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For those plant lovers looking for a pothos variety with a twist, the Cebu Blue pothos is the sparkling gem, for you!
A part of the Araceae family, you may also hear this pothos type referred to as Blue pothos, Devil’s Ivy, Dragon-tail, Blue philodendron, and even Centipede Tongavine!
For Cebu Blue pothos care use well-draining soil by adding perlite, vermiculite, and sand. Make sure your pothos gets medium light and water when the soil is dried out by giving it a good soak until the water comes out of the drainage holes of the pot. Keep temperatures between 60 °F to 90 °F (16-32 °C). Optimal humidity levels for this plant are around 70%. Fertilize in spring and summer when you see the growth of your pothos slow down.
This pothos type is an Epipremnum Pinnatum species. This makes it an epiphytic plant type, which is one that likes to grow on others.
Commonly displaying a silvery sparkling pattern, a Cebu Blue pothos boasts the most spectacular foliage. This can mean variations of anything from luscious dark green leaves to blue-silvery long leaves.
One of the many common mistakes newbie plant owners make with a Cebu Blue pothos is mistaking it for that of a Monstera!
Though this pothos type does at first glance resemble a Monstera, they are in fact two different species. If you look closely at the stems of each, a Cebu Blue pothos has a hard rough stem, while the Monstera has a smooth stem.
Native to the Philippines, this plant is also widely found in tropical places, such as Asia, Taiwan, and Japan. Reports even record it in abundance in Northern Austria, South, and Central America and even in the West Indies
Here I dispense with my advice on how to encourage the best Cebu Blue pothos care. So, you too can enjoy this relatively easy-care plant for many years to come.
- 1 CEBU BLUE POTHOS CARE INSTRUCTIONS
- 2 HOW TO PROPAGATE YOUR CEBU BLUE POTHOS – STEP BY STEP
- 3 COMMON PROBLEMS WITH CEBU BLUE POTHOS CARE
- 4 TIPS FOR CEBU BLUE POTHOS CARE TO KEEP IT PROBLEM-FREE
- 5 FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT CEBU BLUE POTHOS CARE
- 6 CONCLUSION
CEBU BLUE POTHOS CARE INSTRUCTIONS
Like all pothos plants, the Cebu Blue pothos needs a well-draining soil mix for longevity.
However, this soil mix also needs to provide a balanced PH mix to encourage the Cebu Blue to grow and thrive.
I recommend keeping an eye on soil level here and aiming for around 6.1 to 7.8 pH balance.
Another element I like to factor into my Cebu Blue pothos is that of perlite. In fact, this is a favorable choice by many owning this plant as it works to improve the soil.
You can also look to other ingredients here in your soil mix. This can include perlite, vermiculite, or even sand.
In fact, the chunkier your soil mix, the better for your ongoing Cebu Blue pothos care.
For increased ongoing Cebu Blue pothos care, this plant prefers a medium-light living environment.
Through many, a Cebu Blue pothos will grow in low light, for better performance it’s better to opt for bright light, but that which is indirect.
This means never allowing it to sit within the glare of bright direct sunlight. This is a sure-fire way to encourage scorched leaves.
As this pothos species is a woodland plant, it’s worth considering how it would perform well in its natural habitat. So, aim for a good day’s worth of light, before encouraging a respite overnight.
You can if you choose, place a Cebu Blue pothos under a grow light. But once again, remember to allow the plant to rest in darkness overnight.
A trick of the trade I like to use when watering this plant is called the soak and dry method.
This means, only watering your Cebu Blue pothos when the soil is dried out. Then when you do water, give it a thoroughly good soak.
A finger placed into the soil is always the best way to test the texture of your plant soil. If it’s wet and soggy, hold off watering.
If you’re a little unsure about when the best time to water is, look to the plant itself.
A Cebu Blue pothos that needs a drink will look like it’s beginning to wither and will even begin to put out curled leaves.
Once you get the action of watering just right, you’ll see a remarkable difference in your Cebu Blue pothos care.
The great thing about offering adequate Cebu Blue pothos care is that this plant is relatively low maintenance. So, when it comes to temperature, it can tolerate many types of household temperatures.
The key is to allow this plant to acclimatize to its environment and then work to keep it stable.
Temperature is the one aspect of Cebu Blue pothos care that I’ve never experienced issues with. In fact, the pothos itself is one species that thrives under standard room temperatures.
So, I suggest thinking along the lines of 60 °F to say 90 °F (16-32 °C) here for optimal Cebu Blue pothos care.
Just make sure to keep this temperature regulated and avoid placing it next to any air-conditioners, fans, or heating elements.
Once again, as with temperature, a Cebu Blue pothos doesn’t seem to have any outlandish requirements with humidity levels!
In fact, this pothos variety seems to cope just fine with whatever humidity level you have indoors.
I have found that my usual humidity levels of 70%, give or take, suit this plant just fine.
But, if you do struggle with maintaining stable humidity levels, you can work to change them here.
A Cebu Blue pothos can be misted to increase its humidity levels. It can also be placed on a pebble tray.
I do know of many plant experts that offer Cebu Blue pothos care by mixing this plant with other plants as a means of improving the room’s moisture levels.
To increase your overall Cebu Blue pothos care, a good liquid plant fertilizer will help your plant on its way during the growing season.
Yet, some people find that this task doesn’t need to be performed so often with this species. This is because they usually tend to be such good growers whether you fertilizer them – or not!
For this reason alone, I work on the basis that if my Cebu Blue pothos looks in need of a good feed in spring and summer, I offer it a well-balanced fertilizer.
But, if my pothos is having a burst of growth on its own, I then let it do its thing the natural way.
In all honesty, the Cebu Blue pothos must be the easiest plant I’ve ever propagated! This perhaps accounts for why I have so many of these plants potted up from the mother Cebu Blue all around my home!
All you need to propagate this plant is a few cuttings and a fresh pot of soil mix that you already use for your Cebu Blue pothos established plant.
Just remember that for best results, cut under the nodes. This is where you’ll see new growth come from when propagating this plant.
Also, make sure you choose only the best cuttings from your mother plant. This means those that look the healthiest.
For increased Cebu Blue pothos care, you can also opt to propagate this plant in water. This means watching for visible root signs before putting them into the soil mix.
Now, if you like witnessing exceptional growth in your plants, the Cebu Blue pothos plant is the one for you!
If you get your Cebu Blue pothos care spot on, you can look forward to as much as four feet of growth!
But this will mean that to ensure this pothos plant looks great, you’ll need to attend to its regular pruning requirements.
If left unchecked, a Cebu Blue pothos can start to look straggly, leggy, and gangly. For this reason, I like to prune and train the plant to go in specific directions, controlling it naturally on its journey.
Some Cebu Blue pothos leaves are elongated, some are oval. Whatever shape they take on; you can look at anything from two to four inches in length here.
One thing worth highlighting here though is that during winter, this pothos often goes into dormancy. So, don’t panic if your plant slows down or maybe even stops growing during this short period.
Another aspect of providing good Cebu Blue pothos care means you can play around with a varied selection of pots to display your plant.
This is more of a possibility if you have a good fast grower on your hands and/or you regularly propagate it.
The ideal time to repot this pothos plant is when you see its leaves splitting and maturing. By actively moving up pot sizes when required, a Cebu Blue pothos can thrive.
One thing I will also say from personal experience is that you need to plan your pot type carefully beforehand.
This means if you aren’t looking for your Cebu Blue pothos to mature quickly, a hanging basket will keep them in the juvenile phase for a longer period.
In fact, Gardeners’ World rates the pothos species as one of the best choices for a trailing house plant display.
For those pots that offer more room for maneuver and provide support, good Cebu Blue pothos care here encourages it to aim for its greatest potential.
HOW TO PROPAGATE YOUR CEBU BLUE POTHOS – STEP BY STEP
PROPAGATING CEBU BLUE POTHOS BY SOIL:
- Try to perform this job around springtime or at least when the weather starts to warm up. Also, never attempt to propagate when your Cebu Blue pothos is dormant.
- Look for the best stems of your plant and choose a few of these for the best results.
- Make a small sharp precision cut towards the base of the stem and underneath a node.
- Remove some of the leaves at the base of these cuttings to ensure no leaves will be immersed in soil.
- Make up a small pot of fresh soil, using the same ingredients that your mother plant grows in.
- Make a swell in the soil with your finger and carefully place the stems in.
- Pat the soil down around the stems gently to hold them in place.
- Water your cuttings gently and leave them to stand.
- Move the pot to a well-lit area of the home, preferably with the most natural light. You can also place a clear plastic bag over them during this period for increased heat.
- Keep a regular check on your cuttings and water when necessary.
PROPAGATING CEBU BLUE POTHOS BY SOIL
For those plant fans that like propagating by water, the Cebu Blue pothos is the perfect species to do this with.
Simply follow the above instructions from steps 1 to 4. But instead of placing the cuttings in soil, place them into a glass or jar of tepid water.
Move this jar/pot to a well-lit area and watch as the cuttings grow roots.
When you do propagate by water though, you’ll need to be mindful of changing the water every few days.
I would advise caution of keeping your cuttings in water for too long though. As soon as you see new shoots developing, aim to place them into your soil mix immediately to ensure better transitioning.
COMMON PROBLEMS WITH CEBU BLUE POTHOS CARE
Though Cebu Blue pothos care is relatively straight-forward, several issues may crop up from time to time.
If you’re observant and you keep on top of your plant, a Cebu Blue pothos is relatively resistant to disease.
However, I’ve personally experienced mealybugs on odd occasions. Likewise, I know of others that have battled scale with his one.
Apart from that, the obvious common problems I envisage some people encountering with this plant is overwatering. This results in visual issues such as soggy leaves and possibly droopy looking leaves.
A Cebu Blue pothos’ one enemy is that of mealybugs – second is scale…
Mealybugs are perhaps every plant lover’s worst nightmare. The Cebu Blue pothos is no more susceptible to them than others but once they get them, it can be a pain eliminating them.
Though I’ve had two outbreaks of mealybugs with my pothos, both times the culprit has been other plants. This is also how mealybugs spread.
So, a word of warning – when you bring in a new plant to your home, isolate it for a week or two first. This means checking it for insects and issues as soon as it enters your home.
Mealybugs and scale will not kill your plant – but if left unchecked they will over time start to affect your plant’s health and indeed growth.
You can easily rid of infected areas by using a cotton bud with some insecticidal soap and physically removing the culprits.
Them, water your plant down with a gentle hose spray and quarantine it for a few days to check for any potential re-offenders.
Cebu Blue pothos does not respond well to being consistently overwatered
Like most plants, a Cebu Blue pothos will not grow to its full potential if it is left to sit in soggy soil for a long period.
These are the plants that like to dry out a little before demanding their next drink!
One sure-fire way that you’re watering this pothos too much is by the sight of soggy, wet, droopy looking leaves.
The best healthy robust Cebu Blue pothos care ensures a plant that will stand to attention and face up towards the light source. But, if yours seems to be looking like it’s depressed with curling leaves and has soggy leaves or stems, it could be suffering greatly from overwatering.
This issue too can be so easily remedied by simply taking a few seconds to check the state of the soil.
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TIPS FOR CEBU BLUE POTHOS CARE TO KEEP IT PROBLEM-FREE
- Water to the demands of this plant by checking the soil before each feed
- Prune and chop your pothos regularly to keep it at its peak
- Allow your Cebu Blue pothos to acclimatize to your specific home conditions – and then maintain that same level throughout
- For increased vibrancy of this plant, grow it tall along a stalk
- For a more tamed plant, place this pothos in a hanging basket
- Allow your Cebu Blue pothos to enter the dormancy stage in winter
- Keep your Cebu Blue pothos away from children and pets
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT CEBU BLUE POTHOS CARE
Is My Cebu Blue pothos toxic to my pets?
Unfortunately, this pothos plant is a toxic one. So, if you own this plant and also have pets or indeed children in your home, you’ll need to make arrangements to keep it out of their way.
If the leaves of a Cebu Blue pothos are ingested, they can cause swelling of the tongue and mouth. The potential for swelling problems is also greater in more severe cases.
To err on the side of caution, aim to keep this plant off the floor or in an area whereby your pet could easily access it. This could mean rethinking where you hang your plant if it’s in a basket and heading toward the floor area.
I don’t have much time to devote to plant maintenance. But I still want a Cebu Blue Pothos. Is this the right choice for me?
As one of the lowest maintenance plants, like all pothos tend to be, I recommend the Cebu Blue pothos to all those who want a minimal demanding plant!
The upkeep and care of this one should not be a time-consuming task.
Once you have its position and watering requirements right, a Cebu Blue pothos will quite happily simply sit and grow.
This makes it the ideal plant for those with little time available or those with little prior house plant experience.
What exactly happens when a Cebu Blue pothos goes into dormancy?
Though some people panic when they watch their Cebu Blue pothos slip into their dormancy stages, it’s really nothing to worry about.
Dormancy for this plant just means it’s taking its usual annual rest. Kind of like we humans wind down in the winter, so too do many of the plants in this genus.
So, you’ll simply note it stops growing as much, possibly even stops growing altogether during this time.
All you need to do is allow it to rest, watering it only if it really needs it here.
During this time, it will consume all the food and water in its soil.
Then, when the spring months start to rear their head, so too will your Cebu Blue pothos.
When you get your Cebu Blue pothos care just right you too can look forward to a trailing plant with some of the most unique foliage
This is a great plant for those who don’t care for anything fussy but still want to benefit from its fantastic display of blue-silvery colored leaves.
An undeniably good looking pothos choice, if you can offer a Cebu Blue pothos a stable home environment, this is one plant that will reward you with fantastic growth for many years to come.
Marcel runs the place around here. He has a deep passion for houseplants & gardening and is constantly on the lookout for yet another special plant to add to his arsenal of houseplants, succulents & cacti.
Marcel is also the founder of Iseli International Commerce, a sole proprietorship company that publishes a variety of websites and online magazines.