Dragon Tail Pothos plant- Grow and care
Are you struggling to add dragon tail pothos to your collection of indoor plants then I am here to help you.
Hey gardeners, I am Becky Decker here to solve the problem that you are going to face while planting the pothos.
The potos plant species which is known as dragon tale or Epipremnum pinnatum are highly chosen to plant in the houses because of having unique leaves. Here I will be guiding you about how to grow, how to take care of and protect them from common problems while growing them.
Dragon tail are one of the photos that you want to grow in your indoor plant collection. The leaves of the plant make it attractive during the young stage of the plant. They are glossy and elliptical but as soon as they mature they change into deeply lobed leaves which look similar to dragon tail. The stem of the plant is used to be in a thick fleshy way which is used to crawl along the surface of the pot or it can climb up if you provide support to them.
Growing Dragon’s Tail Pothos:
- If dragon tail are used to grow in the wild environment then they are used to thrive best in tropical and subtropical conditions. In short, they are used to enjoying warmth and humidity in the environment. These plants are used to adapt quickly to the environment and are easy to grow in the home environment and in other indoor spaces.
- To grow dragon tail pothos you need to place them away from the sun and provide them with moderate to bright light. In case you keep the plant away from sunlight the leaves will use to grow more wider and after sometimes the leaves will stop growing on the pothos. You need to move the plant to more sunny locations if you see leaves dropping and will lose color and growth of leaves.
- You need to use high-quality potting mix before you start planting pothos and after plantation, you can water them thoroughly and frequently.
- To water them again make sure the top one or two inches of potting mix is dried out in the watering schedule. If you are keeping the plants in a cool area the plants can last longer without watering them.
- In order to boost the humidity level you can try misting the leaves or locate it in a group of indoor plants. You can keep using twine or wire to encourage the stem growth or can use the stem as a pole to climb pothos plants.
- The dragon tail is also able to grow outside in partial shade in warm, frost-free areas in a pot or can be cultivated in a garden bed but here you need to make sure it will climb up to the nearby tree once they start to grow.
- To grow pothos you need to make sure the soil has lots of organic matter and is well draining all these conditions will avoid root rot problems.
Care of Dragon’s Tail Pothos:
The following are some steps you need to follow to take care of pothos:
- The dragon tail pothos is easy to maintain which are usually used to spread like a weed growing as a ground cover or climbing vines.
- These pothos can adapt to any house environment without any trouble and bloom in beautiful plants.
- In case you find the dragon tail top inches of soil is dry when you touch it you need to provide plenty of water as soon as possible.
- You need to make sure all of the roots get access to water and nutrients.
- The watering need for pothos depends on the season and space you have given to the dragon tail.
- In case the pothos are growing in a warm, sunny, and dry environment it does need more water during spring and summer but if you have kept the plant in a dark, chilly, or damp room during winter the watering need is lesser here.
- Make sure to check the soil with your finger before you give it an extra amount of water to avoid the condition of overwatering and causing the problem of root rot.
- In low humidity requirements, the pothos are easy to grow indoors, in short, you need to keep the humidity level over 40% to get the best result.
- To have a quick growth of the dragon tail you can raise the humidity level by about 60% which will result in bigger leaves.
- The pothos are used to grow best when you place them in indirect, strong light. They are also used to thrive in low light with strong direct sunshine for some hours. The growth rate of the plant will be according to the quantity of light provided to the plant.
- In case you are keeping the dragon tail in a room having a north window it will grow more slowly and if kept in a room with west facing window it grow more quickly.
- The perfect amount to grow in dragon tail in your house needs to maintain a temperature between 64 degrees F and 84 degrees F.
- The dragon tail root will start damaging if you provide a temperature below 50 degrees.
- In case you living in USDA hardiness zone 9 or above you can plant them outdoors and will grow more quickly covering your yard or garden.
- Planting dragon tail in a larger container or pot you need to take care it does not start escaping the cultivation.
- You need to grow them in a soil mixture that can retain moisty but drains well.
- It will grow best if you use a mixture of two parts organic potting mix and one part perlite.
- The usage of fertilizer for tropical plants once a month from spring to early fall will help your dragon tail pothos plants to grow best. A balanced organic fertilizer with a 10-10-10 ratio of nutrients to encourage plants to grow.
- During winter the plant goes in a brief period of dormancy and does not require any nourishment so make sure not to add any fertilizers this time.
Repotting Dragon’s Tail Pothos:
- To avoid any rootbound conditions you need to repot the plant every two or three years. Noticing roots coming out of the drainage holes or on top of the soil indicates you should repot your plant as soon as possible.
- In case the soil gets very damp you need to repot pothos because they will start to wilt or the growth of brown area will begin. The best time to report the plant is during the summer and spring seasons as the months which are warmer and sunnier the plant are used to grow actively. Doing this in a growing season will improve the root’s ability to adapt to the transplantation and establish itself again.
- Always repot them in a pot that is 2 inches wider or one size larger than the past pot and it should consist of a drainage hole at the bottom.
- Make sure the water does not get collected at the bottom and raise a problem of root rot.
- They are used to grow well in a clay and plastic container and if you are planting them in a pot I will suggest the Terracotta pots but here you need to water the pothos plant of often as they are used to suck the moisture from the soil.
Common Diseases and Pests:
In the case of diseases and pests, you need to pay attention to a few things such as:
- The pests like scale mites and mealybugs are the most frequent pests.
- If you are keeping the dragon tail in damp soil for a long period of time a fungus named gnats will be seen all over the plant.
- An infestation by an insect is rare to see but you need to avoid providing the dragon tail with the wrong growing conditions which will stress the dragon tail.
- Make sure to use a well-draining soil mixture to provide a perfect amount of light water and fertilizer so that the plant grows quickly and pest-free.
- You need to keep an eye out for some signs of diseases in the plant such as if you find the leaf of the plant is tiny and has grounded holes which means the air provided to the dragon tail is too dry.
- If the leaves are not properly unfilled and the holds are not in regular shape and do have dry edges it is a sign of not providing an effective temperature to the plant.
Hence I will conclude here with a note that if you really want to grow dragon tail healthy you need to follow all the growing requirements, caring processes, and common diseases and pests from which you need to protect the plant.