Epipremnum Pinnatum Complete Care Guide

Epipremnum Pinnatum it’s like the green cousin of Epipremnum Cebu Blue. Equally beautiful, Epipremnum Pinnatum is a fast grower and a giver! 💗

Scientific name: Epipremnum Pinnatum

Also called: Tibatib, Dragon Tail Plant

Family: ARACEAE

If you are into video content more, here is the care guide for Epipremnum Pinnatum:

care meter: 9/10

Epipremnum Pinnatum is one of the easiest plants out there. Highly recommend this plant for new plant parents.

light

Epipremnum Pinnatum likes its light to be bright and indirect (just like any other pothos). The good news is, that it can also tolerate medium light because of its leaves. Plain green leaves mean more chlorophyll, but keep in mind that it will grow way better with a lot of light.

You can make sure your plant has a great source of light by using grow lights. I tried growing Epipremnum Pinnatum with artificial light and it was successful, so there is no need to worry if your home is not bright enough.

watering

This plant definitely tolerates better underwatering instead of overwatering. Water your Epipremnum Pinnatum once a week during summer, and once every 10 to 14 days during winter.

To be sure, check the soil before you water your plant. The top 3-4 cm (2 inches) should feel dry. Sometimes, if you deal with root rot frequently, you can even let the substrate dry out completely before watering again.

overwatering will cause yellowing leaves

temperature

Epipremnum Pinnatum likes it average. Any temperature between 18-26°C is great. And keep in mind that most plants don’t like cooler temperatures, so please don’t let it drop below 15°C.

humidity

This plant is a very tolerable one. You can grow it in 50% humidity, but if you want to spoil it, maybe go higher like 60%+.

This will not only promote faster growing, but it will also help in developing aerial roots (that are kind of important for propagation in which we will talk about in just a bit).

fertilizer

I fertilize my Epipremnum Pinnatum once a month during growing season. During winter, you can still fertilize your plant IF it’s still growing. And for that, I would recommend using a more diluted solution, and a bit less often (like once every 2 months).

I like to use a NPK ratio of 10-10-10 to give my plants all the nutrients in balance, but that is just personal preference. This pothos does great with almost any NPK ratio, so there is no need to worry. The most common houseplant fertilizers are higher in Nitrogen (the “N” in NPK). Nitrogen helps them leaves look more radiant and it’s a great choice for this plant as well.

healthy young Epipremnum Pinnatum leaves

substrate

A lightweight mix is preferable for Epipremnum Pinnatum. A very affordable option is to mix equal parts of coco coir and perlite. You can add some orchid barks or pine barks for more aeration.

Regular potting soil can also be a part of the mix, but please don’t use it alone. It is usually too heavy on the roots and it will cause later problems like root rot.

plastic versus terracotta

It’s a matter of preference when it comes to this plant. Epipremnum Pinnatum can grow happily in both plastic and terracotta.

If you like your plants in terracotta, check the soil a bit more often. Terracotta is porous and helps water evaporate faster than plastic. This is why you might adjust your watering schedule a bit.

repotting

Repot your plant only if you see massive roots coming out from the drainage holes. It is a bit safer to repot during summer time, when the roots can recover faster from damage, but not 100% necessary.

Chose a pot slightly bigger than the previous one, add your favorite lightweight mix and you’re good to go.

this Epipremnum Pinnatum needs a repotting yesterday

propagation

The easiest way to propagate your Epipremnum Pinnatum is by cuttings in water. Cut the plant, making sure you have a viable node and wait for roots to grow. You can place your cuttings directly into substrate, but I’m not very lucky with that method so I would not recommend this for new plant parents. Unless your home is very warm, has great ventilation and a good amount of humidity.

Another method is by air layering, and we will have that covered in detail, in another article. And one other way is by leafless node cuttings (wet sticks). This is a great method if your plant grew leggy and you want to fix it.

pests

This plant will not cause you a lot of trouble. Is pretty reliable and it rarely gets pests.

The best way to prevent a possible infestation is to check the plant every time you water it. Thrips or mealy bugs can cause a problem at some point. And if you are an overwaterer, or your home is not very warm during winter, you may have to deal with fungus gnats as well.

toxicity

Unfortunately, Epipremnum Pinnatum is not pet friendly. Please keep it away from any beautiful pet.

other tips and tricks to consider

Epipremnum Pinnatum was wrongfully sold as Epipremnum Cebu Blue in Europe and there was a confusion between those two plants. Even some plant growers were naming them wrong.

the two plants put together for differences

Epipremnum Pinnatum can grow fenestrated leaves. You can encourage that with (sphagnum) moss poles, but we will have a different article about every little detail.

Keep your plant clean and wipe the dust frequently. This helps the photosynthesis process. Clean leaves mean greater light absorption and this leads to happy big plants.

Rotate your plant every time you water it. This helps the plant grow evenly and fuller.

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