Do Pothos root from a single leaf?

CactusBoss(Zone 5a)August 8, 2013

That Is the question cause a few single leaves from my plant fell off.

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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

No. You need to have a tiny bit of healthy stem tissue for new shoots and roots to develop. If leaves have fallen on their own, an abscission layer has formed at the petiole. Basically, the plant body had said to the leaf, "You're dead to me! " :-)

Pothos generate new roots and shoots at the nodes.

    Bookmark   August 8, 2013 at 9:27PM
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sradleye

what rhizo said, you need some stem. but I have taken a long vine of leaves and cut into all one leaf segments with a little piece of stem (there will be a root corresponding to each leaf) and rooted that way. just throw in water

    Bookmark   August 8, 2013 at 11:08PM
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sradleye

I have recently cut some tips of both golden and neon pothos. mostly to encourage branching of existing plants, but I don't really throw anything away. think I will put the two together.

    Bookmark   August 8, 2013 at 11:23PM
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sradleye

new tips

    Bookmark   August 8, 2013 at 11:27PM
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CactusBoss(Zone 5a)

So these won't work?

    Bookmark   August 8, 2013 at 11:34PM
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dellis326 (Danny)

Nope.

    Bookmark   August 9, 2013 at 12:23AM
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CactusBoss(Zone 5a)

what works better rooting in water or soil? I want to add more to the small plant I just bought. would I be able to plant the cuttings with that plant. Here's the plant. I'm gonna take a decent cutting from my mom's plant.

This post was edited by CactusBoss on Fri, Aug 9, 13 at 1:51

    Bookmark   August 9, 2013 at 1:02AM
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tropicbreezent

As the others have said, only from the nodes. Even the internodal stems on their own will wither and rot. They're a bit different to Hoya, where the leaves will keep living, produce roots and look great, but never produce a plant/vine.

    Bookmark   August 9, 2013 at 1:44AM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL(8B AL)

Does this help you understand what it can do?

Nice new tips, Sradleye!

    Bookmark   August 9, 2013 at 7:31AM
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sradleye

in my experience its faster and more consistent to root in water, but I have just stuck in soil as well.

    Bookmark   August 9, 2013 at 9:04AM
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dellis326 (Danny)

I prefer water rooting these type of plants but either will do. Purp's method of rooting a whole section of vine works well too.

    Bookmark   August 9, 2013 at 9:28AM
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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

Roots that develop in water will be physiologically different than those in a solid medium. The water roots must be able to access dissolved oxygen from the water. Soil roots have evolved to access water from a solid medium.

If you root something in water, it will have to reinvent that root system all over again once it's planted.

It's really better for a plant to be able to root in one step and not two. Soil rooting is very easy once you've learned a very few little tricks.

Cactus, do you know what a leaf petiole is? It occurred to me that you might be confusing the petiole (which is part of the leaf) with a stem.

    Bookmark   August 9, 2013 at 3:30PM
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CactusBoss(Zone 5a)

rhizo_1, Now i know. And would I be able to stick the NEW proper cutting into the same container as the smaller pothos pictured above?

    Bookmark   August 9, 2013 at 4:34PM
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dellis326 (Danny)

Yes you can start the new cuttings in the original pot.

    Bookmark   August 9, 2013 at 6:20PM
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CactusBoss(Zone 5a)

Dipped it into some rooting hormone and put it back in the soil.

    Bookmark   August 9, 2013 at 6:52PM
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