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How To Prune Pothos – Pothos Pruning Guide

I love growing pothos in my home. It’s an easy, no-fuss plant that adds a splash of greens and yellows to my home. Pothos gives a certain elegance to your home with its beautiful long vines that create a lovely curtain of foliage that can bring life to otherwise drab indoor spaces. Whether you want your pothos to be long and flowing or tight and kempt, pothos will thrive either way. The aesthetic of the plant is entirely up to you. There are a variety of ways how to prune pothos, however, there are some things to keep in mind before you do.

Finding The Node On The Vine

Figuring out how to prune pothos is a lot simpler than it sounds. You might think that taking a pair of scissors to your pothos and pruning wherever is a good idea. You’re in the right state of mind, however, there is something you must find before you trim. The node on a vine of a pothos is where the leaf meets the vine and is your starting point for pruning. Cutting about a quarter inch above the leaf will allow for new vines to come back.

From there, you can decide how much of the vine you want to prune. You can go for lighter pruning leaving length or even more dramatic pruning like shortening vines 2 inches from the soil line. Luckily, pruning pothos is the same no matter what you decide. Pruning will only make them happier and grow new vines. You’ll start to understand how the vines shape the overall look of the plant as it grows out from being pruned. You can then decide how much more you want to prune for the desired look.

Extra Tips On How To Prune Pothos

There are other little things that you can do for your pothos plant. If your pothos hasn’t sprouted or developed new leaves or has lost a lot of leaves, consider a more drastic pruning approach. Pruning your pothos can prove to be one of the best ways to revive the plant. If there are any vines that do not have leaves, removing them might be your best option. Vines that do not have any leaves on them tend to not grow back and siphon energy from the rest of the plant.

Another benefit to pruning your pothos is being able to propagate the clippings. Submerging the node of the pothos clipping into a vase or glass of water. Making sure that the node is completely underwater until it develops roots. Once the roots have grown to about an inch long, your new pothos plant is ready for a fresh pot of soil.

Cody Medina
Small Scale Farmer
Hi there! I'm Cody, a staff writer here at The Garden Magazine and a small-scale farmer living in Oregon. I've been gardening most of my life and now live on a quarter-acre farmstead with chickens, ducks, and a big garden.