Epipremnum Pinnatum Variegated

Epipremnum Pinnatum Variegated are very similar to the more commonly cultivated Monstera deliciosa. A hardy specimen with trailing tendrils that can be trained vertically (e.g. up a plant stake or totem pole) or even horizontally across walls etc! It’s low maintenance needs make it a very popular choice in homes; you’ll often see it cascading down shelves or off mantelpieces - or in this case heading upwards!

Like their Monstera cousins they have a climbing habit and in the wild they attach themselves to trees in an effort to find more light in the rainforest.

They also produce an edible fruit very similar in appearance and flavour to that of Monstera. The plant itself is quite poisonous though so don't go adding the leaves to your fruit salad! Best of all they are very very hardy!

Watering

Wait until the top 2-3cm centimetres of soil in the pot has dried out before watering heavily. Water less in in the cooler month to replicate the tropical dry season.

Position

Lots of bright indirect light and a humid position is great for these guys. They are pretty tolerant of cooler temperatures.

Lighting

Unlike the green form, this variegated form has much slower growth and not a drought tolerance as the regular form can do. The yellow portion of the variegated leaves cannot absorb light, thus, low light conditions are not ideal. A fairly bright room with plenty of shade is best. Direct sunlight will damage the leaves and not enough light can slow down the growth.

Managing growth

Currently about 25cm tall and 40cm wide but the leaves themselves can eventually grow to half a meter long and if provided with something to climb will grow into a striking feature plant.

Frequently Asked Questions regarding Epipremnum Pinnatum Variegated

 

Help! The edges of my Epipremnum Pinnatum Variegated are turning brown.

  • This could either be a result of too little light or salt build up in the water. Because the white portion of this plant's leaves contain no chlorophyll, they cannot aid in photosynthesis. Therefore the Variegated leaves requires a higher light location than non variegated leaves. In addition, this variety is sensitive to salt buildup, so it’s best to let your tap water sit out uncovered for 24 hours before you water the plant. Many of the minerals and chemicals will evaporate and stop brown tips from occurring.

 

Help! My Epipremnum Pinnatum is turning yellow!

  • If your leaves are turning yellow, there are many things that could be causing it. First, try to ensure that your plant is receiving the proper water and light. Yellowing can often be the first sign of overwatering. If you eliminate these as possibilities, then there is a chance that your plant might be rootbound and needs to be potted in a larger pot. You can tell if it is rootbound once the non-aerial roots become exposed above the topsoil and seem to be swirling around the pot, searching for a new home. Most Epipremnum Pinnatum need to be repotted up a size roughly every 2 years.

 

There are these weird, leafless brown growths coming off of my Epipremnum Pinnatum. Is that normal?

  • Yes! These are aerial roots and they are totally normal. In nature, these are what helps give support to the plant and allow it to climb and reach for more light. The roots will not damage walls or surfaces, and you can always prune them if they get unruly.

 

How fast will my plant grow?

  • The growth of your plant depends on its access to light and water. In ideal conditions, with bright indirect light and consistent moisture, Epipremnum Pinnatum can grow 2-3 feet per year. Keep in mind that the Epipremnum Pinnatum's natural growth pattern is to spread wide rather than reach tall. Try staking your plant to encourage vertical growth.

 

My Epipremnum Pinnatum has gotten way too big. What can I do?

  • Prune it back! These guys are very hardy and can handle a good trim. You can also train your Epipremnum Pinnatum to grow whichever way your heart desires by using moss poles, stakes and ties.

 

Can I put my Epipremnum Pinnatum next to the AC / heater?

  • Epipremnum Pinnatum are tropical plants that appreciate a humid environment. If conditions are too dry they will drop their leaves. While Epipremnum Pinnatum will thrive in an air conditioned apartment, always avoid putting them in the direct line of fire for either AC or heating units. If their leaves are wagging from the air, it’s best to find another spot.

 

How often should I fertilize my plant?

  • In general, house plants will thrive when they are fertilized spring through fall. Fertilize once a month with an organic houseplant fertilizer, following the package instructions for dilution and administration. The Plant Concept uses HB101, both the granules and liquid version, HB101 granules is a slow release fertilizer to be sprinkle on/in the soil, HB101 liquid version can be used weekly or bi monthly by adding 1 drop to 1 litre of water. 

 

How often does my plant need to be repotted?

  • For larger floor plants, we suggest repotting every 18-24 months. Typically you want to choose a pot size of 2”- 4” larger in diameter to allow for growth. Don’t choose a pot much larger than the previous as this could drown the plants roots. If you prefer to maintain the current size of your plant, repot into the same pot, providing new soil and trimming away some roots and foliage. Spring or summer is the ideal time to repot as the plant is at its strongest.

Happy planting and I hope you enjoy your newest addition! Any other questions in regard to care please add in the comments or message me and I will endeavor to answer asap.