Epipremnum Pinnatum Care and Growing Guide

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If you’re looking to add a new plant to your collection or you’re a beginner – Epipremnum Pinnatum is a great choice!

Epipremnum Pinnatum

Epipremnum Pinnatum is a gorgeous and easy-to-care plant that can add a touch of lush greenery to any indoor space.

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Epipremnum Pinnatum Information


Epipremnum pinnatum is a climbing plant from the Solomon Islands in the South Pacific. This plant is popular for its unique ability to grow in a range of light conditions, from low to bright.

It features beautiful, glossy, heart-shaped leaves in a variety of shades, from deep green to golden yellow.

It also improves the air quality in your home or office. Epipremnum pinnatum has been shown to remove harmful toxins from the air, such as formaldehyde and benzene.

Common Names: Dragon Tail Plant

USDA Zones: 10-11

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Epipremnum Pinnatum Pot Requirement

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You can start Epipremnum pinnatum in an 8-12 inches pot. Depending on the growth and spread, you can keep re-potting it into a one-size bigger container than the old one.

Propagating Epipremnum Pinnatum


Choose a 4-6 inches long healthy stem cutting, with a 2 set of leaves. Use a clean, sharp pair of scissors or pruning shears and cut the stem just below a node.  Remove the leaves from the bottom 2 inches of the stem. Place the cutting in a jar or vase filled with water, ensuring that the bottom 2 inches of the stem are submerged. Change the water every few days to prevent bacteria growth.

Roots should start to grow in 2-4 weeks. Once the roots are about 1 inch long, the cutting is ready to be planted.

Requirements for Growing Epipremnum Pinnatum

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It prefers bright, indirect light but can also tolerate lower light conditions. Direct sunlight can burn the leaves, so it is best to keep them out of direct sunlight.

For best growth, make sure the plant gets 2-3 hours of direct and mild morning sunlight every day.


The ideal soil for Epipremnum pinnatum is well-draining and nutrient-rich. A commercial potting soil or a soil mix made from equal parts peat moss, perlite, and compost is a good choice. The soil should be slightly acidic, with a pH of 6.0-6.5.


Watering is an important part of caring for your Epipremnum pinnatum. When watering, use room temperature water and make sure to thoroughly soak the soil.

Allow the top inch or two of soil to dry out before watering again. If the leaves start to curl or the stems start to droop, this is a sign that the plant needs water. It is also important to ensure that the plant is not sitting in water, as this can lead to root rot.

Temperature & Humidity

Epipremnum pinnatum prefers warm temperatures between 65-80°F (18-27°C). It can tolerate cooler temperatures but should not be exposed to temperatures below 50°F (10°C).

The ideal humidity range for Epipremnum pinnatum is between 50-70%. This can be achieved by misting the leaves regularly and by placing the plant in a room with a humidifier. You can also keep its pot on a pebble tray filled with water.

If the humidity is too low, the leaves may start to dry out and turn brown.

Epipremnum Pinnatum Care



During the active growing season (spring and summer), it is recommended to feed Epipremnum pinnatum with a balanced liquid fertilizer, such as a 20-20-20 fertilizer, at half-strength every two to four weeks.

During the dormant season (fall and winter), fertilizer should be applied every month or two at a quarter-strength. Too much fertilizer can cause salt buildup in the soil, resulting in yellowing of the leaves and stunted growth.


It is best to prune during the plant’s growing season, which is typically spring and summer. Pruning during the dormant season can damage the plant.

To begin, use a sharp pair of scissors, garden shears, or a pruning saw. Before you start pruning, inspect Epipremnum pinnatum for any dead, damaged, or diseased stems or leaves. These can be removed with a clean, sharp pair of scissors.

Next, remove any stems that have become overgrown or are growing in an odd direction. This will reduce the amount of foliage and help the plant stay compact. Finally, use scissors to trim off any brown or yellowed leaves. This will help to encourage new growth and keep the plant looking lush and healthy.

Pests and Diseases

Common pests include aphids, mealybugs, and spider mites. These pests can weaken Epipremnum pinnatum, causing yellowing or wilting of leaves, stunted growth, and other symptoms.

To control pest populations, the plant should be regularly inspected for signs of infestation and treated with insecticidal soap, neem oil, or other pesticides as needed.

In addition to pests, some fungal diseases can affect Epipremnum pinnatum. These include root and stem rot, powdery mildew, and leaf spot. These diseases are often caused by overwatering or poor drainage, so it is important to ensure that the plant is given the proper amount of water and that the potting soil is well-draining.

If a fungal disease is present, it is important to treat the plant with a fungicide as soon as possible.

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