Don’t Let Your Pothos Party Poop! Revive Wilting Cuttings & Multiply Your Indoor Jungle!

When propagating pothos, it’s not uncommon to encounter the problem of wilting cuttings, an issue that can dishearten even the most enthusiastic gardeners.

I know from experience that noticing the once vibrant leaves drooping can be alarming. However, after understanding that this might be due to a range of factors such as improper water balance, insufficient lighting, or even transplant shock, I could take steps to troubleshoot the issue effectively.

Monitoring the moisture of the growing medium, whether soil or water, is crucial, as both overwatering and underwatering can lead to wilted cuttings. So does fertilizing and bunch of other things.

Let’s dive in!

Key Takeaways

  • Wilting in pothos propagations can indicate issues with water and nutrients balance.
  • Cuttings need a node to develop roots and should be monitored closely for optimal conditions.
  • Proper care during the propagation can prevent potential wilting.

Possible Reasons Why Pothos Propagation Is Wilting

When I propagate pothos, I always look out for signs of wilting in my cuttings. Here are some reasons this could happen across different propagation mediums:

Water Propagation

Your cuttings may start wilting while being propagated in water for the following reasons:

  • Rotting: Sometimes, cuttings start to rot, turning soft and discolored, brown, or black.
  • Root Hormone: Using too much hormone can hinder propagation.

Soil Propagation

Your pothos cuttings might wilt while propagating in soil for the following reasons:

  • Moisture Balance: Overwatering can drown roots, while underwatering dries them out.
  • Fertilization: Overfertilizing can lead to chemical burns on the stems and roots.

Moss Propagation

Wilting cuttings nestled in moss could indicate that the moss is not moist enough. Make sure the moss is not too wet either. If it’s dry, a light misting may be needed.

Wet Paper Towel Propagation

Wilting can crop up when the paper towel is not moist enough to support the developing roots.

Common Issues

Wilting might not always be about water. Keep an eye out for these issues:

  • Pests and Fungal Infections: Both can stress the plant and lead to wilting.
  • Propagating single pothos leaf: It is not possible since a cutting must include at least one node, as this is where new roots will emerge.

Caring for Propagating Pothos Cuttings

Healthy pothos cuttings in water, wilting cuttings nearby. Bright, indirect light. Careful monitoring and regular water changes

When I propagate Pothos cuttings, I find that the cuttings can thrive in both water and soil mediums.

For water propagation, I place the stems in a clear container filled with water, ensuring that the nodes are submerged. I change the water weekly to prevent stagnation and bacterial growth. This method allows me to watch the roots as they develop. Once they’re a few inches long, I transplant them to soil.

For those opting for soil propagation, I use a well-draining potting mix to avoid waterlogging, which is conducive to root rot. A mixture of peat, perlite, and vermiculite in a container with drainage holes does the trick. After planting the cuttings, I keep the soil moist but not soggy, as overwatering can lead to wilting and fungal infections.

To ensure my new plants have the best start, I keep them in a warm environment with plenty of bright indirect light.

Mini greenhouse for pothos propagation in soil
Mini-greenhouse for pothos propagation in soil

If I’m not using a container or plastic bag, I create a humidity tent to mimic a greenhouse effect—this helps keep the humidity high and encourages rooting. Daily ventilation within this setup prevents fungal growth.

I watch out for yellowing leaves, which can signal various issues including overwatering, underwatering, or fungal infections. If I suspect an issue, I adjust my care routine.

Schultz's liquid plant food as a root stimulator
Schultz’s liquid plant food as a root stimulator

Fertilization is something I do sparingly with new cuttings, as they are sensitive in the early stages of growth unless it’s a special fertilizer that helps with propagation, like the Schultz’s Liquid Plant Food fertilizer pictured above.

When my Pothos show signs of wilting or pest infestations, I address these immediately. For pests, a neem oil solution works well, and for wilting, I reassess the watering frequency and the pot’s location. If root rot has taken hold, I may need to start over with new cuttings.

Discovering more on multiplying these lush greens in The Ultimate Guide to Pothos Propagation can turn a single Pothos into an abundant indoor oasis. Remember, patience and attention to detail are key in nurturing these cuttings to full, healthy plants.


In reviewing the health concerns for pothos plants, I’ve come to understand that wilting often points to water or nutrient imbalances—either too much or too little. Lighting is another critical factor; inadequate light can contribute to the drooping of leaves.

Here are a few key care tips for thriving pothos cuttings:

  • Water Wisely: Ensure that the soil moisture is balanced, neither waterlogged nor bone dry.
  • Fertilize Occasionally: Only use a special fertilizer that helps with rooting.
  • Proper Lighting: Place your cuttings in a spot that receives bright, indirect sunlight to avoid wilting.
  • Monitor Regularly: Keep an eye on changes in the leaves as an early indicator of potential issues.

Pothos cuttings can be incredibly rewarding when they flourish, as they not only beautify my space but also purify the air. By attentively looking out for signs of distress and responding promptly to my cuttings’ needs, I can help ensure their health and vitality.


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