Growing Pothos Underwater

Michael Langerman
6 min readMar 31, 2020

May 4th, 2017
A friend gives me a cutting of a Pothos plant.

I trimmed it further, making 2 cuttings with 2 leaves each.

Put them in cups filled with dechlorinated water.

May 11th, 2017
A root grows in the first week.

May 14th, 2017
The root grows longer.

Notice that the root grows from a bud.
The other cutting remains rootless.

I trim the stem of the rootless cutting to lower the buds underwater.

The cutting with a root goes to a new nursery.

June 5th, 2017
In the past 3 weeks, new leaves grow on both plants.

And roots grow strong on both plants.

June 13th, 2017
Pothos grows very fast.
I added newborn guppies to one nursery.

I submerged most leaves of this plant.
Here a new root and a new leaf are growing underwater.
Only 1 leaf is above the water.

August 11th, 2017
More leaves grow on the Pothos kept above water.

The plant with 1 leaf above water grows slower.

I want to check if this Pothos can grow submerged fully underwater.

Cut the plant in two parts.

Each part has roots.

The cutting with 5 leaves goes back to the same nursery.
This time, the whole plant is fully submerged underwater.

August 17th, 2017
The plant I keep above the water grows very fast.

I trim the newest leaf with a sprout.

Let’s see if this cutting will grow roots.

Dip the cutting in water.

August 23rd, 2017
The leaf on the last cutting got some brownish discoloration.

And a new root started growing.

September 9th, 2017
The plant above water has healthy leaves and well developed roots.

There are many secondary roots.

One leaf of the plant that grows underwater has a hole.

Otherwise the plant looks healthy.
Though, it did not grow noticeably.

Here you can see a new root grows.

November 6th, 2017

Here you can see a female guppy nibbles on algae that has grown on the leaves of pothos.

I cultivate algae in all my aquariums.

Here you can see an underwater (fast growing) land moss.
The Pothos on the other hand grows very slow underwater.

December 4th, 2017
I cut off a wilted leaf from the plant that grows above water.

The underwater plant is unchanged.

March 22nd, 2018
I cut off another wilted leaf from the plant that grows above water.

I made a cutting with 2 leaves and a sprout of a new leaf.

The new cutting goes on top of my HD aquarium to grow roots.

March 25th, 2018

A new leaf grows on the underwater Pothos!

The Pothos grows underwater at the same slow pace as Peace lily plants — without any maintenance.

Have fun and happy plants :)