Satin Pothos are well-love plants because their long vines produce many gorgeous silver speckled green leaves. Fortunately, it is an easy plant to propagate if you happen to want to grow more. In this article, I’ll show you how to do this step by step.
How do you propagate Satin Pothos? The simplest way to propagate Satin Pothos is through stem cuttings. You can root the cuttings in water or in soil, although the former is the more popular method.
Additionally, you can also divide the plant to propagate it.
How to Propagate Satin Pothos
Satin Pothos propagate quite well. In fact, they are known for rooting easily. And they will grow almost anywhere. So, with a little care they should be easy to propagate at home.
The two main methods of propagating Satin Pothos is by stem cuttings or by division.
Both yield good results although they are very different from one another.
I do encourage you to try both of these propagation methods to see what you like better. Most people tend to go with stem propagation although division also has its uses.
Therefore, which method you use really depends on your goals at that time.
What Tools Do You Need to Propagate a Satin Pothos Plant?
Before you start propagating your Satin Pothos, I find that having the right tools on hand goes a long way in making the entire process run smoother.
This lets you focus on the propagation process instead of having to run around the house to find different items.
Here are the tolls you’ll need to propagate a Satin Pothos.
- A healthy satin pothos
- Sharp pair of scissors or pruning shears. You can also use a blade or a knife.
- Rubbing alcohol
- An extra pot
- Fresh soil
- Newspaper or plastic to cover the surface (this makes it easier to clean afterwards)
- Rooting hormone (optional)
How to Propagate Satin Pothos from Stem Cuttings
By far the most popular way to propagate Satin Pothos is from stem cuttings. This entails taking a stem from a healthy plant and growing it into a new plant.
Here, you have a couple of options once you’ve taken a cutting.
You can root the cutting in water or plant it directly into soil. Both methods work really well. And they are simple and straightforward.
However, some prefer one or the other. So, I do encourage you to try both methods to see which one works better for you.
Start by Choosing a Healthy Stem
The first step is to choose a healthy step. If you want to propagate more than one new plant, take 2 or more stem cuttings.
The beauty of this method is that you can grow many new plants at the same time because Pothos has lots of stems.
That said, you want to pick a healthy stem. Ideally, one that has a few healthy leaves on it. More importantly, make sure each stem cutting you plan to cut has at least one node.
If your Satin Pothos has long vines, you can take one vine and make multiple cuttings from it.
Cut the Stem
Once you’ve chosen the stems to cut, get a knife, blade or scissors. Make sure to wipe down the blade of the cutting tool with rubbing alcohol before you make any cut on the plant.
This ensures that you don’t pass any pathogens from the tool to the plant.
If you’re making a stem tip cutting, just choose the end of the stem with a few leaves, then cut about 1/8” inches below the node.
This will give you a stem cutting with at least one node and a few leaves.
If you want to cut a long vine and make many cuttings from it, cut the vine first. Then cut different sections of the vine making sure each section has at least one node and 2 leaves.
The resulting cuttings don’t need to be even or have same lengths.
It is important that each cutting has at least 1 node because that’s where the roots will grow from. If there is no node, that particular cutting will never root.
Try to take cuttings that are at least 4 to 6 inches long this way you can submerge part of the soil in water or bury it easily in soil.
You can likewise get longer cuttings if you want. I’ve done cuttings as long as 14 to 20 inches without any issues.
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How to Propagate Stem Cuttings in Water
Once you have the cuttings, you can now choose between propagating the plant in water or in soil. I’ll show you both methods starting with water propagation because it is the more popular one.
Fill a Glass Container with Water
Fill a container with water. I like to use a glass container because it allows you to see the stem and roots as they grow. But you can use any kind of container you want.
Also, use room temperature water. Avoid using cold or hot water as they will negatively affect the rooting process.
Additionally If your tap water has lots of minerals, you can use rainwater or purified water instead.
Place the Cuttings in Water
Place the cutting in water.
Make sure that the nodes are submerged in the liquid. Try to get a good portion of the stem in water. And if you see any leaves touch or go into the water, remove them.
You don’t want the leaves to get wet as they will eventually rot.
Leave the upper leaves as these will help with photosynthesis.
Then, place the cuttings in bright, indirect light. Light is crucial for growth. And your Satin Pothos needs a well-lit spot to grow properly.
Therefore, avoid low light, dim or dark places to put the cuttings. Similarly, avoid direct sunlight or very intense light as this will cause the leaves to burn.
Change the Water to Keep it From Getting Murky
Also, make sure to change the water about once a week. It’s not a strict rule so 2 weeks can work as well.
The important thing is to change the water before it starts looking cloudy. This ensures that you don’t end up with any pathogens in the water.
Wait for the Cutting to Root
After putting the cuttings in water and placing it in a well-lit location, it is time to wait.
The plant will take about 3 to 4 weeks to develop some roots. You typically want to wait until the roots to reach 2 or more inches before you transplant the cuttings into potting mix.
If you wish, you can keep your Satin Pothos in water longer as well. But avoid leaving it there for more than 1 year because that’s when root rot starts happening.
This will force you to keep pruning the rotted roots.
Move the Cuttings to Potting Mix
Finally, once the roots have grown to 2 inches or longer, you can transfer them to potting mix.
To do so, fill a new pot with high quality potting soil. Then, use your index finger to make a small hole in the soil and plant the stem cutting there.
Water the soil and keep it moist.
Again, keep the cutting in bright, indirect light. it is also a good idea to keep it in a warm location with good humidity. Avoid areas in your home that are cold.
How to Propagate Stem Cuttings in Soil
Another option to propagating Satin Pothos is to root in in soil.
Basically, you begin with the same steps of looking for healthy stems and then taking healthy cuttings.
But once you have the cuttings, you won’t be placing them in water. Instead, you skip that step and plant them directly into soil.
Here’s how to do it.
Dip the Stem Cutting in Rooting Hormone
Instead of placing the cutting into water, you’ll dip the cut end of the stem into rooting hormone.
There are many different kinds of rooting hormones. Some come in powder form, others in paste and even more options.
But they all work the same.
Just follow the instructions on your product to coat the cut end of the stem with the hormone.
Rooting hormone helps speed up the rooting process. I’ve also noticed that using it helps increase propagation success rate.
That said, this step is completely optional. So don’t sweat it if you don’t have rooting hormone at home or don’t want to go out and buy it.
Prepare Your Potting Mix and Put it into a Container
Next, prepare the potting mix.
You can use an all-purpose houseplant mix. This is the simple since you can just pick one up from your nursery.
That said, I like to make my own potting mix at home. For Satin Pothos, I just equal parts of potting soil, peat moss and perlite.
I like to mix the ingredients by hand in another container before filling the pot with the potting mix.
Of course, you can go with either potting soil option depending on what you have at home.
Plant the Cuttings
Finally, plant the cutting into the soil.
Make sure that the nodes are buried under the soil. Remove any leaves that end up in the soil. You can leave the upper leaves at don’t touch the soil.
Soil propagation takes about 4 weeks or so to root. And you can test to see if the roots have grown by lightly tugging the cutting. It should resist your pull if the roots have gotten hold of the soil.
How to Propagate Satin Pothos Through Division
Beside propagating your Satin Pothos from stem cuttings, you can also reproduce it via division.
Division is very different from stem cuttings as you’ll need to unpot the plant and divide the roots. In doing so, you divide a larger parent plant into 2 or more smaller plants.
This works well if you don’t want your Satin Pothos to get too big. It also works well if you don’t want to wait for cuttings to root.
With division, you’re able to get a semi-grown plant immediately. This saves you the time of having to wait for the stem cuttings to root.
The downside to dividing your Satin Pothos is that it is not a large plant to start with. Therefore, you’re somewhat limited into how many new plants you can grow.
Satin Pothos Propagation – Common Problems & Solutions
Below are some of the common problems that you may encounter when propagating Satin Pothos plants. The good news is each of the problems has a solution.
This will let you sidestep having to search for answers or stress about them,
Why Isn’t the Satin Pothos Cutting Growing Any Roots?
The plant is known to be a fast grower. Therefore, it should not take long for it to start growing roots.
In fact, if you propagated your Pothos in water, you’ll see some small roots emerge by day 7 to 10.
Often, cuttings will have some roots by about 3 weeks or so, allowing you to transplant them into soil. However, if you notice that your cuttings are not growing roots, check the conditions it is in.
Light is one of the most important factors. Insufficient light will prevent the plant from growing. Or it will grow very slowly. Therefore, move the cutting to a location with bright, indirect light.
Similarly, avoid intense light including direct sun. This is too harsh especially for a new plant.
Also, check temperature. Keep the cutting in moderate to warm temperature. It won’t develop roots if the conditions are too cold. If needed, use a heat mat to keep it warm.
Why Are the New Leaves On Satin Pothos Cutting Small?
Small leaves on your Pothos cuttings is common. That’s because the plant is still very young. So, try not to compare the size of the leaves to its mother plant which is already mature.
As its root system grows, the overall size of the plant will grow including its leaves. As such, it will naturally produce larger leaves when the time comes.
That said, make sure to double check lighting. The plant needs to be placed in a well-lit location with bright, indirect light to grow optimally.
Why is the Satin Pothos Cutting Turning Yellow?
Yellow leaves are a sign that you need to modify something.
For most cuttings, yellow leaves happen due to too much light. This is usually due to intensity.
As such, keep the cutting away from strong, harsh light. Avoid direct sunlight as this can cause leaf discoloration and even burn the foliage.
If this is the case, move the plant to a less bright location.
Another possible cause of yellow leaves is overwatering which in turn can be a sign of root rot. This is a more serious issue, and you should check on the new plant’s roots.
If you notice brown or black roots that are mushy and smelly, it means root rot has set it. If not, cut back on water.
Why is the Satin Pothos Cutting Turning Mushy?
Brown mushy leaves on your cutting is likewise a sign of a moisture problem. In all likelihood, the roots have been sitting in stagnant water for too long. Thus, the water needs to be changed.
Stagnant water encourages bacteria which is damaging to your plant.
To fix this, change the water regularly and cut off the mushy leaves. Unfortunately, there isn’t a lot you can do except hope that the plant will recover on its own now that you’ve remove its cause of stress.