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How to Divide Pothos Plants

The one things about Pothos plants, is that they are so easy to divide! They are one of my favorite go-to plants and are the prefect beginner, low-light plant. If you keep them adequately watered, they respond by giving you lush trailing vines. If you forget to water them, they hang on as long as they can, and start dropping leaves, telling you you need to give them a drink. If you’ve ever wondered how to divide Pothos plants (this goes for Philodendrons too!).  I have a few tips below and a video showing the process.

Trailing Pothoe plant on open shelves


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You can find a Pothos plant here, but I really love grabbing some of the $9- $12 hanging plant baskets from the home improvement store. The best part is that normally you can get atleast 3 -5 smaller divided plants out of them, and  if you keep them watered enough, they grow so fast that you very quickly have some nice sized plants.

Divide Pothos by gently pulling them a part at the roots

If I can’t do this outside, I like to spread a large painter’s tarp over my surface. It can get pretty dirty. It’s better to let the baskets dry out just a tiny bit too. After pulling them out of their original basket, find  a part where there seems to be a natural division in the leaves. Untangle any large leaves or vines. Using your thumbs, gently work your fingers in, loosening the dirt. These are similar to dividing Sanseveria.

Dividing pothos plants from plastic pots

Pull a section gently, trying not to tear the roots. They should seperate fairly easily. it’s almost as if you work them apart.

Pothos plants divided

Once you have your plants sectioned, they are ready for re-potting! Use a good quality indoor plant soil with fertilizer in it, and water immediately. You’ll probably have some extra dirt left from the original container. I actually put this in a bag, or bin for my summer outdoor plants.

Replanting pothos divisions with new soil

When you replant, keep them evenly watered for a while to promote growth, and remove any yellowed or dead leaves.

See, that was so easy, right? Now you get to name your plants! What’s a good name for a Pothos? Patty? Penelope?


Dividing pothos plants to make more plants