The popularity of Cebu Blue Pothos (Epipremnum pinnatum) has skyrocketed in recent years, making these plants highly sought after and hard to find.
If you’re only able to buy a cutting or a small Cebu Blue Pothos plant (like I was), don’t worry!
These plants grow quite fast, and Cebu Blue Pothos care is easy once you know a few basic fundamentals of plant care. With this knowledge, you’ll have a full plant in no time (plus the satisfaction of watching and helping it grow)!
Already know how to care for Cebu Blue Pothos plants? Then jump straight to our Cebu Blue Propagation tutorial.
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How to care for Cebu Blue Pothos plants
For Cebu Blue Pothos care, the 3 most important factors are the following:
- Provide bright to moderate indirect light. Light is like food to plants, so this is very important. You can provide this kind of light by placing your Cebu Blue in front of an east- or west-facing window. A few hours of direct sunlight won’t harm your plant (and can actually be beneficial), but try to avoid prolonged/all-day direct sunlight.
- Water your Cebu Blue thoroughly once the soil has almost completely dried from the previous watering. You can stick your finger a few inches into the soil to feel for moisture, or you can use a moisture meter to check if the soil registers as wet or dry. Once dry, water your Cebu Blue so the soil is saturated from top to bottom. Let any excess water drain out, as described below in #3.
- Plant your Cebu Blue in a well-draining pot and soil mix. I recommend making a soil mix of 2 parts all-purpose potting soil and 1 part perlite. Adding this extra perlite will help improve the drainage and airflow in the soil and around the roots, which help prevent root rot. Also, use a pot with multiple drainage holes, as this again helps with drainage and airflow around the roots.
If you follow the above 3 care fundamentals, your plant will thrive and grow rapidly.
Now, let’s walk through each of these factors in more detail and discuss other less important but still helpful care tips and advice for your Cebu Blue Pothos (Epipremnum pinnatum).
We’ll also discuss Cebu Blue Pothos propagation to either make new plants or add to your current plant to make it larger and more full.
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How much light does a Cebu Blue Pothos need?
Cebu Blue Pothos can tolerate a variety of lighting conditions. The light you choose really depends on what you’d like to achieve with your Cebu Blue.
If you’d like maximum growth and health for your Cebu Blue Pothos, then bright indirect light provides the best lighting conditions for your plant. You can get these lighting conditions by placing your Cebu Blue directly in front of an east- or west-facing window.
If your plant receives a couple hours of direct sunlight, no problem! Just make sure your plant isn’t receiving direct sunlight for most of the day. The natural environment for pothos is under a rainforest canopy, so perfect conditions would be dappled sunlight. Thus, too much direct sunlight could burn the leaves.
While we can’t get dappled sunlight in our homes, the best environment we can provide is light from a window.
You will find that Cebu Blue can grow quite fast under these lighting conditions.
If you’re not worried about maximizing growth of your Cebu Blue or don’t have a place with bright indirect light, this plant can also do well in moderate indirect light. This would be a bit further from a window or in front of a north-facing window.
Your Cebu Blue might grow a bit slower and it’s stems may be a bit more leggy, but it will still be healthy in moderate light conditions.
Note that your plant will consume less water in these lighting conditions. This is because photosynthesis will be slower with less light, which requires less water.
So, it can be easy to overwater a plant that is receiving little light. However, if you follow my watering advice later in this article and only water once the soil is dry, your plant should remain healthy.
Also, even though the growth may be a bit slower in moderate light, because Cebu Blue is a fast grower in general, the growth under these conditions will still be noticeable.
What kind of soil does Cebu Blue Pothos need?
Cebu Blue Pothos are not very picky about the type of soil they’re in as long as it drains well.
I mix together 2 parts house plant soil and 1 part perlite for my pothos plants, and they have thrived.
I also like to use plastic pots with lots of drainage holes. This allows excess water to easily drain out and also lets air in from the bottom of the pot. And you can always place the plastic pot in a pretty cover pot for display (which I’ll talk about later).
Roots usually rot for a few different reasons: 1) the plant doesn’t receive enough light, 2) the soil/pot is retaining too much excess water, 3) the soil is so compacted that the roots don’t receive enough airflow.
So, the advice I give above helps avoid these problems.
Also, if you find over time the soil becomes compacted, you can use a stick or chopstick to help loosen the soil a bit. This allows water and air to flow through the soil easier and more evenly.
Once the roots of your Cebu Blue Pothos fill it’s current container, it’s time to repot your plant in the next size up container with fresh soil.
How to repot Cebu Blue Pothos
You will likely need to repot your Cebu Blue every 12-18 months depending on the conditions. You’ll know it’s time to repot when the roots of your plant fill it’s current container, as shown below.
Try not to use a container that’s very large compared to the root ball of your pothos because excess water will remain in the soil, which could cause root rot. A pot that is about 2″ larger than the previous pot works best.
In my case below, I’m going with a pot that’s 4″ larger (going from a 2″ pot to a 6″ pot). This still worked out well for me in this case because my plant receives good light and I used a well-draining soil and pot. So excess water wasn’t an issue.
The image below shows all the materials I used to repot my Cebu Blue Pothos.
So to repot my Cebu Blue, I mixed 2 parts potting mix with 1 part perlite to get my final potting mix shown below. Then, I filled the bottom of the new pot with my soil mix.
I like to add perlite to the potting mix to make sure the soil has really good drainage and airflow. That’s also why I plant my Cebu Blue in a plastic pot with lots of drainage holes. Good drainage and airflow are very important to keep the roots healthy.
Next, I made sure I filled the bottom with enough soil so that the top of the root ball will be at the same level as it was in it’s old pot (shown below). Then, I removed my Cebu Blue from it’s old pot and very gently loosened the roots at the bottom of the plant, as shown below.
Lastly, I planted my Cebu Blue Pothos in it’s new clear plastic pot and filled in the empty spaces with more of my potting soil mix. Then, I placed the plastic pot in the pretty cover pot to get the finished image shown below.
Protip: If you live in an area with very cold or harsh winters, avoid repotting your pothos in the winter. These plants are usually dormant in winter and prefer to be undisturbed. When needed, repot in the spring or summer for the best results.
If you live in an area with mild winters (such as I do in southern California), I find that my pothos grow all year long indoors if they get bright indirect light. In this case, the plant doesn’t go dormant in winter so repotting any time of year is ok.
How often should I water my Cebu Blue Pothos?
The Cebu Blue Pothos water requirements will vary depending on the type of pot, amount of light and humidity, season, temperature, etc.
The best time to water your Cebu Blue Pothos is once the soil has mostly dried out from your last watering.
You can determine if the soil is dry a few different ways:
- Stick your finger into the soil a couple inches deep. If the soil is dry, it’s time to water.
- Feel the weight of your plant after you water compared to when the soil is dry. Your Cebu Blue will feel much lighter when the soil is dry, so you can use the weight to determine if it’s time to water.
- Stick a moisture meter into the soil at different locations and depths to determine how wet or dry the soil is. If the meter reads “dry” throughout the soil, then you should water your Cebu Blue.
- If the soil is too dry for too long, the leaves on your Cebu Blue plant will begin to droop and look sad. If that happens, you should definitely water your plant.
When you water your Cebu Blue Pothos, fully saturate the soil and let the excess water drain out of the drainage holes. These plants don’t like to sit in soggy soil, so good drainage is important to prevent root rot.
Then, let the soil dry out completely before you water again.
It’s important to water based on how wet or dry the soil is rather than just watering on a set schedule. This is because your Cebu Blue will need different amounts of water depending on the temperature, amount of light, humidity, season, etc.
So, pay attention to the soil moisture like I’ve described above and let your Cebu Blue tell you when it needs water. It will reward you with beauty!
What temperatures can Cebu Blue Pothos tolerate?
Cebu Blue Pothos care is pretty easy, similar to other types of pothos. These plants are not too fussy about temperature or humidity.
Cebu Blue can certainly tolerate 50 to 90°F or 10 to 32°C, but the ideal temperature ranges are around 60 to 80°F or 18 to 27°C. So, normal indoor temperatures are fine for this plant.
I’ve also found that different humidity levels don’t really affect my Cebu Blue Pothos or any of my other pothos plants.
The humidity levels in my home change drastically throughout the year anywhere from 20% to 60% humidity. While I’m sure Cebu Blue appreciates high humidity, low humidity doesn’t seem to have a large affect on it in my experience.
How do you fertilize Cebu Blue Pothos?
Cebu Blue Pothos generally don’t require much fertilizer. So, if you choose not to fertilize, your plant will likely be just fine.
However, if you’d like to achieve faster, fuller growth, then fertilizing your Cebu Blue with dyna-gro 9-3-6 fertilizer during the growing season gives great results.
I mix 1/4 tsp of the fertilizer in a gallon of water and then water my plants. I do this every time I water during the growing season (which is typically spring to fall for most people, but it can be all year if you live in a tropical climate or an area with very mild winters).
In the winter, if you notice your Cebu Blue slows or stops growing, then you should stop fertilizing because your plant has gone dormant. Don’t worry, this is normal.
Once the weather warms in the spring, your plant will come out of dormancy and start growing again. Then, you can resume your fertilization routine.
If you live in an area that stays relatively warm in the winter and you keep your Cebu Blue in a location with bright, indirect light, then it may not go dormant in the winter.
I live in southern California, and my indoor plants generally don’t go dormant in winter as long as I keep them close to a window.
Because my plants continue to grow in winter and don’t go dormant, I will continue to fertilize them.
So as you can see, fertilization routines really depend on where you live and the lighting and temperature conditions your plants receive.
To summarize, the easiest way to go about fertilizing is if you see new growth, continue your fertilization routine.
If growth slows or stops, stop fertilizing until you see your plant begin to grow again.
How do you propagate Cebu Blue Pothos?
Cebu Blue Pothos propagation can be done by either soil propagation or water propagation. The propagation steps are actually the same for all pothos plants and are described below:
- Cut your Cebu Blue Pothos about 1 inch above or below a node. You will need at least one node for propagation, because a leaf without a node will not produce new growth.
- For water propagation, I would recommend cutting a stem with 3 or more nodes. Remove the bottom leaf (or leaves) so you can stick the cut end into a small container with water. New roots will grow from the node(s) in about a month, and the cutting will be ready to plant in soil once the roots are about an inch or so long (about 2 months). Keep the soil moist for the first month while your plant adjusts to the transition from water to soil. After a month, you can care for your new plant as we’ve described in this post and let the soil dry out between watering.
- For soil propagation, you only need a stem with one node and leaf (but you can use longer stems with more nodes if desired). Cut the stem 1 inch above and below the node. Then, stick the end of the stem that was closest to the parent plant into soil, making sure the node is also in the soil. The cut end that was furthest from the parent plant should be sticking out of the soil and is where new growth will occur.
As for the parent plant, don’t worry about trimming the stems. New growth will come from the node above where you cut your parent plant, so the cut stems will not be affected and will continue to produce new growth.
Also, trimming your parent plant will encourage new growth throughout the plant and helps it become more full as long as its care needs are being met.
Once your cuttings have roots, you can choose to either plant several of them in their own pot to make a new plant, or you can fill in your current plant if you’d like it to look more full. The latter option will probably be easiest to do when you repot your plant.
Are Cebu Blue Pothos toxic to cats or dogs?
Yes. Unfortunately, Cebu Blue Pothos and all pothos plants are toxic to dogs and cats if chewed or ingested.
This is because the leaves and stems contain insoluble calcium oxalates.
If chewed or ingested, pothos can cause mouth burning and irritation, excessive drooling, difficulty swallowing, and vomiting.
So, it’s best to keep your Cebu Blue Pothos and all other pothos plants out of reach of pets and children to keep everyone happy and healthy.
Where to buy Cebu Blue Pothos?
If you’re looking to buy Cebu Blue, California Tropicals sells them online. Click here to see if Cebu Blue is in stock.
Also, Costa Farms has started growing and selling Cebu Blue, so you can either check Costa Farm’s online store or keep an eye out at your local gardening centers that sell Costa Farms house plants.
Another place to check is Steve’s leaves, but supplies are limited so it may not always be in stock.
And lastly, you can usually find people selling cuttings or maybe even small Cebu Blue plants on Etsy.
The good thing is, even though this plant can be hard to find and is a little pricey, Cebu Blue Pothos care is pretty easy!
So, you don’t have to worry about killing it easily, especially if you follow the advice in this care guide.
And, Cebu Blue plants grow fast! So even if you have to buy cuttings or a small plant, you will have a large, lush plant in no time.