Will Your Pothos Ever Grow Again After You Cut It? (Spoiler: It Can!)

Many indoor gardening enthusiasts often ask if their pothos plants will continue to grow after being trimmed.

My experience has shown that pothos plants can indeed regrow after cutting.

Whether you’re pruning to control size, improve the plant’s shape, or propagate new plants, pothos show resilience and an ability to bounce back with proper care.

Key Takeaways

  • Pothos can regrow after being trimmed.
  • Excessive trimming should be avoided to not stunt the pothos re-growth.
  • Post-trimming care is essential for the rejuvenation and continued growth of pothos plants.

The Science of Pothos Trimming and Growth

Trimming a pothos plant is akin to giving it a new lease on life. Just like animals naturally shed to promote new growth, pothos plants respond to pruning in a similar way.

Trimmed stems of Pothos

Once trimmed, the plant’s well-established root system continues to channel nutrients to the leaves, spurring new growth given that the plant is healthy and does not have root rot.

Pothos regrowth from the node

Key Components for Regrowth:

  • Nodes: Where stem meets leaf, is the crucial point for new growth. These are the launchpads for fresh foliage.
  • Aerial Roots: Often visible near the nodes, these allow pothos to cling and climb, and also absorb moisture and nutrients from the air.

Trimming Tips:

  1. Always cut just above a node to encourage new sprouts.
  2. The cut stems of pothos start producing transparent liquid after you did the cut? It’s totally normal.
  3. Ensure the environment has moderate humidity and stable temperature to foster re-growth.
Liquid drops on trimmed stems of Pothos

Understanding Growth Patterns:

  • After a trim, a pothos leverages its node’s latent potential to unfurl new shoots.
  • Leaf nodes are specific niches along the stem from whence new leaves are born.
  • In winter, the pothos plants grow slower so better to postpone the trimming till the warm season.

Careful Monitoring:

  • Post-trimming, watch for new growth around trimmed nodes.
  • Remember that your pothos may grow slower during a colder period of the year; patience is key.

The takeaway: Strategic pruning stimulates pothos to regenerate and thrive. It’s a simple act that harnesses the plant’s innate resilience, ensuring lushness and vitality.

Here’s my Pearl-and-Jade pothos plant when I just bought it and before I trimmed it:

Pothos plant in a black container

And here’s how it looks after I trimmed it (and it did grow a bit after I bought it):

A trimmed stem of Pothos plant

Avoid Excessive Trimming

When tending to my pothos plants, I’ve found that moderation is key, particularly in trimming.

While pothos are resilient and can bounce back from significant cuts, aggressive pruning may set back the growth more than necessary. It’s like getting a haircut; a trim can be refreshing, but a drastic change might take a while to grow out.

A pot filled with soil and pothos stems cut very closely to the ground

Guidelines for Trimming Pothos:

  • Trim Gradually: Ideally, I snip off no more than one-third of the plant at a time. This maintains the shape and fullness without overstressing my green friend.
  • Consider Plant Age: For a mature, overgrown pothos, I may go up to two-thirds, if absolutely needed to rejuvenate the plant and encourage healthy new growth.

Remember: Avoid removing all the stems. Even if the plant can potentially recover, the time it’ll need to spruce up again isn’t worth the bare look. After all, a pothos with lush foliage is what brightens up my space.

Here’s a quick checklist I follow to prevent over-trimming:

  • Identify which parts of the plant need trimming
  • Ensure to leave several parts of healthy stems untouched
  • Use clean, sharp scissors for a tidy cut
  • Trim in increments, assessing the plant as you go

By following these simple steps, I keep my pothos looking vibrant and full.

Regular, light pruning positively impacts the plant’s health and appearance, whereas excessive trimming might leave it sparse and struggling.

So, a little care and attention go a long way in keeping those cascading vines lush and thriving.

Caring for Your Pothos After Pruning

After I’ve pruned my pothos, I always make sure to give it the proper care it needs to ensure healthy regrowth. I focus on providing it with the right environment and watch out for any common issues that may hinder its recovery.

After pruning, I keep an eye out for common issues:

  • Pests: I inspect the leaves regularly for signs of pests and treat any infestations immediately to avoid further stress on the plant.
  • Diseases: I’m vigilant for any signs of bacterial or fungal diseases, which often present as yellowing leaves, black spots, or wilting.
  • Damaged Leaves: I remove any damaged leaves or stems promptly to redirect the plant’s energy to the healthy parts.
  • Regular Pruning: My regular pruning routine involves snipping off yellowing or diseased leaves and ensures my pothos stays bushier and manageable.

By following these care guidelines, my pothos remains a flourishing and vibrant green fixture in my space.

Use the Cuttings to Grow a New Plant

My pothos cutting ready for propagation
My pothos cutting ready for propagation

Hey, why not use those cuttings that are left from pruning to grow a whole new plant? It’s like having your own pothos army!

You can propagate them in water, soil, or even in a paper towel! It’s easy and fun and I bet once you start doing it, it will be hard to stop! At least, it is hard to stop for me!


I’ve looked into whether pothos plants can bounce back after a trim, and I’m happy to report that they are quite resilient.

When cutting a pothos plant, it’s important to make the cut just above a node, as that’s where new growth will sprout. I’ve learned that while these plants may grow more slowly in the winter, they will still regenerate.

It’s reassuring to know that these plants are forgiving and can thrive after being trimmed. As long as I’m careful to prune correctly and provide the right conditions, new growth is virtually guaranteed.

Key Points:

  • Pothos regrow after cutting
  • Cut above a node for best results
  • Root cuttings in water or moist soil to grow a new plant
  • Re-growth may be slower in winter

By respecting the plant’s natural growth process and understanding the conditions it needs, I can help my pothos flourish after pruning.


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