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How to propagate neon pothos

Want to turn your neon pothos into LOTS of plants? Here’s how to propagate neon pothos!

I love getting new plants and experimenting with propagating them. It’s so fun to take a cutting and watch the roots grow on a new plant!

Why should I take pothos cuttings?

The biggest reasons to take cuttings from your pothos plant are because it needs a haircut or simply to make new plants. It doesn’t take a long time to turn one pothos plant into LOTS of pothos plants!

These trailing plants can grow really long. If you are letting them hang down, you will eventually need to trim them back to keep them off the floor. Put those trimmings to use by propagating them!

You also might just want to propagate the plant. That’s fine too! Cuttings can be used to fill out your pot or make a new pot!

Pothos cuttings also make a good idea for a free gift! Place 2-4 in a glass jar with a bow tied around it! Your friends will love watching the roots grow and then can add them to any pot of soil. 

close up of neon pothos hanging plant

What is neon pothos?

Neon pothos (Epipremnum aureum ‘Neon’) is a variety of the pothos plant with lime green neon leaves.

See my Golden Pothos vs Neon Pothos comparison!

Neon pothos is natively found in the Soloman Islands in Oceania. In the wild, these plants grow climbing up the trunks of large tropical trees.

Check out my complete neon pothos care guide!

How long does it take for neon pothos to root in water?

You should see the beginning of roots in about 2 weeks. I let my plants root for about 2 months, until the roots are 2-3 inches in length, before planting in soil. 

neon pothos cutting

Can you grow neon pothos in water?

You can easily root pothos in water. However, they grow best if you do transfer them to soil before the roots get much longer than 3 inches. 

Can you propagate neon pothos in soil?

Yes, soil propagation is the same as water propagation for pothos, just keep the soil moist. I suggest placing a plastic bag loosely over the pot to create a greenhouse effect.

I prefer water propagation because you can easily monitor root growth.

You can also propagate pothos in LECA or sphagnum moss.

When is the best time to propagate neon pothos?

Pothos growing season is spring and summer and it will root fastest then. However, you can successfully propagate indoor plants indoors year round. Just put them in indirect sunlight inside your home!

neon pothos cutting

How long does it take to propagate neon pothos in water?

It takes about 2 months for pothos cuttings to fully root in water!

When should I move pothos cuttings from water to soil?

Wondering when to plant propagated pothos? Move your cutting into soil when the roots are about 2 inches long. Place in bright indirect light and let it flourish!

Can you propagate pothos without leaves?

Yes, I have successfully propagated segments of pothos stem with no leaves. Once you plant them in soil they will grow new leaves eventually!

neon pothos hanging plant

Where to cut pothos for propagation?

You want cuttings to be 6-8 inches long. Select a healthy branch of the plant, preferably one with active new plant growth. Roots will grow from the nodes (little brown bumps where leaves grow) so be sure to cut off a couple of nodes.

You can cut so a node is at the bottom of your cutting, which will put roots at the end of your cutting. This means the remaining segment past the node on the mother plant will turn brown and die back, and new growth will come from the last node.

You can also cut just before a leaf node, so the node is the last thing left on the mama plant. This will make new growth grow right where you cut the mama plant, but roots on the new cutting will be a bit higher. Be sure that your water jar is deep enough to keep the node submerged.

how to propagate neon pothos

How to propagate neone pothos

It is extremely easy to propagate neon pothos in water.

  1. Identify a healthy branch, preferably with new growth
  2. Snip the branch with sharp scissors
  3. Remove any lower leaves
  4. Place in water so at least 1 – preferably 2 – nodes are underwater
  5. Change the water once a week and top off as necessary
  6. See roots form in 2-4 weeks
  7. Once the roots are 2-3 inches long, plant in soil
Yield: 1 neon pothos cutting

How to propagate neon pothos

how to propagate neon pothos

Here's how easy it is to propagate neon pothos!

Prep Time 2 minutes
Active Time 2 minutes
Total Time 4 minutes
Difficulty easy

Materials

  • Neon pothos plant
  • Rooting hormone (optional)

Tools

  • Scissors
  • Jar of water

Instructions

  1. Identify a healthy branch, preferably with new growth
  2. Snip the branch with sharp scissors
  3. Remove any lower leaves that would fall under water
  4. Place in water so at least 1 – preferably 2 – nodes are underwater
  5. Change the water once a week and top off as necessary
  6. See roots form in 2-4 weeks
  7. Once the roots are 2-3 inches long, plant in soil

Thanks for reading!

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