Jumping on the Cebu Blue Pothos bandwagon? I don’t blame you! This easy Pothos plant has recently become more popular than ever. Let’s talk about Cebu Blue Pothos care, as well as how to propagate this stunning vine.
Cebu Blue Pothos care: All about this pretty rare Pothos
The Cebu Blue Pothos makes an eye-catching houseplant because of its silverish-blue shimmery leaves that trail and vine beautifully. On top of that, this tropical evergreen vine is easy to care for and won’t demand too much of you. Cebu Blue Pothos Care is actually pretty easy.
Cebu Blue goes by a few other unique names like, Devil’s Ivy, Blue Pothos, Dragon-tail plant, Centipede Tongavine, and its scientific name, Epipremnum Pinnatum (that’s a mouthful!). You’ll mostly hear “Devil’s Ivy” used to refer to golden and jade pothos, though.
Where does Cebu Blue Pothos come from?
As its name suggests, the Cebu Blue comes from the island of Cebu in the Philippines. Cebu is the country’s oldest city, and was the first capital of the Philippines. It’s a gorgeous tropical island that looks like paradise.
Cebu Blue Pothos is named for where it comes from, the hints of blue in its leaves, and its relation to pothos plants. (It’s not a philodendron.) Pothos are some of the easiest vines to grow and care for, making the Cebu Blue perfect for a beginner.
The Cebu Blue has also been found in tropical regions of Asia and Northern Australia. In nature they grow over 40 feet long with massive leaves, but indoors it’s likely to grow no more than 10 feet with leaves no longer than 4 inches.
As with most tropical plants, you’d expect the Cebu Blue to be particular about temperature, humidity, and light, but this plant does surprisingly well in many different climates.
Does Cebu Blue have fenestrations?
Actually, yes! But not always. This plant is marked by two distinct phases: the young phase and the mature phase. During the young phase, its leaves are thin, oblong, and have a gorgeous silver-ish blue hue that shimmers in the right light. It’s the look almost always associated with Cebu Blues.
Once it has reached maturity, though, its leaves will turn to a more greenish tiny and develop zig-zag splits (fenestrations). A mature version of the Cebu Blue Pothos actually looks a lot like the rhaphidophora tetrasperma. (See my tetrasperma care guide as well!) Here’s a pic of that below.
How long does it take to get fenestrations?
Cebu Blues can take up to 20 years to reach maturity, though, so you’ll have plenty of time to enjoy those bluish leaves! If you want to jump start the process, give your Cebu Blue a moss pole to climb.
Fenestrations will typically begin to occur when the plant is in an environment closest to its natural habitat. So give it a moss pole to mimic a tree, give it plenty of bright indirect light, and give it some high-quality, well-draining soil to avoid overwatering. And probably humidity. 🙂
How much light does a Cebu Blue Pothos plant need?
As with most tropical plants with unique leaves and certainly other Pothos plants, Cebu Blue thrives on bright indirect light. However, the Cebu Blue is not as tolerant of low-light conditions as some other Pothos plants can be.
Northern facing windows give your plant the bright light it needs without the risk of scorching the leaves. Morning sun in an eastern-facing window would also be ideal since it won’t expose it to the intense afternoon sunlight. If you want to grow a Cebu Blue outdoors, do so under a tree or shade as direct light will ruin its delicate leaves.
Right now I have mine in my Ikea greenhouse cabinet under grow lights. If you’re new to grow lights, check out the post I made all about using grow lights with your houseplants—including the different kinds of grow lights and which ones I use.
Watering a Cebu Blue
Watering a Cebu Blue Pothos is very straightforward: water the soil thoroughly, then allow the top inch of soil to dry out completely before watering again. Overwatering will result in soggy, dense soil that could choke the roots.
On the other hand, underwatering will cause the leaves to yellow and wilt. This plant is very forgiving if you forget to water it once or twice, but it’s not as forgiving with overwatering. Stick to a basic, consistent watering schedule and your Cebu Blue will grow just fine.
Why are my Cebu Blue leaves turning yellow?
If your Cebu Blue leaves are turning yellow, it can be because of underwatering as noted above. If it’s because of underwatering, the leaves will be wilted and might even be a bit crispy. The soil will also be dry and probably caked.
If the leaves are yellowing because of overwatering, they probably won’t have those dry, crispy spots. They’ll lose color, fade, and die off. The soil will be heavier. So, it can be either and depends a lot on how you’ve been treating the plant 🙂
Keep in mind that the newer leaves on a Cebu Blue Pothos are often much lighter in color—even a greenish-yellow. They are also very shiny. Once they mature a few weeks, they begin to take on the blue hue and texture most commonly associated with Cebus.
Cebu Blue Pothos care and the best soil for this vine
Lucky for you, the Cebu Blue is not picky when it comes to soil. And soil really helps to prevent over and underwatering. Any quality indoor potting mix will do. However, if you want to take it a step further, you can add some additional perlite to improve drainage.
Like all tropical vines, its roots are susceptible to root rot, so you’ll want the best possible drainage. An optimal soil mix for a Cebu Blue is 3 parts potting mix and 1 part perlite. You should also make sure to plant it in a pot with a drainage hole.
Temperature & humidity needs
Your home’s indoor temperature will be perfectly suitable for a Cebu Blue. They aren’t very picky, but you’ll want to avoid extreme changes in temperature and keep it away from drafty windows, doors, and vents. Cebu Blues really don’t ask for much!
While it’ll survive in normal humidity levels, you’ll really see it flourish if you increase humidity levels to mimic its natural environment. If you live in a region that is particularly dry or cold, then you’ll want to artificially increase the humidity for your Cebu Blue.
The easiest ways of doing that are using a pebble tray or humidifier, or growing it near other plants. You can also put it in a greenhouse cabinet as I’ve done with mine recently. This helps keep the ambient humidity levels higher, and you can add a humidity gauge to keep an eye on things!
How fast does a Cebu Blue grow?
It grows quickly with the right light and watering. With the right amount of bright indirect light, your Cebu Blue could grow several feet in only one growing season—woo hoo! It’s also easy to propagate, so you can trim all of that extra growth and make new plants.
How to propagate a Cebu Blue Pothos plant
Speaking of propagating, Cebu Blue Pothos is about as easy to propagate as it is to care for. The easiest method is to use stem cuttings. During the growing season, snip a stem with at least two nodes (where the leaf attaches to the stem, or look for the little nubs on the stems). This is where roots will sprout from.
Below is an overview of how to propagate Cebu cuttings in soil and water. It’s pretty much the same process as other Pothos plants. I have a whole post on how to propagate Pothos plants from cuttings if you’re interested!
Propagating a cutting in soil
Place the cutting with one node 2 inches deep in moist, fresh soil. You can also dip the cut end of the piece in rooting hormone before you plant it to help speed up root development, too. I do this sometimes but not always. It’s definitely not required for a plant that’s so easy to propagate!
Keep the humidity high by covering with a plastic bag and keeping it in a warm place (but out of direct sun!). In only three or four weeks you’ll notice roots develop by tugging gently and feeling resistance, then you’ll be well on your way to a brand new Cebu Blue!
Propagating a cutting in water
You can also easily root pothos cuttings in water. Generally plants experience a bit of shock when they are rooted in water and transplanted to soil, but I’ve found that pothos are some of the easiest plants to propagate. So they are forgiving when moving from water to soil.
To propagate a cutting in water, simply put it in a jar or vase of water and be patient. Refresh the water weekly or so and monitor root development. Once it has some roots, transfer it to soil. I love water rooting for some plants because you can watch the roots grow!
Propagating Cebu Blue in moss
I have also rooted Cebu Blue in a sphagnum moss mixture. Here are two examples. Both are in mixtures of damp moss, perlite chunks, and a bit of worm castings for nutrients. I keep these in a propagation box with a lid. (It’s just a clear storage container that you keep the lid on to keep humidity high.
Is Cebu Blue Rare?
I mean, I wouldn’t say Cebu Blue Pothos is rare. But as with most plants, it is trendy. And that means that when it pops up in stores or nurseries, it flies off the shelves. So we’re probably experiencing a bit of a Cebu Blue supply shortage.
In turn, I’ve seen people trying to sell Cebu Blues for crazy high prices. I kind of hate that. I get supply and demand, but I don’t love price gouging. My first Cebu Blue was a cutting from a friend who gave it to me for free.
Then I saw a big full Cebu Blue at a nursery for about 30 bucks and jumped at it. Later that day we went to another nursery in town and saw two more for like $26 each. Win some, lose some, right?
Why is Cebu Blue so popular?
As far as popularity, why does any plant get popular? I think Instagram and plant groups have a lot to do with it. We see plants we don’t usually see out and about and are attracted to them. Especially ones that are easy to grow and propagate.
I’d recommend checking local plant groups for cutting swaps, as well as local nurseries. Cebu Blues occasionally pop up in big box nurseries like Home Depot and Lowes, but I have only see one once. My friend gave me the heads up so I ran out to get it for her! And then of course there’s the always faithful Etsy.
You can even buy some pothos cuttings bundles on there, which is a nice way of expanding your collection and getting some varieties that might be harder to find locally. Since Pothos plants are so easy to root and propagate, you’ll have full plants in no time!