --give them to friends. That way you get the "look" but the plant gets to be planted! Sometimes surviving is not flourishing. Many blessings for a totally awesome August!
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Aug 2, 2016 7:55 AM CST
If you change the water periodically, Pothos can live in water indefinitely. Look for a vigorous aerial root to decide where to cut.

Remove the 2 end leaves:

After about 10 days, the change should be noticeable & roots start growing.

The cool thing about cutting off the ends of vines is that they are forced to start new branches somewhere else, sometimes more than one. The blue circle is where the piece was cut, the red circles are new side branches starting to sprout along the main branch:

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New York City (Zone 7b)
Aug 2, 2016 8:36 PM CST
thank you all for your feedback

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