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How to Care for and Propagate Variegated Money Plant

Updated: May 25

The Variegated Money Plant (Epipremnum aureum), commonly known as the Variegated Devil's Ivy or Variegated Pothos, is a favorite among houseplant enthusiasts. This beautiful plant is known for its heart-shaped leaves adorned with creamy white and green variegation. It’s not only aesthetically pleasing but also easy to care for and propagate. In this comprehensive guide, we’ll cover everything you need to know to keep your Variegated Money Plant thriving and how to propagate it successfully.


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Understanding the Variegated Money Plant

The Variegated Money Plant is a tropical vine native to Southeast Asia. It’s an evergreen climber that can grow several feet long, making it a versatile plant for both hanging baskets and as a trailing plant on shelves or plant stands. The variegation on its leaves adds a touch of elegance and brightens up any indoor space.


Caring for Your Variegated Money Plant

Light Requirements

  • Optimal Light: Variegated Money Plants thrive in bright, indirect light. The variegated portions of the leaves have less chlorophyll, so they need more light to photosynthesize efficiently.

  • Avoid Direct Sunlight: Direct sunlight can scorch the leaves, leading to brown patches and loss of variegation.

  • Low Light Tolerance: While they can survive in low light conditions, the plant’s growth may slow down, and the variegation may become less pronounced.

Watering

  • Regular Watering: Water your plant when the top inch of the soil feels dry. This typically means watering once a week, but it can vary depending on your home’s humidity and temperature.

  • Avoid Overwatering: Ensure the pot has good drainage holes to prevent water from accumulating at the bottom. Overwatering can lead to root rot, which is detrimental to the plant’s health.

  • Humidity: Variegated Money Plants enjoy a bit of humidity. If you live in a dry climate, consider misting the leaves occasionally or placing a humidifier nearby.

Soil and Potting

  • Well-Draining Soil: Use a high-quality potting mix that drains well. A mix designed for houseplants or one with added perlite or sand to improve drainage is ideal.

  • Repotting: Repot your plant every 1-2 years or when it becomes root-bound. Spring is the best time for repotting, as it’s the start of the growing season.

Fertilizing

  • Balanced Fertilizer: Feed your Variegated Money Plant with a balanced liquid fertilizer every 4-6 weeks during the growing season (spring and summer).

  • Diluted Solution: Always dilute the fertilizer to half the recommended strength to prevent over-fertilization, which can burn the roots and damage the plant.

Pruning

  • Regular Pruning: Prune back long vines to encourage bushier growth and maintain a tidy appearance. Regular pruning also promotes new growth.

  • Remove Dead Leaves: Regularly remove any yellowing or dead leaves to keep the plant healthy and attractive.

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Propagating Your Variegated Money Plant

Propagating a Variegated Money Plant is straightforward and can be done through stem cuttings. Here’s a step-by-step guide:

Choosing a Healthy Stem

  • Select a healthy stem with at least 4-6 leaves. Ensure the stem has nodes, which are the points where leaves attach and roots can form.

Making the Cut

  • Using a clean, sharp knife or scissors, cut the stem just below a node. A cutting of about 4-6 inches long is ideal for propagation.

Preparing for Rooting

  • Water Propagation: Place the cutting in a jar of water, ensuring that at least one node is submerged. Change the water every few days to keep it fresh and prevent stagnation.

  • Soil Propagation: Alternatively, plant the cutting directly into a pot with moist potting soil. Keep the soil consistently moist until roots develop.

Waiting for Roots

  • Roots should start to develop in about 2-4 weeks. In water, you’ll see the roots grow visibly. In soil, you can gently tug on the cutting to feel for resistance, indicating root growth.

Transplanting

  • Once the roots are a few inches long, you can transplant the water-propagated cutting into soil. Treat it as you would a mature plant, ensuring it gets the right light, water, and care.

Common Issues and Solutions

  • Yellowing Leaves: Often a sign of overwatering. Allow the soil to dry out more between waterings.

  • Brown Leaf Tips: This is usually due to low humidity or too much fertilizer. Increase the humidity around the plant and reduce the frequency or concentration of fertilization.

  • Pests: Common houseplant pests like spider mites and aphids can affect the Variegated Money Plant. Treat infestations with insecticidal soap, neem oil, or by rinsing the leaves with water.


Benefits of the Variegated Money Plant

  • Air Purification: Like many indoor plants, the Variegated Money Plant helps purify the air by removing toxins.

  • Aesthetic Appeal: The variegated leaves add visual interest and brighten up indoor spaces.

  • Easy Care: This plant is low-maintenance and perfect for both beginners and experienced plant enthusiasts.


By following these care and propagation tips, you can enjoy a healthy and thriving Variegated Money Plant that not only beautifies your home but also brings a touch of nature indoors. Happy gardening!


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