Epipremnum aureum or Devil's Ivy is a perennial scandent vine native to the Solomon Islands. In nature, the climbing vines will reach a height of 40 feet (12 m) or more, with leaves reaching up to 3 feet (0.9 m) long. In containers, they will be much smaller. The juvenile leaves leaves are bright green, ovate-cordate in shape to 12 inches (30 cm) long, with irregularly variegated leaves splotched or marbled with yellow or white. It has been grown as a houseplant for at least 100 years if not more. They are very easy to grow in containers or as a ground cover in the landscape. They are hardy in USDA zones 10-12.
Blooming: In the greenhouse, our plants have never bloomed. If by chance they ever do, the bloom is a 6 inch tall spathe.
Culture: Epipremnum aureum need a rich, well-drained soil, with partial shade to high interior lighting. In the greenhouse, we use a soil mix consisting of 2 parts peat moss to 2 parts loam to 2 parts sand or perlite. The plants are well watered and allowed to dry slightly before watering again. We fertilize them monthly with a balanced fertilizer. Other than an occasional yellow leaf, the plants are very trouble free and durable. During the winter months, water is somewhat restricted and fertilizer is withheld until new growth starts in the spring. We cut all plants back during the winter season to keep them from escaping, so that plants become a lot fuller when new growth starts in the spring.
Propagation: Epipremnum aureum is propagated from cuttings.
Epipremnum aureum was featured as Plant of the Week April 27-May 3, 2007.
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