The silvery-blue, shimmering leaves of the Cebu Blue Pothos vine and trail make it a beautiful houseplant.
This tropical evergreen vine is also easy to take care of and won’t take up too much of your time. The care of a Cebu Blue Pothos is actually quite simple.
Cebu Blue is also called Devil’s Ivy, Blue Pothos, Dragon-tail Plant, Centipede Tongavine, and by its scientific name, Epipremnum Pinnatum, which is a mouthful! But golden and jade pothos are usually what people mean when they say “Devil’s Ivy.”
Where does Cebu Blue Pothos come from?
The Cebu Blue comes from the island of Cebu in the Philippines, as the name suggests. Cebu is the oldest city in the Philippines and was the country’s first capital. It’s a beautiful island in the tropics that looks like heaven.
Blue Cebu Pothos gets its name from where it comes from, because its leaves have hints of blue, and because it is related to pothos plants.
It isn’t a philodendron. Pothos is one of the easiest vines to grow and take care of, which makes the Cebu Blue perfect for people who are just starting out.
The Cebu blue has also been spotted in tropical Asia and northern Australia. In the wild, they can grow to be over 40 feet tall and have huge leaves, but indoors, they usually don’t get much taller than 10 feet and have leaves that are no bigger than 4 inches.
The Cebu Blue is sensitive to temperature, humidity, and light, just like other tropical plants. However, it does surprisingly well in a wide range of climates.
Does Cebu Blue have fenestrations?
Yes, indeed! Not all the time, though. This plant goes through two main stages: the juvenile stage and the adult stage.
It has small, oblong leaves that are a beautiful silvery blue when they are young and in the right light. Many people associate Cebu Blues with its appearance.
How long does it take to get fenestrations?
Most of the time, fenestrations start when the plant is in a place that is similar to its natural habitat.
Give it a moss pole to make it look like a tree, a lot of strong indirect light, and good soil that drains well to keep it from getting too wet. and probably some humidity.
How much light does a Cebu Blue Pothos plant need?
Cebu Blue thrives in strong indirect light, just like other tropical plants with unique leaves and, for sure, other Pothos plants. On the other hand, the Cebu Blue does not like low light as much as some other Pothos plants.
Your plant will get enough light from windows facing north without the leaves getting too hot. When a window faces east, the morning sun is also great because it keeps the harsh midday sun away.
If you want to plant a Cebu Blue outside, put it under a tree or in the shade because direct sunlight will damage its delicate leaves.
I now keep mine in a greenhouse cabinet from Ikea with grow lights. If you don’t know much about grow lights, read my post about using grow lights with houseplants. It talks about the different kinds of grow lights and which ones I use.
Watering a Cebu Blue
It’s easy to water a Cebu Blue Pothos: water it well, then let the top inch of soil dry out completely before you water it again. When you water too much, the soil gets wet and hard, which can make the roots suffocate.
On the other hand, if you don’t water enough, the leaves will turn yellow and die. This plant doesn’t mind if you forget to water it once or twice, but it doesn’t like it when you water it too much. Keep a simple, regular watering schedule for your Cebu Blue, and it will do well.
Why are my Cebu Blue leaves turning yellow?
If the leaves are turning brown because they are getting too much water, they are not likely to have dry, crispy spots. They will lose their color, die, and turn gray. The ground will be harder. So it could be either, depending on how you have been taking care of the plant.
Remember that a Cebu Blue Pothos’s younger leaves can be much lighter in color or even greenish-yellow.
They also shine very brightly. After a few weeks, they start to get the blue color and rough texture that most people think of when they think of cebus.
Cebu Blue Pothos care and the best soil for this vine
The Cebu Blue is not picky about soil, which is good news for you. And soil is very good at keeping plants from getting too much or too little water.
Any good-quality potting mix for indoor plants would do. If you want to take it one step further, you could add more perlite to help the soil drain.
Like other tropical vines, its roots are susceptible to root rot, so you’ll want to give it the best drainage you can.
Temperature & humidity needs
Your home’s temperature will be perfect for a Cebu Blue. They don’t care where they live, but you should keep them away from windows, doors, and vents that let in cold air. The Cebu Blues don’t want much.
Even though it can live in normal levels of humidity, it will do much better if the humidity is raised to be more like its natural environment. If you live in a dry or cold place, you may want to add more moisture to your Cebu Blue.
Using a pebble tray or humidifier, or growing it near other plants, are the easiest ways to do this.
You could even put it in a greenhouse cabinet, which is what I did recently. This helps keep the humidity level in the room higher, and you can add a humidity gauge to keep track of things.
How fast does a Cebu Blue grow?
If it gets enough light and water, it grows quickly. With the right amount of strong indirect light, your Cebu Blue could grow to be several feet tall in just one growing season. It’s easy to spread, so you can just cut back the extra growth and start over.
How to propagate a Cebu Blue Pothos plant
Cebu Blue Pothos is just as easy to grow and care for as it is to spread. The easiest way is to use stem cuttings.
During the growth season, cut a stem with at least two nodes (where the leaf attaches to the stem, or look for the little nubs on the stems). Here is where the roots will start to show.
Below is a summary of how to grow Cebu cuttings in soil and water. Like other Pothos plants, it grows in the same way. If you’re interested, I can give you a full guide on how to grow Pothos plants from cuttings!
Propagating a cutting in soil
I do this sometimes, but not often. It’s not necessary for a plant that grows back so easily! Cover it with a plastic bag and put it somewhere warm (but not in direct sunlight!) to keep the humidity high.
After only three or four weeks of gently pulling and feeling resistance, you’ll be well on your way to a brand-new Cebu Blue.
Propagating a cutting in water
Cuttings of pothos can also grow roots easily in water. When plants are grown in water and then moved to soil, they often get sick, but I’ve found that pothos are some of the easiest plants to grow. Because of this, they can handle the change from water to soil.
Simply place a piece of the plant in water in a jar or vase and watch it grow.Change the water every week or so and watch how the roots grow. You can plant it in soil once it has developed some roots. I enjoy watering the roots of some plants because I can watch them grow.
Propagating Cebu Blue in moss
I also put Cebu Blue into a mix of sphagnum moss and peat moss. Here are a few examples of this.
Both are mixtures of moist moss, perlite, and worm poop that are full of nutrients. I keep these in a propagation box with a lid. (It’s just a clear container with a lid that keeps the humidity high.)
Is Cebu Blue Rare?
I don’t think Cebu Blue Pothos is a rare plant. It is, however, trendy, as are most plants. Because of this, it sells quickly when it’s in stores or nurseries. Because of this, there may not be enough Cebu Blue to go around.
So, I’ve seen people try to sell Cebu Blues for ridiculously huge amounts of money. That makes me mad. I know about supply and demand, but I hate when prices are jacked up. My first Cebu Blue came from a free cutting given to me by a friend.
Then I saw a big, full Cebu Blue for about $30 in a nursery and bought it. Later that day, we drove to another nursery in town and saw two more for around $26 each. Isn’t it true that sometimes you win and sometimes you lose?
Why is Cebu Blue so popular?
Why does any plant become popular? I think Instagram and putting plants together in groups are important. We are drawn to plants that we don’t see very often in the wild. especially those that are easy to grow and spread
You can even purchase pothos cutting bundles there, which is a great way to grow your collection and obtain certain kinds that may be difficult to locate locally. You’ll have full plants in no time since Pothos plants are so easy to root and propagate!