How to Grow and Care Cebu Blue Pothos

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Cebu blue pothos is a rare type of pothos that is greatly sought after because of its gorgeous leaves. It is native to the Philippine island of Cebu. With its thin, silvery, green-blue leaves, this pothos is perfect for Instagram and surprisingly simple to maintain indoors.

Sadly, this pothos, which belongs to the Epipremnum genus, is poisonous to dogs and cats alike, so if you have pets at home; make sure to keep it out of their reach.

Cebu Blue Pothos Overview

Common NameCebu blue pothos, blue pothos
Botanical NameEpipremnum pinnatum ‘Cebu Blue’
Plant TypeEvergreen, vine
Mature Size8 ft. long indoors, 40 ft. long outdoors
Sun ExposurePartial
Soil TypeMoist but well-drained
Soil pHAcidic, neutral, alkaline
Hardiness Zones9-11, USA
Native AreaAsia

Cebu Blue Pothos Care

The Cebu blue pothos is simple to cultivate and take care of, just like the majority of its relatives in the pothos family. In the United States, this pothos is most frequently grown indoors as a houseplant, despite growing natively outside in the Philippines.

The Cebu blue pothos has two distinct growth phases: juvenile and mature. The most identifiable stage is the juvenile one, which is distinguished by the well-known short, elongated oval leaves with a silvery blue-green hue. The bigger green leaves of the mature phase, which are typically only seen in plants grown outside, eventually acquire fenestrations.

The primary distinction between these two stages of care is the growth behaviour; although all Cebu blue pothos are trainable to climb moss poles or trellises, mature Cebu blue pothos are active climbers who require assistance to grow. Other than that, growing juvenile and mature Cebu blue pothos is not too difficult.


It doesn’t need much light for this plant. Bright indirect light or medium light levels appear to be ideal for it.

A considerable quantity of indirect light is advised if you want your plant’s foliage to be lush and full, as this plant is not tolerant of low light. But keep in mind that it does require some dark moments as well.

But avoid placing your plant in direct sunlight! As long as the light is filtered, you can take the plant outside to get its recommended daily dose of sunlight.

During the day, you may keep an eye on the quantity of direct sunlight reaching your plant by placing it next to your window (morning sun is best for indoor plants). With proper lighting and care, the plant might reach several feet in only one growing season.

Your plant will receive the bright light it requires from a north-facing window without the risk of sunburn from your Cebu blue foliage.


After letting the top one to two inches of soil dry up between watering, thoroughly water the soil, letting any extra water drop out of the pot. The Cebu blue pothos prefers frequent watering, though it may tolerate periods of drought if necessary. Remember that you should water your plants less in the winter to prevent overwatering them while they are dormant.


You could probably get away with using a store-bought potting soil mix for your Cebu Blue plant. But if you can, choose a well-draining soil that has some perlite and orchid bark mixed in with vermiculite. Remember that vermiculite holds a lot more moisture than perlite.

Clay-based or heavy garden soil should be avoided, as they might absorb excessive moisture and lead to root rot.

It’s also crucial to remember that Cebu blue pothos grow well in a range of containers, such as trellises, hanging baskets, and pots. I suggest using a lightweight potting mix if you’re growing the plant in a hanging basket to prevent adding extra weight to the container.

Temperature and Humidity

The Cebu blue pothos grows surprisingly well indoors, despite being native to the Philippines’ tropical climate. If at all feasible, allow your Cebu blue pothos more humidity to promote rapid development. One excellent technique to raise the humidity surrounding a plant is to place a humidifier close by.

Alternatively, you can place your plant on display in a naturally humid area like the kitchen, laundry room, or bathroom. In the winter, stay away from draughty windows, as this pothos does not like the cold.


Fertilize your Cebu blue pothos every two weeks during the growing season using a balanced, water-soluble fertilizer. To prevent over-fertilizing, which could damage the plant, adhere to the directions on the fertilizer packaging.

Not to mention that Cebu blue pothos grows slowly, so you won’t need to fertilize it too frequently. In actuality, excessive fertilization might result in browning or yellowing of the leaves.


You may need to trim back your Cebu Blue Pothos plant if it starts to get too long or lanky. By keeping the plant’s structure compact, pruning encourages bushier growth. Making a clean cut immediately above a leaf node using sharp, clean scissors is called pruning. If you’d like, you can start more plants by propagating the cuttings.

The fact that Cebu Blue Pothos is a vining plant with a maximum length of eight feet should not be overlooked. The plant needs to be pruned frequently if you want to keep it at a manageable size. A lovely cascading effect can also be achieved by training the plant to climb a trellis or other support.


  • Before you begin, soak your sphagnum moss for ten to fifteen minutes in a bowl of water.
  • Using a pair of sharp pruning shears or scissors, take cuttings from your plant while the moss is soaking. Make sure each stem cutting has five or six leaves at the very least.
  • To reveal the nodes along the stem, remove the lower two to three leaves from the fresh cuttings.
  • Sphagnum moss should be drained of water and any remaining water squeezed out before being placed in a small pot or container.
  • Fresh cuttings should be inserted into the sphagnum moss, with their leaves left exposed to the air and the exposed nodes completely covered by moss.
  • Cover the pot or container with a plastic resealable bag, making sure the leaves are kept out of the bag, to help enhance the humidity surrounding the moss.
  • Mist the moss once a week to keep it uniformly damp but not soggy. In two to three weeks, roots ought to start to take shape. To prevent harming the roots, fight the impulse to check in on them too soon.
  • The cuttings can be placed in soil once the roots are at least 1 to 2 inches long. Take the cuttings out of the sphagnum moss gently. The roots are sensitive, so don’t worry too much about pulling off any moss that has adhered to them. The new soil mixture will be combined with any remaining moss.
  • Lightly wet the soil in a tiny pot after adding a well-draining potting mixture to it.
  • After placing the container in an area that receives medium to brilliant indirect light, transfer the rooted cuttings into it. For the first one to two weeks, keep the soil equally moist to aid in the roots’ acclimatization. After that, go back to your regular watering regimen.

Common Pests

There are a few typical houseplant pests that you should be aware of when dealing with these pothos. Scale and mealybugs are sap-sucking pests that gradually harm a plant’s leaves. One of the first signs that you have an infestation is the sticky residue they both leave on a plant’s leaves and stem.

Because of their damp soil, pothos plants attract fungus gnats, another typical pest of houseplants. The larvae of these flying parasites consume the roots of plants after laying their eggs on the ground.

Common Problems with Cebu Blue Pothos

The most frequent issues with Cebu blue pothos are caused by inadequate lighting or watering. Nonetheless, these pothos are often devoid of issues.

Wilting or Curled Leaves

Your Cebu blue pothos probably needs good watering if its leaves are withering or curled. After a few hours of watering, the leaves ought to revert to their typical state. If the leaves don’t regrow, it could be a sign that the plant’s roots have dried up from submersion; to be sure, you should examine the root structure.

You can resurrect your pothos by propagating the plant’s healthy stems if the roots have dried and shriveled.

Slow Growth

Lack of light is Cebu blue pothos’ most frequent cause of delayed growth. To stimulate faster development, try shifting your plant to an area that gets bright, indirect light.

Leaves Turning Yellow

Yellowing leaves is one of the most typical issues with Cebu blue pothos. Regrettably, yellow leaves can be caused by a variety of issues, including excessive light, under-watering, and low humidity.

The best course of action is to evaluate the particular growing conditions of your plant to determine the likely cause of the yellowing leaves.


Why are the leaves on my Cebu Blue pothos yellow?

Regrettably, there are several possible causes of yellow leaves, including excessive light, underdevelopment, and low humidity. To determine the likely cause of the yellowing leaves, it is best to evaluate the particular growing conditions of your plant.

Are Cebu blue pothos quick to grow?

When given the correct circumstances, Cebu blue pothos are thought to grow quickly. Make sure your pothos is getting enough light and water to support healthy growth if you notice that it is growing slowly.

Does the blue pothos of Cebu climb?

In their natural habitat, Cebu blue pothos, like all other pothos species, are vining epiphytes that naturally climb trees and huge plants. While mature plants are aggressive climbers that need a pole or trellis to survive, younger Cebu blue pothos can also be grown successfully in hanging containers.

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