Most house plants will require some light trimming or pruning at some juncture, even if only to snip off a dead leaf or two. House plant tissues are often tender and can easily be cut with a pair of small household scissors or even pinched off between your finger tips. Dead or diseased foliage should be cut off when you first see it. Flowering plants should be trimmed for size after they have bloomed. Foliage only plants can be trimmed and pruned year round, as needed.
Snip away yellowed, brown, diseased or dead leaves and stalks. Cut down to a point of healthy plant tissue or down to the crown of the plant at the soil line. Discard the cuttings and any pieces that fall to the soil below. Use scissors for small diameter and tender stems and secateurs for larger woody stems.
Cut back the tips of leggy growth to encourage branching and fullness in the plant. Remove the tip of the branch or stem down to the second set of leaves with a single clean cut placed 1/4 inch above the second set of leaves.
Trim your house plants to control their size and spread as needed. Foliage plants with a trailing habit such as pothos, eventually need to be trimmed to prevent sprawl and keep the top of the plant pot covered with foliage. Trim back the plants as needed to suit the confines of the container or the setting and discard or root the cuttings.