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How to Grow and Care for Cebu Blue Pothos (Complete Guide)

Cebu Blue Pothos

If you’re looking for a beautiful, low-maintenance plant to add to your indoor garden, the Cebu Blue Pothos is an excellent choice. This stunning plant has variegated leaves with shades of green and blue, and it’s easy to care for, even for new gardeners!

Cebu Blue Pothos (Epipremnum pinnatum) hails from the tropical rainforests of the Philippines, particularly the island of Cebu. It belongs to the Araceae family, which includes other popular houseplants like Philodendrons and Monstera. This pothos variety is one of the most effortless vines to take care of, which makes it the perfect vine for beginners.

Cebu Blue Pothos House Plant

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Plus, this evergreen tropical vine can be grown both indoors and outdoors. And so, Cebu Blue can be a great addition to your indoor jungle since it doesn’t require extensive care and still looks incredibly stunning.

If you’ve wanted to expand your plant collection to new plants with unique shapes and colors, Cebu Blue Pothos is the perfect plant for you! I’ve grown this stunning plant for many years as a master gardener and it’s absolutely one of my favorite types of pothos.

So if you’re interesting in learning how to grow and care for Cebu blue pothos, keep on reading!

Botanical Name: Epipremnum pinnatum

Common Name: Cebu blue pothos, Tibitib, Dragon-Tail Plant, and Centipede Tongavine

Family: Araceae

Plant Type: Evergreen, vine

Hardiness Zones: 9 – 11 (USDA)

Sun Exposure: Bright indirect sunlight

Soil Type: Well drainage soil

Soil pH: Acidic, Neutral, alkaline

Height: 8 ft. long indoors, 40 ft. long outdoors

Bloom Time: Spring

Native Area: Asia, Cebu island in the Philippines

Quick Guide: Planting, Growing & Caring for Cebu Blue Pothos

  • Cebu blue pothos is a low maintenance houseplant that features stunning green-blue leaves.
  • It thrives when provided with bright indirect light or medium-light conditions. However, keep in mind that it goes not do well in low light conditions.
  • Water your plant only when the top inch of soil has become dry to the touch to avoid overwatering it.
  • Fenestrations can occur on the Cebu blue pothos but it takes many years for the plant to reach that level of maturity. Supplement it with a moss pole to encourage it to fenestrate.
Tibitib Plant

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Cebu Blue Pothos Care

Cebu Blue Pothos is a popular houseplant known for its beautiful green-blue leaves and low maintenance requirements. This plant is native to the Philippines and is a member of the Epipremnum genus.

Besides the effortless care Cebu Blues need, this plant also makes an eye-catching houseplant with its silvery-blue shimmery leaves and beautiful long trailing vines. These pothos plants will surely catch every visitor’s eye!

Under the right conditions, Cebu Blue Pothos will thrive and sparkle with a shiny hue. This unique member of the Epipremnum is set apart from its pothos cousins with its distinctive, elegant narrow leaves and dashing coloration.

This dazzling plant, also known as Centipede Tongavine or Dragon-tail plant, thrives with a moderate watering schedule, bright indirect light, and warm room temperatures. It can tolerate a bit of neglect and is popular for its low-maintenance vibe that still rewards you with unique foliage.

This pothos variety incredibly stunning and absolutely instagram-worthy in my opinion! What’s best is that you can train it to trail in a hanging basket or grow up a moss pole. But it’s important to note that like other pothos varieties, cebu blue pothos is toxic to both cats and dogs so keep it out of reach of pets!

Dragon-Tail Plant

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Light

This plant does not need much light. It tends to thrive within bright indirect light or medium-light conditions.

However, this plant is not tolerant to low light conditions, so if you’d like your plant’s foliage to be lush and full, a good amount of indirect light is recommended. But remember, it does need a few periods of darkness too.

Do not keep your plant in direct sunlight, though! If you’d like to take the plant outdoors for its healthy dose of light, make sure the light is filtered.

You can place your plant close to your window during the day (morning sun is ideal for indoor plants) and monitor the amount of direct sunlight. When subjected to good lighting and watering, the plant could grow some feet within a season.

A north facing window will give your plant the bright light it needs without accidentally scorching your cebu blue leaves in the sun.

Soil

Your Cebu Blue plant would most likely be okay with a store-bought potting soil mix. However, if you can, go with a well-draining soil that consists of vermiculite or part perlite and orchid bark. Remember, vermiculite holds on to a lot more moisture compared to perlite.

Avoid using heavy garden soil or clay-based soil, as it can retain too much moisture and cause root rot.

It’s also important to note that Cebu Blue pothos can be grown in a variety of containers, including hanging baskets, pots, and trellises. If you’re growing the plant in a hanging basket, I recommend using a lightweight potting mix to avoid adding unnecessary weight to the basket.

Water

Cebu Blue Pothos is a low-maintenance plant that doesn’t require much water but does appreciate good drainage. Water it only when the top inch of soil has become dry to the touch.

Overwatering can cause root rot and lead to plant death, so it’s crucial to avoid watering it too often. You can use a moisture meter or your finger to test the soil’s moisture level.

If you’re watering your plant, give it enough time to soak completely and allow it to dry between each watering session. The excess water should escape completely through the drainage hole.

Before you water the plant again, the top inch of the soil should be dry to the touch. If your medium looks drenched, it means you have overwatered the plant. And, if the leaves have turned yellow or the foliage looks wilted, it means you’re not watering it enough.

It’s also important to note that the type of water you use can affect the health of your Cebu Blue Pothos. This plant prefers slightly acidic water with a pH level between 6.0 and 6.5. If your tap water is too alkaline, you can add a few drops of vinegar to adjust the pH level.

Temperature and Humidity

Cebu Blue’s plants are picky, so your home’s indoor temperature should be enough to maintain your plant. But you should avoid extreme temperature changes and keep your Cebu Blue plant away from doors, vents, and drafty windows.

If you live in a dry and/or cold region, you should consider buying a humidifier or a pebble tray to artificially increase the humidity for your plant and/or pair it with another plant to boost the humidity levels of both. You can also put your plant in a greenhouse cabinet; this way, the humidity levels are higher.

Fertilizer

During the growing season, fertilize your Cebu blue pothos every two weeks with a balanced, water-soluble fertilizer. Follow the instructions on the fertilizer package to avoid over-fertilizing, which can harm the plant.

It’s also important to note that Cebu blue pothos is a slow-growing plant, so you don’t need to fertilize it too often. In fact, over-fertilizing can cause the leaves to turn yellow or brown.

Pruning

When your Cebu Blue Pothos plant becomes too long or leggy, it might be time to prune it back. Pruning helps to promote bushier growth and keep the plant’s shape compact. To prune, use sharp, clean scissors to make a clean cut just above a leaf node. You can propagate the cuttings and start new plants if you wish.

It’s important to note that Cebu Blue Pothos is a vining plant that can grow up to 8 feet long. If you want to keep the plant at a manageable size, you’ll need to prune it regularly. You can also train the plant to grow up a trellis or support to create a beautiful, cascading effect.

Centipede Tongavine

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Does Cebu Blue Pothos Have Fenestrations?

Yes, it does but not always!

Fenestrations is essentially zig-zag splits in the leaves, and this is one of the most interesting things about this rare plant. It’s what makes plants like Monstera highly popular amongst houseplant connoisseurs.

Interestingly enough, Cebu Blue Pothoos develop deep perforations in the wild but requires very special conditions to grow as an indoor plant.

Cebu Blue’s Latin name is Epipremnum pinnatum, and “pinnatum” comes from the pinnately lobed leaves of the mature Cebu Blue pothos. Pinnate simply means ‘feathered or divided leaves’ like a palm tree leaf.

The mature Cebu Blue vine has these deeply lobed leaves that look completely different from the young phase ones found as houseplants.

Cebu Blue plants can take up to 20 years to reach their maturity point, but fenestrations may develop earlier if the plant is grown under ultra-ideal conditions that resemble the plant’s natural habitat.

A moss pole can mimic the trees this plant usually climbs, and humidity, bright indirect light, and a perfect watering schedule can yield the best chance of getting a Cebu Blue Pothos to fenestrate.

How to Propagate Cebu Blue Pothos

Propagating Cebu Blue Pothos is not only easy but also an exciting way to expand your plant collection. This beautiful plant, with its striking blue-green leaves, is a must-have for any indoor gardener. With a little bit of patience and care, you can easily propagate it using two different methods: stem cuttings or layering.

Cebu Blue Pothos Plants

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Propagating with Stem Cuttings

The first method of propagating Cebu Blue Pothos is by using stem cuttings. This method involves cutting a section of the stem that has a few leaves and rooting it in either water or soil. Before you start, make sure you have a healthy parent plant with strong stems and leaves.

To begin, use a sharp and clean pair of scissors or pruning shears to cut a section of the stem that is at least 6 inches long. Make sure the stem has at least two or three leaves attached to it. Remove any leaves that are too close to the bottom of the stem, leaving only a few at the top.

If you are rooting the stem in water, fill a glass or jar with clean water and place the stem in it. Make sure the bottom of the stem is submerged in the water and the leaves are above the waterline.

Change the water every few days to prevent bacteria from forming. After a few weeks, you should start to see roots forming. Once the roots are at least an inch long, you can plant the stem in soil.

If you are rooting the stem in soil, dip the bottom of the stem in rooting hormone powder and then plant it in a pot filled with moist soil. Cover the pot with a plastic bag to create a humid environment and place it in a bright, indirect light. Keep the soil moist and after a few weeks, you should see new growth. Once the new plant is well-established, you can transplant it into a larger pot.

Propagating with Layering

The second method of propagating Cebu Blue Pothos is by using layering. This method involves burying a section of the stem underground and allowing it to root before cutting it from the parent plant.

To begin, choose a healthy stem that is close to the ground and has a few leaves. Gently bend the stem downwards and bury a section of it in the soil, leaving the top part with the leaves above the soil surface. You can use a small rock or stake to hold the stem in place if needed.

Water the soil and keep it moist. After a few weeks, you should start to see roots forming where the stem is buried. Once the roots are well-established, you can cut the stem from the parent plant and transplant it into a separate pot.

Propagation is a great way to expand your plant collection and share your love of gardening with others. With these simple methods, you can easily propagate Cebu Blue Pothos and enjoy its beauty in multiple locations throughout your home or office!

Epipremnum pinnatum Variegated Albo

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How to Pot or Repot Cebu Blue Pothos

When it comes to potting, Cebu Blue Pothos is not too picky. It will grow well in a variety of containers, including ceramic, plastic, or terra cotta. However, it is important to ensure that the container has drainage holes to prevent water logging, which can cause root rot.

When potting your Cebu Blue Pothos, you can use a high-quality potting mix that is well-draining and rich in nutrients. This will provide your plant with the right amount of moisture and nutrients to thrive.

Repotting your Cebu Blue Pothos is necessary when the plant has outgrown its container or has become root-bound. Root-bound plants have roots that have grown too big for their container and are tightly packed in the soil. This can cause the plant to become stressed and lead to stunted growth.

To repot your Cebu Blue Pothos, gently remove it from its current container and loosen the roots. You can then repot it in a container one size larger, using fresh potting mix. This will give your plant more room to grow and access to fresh nutrients.

Cebu Blue Pothos Oudoors

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Common Pests and Plant Diseases for Cebu Blue Pothos

While Cebu blue pothos is a hardy plant that can survive in a wide range of conditions, it is still vulnerable to certain pests and diseases that can affect its growth and overall health.

One of the most common pests that can affect Cebu Blue Pothos is spider mites. These tiny pests are difficult to detect with the naked eye, but they can cause significant damage to your plant if left untreated.

Spider mites feed on the sap of the plant, which can cause the leaves to turn yellow and eventually fall off. If you notice tiny webs or speckled leaves on your plant, it’s a sign that spider mites may be present. To get rid of them, you can use a gentle insecticide or wash the leaves with water and mild soap.

Another pest that can affect Cebu Blue Pothos is mealybugs. These pests are small, white, and fuzzy and can be found on the stems and leaves of the plant.

Mealybugs also feed on the sap of the plant and can cause stunted growth, yellowing leaves, and even death if left untreated. To get rid of mealybugs, you can use a cotton swab dipped in rubbing alcohol and gently wipe them off the plant.

While pests can be a problem for Cebu Blue Pothos, it is also vulnerable to certain diseases. Overwatering your plant can lead to root rot, which is a fungal disease that can cause the roots to rot and eventually kill the plant.

To prevent root rot, make sure to water your plant only when the top inch of soil is dry. You can also improve drainage by adding perlite or sand to the soil.

In addition to root rot, Cebu Blue Pothos can also be affected by bacterial leaf spot, which is a disease that causes brown spots on the leaves of the plant. This disease is caused by overwatering and poor air circulation.

To prevent bacterial leaf spot, make sure your plant is not overcrowded and has good air circulation. If you notice any brown spots on the leaves, remove them immediately to prevent the disease from spreading.

 

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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.