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You can easily propagate houseplants from cuttings instead of buying more plants. Pothos are super easy to grow in a jar of water!


Meet Audrey. She’s a houseplant — a pothos, to be exact.  I don’t normally name the plants around here — just the kids and the pets. But Audrey was different from other plants. She was a lot bigger, and she had two long stems that reminded me of arms.

Yes, I do have an active imagination!

So, I named this plant Audrey, after the plant in Little Shop of Horrors. Instead of allowing Audrey to grow even longer arms, the Hubs suggested using cuttings to grow more plants — little Audreys!

The Hubs is the plant whisperer in our house, unlike me. I grow the kids, and he does the plants, which works out well for both of us!

We have several houseplants, and he’s done a superb job of keeping them alive and well. He’s even grown plants from cuttings before, and they’re perfectly fine.

How to Propagate Houseplants from Cuttings

If you want to propagate houseplants from cuttings, you’ll need:

  • Scissors
  • Glass jars
  • Water

First, you take a stem and cut just below the little bumps known as root nodes. One of my kids is a plant lover like her dad, and she did the honors here.


After cutting the stem, snip off the lowest two leaves. The stem will be in the water, and you don’t need the leaves under water. The new roots should start growing from around the cut stem.

Our plants took about a week to start growing roots.


Then, you just fill a jar or two with water and add the cuttings to the jar. I pretty much collect glass jars, so we always have some around the house. You could also use a large drinking glass or a vase.


I put the glass jar into a little pail. It’s more attractive than a clear jar with stems in it! And, that’s all there is to growing plants from cuttings, or rather, growing a pothos from cuttings. Other houseplants may be trickier, but these plants are super easy to work with.

We haven’t even planted the other cuttings. They’re still growing in plain old water, and they’re thriving.

And, Audrey looks fantastic with her new do. She has a nice spot by the window,which keeps her healthy and content, and it shows!


I found this old bucket at the thrift store, and it makes an awesome planter!


Have you ever tried growing your own plants from cuttings?

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  1. Julia Berry says:

    Do you wait for the cuttings to grow roots before placing them in water or do you place them in water right after the cut?

    1. Dee says:

      We put them in water right away, and they grow the roots from there.

  2. clair says:

    Great post! Your plant looks so healthy. Beginner here and I might give this a try. How often do you change the water? Is it a complete water change or do you just top it off? How and when do I move them into a pot with soil?

    1. Dee says:

      Hi, Clair. We usually just keep adding water and never change the water unless it looks super cloudy. We haven’t planted the cuttings, and they’re still doing great. 🙂

  3. Debbie Rodrigues says:

    That looks awesome! I only tried it once with orchids and it was a major failure. I’m good with plants, but I think I started with a difficult one.
    Thanks a lot for sharing these tips. I’ll be pinning it for later.

    1. Dee says:

      I think this plant is a great starter one, and it’s nice to have little plants everywhere. 🙂

  4. CD Loken says:

    Thank you for the great tips! I recently purchased a few plants to add a touch of greenery to our home. Although I don’t have much of a green thumb, I’m hoping they stay alive long enough to propagate them.

    1. Dee says:

      These are pretty easy, but my husband is the one with the green thumb! 🙂

  5. Nicole @ The Professional Mom Project says:

    So helpful – I’ve always wondered how to do this properly. Thanks! Found your post at Wonderful Wednesday

    1. Dee says:

      Thanks, Nicole. It really is pretty easy! 🙂

  6. Kim~madeinaday says:

    Great post I never know which section to pinch and trim. Unfortunately I have a cat who destroys houseplants. One day! Lol. Thanks for linking up to Merry Monday! Sharing on ! Have a great week!

    1. Kim~madeinaday says:

      Oops! Sharing in FB! 🙂

  7. Judy Biggerstaff says:

    Thanks for sharing. I just took cuttings of my photos yesterday and did exactly what you said to do except I didn’t put them in a cute bucket like yours. I’ll have to work on that. I also took cutting of my oak leaf ivy plant and not sure how it will do. I have had it for years but never taken a cutting.

    1. Dee says:

      I’m slightly obsessed with finding cute containers for the plants. This one was a thrift-store find that I spray painted! 🙂