Cebu Blue Pothos Care and Propagation

Cebu Blue Pothos Care and Propagation

The Cebu Blue pothos is a vining plant that can be grown either indoors or outdoors. Native to the Philippines, this plant is low-maintenance and adapts well to different living conditions, as long as they are not too drastically different from their natural habitat.

This plant is very aesthetically pleasing and you will not have a hard time caring for it or propagating it.

In this article, we will discuss the proper cultural care of the Cebu Blue pothos and how to correctly propagate it.

If you are thinking about adding this plant to your collection and you want to learn more about it, just keep reading.

Cebu Blue pothos care

Light requirements

This plant grows best when exposed to bright, indirect light. Yes, it can survive in low-light environments, but this is not advisable. A plant living in low light conditions will become leggy and its leaves will grow smaller than normal. This is because the plant will focus its energy on trying to reach the closest source of light to survive.

Do not allow the plant to stay under direct light for long periods either, because the leaves will become scorched and turn brown. Placing the plant near a window is sufficient unless it is a south-facing window that may get the harsh afternoon light. If a south-facing window is the only available option, you can place a sheer curtain over the window to diffuse the light.

If you live in a place where sunlight is scarce, especially during the wintertime, you may need to purchase a grow light to help the plant get the required amount of light.

Soil requirements

This plant likes its soil to be well-draining, airy and porous, so that both air and water can pass through with ease. If the soil is too dense or compact, it will retain moisture too well and the plant’s roots will end up soaked in waterlogged soil. The roots also need to be reached by oxygen in order to survive. You can add perlite to the soil to make it more porous. This plant really appreciates a chunky soil mix, and you should ensure that the soil pH is between 6.0 and 7.7.

Water requirements

This plant only really needs to be watered if the top of the soil is dry to the touch. If the soil is still damp when you touch it, wait one or two days before checking it again.

When you do water the plant, make sure all of the soil is soaked, all the way to the bottom of the pot. Keep watering until you can see excess water flowing from the pot’s drainage holes.

Sometimes, the soil may not be the best indicator of whether a plant needs water, so you should also watch out for signs on the plant itself. If the leaves are starting to droop and look withered, you may be underwatering the plant.

Never overwater the plant, however, because the consequences may be irreversible. If the roots are constantly in wet soil, they can drown and die and this will lead to root rot. The rot will travel up the roots into the stem, until the entire plant is compromised. Overwatering can kill your plant, so be extra careful about this.

Humidity

The Cebu Blue pothos is not really difficult to cater to when it comes to humidity.

Often, the humidity inside your home, at around 70%, will be enough for the plant. However, if you live in a part of the country that is drier than most, you can help the plant out by placing a pebble tray with water under the plant’s pot. As the water evaporates it will help moisten the plant’s soil and leaves. You can also use a spray bottle to mist the leaves once or twice a day. If you have a hard time keeping up with a misting schedule, you can buy a humidifier to regulate the humidity in your home and around your plant.

Temperature

The Cebu Blue pothos can tolerate temperature changes as long as they do not stay in the extremes for very long. Room temperature is often good enough for this plant.

If you bring the plant home from a greenhouse and notice that it has become a bit droopy or wilted, do not fret; it may just be due to the sudden change in temperature. Over the next few days, the plant will acclimatize to its new surroundings and it should bounce back with no problem.

Keep the plant at temperatures between 60 and 90 degrees Fahrenheit and it should be just fine.

Try to keep it away from cold or warm drafts, such as from heating or air conditioning vents, or from open windows and doors.

Fertilizer requirements

You do not really need to use a fertilizer on this plant, but if you want to, use a liquid fertilizer during its growing season in the spring and summer. 

Adding fertilizer may help the plant reach its full potential; this will depend on the state of the plant during the growing season. If you think the plant is looking a little peckish and could use a good feed, then go right ahead. Make sure you do not overdo it, though, and only ever in the spring and summer.

Common Cebu Blue pothos problems

Brown leaves

If you notice the leaves on your plant turning brown and becoming crispy, this may be due to overexposure to sunlight, too little or too much water, low humidity, or overfeeding.

If the plant is in a place where it gets hit by direct sunlight, transfer it. Check whether the soil is too dry or too boggy, and correct accordingly if needed. Also, assess the ambient humidity levels, and whether you may have been giving the plant too much fertilizer.

Yellow leaves

Yellowing Cebu Blue pothos leaves can be due to too little or too much light, underwatering or overwatering, or a nutrient deficiency.

Check the plant’s lighting conditions and move it if necessary. Check the soil’s moisture level to make sure you are watering it adequately, and you can conduct a soil test to ascertain whether any nutrients are deficient.

Legginess

As mentioned above, this plant can become leggy and its leaves will become smaller if it is kept in a place where it cannot get as much light as it needs.

The plant will end up concentrating its resources on lengthening certain limbs to reach the nearest light source.

Remedy this by transferring the plant to a spot where it can get plenty of bright, indirect light.

Pests

The most common pests found on Cebu Blue pothos are spider mites, aphids, scale insects, mealybugs, and fungus gnats. Check the underside of the plant’s leaves each time you water it, so that you can catch any infestation in its early stages. Use a cotton ball to wipe neem oil on both sides of each leaf so that all the pests and their eggs are killed.

Make sure the infested plant is kept far away from your other, healthy plants. Apply neem oil once a week for a month to make sure that all the pests have been eradicated.

Cebu Blue pothos propagation

Propagation in soil

Soil propagation is best done during the spring or summer, when the weather is warm. This is also the plant’s growing season, which is an important consideration since you are going to be growing these cuttings into their own plants. Do not propagate in the cold months when the plant is dormant.

Choose the end of a vine with at least one node, and cut below the node using a sterilized knife or scissors. If there are any leaves near the base of the cutting, remove them. You do not want these leaves to be under the soil when you plant the cutting.

Fill a small pot with fresh potting soil. Poke a hole in the middle of the soil and place the cutting stem-first into it. Make sure at least one node is under the soil. Pat the soil around the base of the plant to hold the cutting in place. Water the plant just a little bit.

Place the pot in a spot where it can get bright, indirect light and water it as needed. You can place a plastic bag over the pot to help contain moisture and increase humidity.

After a few weeks, check whether the roots have been established by pulling gently on the plant. If there is resistance, that means the roots have grown in nicely and you can now take care of the plant the same way you would a normal plant.

Propagation in water

Rooting the cutting in water is another effective way to propagate Cebu Blue pothos.

Choose a stem that has at least one node on it, and cut the stem just below the node using a sterile knife. Remove any leaves that are close to the base of the cutting.

Prepare a clear glass or plastic container and fill it halfway with water.

Place the cutting in the container, making sure the node is submerged in the water. Do not use cold water; room-temperature water is best.

Transfer the container to a spot with bright, indirect sunlight. Top up the water if it gets below the node and change it if it becomes slimy or murky.

After a few weeks, you should see roots growing from the bottom of the cutting. Let the roots grow to a few inches long before removing the cutting and planting it in its own pot with soil.

Conclusion

The Cebu Blue pothos is a low-maintenance trailing plant that is also very easy to propagate. It is native to the Philippines, but is also found in other Asian countries and Australia. 

This plant only needs bright, indirect light, room temperature and humidity, water when the soil is dry, and fertilizer during the growing season as needed.

You can propagate cuttings from the plant either by planting them in soil or letting them root in water. Either method is effective and can help you add more of the same plant to your collection.

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