Houseplants forum: Help with Pothos and Philodendron

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Sep 23, 2017 2:16 PM CST
This summer, I made some cuttings of my Pothos and Philodendron, in hopes of propagating them. When I did this, the water roots took about a month to grow, and in the process many leaves fell off. The result is that the ones I tried to propagate and repot look very scraggly now, compared to their mama plants. Any advice on how to make this better? I want my plants to be full and lush, not scraggly. See photos of the process.

They live in a sunroom (no windows on the ceiling, but the south wall is a 1 big window and the larger west-facing side is all windows. No windows on the north side). Lots of bright indirect light all year round, but I live in the PNW, so there are lots of clouds and not much light in the winter. Some direct light when the sun is shining through the windows. Temps get up to 90 degrees in the summer (but good ventilation with breezes blowing through), down to 40s in the winter. I use a soil moisture monitor and water whenever the plant is totally dry.

Any advice?

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Name: Gene Staver
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Sep 23, 2017 3:17 PM CST
Needs more light. Are you using a rooting gel? And again, I would not let them go totally dry. Gene
Name: Will Creed
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Sep 24, 2017 12:47 PM CST
Tip cuttings with no more than 4-6 leaves root most readily and are not likely to lose older leaves when they are rooting. Long cuttings can be cut into several smaller pieces.

The only way to get a full plant is to use many, many cuttings rooted together in the same small pot.

The light seems to be fine. Don't let the soil get too dry and don't rely on a moisture meter.
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Name: Paula
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Oct 3, 2017 6:43 PM CST
I agree with Will. Pothos almost never branch, they wont replace fallen leaves. they want to grow long and skinny. the way to make them lush it cut often and short then add the rooted cuttings back to the pot. I usually take a pice w 4 leaves, remove the bottom two and only leave the top two. If you have a piece of vine 2ft long, cut it into 4-5 cuttings. Your plants will thank you.

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