Houseplants forum: rooting cut stem of pothos

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Name: Sally
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sallyg
Nov 21, 2016 10:22 PM CST
good ol Epipremnum aureum, golden pothos. I've been caring for a plant at work and some stems are trailing so long, I cut one today about 8 feet long when I unwound it. Still has all its leaves too. How best to root some of it? I know the basics but what do you think of cutting in single -leaf pieces versus sections with 2-3 leaves. Dirt or water first? It seems like the last time I did this plant, in dirt with single leaf stem cuttings, they took a long time. That was outside; maybe there was some factor in play like wasn't watering it enough. These will obviously be indoors.
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Name: Carter Mayer
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Carter
Nov 22, 2016 7:19 AM CST
Really any of the the above will work. These guys root so easily it's almost harder to *not* be successful. I would stick with sections of 2-3 leaves myself, but that's just me. I'd want just a little more stem, but really as long as you have some stem with a leaf node, it can root.
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purpleinopp
Nov 23, 2016 9:04 AM CST
You do not need to submerge much stem. Winding the rest of the stem around the soil surface could result in most nodes taking root & growing new vines. I've found that although cuttings will root right in soil, they have an easier time if put in water for a couple weeks first, until a white, elongated root starts to grow on one of the nodes from which I've removed leaves to be submerged. Usually the last 2-3 nodes of a cutting. Once you get that root going, submerge it and wind the rest around the surface. Use small rocks or other means to keep the vines in contact with the soil surface so those other nodes can take root and grow new vines. That should yield much more new plant mass vs. chopping a same piece into more cuttings.
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Name: Sally
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sallyg
Nov 23, 2016 2:04 PM CST
Thank you both.
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