Epipremnum aureum is part of the Araceae family and its native range is Society Islands (Moorea). Leaves are ovate to ovate-lanceolate in shape, stems have prominent irregular longitudinal whitish ridges. The ‘Neon’ variety has eye-catching chartreuse leaves but the colour tends to darken with age.
Genus name comes from the Greek ‘epi’ meaning upon and ‘premno’ meaning stump, this is possibly in reference to the epiphytic nature of plants in this genus. Specific epithet comes from the Latin ‘aureo’ meaning gold.
Available in 2 sizes.
Light: Bright indirect light, meaning the plant sees the sun for 0-4 hours per day - this could be through trees or a translucent curtain, it’s important for the plant to see the sky in order to thrive. Although Epipremnum can survive in as low as 50 foot-candles, watering would have to be very infrequent in order to prevent rot and fungal infections and this cultivar would lose its bright colour.
Water: If you’re giving your plant bright indirect light, potting mix ought to be evenly moist. If your plant is positioned in a much lower light spot, allow the majority of the mix to dry out. Before watering, ensure the substrate isn’t compacted, if it is, aerate it with a few pokes of a skewer or blunt stick, pour water slowly over the top and allow the water to pass through the drainage holes.
Potting mix: A well draining mix composed of coco coir, perlite or vermiculite, orchid bark and worm castings.
Fertilising: Feed your plant every other watering during the growing season or when you observe active growth. You can dilute fertiliser to half the recommended amount but never add more.
Temperature: 15-29°C, no lower than 12°C.
Humidity: Epipremnum would prefer higher humidity but do well to adapt to average home humidity. You can increase humidity by placing the plant on a watered pebble tray or using a humidifier.
Epipremnum are toxic, keep out of reach of pets and children.