How to propagate (or save) Devil’s Ivy plant

Jun 15, 2023

Now, I’m pretty good with growing plants…. outside. But when it comes to indoor plants, despite my best intentions – I’m consistently bamboozled and put in my place with upset plants. Most recently I almost killed the unkillable Devil’s Ivy (Epipremnum aureum) by accidentally letting it dry out too much and also it getting root bound. My excuse is that it was a in a hanging basket, making it too inconvenient to check on easily without having to stand on a chair. Poor excuse I know.

Anyway, the plant looked cooked to me (see below). But on closer investigation I just needed to cut it back, prune the roots and pop it into a larger pot (she’ll come good).

In the mean time I also cut up the bit of the vine that was still green to propagate more plants from. To do this, I cut each leaf into its own section – you’ll see in the photo below centre that there’s a bumpy node, this is where the future roots will emerge, so make sure each leaf has one of those. I put 15 cuttings into a glass of water for 3 weeks and, as you can see below right, they all grew roots – like magic.

Next, I potted all the cuttings into their own pots with quality potting mix. In Australia, look for premium Australian Standard potting mix with their logo (and ticks) on the bag. Keep them moist and watch them grow!

Now, do I really need 15 Devil’s Ivy plants? Not really, but I feel rich with the thought of them rambling through my house. Also, they’ll make good pressies for dear friends who are better at indoor plants than I am. Fingers crossed I don’t almost kill them this time.

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