Jessenia Pothos (Epipremnum aureum ‘Jessenia‘ ) is an excellent plant for someone just starting their journey in the world of plants. This plant is relatively new to the pothos family of plants to hit the market and can be quite rare to find. Jessenia’s clean look will fit into any room or scenery as it freshens up the air and fills its surroundings with its greenery.
Jessenia Pothos is known for its heart-shaped leaves, glossy green color, and drooping form. The plant can grow to be about 7-10 ft
(2.1 – 3.0 m) long indoors. This plant doesn’t flower, making it perfect for indoor keeping because it won’t produce any unwanted or strong fragrances. Jessenia Pothos will look gracious hanging from a ceiling pot or sitting on a windowsill. Either way, it’ll add a calming sense to your rooms.
If consumed this plant will swell up the mouth, lips, and tongue, it’ll also cause vomiting and excessive drooling. A cat’s pupils might also be dilated after consuming the plant.
Caring for Jessenia Pothos
The plant is known for its hardiness and easy care routine. Unlike the plants’ other cousins Jessenia Pothos does need more light and is more of a slow grower. So be patient. Part of the easy care is the nonflowering indoors. This makes it easier to care for in the areas of pests and smells.
Jessenia Pothos enjoys the bright but indirect sun. If bright sunlight isn’t possible, the plant will tolerate medium sunlight. Although it can survive in medium sunlight, it will not survive in dark spots. The lack of sunlight will make the vine wither and dull over time. Like most pothos plants, it doesn’t do well in direct sunlight and its leaves will burn and dry out.
Similarly to other houseplants, you can check the water needs of the plant by the dryness of the top 2-3 inches of the soil. Let the soil dry in between watering. If you forget to water the plant a few times then that’s ok. Jessenia Pothos does tolerate drought for a few days. Do decrease watering during fall and winter, as that’s the time the plant isn’t actively growing.
Soil & Fertilizer
This plant needs a mixture that preserves some water while still being well-draining. The plant can survive in pure potting soil but the ideal soil would be a combination of potting soil, perlite, and orchid bark mix. This mixture of soil will prevent soil compaction. The soil mixture should be slightly acidic to neutral, pH level between 6-7.
During the active growing period, Jessenia Pothos grows best with regular fertilizer. Apply some balanced liquid fertilizer during summer and spring once a month while watering. In the fall and winter, stop fertilizing altogether.
Because the plant originates from tropical, rainforest climates the Jessenia Pothos will do best in warm humid conditions. The best temperatures for the plant are between 65 to 75 F ( 18-24 C) and the ideal humidity is between 50% to 70%. The plant can grow outside if you live in USDA Hardiness zones 10-12.
Propagating this plant only requires a few steps:
- Cut a healthy plant, 4-6 inches long cutting, below the node.
- Snap away the lower leaves but leave the upper leaves intact.
- Dip the end in the rooting hormone.
- Put in a glass filled with water or well-draining soil.
- Keep it in a spot with bright, indirect sunlight.
- After about two to four weeks the cutting will sprout new roots.
The best time for repotting would be summer or spring. Always repot the plant into a bigger pot, sizing up at least 2-3 inches. Make sure to have well-draining soil on hand. While removing the plant from its previous pot be careful not to damage the roots. Water the plant a day or two before repotting.
Because Jessenia Pothos grows rather slowly, it might not need pruning too often. If you don’t like the long vines drooping down or are more into the bushy style then pruning is just the thing to do. For pruning use well-sterilized sharp tools, such as scissors or shears. Much like any other plant, the best time for pruning would be spring or summer. That’s when the plant is actively growing. Never remove more than a third of the plants’ leafage.
Diseases & Pests
The most common disease this plant might get is root rot. This would be caused by overwatering the plant. The best and easiest way to get rid of root rot is to replant it into fresh well-draining soil. Before repotting make sure to clip away any of the infected parts. Make sure that the new soil will include perlite or vermiculite for a quicker and better recovery.
Jessenia Pothos might attract mealybugs, scales, thrips, and spider mites. Always keep an eye on your plant to spot the pests early for easier and safer removal. To get rid of the pests use any sort of essential oil such as neem oil. Spray it on the plant and afterward keep an eye on the plant. If the pests are still active, keep spraying the plant for a week.
This clean-looking, life-bringing plant will fit into any room which might need a fresh addition. The droopy look of the plant will make any garden look more natural and magical. The plants’ tough qualities make them perfect for beginner gardeners or people who are just looking to add a little natural touch to their lives. Jessenia Pothos makes for a great companion for people with busy lives.