If you’re a fan of pothos plants, Epipremnum pinnatum (also known as Baltic Blue) is one of the varieties of Photos plants you should consider adding to your collection. The plant is characterised by rich green leaves that turn blue gradually as the plant matures.
The Baltic Blue Pothos is Fenestrated
The plant's beautiful heart-shaped leaves are long and fenestrated. It can grow up to 12 inches in height, making it a great choice for small spaces like apartments!
Not only is this plant known to fenestrate sooner, it also grows well indoors when compared to other pothos varieties. In other words, it's the perfect plant for those who want the benefits of having a pothos without having to wait too long or worry about whether or not it will thrive indoors
Plant fenestration is when your leaves develop holes/splits in them, some plants take 3yrs to fenestrate, whilst others (like the Baltic blue can take months!)
As long as you know the specific care requirements to pay attention to, you’ll have nothing to worry about with this plant. In this article, we’ll go over the most important care requirements for Baltic Blue plants to help you grow them conveniently in your home.
Where Can You Grow Baltic Blue Plants?
With its vining habit, Epipremnum pinnatum ‘Baltic Blue’ is perfect for baskets or urns. But young Baltic Blue plants can be grown as desk or tabletop plants.
In other words, the Baltic Blue is a very versatile plant that can be trained to grow in different ways. They make great decorative plants for your home or office and can be grown in a garden as well.
How Much Light Does Baltic Blue Plant Need?
The lighting requirements of Baltic Blue are not remarkably different from the other Pothos plants. The plant can grow and thrive in any location with medium to bright light. This means you can position it near a sunny window in your home. Generally, a distance of at least one foot away (or more depending on the light intensity) from a west or east-facing window would be great.
The plant will also be fine near a south-facing window during spring, winter, or fall. However, the summer sun may be too much for it on a south-facing window and you should move it away to keep the plant from burning up. Baltic Blue can be taken outside. However, if you do, make sure it is not exposed to direct sunlight to prevent damage.
Soil Needs Of Baltic Blue Pothos
Baltic Blue pothos grow better in well-drained soil. Any regular indoor soil mix would work great for this plant. You can also add a handful of perlite or coco coir to improve the drainage of the soil mix.
Using properly drained soil for your plant ensures that it doesn’t get waterlogged while the plant still gets the drainage it needs. If the soil is too dense and is unable to drain water, it might lead to root rot characterized by wilted & yellowing leaves in the plant.
How Often Should You Water Baltic Blue Pothos?
Baltic Blue plants don’t need a lot of water. However, you shouldn’t let it dry out completely either as this can cause your plant to wilt. You can water your plant weekly during the spring and summer seasons. This can be reduced to once in 2 weeks during winter and fall since the temperature is lower and the soil retains more water.
Temperature & Humidity Requirements for the Baltic Blue
Baltic Blue plants can adjust to normal household temperature and humidity levels. This is part of what makes them great houseplants. As long as the temperature is above 50 degrees F, your plant should be good. Baltic Blue plants are not tolerant of cold temperatures and will die if you leave them in a frost. They’ll thrive better when the temperature is extra warm and your home is humid. You can add a humidifier to your space if the air tends to get really dry. The extra humidity will do your plant some good. Also, consider misting the plant mildly each time you water it.
Pruning Leggy Growth on Baltic Blue Pothos
Trailing plants like Baltic Blue Pothos are likely to grow leggy if they’re not pruned regularly. If you prefer a bushy growth instead of leggy plants, you should prune it regularly. This encourages fullness as new growth is likely to sprout near the area you snipped.
Baltic Blue plants can also be pruned even if the plant isn’t leggy, Pruning can help keep it small especially when you don’t want the plant to take up too much space. The plant is very tolerant of pruning as long as it is done properly.
How Often Should You Fertilize Baltic Blue Pothos
Baltic Blue pothos plants don’t need to be fertilized often. However, occasional feeding can be beneficial. Generally, feeding the plant about twice yearly is recommended. Any type of balanced fertilizer for houseplants will work for Baltic Blue plants. Be sure to follow the instructions for the specific fertilizer you’re using to avoid damaging the plant.
If you desire faster growth, it’s okay to fertilize more often. However, don’t use more fertilizer than recommended just because you want the plant to grow faster. It’ll only damage it over time.
Where can I buy a Baltic Blue Pothos plant?
This really depends on where you live! If you are close to Costa Farm's distribution centre, you should go there first. If you prefer to get your plants online then check out Etsy: Etsy Plants Baltic Blue Pothos
Troubleshooting Baltic Blue Pothos - Common Issues And How To Deal With Them
Baltic Blue plants are generally easy to care for. However, there are a few problems commonly encountered by growers which include:
Lack of Fenestration
Fenestration is one of the most unique attributes of this plant. In fact, Baltic Blue plants are known to develop fenestration faster than other Pothos plants. Also, they do not need a bright light source to develop fenestration. Sometimes, new leaves will develop on the plant with fenestration already.
Thus, it is often a concern for growers if the plant fails to develop fenestration. Usually, this is an indication that the plant isn’t getting sufficient sunlight. Moving it to a sunnier spot can increase the number of fenestrated leaves it develops.
If there is too much space between the leaves of your Baltic Blue plant the plant is said to be leggy. If you prefer thicker or bushier growth, then you have to prune your plant more often. Cutting off the long branches will encourage new growth close to the base of the plant. You should know that leggy growth is often caused by insufficient sunlight. Thus, adjusting the position of your plant may help prevent this problem from recurring.
If the leaves of your Baltic Blue plant are starting to turn yellow, it means the plant is either being overwatered or isn’t getting enough sunlight. You should refrain from watering the plant if the soil in the plant feels damp. However, water isn’t the problem, check if the plant’s location is not getting sufficient sunlight and move it to somewhere sunny if possible.
Brown spots on the leaves of the Baltic Blue plant indicate that the plant is not getting enough water or it is lacking humidity. Try not to miss your watering schedule and mist the plant regularly as well. Brown spots can also be a result of sunburn. If the season just changed or you have recently adjusted the position of your plant to a sunnier spot, it might be getting too much sun in its current position and you should adjust this.
As you can see, the Baltic Blue Plant is an easy-to-grow houseplant. Your plant should turn out great with minimal care and attention from you. Note that photos of plants are toxic to humans and pets. If you’re growing this plant, try to keep it away from babies, cats, and dogs in your home.