propagating a leafless vine from pothos?

kate95October 24, 2013

My pothos is only about 8 months old (if that counts for anything) I started it myself from a cutting off of my aunts plant. The leaves on the vine to the left all fell off while still rooting in water and now i am left with a bare vine. is there any way i can cut it off and start a new plant without the leaves or should i just leave as is? the plant is my baby and its hard for me to decide on what would be best!

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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

Just leave it alone. Your plant isn't sitting in water, is it? You'll be happy to know that Pothos is wonderfully adaptable to the climate of the typical home....without the need for pebble trays, misting, etc.

I've mentioned this because it looks (in the picture) like your pretty plant is sitting deep into a pebble lake.

Your 'baby' looks happy and full of promise. It would be interesting to see a picture taken next year at this time.

    Bookmark   October 24, 2013 at 5:28AM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL

Are the 2 vines connected where they go down into the soil? I can't see for sure, but it looks like the left vine is about to sprout a new tip. Whether it is or not, it's not long enough for me to be confident about trying to propagate it, especially with no leaves.

When the tip of a vine is cut, it has no choice but to make another one, often several. Ideally, each node is ready to make a new vine of its' own, with roots and a growth tip.

Does this drawing help?

    Bookmark   October 24, 2013 at 9:12AM
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kate95

Thank you rhizo for the help! the pebbles at the bottom are just for decoration and the plant isnt sitting in water, Here is another question that you may be able to answer: when i first got it i had decided to grow the plant completely in water but the roots kept outgrowing the vases so i planted it in soil. however, if you look at the roots where the vine had started there is a white chalky like growth on it. it doesnt seem to be doing any harm, but i would like to know what it is.

    Bookmark   October 25, 2013 at 6:21PM
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kate95

purple, the two vines are connected at the root where it goes into the soil.just an experimental question: do you think if I cut the tip off the vine it would force itself to start new growth?

    Bookmark   October 25, 2013 at 6:29PM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL

Yes, there would be no other way for it to grow but to start one or more new tips. Nipping off the newest leaf, even if still rolled up, should do it.

    Bookmark   October 28, 2013 at 8:58AM
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