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Epipremnum Pinnatum: Dragons Tail

Epipremnum Pinnatum, also known as the Dragon Tail plant or Pothos Dragon Tail, is a type of vining plant that is native to French Polynesia. It is a cultivar of the Pothos plant, which is a popular houseplant known for its easy care and ability to thrive in a variety of lighting conditions.

Epipremnum pinnatum is a species of flowering plant in the arum family, Araceae, native to Mo’orea in the Society Islands of French Polynesia. Epipremnum pinnatum ‘Dragon Tail’ is a cultivar with variegated foliage, characterized by it’s unique leaf shape and green and yellow coloration. It is a popular houseplant, known for its hardiness and ability to climb or trail.

The Dragon Tail plant has glossy, heart-shaped leaves that are typically green in color, but can also have yellow or white variegations. This is a fast-growing plant that can reach up to 8 feet in length when grown in ideal conditions.

Epipemnum Pinnatum
As a youth, Dragon tail leaves are narrow and pointed.

How closely related is the Epipremnum pinnatum to a pothos?

Epipremnum pinnatum and Epipremnum aureum (commonly known as pothos) are closely related species in the Araceae family. Both are native to tropical regions and are commonly grown as houseplants.

They have similar care requirements and can be propagated by stem cuttings. The main difference is their leaves, Epipremnum aureum leaves are typically larger and have a glossy texture, while Epipremnum pinnatum ‘Dragon Tail’ leaves are smaller and more delicate, with a unique shape.

Additionally, the coloration of the leaves is different.

The variegated form of Epipremnum pinnatum is known as Epipremnum pinnatum albo-variegata it has white variegations on its lovely dark green leaves. Read our post on Pothos, different varieties of Epipremnum aureum display variegated leaves that can be green and yellow, creamy, or white, depending on the cultivar.

In summary, the leaves of Epipremnum pinnatum ‘Dragon Tail’ are deep solid green and leaves of Epipremnum aureum, known as pothos, can have different variegations like green and yellow, creamy, or white.

Dragon Tail Care Guide:

This plant is very easy to get along with. Just follow these tips.

Familiar NamesDragon Tail Pothos,
Scientific NameEpipremnum Pinnatum
Plant FamilyAraceae family
Care DifficultyEasy
TemperatureEpipremnum Pinnatum plants like to be kept in warm temperatures, so make sure they are not placed in a location that is too cold. The ideal temperature range is between 65 and 85 degrees Fahrenheit. If growing outdoors on a patio bring it indoors when temperatures outdoors drop to 65 at night.
WateringWatering Epipremnum Pinnatum plants are fairly drought-tolerant, so they don’t need to be watered very often. During the summer months, you should water the plant once per week, and during the winter months, you should water it once every two weeks. When you do water the plant, make sure that you use lukewarm water and keep the soil evenly moist, but not soggy. Self watering plant pots are good choices for these vines.
HumidityDragons Tail enjoys humidity. If the air in your home is too dry, less than 45% humidity, you can increase the humidity around the plant by misting the leaves with lukewarm water once or twice a day. You can also group plants near each other so they respire moisture into the air and benefit each other. Pebble trays near the plant and filled with water help increase the air humidity. Or place a humidifier nearby.
SoilEpipremnum Pinnatum plants prefer to grow in a soil that is well-draining and has a slightly acidic pH. A commercial potting mix designed for houseplants works well, or you can make your own by mixing together equal parts peat moss, perlite, and vermiculite.
FertilizerEpipremnum Pinnatum plants also need regular fertilizing to stay healthy. During the growing season (spring and summer), you should feed the plant once a month with a balanced liquid fertilizer. During the winter months, you should cut back on fertilizing and only feed the plant once every two months
LightingThis plant prefers bright, indirect light and can tolerate low light conditions.
Growth Habitepipremnum pinnatum albo is a vine that loves to grow up things. It can be trained up a moss pole, shelf or other structures. You can let it drape its vines over the edge of tables, shelves or stairwells. it will grow as hanging vines, but an upright climbing habit encourages better leaf size and fenestrations.
Pests:Epipremnum Pinnatum plants can be prone to pests like mealybugs and spider mites. If you notice any signs of pests, such as discolored leaves or sticky residue on the leaves, you should treat the plant with an insecticidal soap.
PropagationPropagation can be done most easily by making stem cuttings and doing either water propagation or soil.
Toxic PlantThis plant is considered toxic to pets if ingested.

Trouble Shooting :

What kind of problems can you run into when growing the dragons tail pothos?

Growing the dragon’s tail pothos, also known as Epipremnum Pinnatum Dragon Tail’, is relatively easy, but there are a few common issues you may encounter.

  • Overwatering: This plant prefers to be in well-draining soil that is slightly on the dry side, and they are susceptible to root rot if they are overwatered. Make sure to let the soil dry out partially before watering again. Read this post to fix root rot.
  • Pests: Dragons tail pothos are susceptible to common houseplant pests such as spider mites and mealybugs. Keep an eye out for small webs or white cottony spots on the leaves and treat promptly if necessary.
  • Yellowing leaves: Yellowing leaves can be a sign of a nutrient deficiency, or it can indicate that the plant is getting too much direct sunlight. Move the plant to a location with indirect light and make sure it is getting the proper nutrients. For more on yellowing leaves in plants read this post.
  • Brown Leaves: If The leaves turn brown there are several reasons this can happen. Read our post on how to fix brown leaves on your plant.
  • Slow growth: Pothos prefer high humidity and warm temperatures, so if the plant is not growing as quickly as you would like, make sure it is in an appropriate environment.

Overall, with proper care and attention, growing dragon’s tail pothos can be a rewarding experience.

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