The Baltic Blue Pothos is the current superstar of the indoor gardening world. With its stunning leaves and easy care requirements, it’s no surprise that this plant has gained a massive following. Let’s explore what makes the Baltic Blue Pothos so irresistible.
What differentiates this type of pothos is its big dark green leaves that fenestrate as soon as the plant is well established. These baltic blue pothos plants are closely related to the Cebu Blue Pothos – both varieties of Epipremnum Pinnatum. These pothos plants have similarly shaped leaves; although the Baltic Blue is much bigger than the Cebu Blue, it has darker leaves and develops fenestrations earlier.
Pothos plants are easy-going and beginner-friendly; they grow quickly and propagate easily, making them a unique addition to any room. Do you want to add beautiful Baltic Blue Pothos to your collection? Here’s a complete Baltic Blue Pothos care guide.
Botanical Name: Epipremnum Pinnatum’ baltic blue.’
Common Name: Baltic Blue pothos
Plant Type: Perennial, vine
Hardiness Zones: 10-12, USDA
Sun Exposure: Partial
Soil Type: Moist but well-drained
Soil pH: 4-5 (acidic)
Height: 10-12 ft. tall (indoors), 20-30 ft. tall (outdoors)
Bloom Time: Spring and summer
Flower Color: Deep Green
Native Area: Asia, Australia
What’s Baltic Blue Pothos?
Baltic Blue is a pothos plant with large, deep blue-green leaves that get a deeper blueish tint as they age. This pothos is also known as Epipremnum Baltic Blue, and Costa Farms created it as a clone of Epipremnum Pinnatum. This pothos plant is a must-have for aroid plants fans who are looking for something new and cool to add to their house plant collection.
This type of pothos is suitable for growing on a bright tabletop when young – you can let the stems grow horizontally or grow it in a hanging basket, allowing the stems to gracefully trail down the pot. You can also grow your plant vertically on a totem or other supports. No matter how you grow your plant, it performs equally well as it adapts easily, making it quite versatile.
Baltic Blue Pothos Care
Caring for this type of pothos plant is not rocket science. This indoor tropical plant enjoys regular watering, plenty of light, and light fertilization during summer and spring. This being said, this plant is also adaptable and can withstand missing the occasional fertilization or watering if needed.
Like many other pothos varieties, the Baltic Blue benefits from being staked up a trellis or a moss pole, where its leaves have room to get much larger and fenestrated. However, if you prefer to leave the plant’s long stems hanging, the Balic Blue will do just fine without support. Continue reading if you want to get more specific details on this plant.
Luckily enough, Baltic Blue Pothos can thrive under different light conditions. It ideally does best in medium and high light areas (this type of light crates a medium-strong shadow throughout much of the day). Very light bright can turn the plant’s leaves more green than blue.
Baltic Blue Pothos grow best with medium to bright indirect light, and it can also withstand low light if needed, although if the plant is set in low light conditions, its leaves won’t grow, and it may not develop fenestrations; it may also make your Baltic Blue Pothos plant prone to legginess.
Although this pothos plant is not a fan of low light conditions, it shouldn’t be exposed to harsh direct light as it can get leaf burn. North or East facing windows are the best spots for this plant, but you can also set it back slightly from a south or west window, so it does not get hit directly with sunlight.
Like other pothos plants, Baltic Blue Pothos prefer to dry out a bit between watering – not completely, though. Never leave the potting mix wet or saturated for extended periods, as overwatering can stress this plant and may result in the plant’s foliage to turn yellow prematurely.
So, make sure you do a soil check in between waterings. Allow the plant’s soil to dry out almost completely before watering well and thoroughly.
It shouldn’t be a big deal if you miss a watering and the plant’s soil dries out completely. You may notice the plant’s leaves droop slightly when it’s not getting enough water, but as long as you quickly catch it and water well, your Baltic Blue Pothos should bounce right back.
When in doubt, it’s always better to underwater your pothos plant than to overwater it. Like many different tropical plants, the Baltic Blue Pothos can develop root rot if left in soggy soil conditions or chronically overwatered. You can also use a moisture meter to determine where your plant’s soil moisture is and when it’s time to water.
Temperature and Humidity
This tropical plant thrives in warm temperatures, which makes it an ideal houseplant. Baltic Blue Pothos are not cold/frost tolerant and should not be kept under 55 degrees Fahrenheit for any extended period of time.
Now for humidity, Baltic Blue Pothos prefer slightly humid conditions (60% is perfect) but also do well under standard household humidity, which tends to be drier. This being said, this tropical plant will thrive in a more humid area or near a small humidifier.
This pothos plant tolerates average home humidity levels. But, for optimal performance and growth, you can boost the air’s moisture in particularly arid conditions with a small humidifier.
Baltic Blue Pothos plants need well-draining soil; a regular potting mix should be fine.
But, if you feel like pampering your tropical plant, try finding a soil mixture that retains some moisture but also has well drainage. A mix of equal parts of perlite and indoor potting soil is a great choice, and you can also add orchid bark mix to make it extra airy and chunky.
Like other indoor houseplants, Baltic Blues benefit from twice-yearly feedings every 4-6 months. But, you can fertilize your plant once a month during the active growing season during spring and summer to encourage healthy and robust growth.
You can also use a balanced liquid fertilizer diluted to half strength or a formulated houseplant fertilizer for better results. Always follow the package’s instructions for better results.
Do NOT fertilize your Baltic Blue Pothos during the fall and winter, as it’s the plant’s dormancy season.
How to Propagate Baltic Blue Pothos
Baltic Blue Pothos can be easily propagated by rooting stem cuttings in water. Propagating is an easy and fun approach to grow new houseplants by adding new stems to the pot’s base.
The best way to propagate pothos plants, in general, is during their active season in spring or summer, but if you wish, you can propagate at any time of the year!
Here’s how to propagate Baltic Blue Pothos by stem cuttings in just a few quick and easy steps.
- Using a pair of sharp and sterlilized pruning shears or scissors, take the stem cuttings from a MATURE and healthy Baltic Blue Pothos plant. Each stem cutting should have a minimum two or three nodes along the stem but no more than five.
- Remove the bottom leaves from the base of each cutting so that the node is exposed along the stem.
- Prepare a small container with clean, fresh water and place the stem cuttings in it so that the nodes are fully submerged, and the leaves sit at the top of the water.
- Place the container where it can receive bright to medium indirect light and change the water once a week. After a few weeks, you should notice tiny white roots growing from the nodes.
- Once the plant’s roots are at least one inch long, the newly rooted cuttings should be transferred to a soil container.
- Add a little well-draining potting mix to the pit and then plant the rooted cuttings into the soil, patting the soil down firmly around the stems to hold them in place – Higher humidity levels also help the plant’s growth.
- Water the new potting stem cutting thoroughly and return them to a bright light area.
- Keep the soil moist for the first week to help the newly formed roots to acclimate to the soil, and then slowly begin to allow the soil to dry out more in between watering until establishing a normal watering schedule.
Baltic Blue Pothos Common Problems
As stated before, this type of Pothos is generally low maintenance and is not known for being prone to particular issues. Still, as with any other plant, you should always watch for pests such as mealybugs, scale, spider mites, or thrips. Baltic Blue Pothos are not prone to any of these pets, but it doesn’t mean that it is immune. Also, watch out for any signs of root rot, change in coloration, or any abnormalities. Keep an eye out for the following.
Leaves Aren’t Fenestrating
The most common reason this plant’s leaves aren’t fenestrating is that it’s not receiving enough light.
Baltic Blue Pothos will keep its leaves small in low conditions to conserve energy.
Try moving your plant to a brighter place and wait a couple of weeks and see if the plant’s growth has changed.
Alternatively, this issue can indicate that your plant is not mature enough to grow fenestrated leaves yet, so you’ll have to wait until your Baltic Blue Pothos is mature enough to do so.
Yellow leaves are usually not a cause for concern, but they can be an indication that something’s off in the plant’s growing environment and conditions.
If you notice your Baltic Blue Pothos’ leaves persistently turning yellow, and it’s not limited to old leaves (new growth is also affected), then it’s time to investigate.
Plant leaves usually turn yellow as a result of not enough light or water, but it can also be a sign of the contrary (too much light or overwatering).
Pests such as spider mites and thrips can also cause this. The only way to discover what’s causing this problem is to closely examine your plant’s growing conditions.
Brown Spots on Leaves
Brown spotting is usually a result of little humidity or underwatering, but it can also be a sign of leaf burn or sunburn.
Ensure your plant is not being hit with direct sunlight and that its soil is almost completely dry in between waterings.
Make sure that your plant is not too close to a drafty window. If low humidity levels are causing brown spots on your plant’s leaves, you can buy a small plant humidifier to help.
Baltic Blue Pothos Toxicity
Like all pothos plants, the Baltic Blue Pothos is considered toxic to pets and humans.
Pothos plants contain toxic oxalate crystals, which can cause swelling around the mouth and throat, nausea, vomiting, and difficulty breathing if ingested. Keep your Baltic Blue Pothos away from pets and curious small ones to prevent unintended accidents.
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Melissa Pino is a biologist, master gardener, and regular contributor for Planet Natural. Melissa’s work focuses on promoting environmentally-friendly practices, helping people create healthy gardens and finding ways to achieve overall health and wellness.