The Satin Pothos plant (Scindapsus pictus)is a beautiful specimen that you can put in your bedroom, office, or anywhere else. It’s one of those plants that has a very specific look to it and sometimes it can be hard to grow. Luckily for you, propagating pothos plants is as easy as pie!
In this post, we will show you how to propagate satin pothos plants from cuttings with step-by-step instructions and pictures so there isn’t any room for error.
Why would you propagate a Satin Pothos plant?
There are several reasons to produce your own Satin Pothos. The main one, in my opinion, is simply wanting to expand the number of Satin Pothos you already have without having to spend any more money on houseplants!
Plants and plant cuttings make wonderful presents for friends, therefore we always take a few cuts from each of our new plants.
The second reason why many plant parents want to propagate their Satin Pothos is that their plant has gotten too tall or leggy. Trimming your Satin Pothos back encourages bushier development and is an excellent method to trim back the winter growth that may have become straggly or leggy.
Why not propagate those lovely Satin Pothos cuttings instead of simply throwing them away?
What sort of equipment will you require to grow a Satin Pothos plant?
You will need very few items to grow satin pothos plants. Below is a list of the things you’ll need:
– A sharp knife or scissor: flower snips work well, but any small pair of scissors should do fine. We prefer using a kitchen paring knife because it’s sharper than regular scissors and can be used in other gardening tasks as well! To propagate your satin pothos plant, you won’t have to spend more than $0.50 on tools – so don’t get too worried if you’re just starting out with growing houseplants yourself right now!
– Potting soil: there are many different types available at most garden stores and hardware shops but we recommend using good quality potting soil that will keep your satin pothos plant happy for years. You can use regular garden soil but we recommend getting something specifically designed for houseplants as satin pothos plants are not very demanding when it comes to their growing environment.
Make sure you pick up some sterile potting mix, or at least one with the label saying it’s been sterilized (just make sure there isn’t any manure in the fertilizer). This is important because satin pothos plants don’t like too much nitrogen – they get enough from natural sources! If your satin pothos cuttings have too many nutrients stored in them, they may become leggy again after transplanting.
Getting a satin pothos cutting is also pretty simple. They have leaves that grow in pairs, or sometimes even threes if the satin pothos plant was propagated from stem cuttings (more on this later).
You can take one leaf with the stem growing out of it and getting ready to break off at the base – but make sure you don’t yank them! A satin pothos will not recover well after being pulled apart so be very careful handling these plants during propagation!
How long does it take for Satin Pothos Cuttings To Grow?
It takes quite some time for satin pothos cuttings to grow into mature houseplants as they are considered slow-growing satin pothos plants. Satin Pothos propagation does take a little bit of time and patience, but you’ll be rewarded with satin pothos cuttings that are all ready to put into your home!
If it’s the first satin pothos plant you’re propagating from stem cutting then allow at least three months for satins to grow roots and a few more weeks after transplanting until they start looking good again.
– A small vase or cup: we recommend using one made out of ceramic material as this will not wick away moisture as plastic cups can do over longer periods of time (especially in warmer climates). I’ve also found that glass works great too if the container is small enough. You can also use a glass or plastic container that’s specifically labeled as being for growing plants; just make sure it has drainage holes at the bottom so satin pothos cuttings don’t get too waterlogged!
– Plastic wrap (optional): to cover your potting containers if you want, though we find this isn’t needed most of the time unless you live in an especially warm climate with very high humidity. In those climates where satin pothos propagating is done indoors then covering them will help keep moisture from evaporating – but be careful to not let satin pothos propagation pots stay covered all day long because they’ll overheat and start decomposing much quicker than before!
– A rooting hormone (optional): this is not a must, but if you have some on hand it can help satin pothos propagation go a bit faster. Rooting hormones come in either powder or gel form, and are made from organic or synthetic materials. We recommend using powdered rooting hormones as they tend to be more effective than their liquid counterparts – just make sure you read the instructions on the package before use!
How To Propagate A Satin Pothos Plant
This satin pothos propagation is done in three steps: satin pothos cutting preparation, rooting the cuttings, and then finally transplanting them into your home or office!
You might think that this sounds like a lot of work – but it’s really not as bad as you may imagine. And once you see how easy satin pothos propagating can be there’ll soon come a time where you have so many satins around your house they will start taking over every piece of furniture…but don’t worry about this just yet because we’re here to help guide you through how to propagate satin pothos plants from stem cuttings!
First things first, however, let’s start with acquiring satin pothos cuttings!
Satin Pothos Propagation Step One: Getting Your Satin Pothos Cuttings
Satin pothos plant cuttings may be obtained in two ways. The first, and most common, is to take satin pothos stem cuttings from the bottom. The second method for obtaining satin pothos cuts is to remove them from their leaves – which we recommend doing when they haven’t flowered yet (which will happen soon after blooming).
We do this in the spring because our satins have less energy in them during the winter, thus it’s most effective for us…but you’re welcome to take satin pothos leaf cuttings at any time of year.
– satin pothos cutting from the base: we recommend doing this when satins are still dormant, namely in winter or early spring right before their first flush of leaves appear (late Spring), and is done by simply removing a satin pothos stem tip at an angle. It’s really that simple! Here’s what to do:
– In the case of different branches, you’re looking for a site where your satin has several stems sprouting outwards, as these regions tend to have bigger satin pothoses than others. Simply grab one with either hand and slowly lift it upwards while avoiding damaging neighboring stems or leaving too much length behind.
– When you’ve removed the satin pothos stem from other stems (about halfway), twist and bend a little bit of satin pothos plant tip with your free hand until it breaks off at an angle. If needed, you may gently pull up on a satin pothos leaf, but don’t tug too hard because this will cause it to shed! Now that we’ve taken our satin pothos cuttings, it’s time to prepare them for propagation…
Satin Pothos Propagation Step Two: Satin Pothos Cutting Preparation
Satin pothos can be propagated in one of two ways: rooting their leaves or stems. And sateen pothos propagation from leaves is, in our opinion, the simplest and most popular way to do it since satins may be grown all year by rooting cuttings. However, when attempting to grow satin pothos from the stem cutting technique, you might run into a few snags…
– Satin Pothos Propagation From Their Leaves:
We’ve decided to add this technique even though we don’t recommend it since some individuals find satin leaf propagation more difficult than others, owing to the fact that if done correctly they are actually rather simple!
All you need is a location devoid of any other satin foliage (so there’s room for satin leaves to develop without competing) and then simply remove a satin pothos leaf by its stem. Propagate satin pothoses from their leaves, either indoors or outside – we recommend inside since it’s easier (and where there are more nutrients!) but this is possible outside if necessary!
Remove the lower cut-off end of the leaf from the satin plant, leaving only an inch behind. This is crucial since roots may not develop properly if it isn’t done carefully. Then put them in some water for a few days until they’re soft enough to twist their tops slightly and watch white root hairs form after around three days…then all you have to do now is follow our pothos Satins propagation instructions below!
– Satin Pothos Propagation From Their Stems:
It’s much more difficult to propagate satins from their stems because they’re harder and less pliable than satin leaves so you’ll have a harder time when trying satin stem cutting preparation.
However, those who have been able to root satins from their stems report that it can be done with little effort by following the strategies outlined below…which we recommend doing outside or inside during April or August when the growth rate of satin pothoses is greatest (and when there are longer daytime hours).
– Take your satin pothos stem cuttings at an angle, about three inches above the root, with the smooth side of the satin pothos stem tip facing down.
– Next, prepare your satin pothos propagation bed by combining one part peat moss and three parts soil (these ratios will help minimize water loss from satins). Work this mixture into a location with at least four hours of sunshine each day and protection from the wind.
– Wait till the shoots of your transplants grow long enough to place them in their containers. Once they’re big enough, bend over and stick a mister bottle into the soil. If you don’t want to mess with germination, which is entirely possible if there are no roots already established, wait until the very end of summer or early fall when temperatures are right. Plant tiny pothoses in pots filled with pebbles and sandy dirt (or mixed sand). They’ll do best if they have plenty of space to grow without competition!
Make sure you add enough water to cover all roots but also that there is no standing water left after watering since sitting in excess moisture might cause root rot and kill your satin pothos plant!
Satin Pothos Propagation Step Three: Satin Pothos Rooting
There are many different rooting media to pick from when it comes to Satin Pothos plants. Soil, perlite, and vermiculite are the three choices. If you have soil on hand, we recommend using it since it is the most forgiving and simplest to work with.
However, if you don’t have any soil or simply want to try something new, perlite or vermiculite are both excellent options that will support the growth of your Satin Pothos plant.
Now that you’ve decided on your rooting medium, it’s time to get started!
Fill a container halfway with your chosen rooting medium.
After that, lay the satin pothos plant in the center of it. Make sure you don’t bury the satin pothos too far; you want enough dirt covering its stem so that when you water it fully and leave it to sit for a few days, there is still some air circulation around them (this will also aid in preventing root rot).
After you’ve set your satin pothos in its container, fill any empty space with soil until all holes are filled and smooth out the dirt on top of it by lightly patting down with your hand or a spoon.
Next, soak both sides of your satin pothos in a pail of water thoroughly. This is crucial since cuttings from delicate satin pothos are susceptible to death if they dry out too much!
Once your satin pothos cutting has been fully moistened and placed in its container, you should wait for the roots to grow. It can take anything from three days to two weeks for any sign of new growth on satin pothos plants.
It will take a long time for your satin pothos cutting to root, and it’s going to be determined by how fresh you kept the satin pothos cutting as well as the method you used to plant cuttings (for example: if you tried rooting your satin pothos using perlite, it might take longer than if you just used potting soil).
When the satin pothos cutting begins to develop tiny new leaves and roots (which should start appearing on the stem), it’s time to transplant!
Remove your satin pothos from its container using a gentle grip. If any medium is adhered to the satin pothos plant itself or clings to any of its new roots, remove it by either gently scraping it off with a spoon or pulling it away with tweezers.
Finally, fill a pot halfway with soil and lay your satin pothos at an angle so that all sides are covered but not too deeply into the ground.
Congratulations on creating a stunning satin pothos! Thank you for taking the time to read through this tutorial!