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How to Grow Devil's Ivy From a Cut

Updated July 20, 2017

Growing devil's ivy as a houseplant is simple and rewarding. Glossy, heart-shaped leaves and minimal care make devil's ivy, often called pothos, one of the most commonly grown houseplants. One of the top houseplants for removing pollutants from indoor air, according to a NASA study, devil's ivy is easy to multiply. Growing plants can be strategically placed throughout the home for their air cleaning properties.

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  1. Clip 4- to 6-inch-long healthy stems with at least four leaves. Make the cut below a node, which is a bump on the stem. Cuttings may come from an overall trim of the plant or be specifically taken for the purpose of propagation. If adventitious (already growing) roots appear on any of the stems, clip at this node and take advantage of the roots.

  2. Remove the leaf closest to the bottom of the clipping. Dip the cut end lightly in rooting hormone, if available. If not, the devil's ivy cutting will likely develop roots without artificial stimulation.

  3. Place cuttings into a 4-inch pot filled with pre-moistened potting soil, vermiculite, peat moss or a combination of these ingredients. Locate the pot in an area away from direct sunlight. A little filtered light is acceptable when growing devil's ivy from cuttings.

  4. Keep the soil consistently moist but not soggy.

  5. Roots on the cuttings develop in about a month, with new growth soon to follow. When a small pot fills up, you can repot cuttings into a larger container.

  6. Tip

    Alternatively, the cuttings may be placed in a short jar of tepid water until roots develop. Devil's ivy grows larger leaves when climbing. Place a stick of peat moss in the centre of the container, and nearby sprouts will gladly begin climbing.

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Things You'll Need

  • Devil's ivy cuttings
  • Rooting hormone (optional)
  • 4-inch pot
  • Moistened potting soil, vermiculite or peat moss

About the Author

Becca Badgett began writing professionally in 1982. She has been published in “Accent West” magazine and the “Texhoma Argus” newspaper. Badgett also has written for The Huffington Post, Target and Mapquest. She holds an Associate of Arts in broadcast journalism from Amarillo College.

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