Aureum: the Epipremnum of prospectors
Little golden specks that sparkle intermittently through the green. This makes the Epipremnum Aureum one of the most unique varieties in the Sentinel collection. Sometimes, the most obscure detail is what sets this plant apart from the others at a glance. The Epipremnum Aureum is, without a doubt, a plant for true prospectors.
The Epipremnum Aureum is a flowering plant of the Arum family. Often cultivated nowadays as a houseplant, its satin-soft foliage has an air-purifying effect inside the room where its kept. This air-purifying effect is the result of the Epipremnum Aureum’s fine ability to reduce formaldehyde, carbon monoxide and benzene. In nature, this phenomenon also occurs in the case of many fruit and vegetable types, including the Epipremnum Aureum.
You can hang this plant up or let it climb, just as you like, in whatever room it’s kept. They are available in many sizes and they grow fast.
The Epipremnum Aureum has its origins in Mo’orea, in French Polynesia. The plant has been carried to the tropical rain forests of southeast Asia, where it currently thrives, along with the Salomon Islands and Indonesia. Here, the plant grows along the trunks of trees, living up to its name. This is because, if we consider the literal translation of the Greek word ‘Epipremnum’, we discover its meaning: ‘epi’: ‘upon’ and ‘premnon’: ‘stump’. You can find many references to the Epipremnum Aureum on the internet, where it is often called Scindapsus aureum. This name is incorrect. This is because the Epipremnum Aureum belongs to the Epipremnum family.
Caring for your Epipremnum Aureum
You can go ahead and put your Epipremnum Aureum in ordinary potting soil, but if you - as a fanatical plant lover - want the best for your plants, then we recommend you pot it in professional-grade grains. This soil, which consists of small grains, absorbs water and food and slowly gives it to your plants’ roots. This way, the plant receives moisture over a longer period of time, which reduces the chances of drying out to practically nothing. You don’t have to spray the Epipremnum Aureum, but there are several advantages to doing this. By wetting the leaves now and then, you remove the dust that accumulates on them from around the room. This allows the plant to retain its beautiful, fresh colours. In addition, it has been proven that this kind of watering helps prevent pests.