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Learn everything you need to know about caring for your Epipremnum pinnatum variegata right here!
The varigated epipremnum pinnatum is a highly sought after plant due to its beautiful fenestrated leaves when mature, along with large chunky variegation. This plant may be intimidating to care for due to its rarity; however, this plant is as easy to care for as your run-of-the-mill pothos.
As for any aroid, the essentials for this plant is a chunky well draining soil, bright indirect light, and proper watering and humidity. We’ll cover the details ahead.
Epipremnum Pinnatum Variegata Care – Quick Guide
Light: Moderate to bright indirect sunlight (2000-3000 LUX), fluorescent or LED grow light.
Soil: Well-draining chunky soil mix.
Watering: Let soil dry out before watering again. Water fully when top 2 inches of soil is dry.
Humidity: 50% or more
Temperature: Warm. 65-80ºF or 18-27ºC. Less tolerant of frost.
Fertilizing: Fish emulsion diluted to 1/4 to 1/2 strength, top dressing of worm castings, or fertilizer of choice
Epipremnum Pinnatum Variegata
This plant is native to Asia, Papua New Guinea and Australia where they’re found climbing trees in tropical forests.
Closely related to the Cebu Blue, this plant was first described by botanist Engler who found this plant in the forests of the Philippines.
The epiphytic epipremnum pinnatum variegata is an aggressive climber that quickly attaches and grows upwards towards sunlight.
If you want to achieve large fenestrated mature leaves, we advise using a moss pole or a stake to support your plant to mimic its natural habitat.
Similar to other epipremnums, the epipremnum pinnatum variegata doesn’t require much light. They require less light than most aroids.
“Not much light”, however, does not mean you can put it in a dark corner of a room and expect it to thrive.
If you want a thriving beautiful plant, you are going to want to place this in bright indirect light.
Ideal would be an an east facing window or a south-facing window with filtered light.
If that’s not possible find a nice north facing window or a west facing window with filtered light as the afternoon sun can be too intense.
If your space has no windows at all, or very poor light to begin with, consider grow lights.
You want to aim for 2000 – 3000 LUX. We always use LUX light meters to ensure our plants are receiving the ideal amount of light.
Lastly, and most importantly, avoid direct sunlight.
Like most aroids, epipremnum pinnatum variegata loves a well-draining airy soil with nutrients.
We make our own chunky soil mix specifically for our aroids; however, there are plenty of ready to use soil mixes available off the shelf.
If you don’t want the hassle of making your own, then use a quality potting soil like Fox Farms Ocean Forest, Black Gold Potting Mix, MiracleGro Potting Mix or even MiracleGro Cactus, Palm & Citrus mix.
I would still recommend adding some perlite in those off-the-shelf mixes to improve drainage and aeration.
Watering is easy for epipremnum pinnatums. While they follow the same watering requirements as most aroids, they are more forgiving if you water inconsistently.
These plants can handle small bouts of dry soil better than most other aroids. This is a plant I wouldn’t be worried about if I had to go on a week/week and a half long vacation.
Basically, make sure the soil dries out between watering. Stick your finger in, and if the top 2 inches are dry, then its time to water.
Make sure all your pots have drainage holes. If they don’t have drainage holes, make sure to empty any excess water.
Humidity is important for the epipremnum pinnatum variegata, as it is for all aroids.
When the relative humidity the plant is in is too low, the overall health of the plant will degrade, leaving it more susceptible to disease and pests.
These plants do well in environments where the relative humidity is higher than 50%.
Use a hygrometer to accurately measure your relative humidity.
In certain areas you may not have an issue with your relative humidity; however, most indoor kept plants may need help with boosting the humidity.
There are a couple tricks to help boost humidity.
You can group your plants close together, along with placing a pebble filled tray with water next to your plants to raise humidity.
If that is not raising your humidity enough, then a humidifier is the best choice.
This plant enjoys warm weather. Keep this plant in temperatures between 65ºF (17ºC) and 85ºF (29ºC).
If you keep the plant out of this range of temperature for an extended period of time, expect to see stunted growth or a sickly plant.
Avoid large fluctuations in temperature. These plants like consistency.
Epipremnum pinnatum Variegata also tends to be less tolerant of frost than most aroids.
If you keep your plant outdoors and you expect temperatures to dip below 50ºF for an extended period of time, bring your plant in until the average temperature warms up.
Also keep in mind that the cooler the temperatures the less you have to water. The warmer the temperature, the more you have to water.
Fertilizing Your Epipremnum Pinnatum Variegata
Now that you know the essentials for caring for your plant, we can discuss the final aspect. Fertilizing.
Fertilizing is like icing on the cake for your plant.
Most aroids do not require fertilization, only requiring basic nutrients to be present in the soil.
Fertilizing however can take your plant from nice to WOW!
The key to fertilizing is not overdoing it. If you overfertilize you can “burn” your plant.
We like to use Fish emulsion diluted to quarter-strength weekly to bi-weekly. The smell may not be pleasant, but the plants LOVE it.
You can also use Osmocote, which is a slow-release fertilizer that you sprinkle and mix in your soil.
We happen to use both Osmocote and Fish Emulsion. Which has worked wonders for our plant’s health and growth.
That’s all there is to it to having a healthy Epipremnum pinnatum Variegata! Happy growing!
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