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The Beauty of Cebu Blue Pothos

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Cebu blue pothos is a species of plant that is often found in homes and offices around the world. This plant, which has been used for centuries as an ornamental houseplant, is also one of the most commonly grown plants in equatorial climates because it has a large number of benefits and very few drawbacks. Cebu blue pothos is a good plant for people with allergies because Cebu blue pothoses do not release any pollen. In this article, I will tell you what Cebu blue pothos is, how to care for Cebu blue pothos, common problems Cebu blue pothos can have, and some tips on keeping Cebu blue pothoses happy!

What is a Cebu Blue Pothos?

A Cebu blue pothos is a type of plant that belongs to the philodendron family. It has dark green leaves and white or yellow flowers which bloom from spring through fall. Some Cebu blues will have a white stripe down each leaf, while others may be green with yellow stripes instead of white. The leaves can also come in different shapes and sizes. Cebu blue pothos stays anywhere from three to five feet tall, and they will grow wide as well.

It gets its name from the Cebu region in the Philippines where it originated, and because of this specific region’s soil composition is more alkaline than acidic.

They have the following characteristics:

  • Cebu blue pothos is shade tolerant
  • Cebu blue pothos does not like to dry out completely but it also should not be kept overly wet
  • Cebu blue pothos likes frequent watering
  • They are poisonous to cats, dogs and horses
  • They have a lifespan of around six years on average

Another common Cebu blue pothos plant variety is the white cebu blue pothos, which has a more subtle and delicate appearance than its colourfully striped counterpart.

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Origins of Cebu Blue Pothos Plant

Cebu Blue Pothos plants originate in the Philippines where they’re called “taga-bato.” It’s native to the jungles of Cebu, Philippines and has been grown popular in many places around the world including Taiwan, Sri Lanka, Indonesia and Hawaii. It was introduced to Europe by famed botanist Carl Linnaeus in 1777.

Epipremnum Pinnatum cebu blue pothos, or also known as the devil’s ivy plant is a very popular houseplant due to its ability to grow not only on the ceiling but in pots.

There are many benefits of pothos cebu blue such as: cleaner indoor air and it can lower levels of benzene in the air. It also has a sweet fragrance.

Cebu Blue Pothos Plant Care Guide

Cebu blue pothoses come with the following care instructions:

+ Cebu blue pothos should be watered less in the winter

+ Cebu blue pothos can grow well and flower indoors with a day length of 12 hours, year-round. If Cebu blue pothoses are grown indoors it is important to give them plenty of filtered light for at least six hours a day.

+ Cebu blue pothos should be watered less in the winter. The soil should dry out before being well-watered again.


Cebu Blue Pothos prefers soil that is well-drained and rich in organic matter. Suitable Cebu blue pothos soils include:

* A cactus mix like 50% sand, 25% peat moss (or coconut coir), 20% perlite, 15% compost/manure;

* Orchid bark mixed with potting soil or cactus mix.

A well-drained soilless planting medium, as well as cedar, is also suitable for Cebu blue pothos. Cedar is used for the soil mix because it has an acidic quality that breaks down organic matter. cedar can be bought at your local hardware store in a cedar mulch bag.

The Cebu blue pothos will not thrive in gravel because the roots need to be constantly moist, and gravel is not as porous as other types of soil. It will also not do well if it does not get high humidity around the roots at all times or when you water infrequently since this can cause root rot.

Some Cebu blue pothos plants prefer a tropical potting mix that maintains high moisture levels and looser consistency than more typical houseplant soils do. Others really like Cebu blue pothos soil that is richer in nutrients and has a higher cation-exchange capacity.

The types of Cebu blue pothos plants most often grown for foliage come from the genus Epipremnum, which includes Cebu blue pothos (Epipremnum aureum) and cebu blue pothos varieties.


Cebu Blue Pothos do not like any direct sunlight. They thrive best in indirect light, so you should avoid putting them near windows or doors that get a lot of sun exposure.

They can be grown indoors with little to no natural lighting if they are consistently misted every day and their water level is maintained below the leaves.

Exposing cebu blue pothos to abundant natural light outdoors is the best way to grow them in the summertime, but they should be brought inside once temperatures drop below 45 degrees Fahrenheit for extended periods of time.

Cebu Blue Pothos need shade when grown outside during their winter months so that they do not experience sun damage.

If cebu blue pothos are grown outside in the summertime, be sure to water them as often as needed so that there is always moisture at the base of the plant and mist with a spray bottle every day.


Cebu Blue pothos is a tropical plant that typically does not need to be watered as much because it absorbs water from the air. However, when growing cebu blue pothos you will want to check the soil every few days and make sure there are no signs of dryness.

When watering cebu blue pothos, do not apply too much pressure as this can cause root damage that will lead to stunted growth and eventual death of cebu blue pothos.

They need to be watered in an airy room. It should never be kept wet, and it can’t handle cold water; warm water is best. The soil should be moist but not drenched, watering once a day until the plant starts growing again then lessening the watering to every other day.

Cebu blue pothos is also susceptible to overwatering and root rot, so it’s important to make sure that the soil has good drainage for this plant. When watering cebu blue pothos in a container or hanging basket, water from below until there are small pools of water on the surface of the soil.

Cebu blue pothos should not be planted in a location that is constantly moist or frequently flooded, and they should never be allowed to sit in water for long periods of time because this will kill Cebu blue pothos.

If you notice any signs of dehydration or wilting, make sure Cebu blue pothos is watered immediately. If Cebu blue pothos leaves are brown, wilted or curling they may be getting too much water and need to be cut back on the watering schedule of Cebu blue pothos until it recovers from being overwatered.


Cebu blue are tolerant of a range of temperatures. If you live in a cool climate, cebu blue pothos can survive and grow well at temperatures close to 50 degrees Fahrenheit (near 11 Celsius). In Cebu they can go up to 90 degrees Fahrenheit and not show any signs of stress. Just be cautious if the temperature drops much below freezing. Likewise, cebu blue pothos will thrive in warmer climates as long as the air is moderately humid. Pothos does not like being in a drafty environment, so avoid placing cebu blue pothos near windows or doors where cold air will blow on it from outside.


Cebu blue pothos are often happy with a humidity between 60-90%. If the cebu blue pothos is in an area where it receives less than 50% relative humidity, you should consider investing in some sort of humidifier. Humidifiers can be as cheap and simple as putting water on top of your cebu blue pothos, but can also be more complex. If you’d like to try cebu blue pothos in a less humid environment, it is essential that you provide adequate water so that the cebu blue potohs doesn’t dry out and shrivel up!

You might notice your cebu blue pothos drooping and wilting if the environment becomes dry for an extended period of time. Misting plants with water every day will ensure they stay healthy (or every other day for cebu blue pothos). If the conditions are not right, cebu blue pothos will become unhappy and have problems with pests or disease.


Fertiliser is an important part of cebu blue pothos care, especially if the plant will be outside. When fertilising cebu blue pothos, use a mix that includes nitrogen to provide green growth and phosphorous for healthy flower production.

Cebu Blue Pothos should be fed with one teaspoonful (tsp) per litre, once every two weeks as a rule of thumb. If you have an organic garden and use manure for fertilizing other plants in the garden then cebu blue pothos will also benefit from it.

Cebu blue pothos plants have a tendency to grow too fast and they need more fertiliser in the summer, when all other plants are growing quickly too because of warm weather.

If Cebu blue pothos is growing indoors, cebu blue pothos need to be fertilised once a month in the spring and summer. If Cebu blue pothos is grown outdoors, cebu blue pothos needs to be fertilized every three weeks from May until September.


It’s important to note that cebu blue pothos is toxic and should not be consumed. The leaves are a powerful skin irritant, so it shouldn’t come into contact with open wounds or broken skin either. If you have pets who like to chew on things, keep cebu blue pothos out of reach. It can be toxic to caged birds and cats due to its high concentration of calcium oxalate crystals. It’s also been known to cause skin irritation or inflammation on humans who come into contact with the plant regularly.


Pruning cebu blue pothos is a quick and easy way to maintain its shape. Remove old, yellow leaves by cutting them at the base of the stem with pruning shears or scissors. Doing this will also help increase air circulation around cebu blue pothos’ roots for better cebu blue pothos care. No need to worry about harming cebu blue pothos with an occasional trim, just make sure the live leaves remain untouched and that they’re out of reach from your pets.

It’s important to prune cebu blue pothos regularly if you want it to maintain a healthy and attractive appearance. It’s also important to prune cebu blue pothos in the springtime before new growth begins.

Propagation and Growth

Cebu Blue Pothos is a climbing vine plant that can be found in creeks and waterfalls. It grows very well on trees, rocks, walls or any other surface at least one meter above the ground. There are many ways to propagate this type of pothos although it will require patience and time for them to grow.

To propagate cebu blue pothos by using leaf cuttings, start with taking a cebu blue pothos leaf and cutting it into two pieces. Put the cebu blue pothos leaf in a glass of water, suspending it to make sure that both sides are immersed in liquid. The cebu blue pothos leaves will eventually produce roots from its underside or edges which you can plant directly to soil

Cebu blue pothos can also be propagated by taking stem cuttings. Cut a cebu blue pothos vine off at the base of its leaves and put it in a glass of water, suspending both ends so that all sides are submerged. You will need to change the water every few days for cebu blue pothos cuttings to root.

Cebu blue pothos can also be propagated by air layering, which involves finding a spot on the cebu blue pothos stem that looks like it has some soft bark and cutting into this area before placing moist sphagnum moss over top of it. The cebu blue pothos plant will eventually form roots and can then be cut off from the mother creeper to make a new cebu blue pothos vine.

For all these propagation methods, it is very important to keep cebu blue pothos moist so that they are successful in rooting or growing cebu blue pothos vines.


Cebu Blue Pothos will eventually outgrow its pot, which is the time to repot cebu blue pothos. Repotting cebu blue pothos can be done by using a pot that has drainage holes at the bottom (preferably one or two inches in diameter) and is at least one inch larger than the cebu blue pothos pot. Make sure to use cebu blue pothos soil that has more organic material, such as peat moss or coconut coir to help with drainage during watering periods for cebu blue pothos plants

To finish repotting cebu blue pothos, water it after taking cebu blue pothos out of its pot and allow the soil to settle before putting cebu blue pothos back in.

When repotting cebu blue pothos, make sure that you have removed any dead or dying leaves on cebu blue pothos creeper first, so as to not spread any bad cebu blue pothos plant diseases.

Plant Diseases

Pothos are prone to various diseases, like crown rot and cephaleuros wilt. These can be killed with a fungicide spray or by using copper sprays as well. Crown rot is more common in cebu blue pothos because the plant stays wet for long periods of time making it susceptible to this disease.

Crown rot is a fungal disease that causes cebu blue pothos leaves to blacken and curl up. This can be solved by using copper sprays or fungicide spray, depending on the severity of the infection

Cephaleuros wilt is also caused by fungi in cebu blue pothos plants. It causes cebu blue pothos leaves to turn yellow and dry out. This disease can be treated by using fungicide spray or copper sprays

The cebu blue pothos plant can also be affected with root rot which starts as a browning of cebu blue pothos roots, then it turns blackish in color. The cebu blue pothos plant will then collapse, and the cebu blue pothos leaves will turn yellow as well. Root rot can be treated with fungicide spray or copper sprays

Pests that cebu blue potho plants are prone to include aphids, spider mites, lace bugs and mealybugs. Aphids are cebu blue pothos pests that this cebu blue pothos is prone to. It starts when the cebu blue pothos leaves start yellowing and then curls up after a few days of aphid infestation. Spider mites on cebu blue potho plants often lead to cebu blue pothos leaves curling up and browning. This is solved by spraying cebu blue pothos plants with cephalon oil. Lace bugs on cebu blue potho plants cause the cebu blue pothos plant’s skin to thicken or blister, which can be solved by spraying cebu blue pothos plants with cephalon oil. Mealybugs on cebu blue potho plants cause a yellowing of leaves, which can be treated by using mealybug bacillus or cephaleuros wilt spray.

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Cebu Blue Pothos Variegated

Cebu Blue Pothos Variegated is also known as cebu blue ivy and it’s a plant native to the Philippines. This type of pothos has beautiful long green leaves with yellow, white or cream variegations. The colors on cebu blue varigated are really intricate which makes it a popular plant.

Cebu Blue Pothos Variegated is an evergreen plant which means cebu blue pothos variegated foliage remains year-round with no winter dormancy period. Cebu Blue Pothos Variegated may have the tendency of growing to be too large for the pot it grows in.

Cebu Blue Pothos Variegated is a moderate grower and will need to be trimmed every once in awhile. Cebu blue pothos variegated should only be trimmed when you see brown leaves or leaf tips and be watered on a regular basis.

Common Issues with Cebu Blue Pothos

Cebu blue pothos are very sensitive to water quality. If the cebu blue potho is not being watered with treated tap water or rainwater, there is a chance that it could have an appearance of black spots on the leaves. This can be resolved by watering your cebu blue potho with bottled/treated tap water or rain water.

They are also sensitive to chlorinated tap water, so be sure that you’re using bottled/treated sources of water for your photos cebu blue if they have been recently installed indoors and not used to the quality of indoor tap water before.

Tips for Keeping Cebu Blue Pothos Happy

Cebu blue pothos like to be misted with water at least once a day. This will keep their leaves shiny and the cebu blue color looking fresh.

In addition, cebu blue pothos care require indirect light for 12-14 hours per day in order to flourish. They are not suited for full sunlight.

Cebu blue pothos like to be kept on the ground, so they can get plenty of water and nutrients from their environment. They also prefer a potting mixture that is made up mostly of cactus soil or garden loam.

If you find your cebu blue potho drooping, it may be that the cebu blue potho needs more light. This can be remedied by keeping your cebu blue pothos in a brighter area for about 12-14 hours per day and not watering it as often so that its roots have time to recoup from the drought.

Caring for cebu blue pothos is not difficult, but they do require a little more attention to water quality than most plants. The cebu blue potho will reward you with its beautiful color and leaves that are often as big as your hand!

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Cebu Blue Pothos Frequently Asked Questions

Is Cebu Blue pothos rare?

No cebu blue pothos are not rare. They grow very well in warm and humid climates like those found in the tropics, including Central America, South America, Africa and parts of Asia.

Is Cebu Blue a pothos or philodendron?

Cebu blue pothos are part of the philodendron genus. This means cebu blue pothos have many similarities to their more well-known cousins, but they also come with a few differences, including cebu blue being much less fussy about light requirements and how often it needs watered than most other pothos.

Is Cebu Blue pothos fast growing?

Cebu blue pothos is a moderately fast-growing climbing plant. It can grow up to four feet tall when mature, but cebu blue will slow down considerably as the temperature drops and it becomes dormant in winter months.

Do Cebu Blue pothos leaves split?

Cebu blue pothos leaves do not split the way cork oak leaves do. Rather, cebu blue pothos will turn brown at the edges and develop spots that eventually create a white ring around its leaf blade. This is just an indication of cebu blue drying out or experiencing root rot.

How can you tell the difference between a pothos and a philodendron?

Both pothos and philodendron are, in the strictest sense of the word, vines. The difference between them is that cebu blue pothos have leaves with a waxy sheen while Philodendrons do not. Cebu blue pothos is also very easy to identify due to its cork like bark.

How long does it take for Cebu blue to root?

Cebu blue pothos is able to propagate in a matter of months. This cephus blue variety can be propagated by cutting off the corky bark and rooting it into water or soil as long as you are careful not to disturb the nodes on the stem.

Cebu blue pothos fenestrations, does it occur?

Cebu blue pothos can have fenestrations. These are corky bumps that occur on the creeper’s stems and leaves in response to environmental stress, typically from too much light exposure.


In conclusion, Cebu blue pothos is an easy to grow plant that prefers bright indirect light. When watering cebu blue pothos be sure not to over water and instead use a half inch of water per week. Be sure the soil is moist but never soggy which will lead to root rot. Fertilize cebu blue pothos once a year, and be sure to use an organic fertilizer. Lastly, cebu blue pothos can tolerate low light levels but will enjoy brighter areas as well such as a sunroom or next to a sunny window.

The cebu blue pothos is a beautiful plant that makes an excellent background for other plants or trees. It’s easy to care for, and it doesn’t need much attention once you’ve set up its environment properly. It also has the added benefit of being allergy-free, so anyone with allergies can enjoy cebu blue pothos without having to worry about sneezing, coughing or itching.

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