Epipremnum aureum

Epipremnum aureum

Epipremnum aureum is a fast-growing vine with beautiful green and yellow variegated leaves.

It is also known to Scindapsus, from one of its synonyms. It is related to Philodendron and Monstera and just as easy to grow.

All parts of the plant are slightly toxic, so be careful with small children and pets.

In tropical and sub-tropical regions where it escapes into the wild, the plant is invasive and also banned in several places.

Description:

Epipremnum aureum is a vine that can climb up to 20 m high. The stems are round, up to 4 cm in diameter.

The leaves are alternate, heart-shaped on young plants and entire on the older. At ground level they usually measure less than 20 cm in length but higher up, the leaves can reach up to 1 m long and 45 cm wide. The foliage is variegated, yellow and green, at any age.

The flowers grow in a spadix of up to 23 cm long.

Nomenclature:

Common names:

Australian native monstera, centipede tongavine, devil’s ivy, golden pothos, hunter’s robe, ivy arum, money plant, silver vine, Solomon Islands ivy, taro vine

Synonyms:

Epipremnum mooreense, Pothos aureus, Rhaphidophora aurea, Scindapsus aureus

Etymology:

Epipremnum: from the Greek epi (over) and premnon (stem)
Aureum: from the Latin aureum (golden)

Origin:

Southeast Asia

Epipremnum aureum in habitat

Epipremnum aureum in habitat

Habitat:

Rainforest

Hardiness:

USDA zone 10-11



Care:

Substrate:

Commercial potting soil

Light:

Light, partial shade, no direct sun

Water:

Water when the surface soil is dry, about once a week.

Fertilizer:

Universal liquid fertilizer every two weeks during growth, 1 time per month in winter

Temperature:

18-30 °C, minimum 10 °C

Pruning:

The plant may be pruned to control its size, preferably in spring. This produces are more bushy plant.

Repotting:

Repot in spring every two years, using a pot of only 1 size larger. For large specimens in big pots, refresh the surface soil.

Propagation:

By cuttings and layering.

Make sure there is at least one node because that is where the roots appear. Rooting can be done in water or directly into the soil at room temperature.

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