Growing New Plants through Water Propagation

Did you know that you can break off a piece of a plant and use the broken off piece to grow a new plant? Furthermore, it’s fairly easy to do!

A few months ago, Emily cut off a few pieces from her Neon Pothos and Marble Pothos to share with me. She took the pieces and put them into a jar with water. After just a few weeks, new roots started to grow.

After the roots were long enough, I transplanted them into my cool hanging pot that my friend of mine from college made (#ceramicsmajors). She started an adorable store in Marquette, Michigan called Revisions. If you ever find yourself in the Upper Peninsula in Marquette, you have to check it out. They sell plants, vessels for plants, and different unique gifts.

To pot my newly rooted plants, I used a mixture of potting soil and perlite. My pretty hanging pot does not have a drainage hole, so perlite should help with drainage and help my pothos not succumb to root rot.

One thing that you might notice about the picture below is that I have two different types of pothos planted into the same pot. As long as your plants have similar light and water requirements, there is no reason for you to not mix and match in the same pot.

Step-by-Step directions to water propagate:

  1. Make sure that your plant that you would like to propagate is one that can be water propagated. A quick Google search should provide you with an answer to this.
  2. Select which stem of your plant you are going to use to propagate. You will want a stem with a few leaves on it for the best success.
  3. Using sharp, sterilized scissors cut the stem just below a node. The node is important to include in your cutting because this is where you roots will grow.
  4. Fill a jar or vase with filtered water. (I am not going to lie. I always just use water from my faucet, but I know that many people would tsk tsk this.)
  5. Place your jar in a place that has the appropriate light requirements for you plant.
  6. After a few weeks, you should see root growth. When your roots are a few inches long, you will be ready to pot in soil. Easy peasy!

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