If you are a houseplant geek like me, you must be quite familiar with the Pothos plant variety. However, the Cebu Blue Pothos has been trending a lot these days, and there’s a good reason for it too!
If you want to know how to propagate these beauties yourself, below is a comprehensive Cebu Blue Pothos propagation guide along with care tips. Let’s get started!
What Is Cebu Blue, and Where Does it Originate From?
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Cebu Blue is one of the varieties of the pothos genus, and Epipremnum pinnatum is its scientific name. The names “Cebu” and “blue” refer to the plant’s native island of Cebu in the Philippines, although they are now widespread in a number of other tropical nations.
You can easily tell Cebu Blue Pothos apart from other pothos varieties due to the distinctive appearance of its leaves. Its leaves are thin and long with a blue and silvery tint.
When the lighting is bright, the leaves look like they are shimmering, which is one of the primary reasons for its high demand. The Cebu blue pothos leaves begin to split and form fenestrations during the adult stage, which can take up to 20 years.
It’s only natural to want more of this plant, so let’s look at how you can propagate a Cebu blue pothos into many new plants.
Cebu Blue Pothos Propagation
Cebu Blue is amongst the easiest plants to propagate, even if you are a novice gardener. Well-cared and happy Cebu Blue Pothos plants flourish, and propagating these flourishing plants is even better and easier. You can propagate Cebu Blue Pothos plants by taking out a cutting which will quickly develop into a new plant. The catch, however, is to obtain the right cutting. Let’s learn how to obtain a good cutting for your Cebu Blue Pothos.
Cebu Blue Pothos Plant Cutting for Propagation
What you will need:
Healthy parent plant
Clean sanitized scissors
Container for propagation
The Ideal Cutting
The best way to propagate any plant is by obtaining a good cutting. A good cutting of a Cebu Blue Pothos would be 2 to 3 leaves, along with 1 to 2 exposed nodes.
If you are a newbie, you might not be familiar with what a node is. In the simplest terms, it’s the region where the leaf joins the stem.
Keep an eye out for the tiny light brown nubs on the stem of the plant; these represent the first aerial roots, which will root well during propagation.
Here are some tips for locating the best cutting for Cebu Blue Pothos Propagation:
Any branch you select should ideally have new growth at the end. Pick a portion that is 6–8 inches long and has two or more nodes.
Ideally, there shouldn’t be more than two leaves on your Cebu Blue Pothos cuttings. You want the cutting to concentrate its energy on growing roots rather than maintaining healthy leaves.
You also don’t want the roots to be submerged in water. Make sure to remove any leaves from the bottom of the cuttings, as they will only rot once in the water.
Once you’ve obtained the ideal cuttings, you can propagate the Cebu Blue Pothos in either water, soil, LECA, or moss.
Propagate Cebu Blue Pothos in Water
Pothos plants can be propagated most readily in water. All you have to do is place the cuttings into fresh water and change the water about once every week.
You should be able to see some fresh roots sprouting in a few weeks. Once you spot those roots, you can transfer the cutting into the soil, where you will have to keep it moist for about a week until the roots can adapt to the soil.
Propagate Cebu Blue Pothos in Soil
Propagating the cuttings directly into the soil works fine as well. For propagation in soil, make sure your cuttings are approximately a quarter inch below a node. Your cuttings should have a node since that is where the roots will sprout.
Put your cuttings immediately into a container with wet potting mix rather than placing them in a water container first. Ensure that you remove any hidden foliage and bury at least one node into the soil, preferably more.
Place the plant somewhere with strong, indirect light. As the roots grow, keep the potting mixture damp but not waterlogged.
You can check whether the roots of your new plant have developed by tugging it gently. If you feel there is some resistance, it means that the root system has developed and the cutting has now propagated successfully. You can now treat it like you would any other pothos plant.
In some cases, a Cebu Blue Pothos can take time for the roots to develop, so it’s important that you remain patient with it.
Propagate Cebu Blue Pothos in LECA
LECA is an excellent material for both planting and propagation. If you are a newbie, you might not be familiar with LECA.
LECA is an acronym for “Lightweight Expanded Clay Aggregate” and is basically a soil-like growing material that you can use to develop your plants. LECA helps water the plants with the right amount and can see when the cuttings start sprouting.
To propagate your Cebu Blue Pothos cuttings in LECA, add some LECA balls into a pot about 1-2 inches in the bottom and place your plant cutting inside. Top the cutting off with more LECA and add water to cover the first layer of LECA. Make sure the water is directly below the cutting and not submerged in it.
Make sure to clean the LECA and change the water weekly until you see new roots starting to develop.
At this point, you can transfer your cutting into the soil and keep it moist till the roots can adapt to it.
Propagate Cebu Blue Pothos in Moss
Utilizing moss is an additional method for growing cuttings of the Cebu blue pothos.
Add water to some sphagnum moss and squeeze out all the extra water. To promote aeration and drainage, combine the moss with some perlite chunks. Transfer the moss and perlite mixture into a plastic cup and place the cutting inside. The cutting should be covered with a plastic bag.
This process will help maintain high moisture levels.
Once the roots start to develop, you’ll notice they are strong and healthy. After the roots are a few inches long, carefully remove the plant from the moss mixture and transfer it into soil that drains well.
Now that we’ve learned the different ways you can propagate a Cebu Blue Pothos, let’s go over all the care tips for it to help it grow healthier and fuller.
Cebu Blue Pothos Care Tips
Another reason why this plant has become so popular is that it is so easy to care for. It thrives under the right conditions and can provide you with lots of cuttings that can be used to make more plants or even as gifts!
Cebu Blue Pothos Watering Requirements
Cebu Blue is quite forgiving when it concerns water. However, if you are careful, your plant will repay you with luxuriant growth.
I always employ the ‘soak and dry’ method when watering my pothos plants. This prevents me from overwatering my plants and encourages healthier growth.
The Soak and Dry Method
When you are watering your plants for the first time, make sure to water thoroughly until all extra water drains from the drainage hole. But before watering again, make sure the first inch or two of the soil has completely dried.
You can always touch the soil and tell whether it has dried or still has some moisture in it. Just make sure not to forget to water the plant altogether. If your Cebu Blue Pothos dries out completely, it will start wilting, and the bottom leaves will turn yellow and will eventually die.
Also, make sure not to overwater your pothos since this can lead to root rot.
Cebu Blue Pothos Light Requirements
Like all Pothos, Cebu Blue isn’t particularly fussy about the sunlight. Having said that, it does flourish in strong, indirect sunlight.
Place your Cebu Blue Pothos 1-2 feet away from a window for healthy growth. A few hours of direct sunlight isn’t too bad, either. Windows with eastern exposure and morning sunlight will be perfect, particularly during the winter.
Just make sure not to leave it out in direct sunlight for more than half a day. During the primary growing season, these plants can develop quite rapidly with proper lighting and water requirements.
Cebu Blue Pothos Moisture Requirements
Pothos is a tropical plant, which means its natural habitat contains lots of humidity. It will appreciate higher humidity levels from you but can also thrive in environments with lower humidity levels.
A humidifier or a pebble tray can help in increasing humidity levels.
Cebu Blue Pothos Soil Requirements
As long as the soil has good drainage, Cebu Blue Pothos don’t have many preferences for the kind of soil they grow in.
Any general-purpose potting mix will therefore work, although some perlite added into the soil mixture will help in ventilation and drainage.
Also, make sure your container has lots of drainage holes to prevent oversaturating your Cebu Blue Pothos roots. This lets air enter from the bottom of the container and makes it easy for any extra water to drain away.
Potting Mix Recipe
You can mix two parts of potting mix with 1 part perlite for the ideal soil mixture.
Cebu Blue Pothos Support and Climbing
While you can showcase your Cebu Blue Pothos in a number of ways, natural climbing plants inevitably require support. Provide your Cebu Blue plant something to climb onto, such as a bamboo pole, to assist it in growing healthily and also induce fenestrations (even though it could still take some time).
In their natural environment, they climb using their aerial roots. Utilizing aerial roots will be beneficial for your plant because they also aid in nutrient absorption. Spray your moss pole when you water it so that your Cebu Blue Pothos’ aerial roots will also receive a good feed.
Cebu Blue Pothos Pruning
Although Cebu Blue Pothos doesn’t necessitate intensive pruning, trimming any vines that have grown excessively long or lanky is beneficial to promote a larger, bushier plant.
Leggy vines are those that grow long and have fewer leaves, typically as a result of the plant’s attempt to reach for more sunlight.
Cut right above a node—where the leaves and roots emerge from the stem—to promote new development.
You must eliminate any dying or dead leaves whenever they can be pulled away, along with pruning to promote growth.
Cebu Blue Pothos can be an excellent addition to your houseplant family. Even if you are just getting started with planting, the easy care for Cebu Blue makes them excellent for novices. And with our propagation guide, we’re sure you’ll be able to propagate several little Cebu Blue plants from the parent plant in no time!
Happy Planting, Happy Propagating!