Fenestrated Pothos: Why Fenestration Happens & How to Get Them



Houseplant enthusiasts are all familiar with Pothos, those elegant vining plants with shiny, heart-shaped leaves that spill gracefully over the sides of a hanging basket.

When grown as houseplants, their leaves usually stay small, with smooth edges and no slits or holes in the leaf blades.

What Are Fenestrations For?

There are several scientific thoughts on the reasons for foliage fenestration. One is that wind can move through the large leaves without damaging them. Another theory is that the holes allow for more surface area to cool the leaves and to better capture light.

How Can I Get My Pothos to  Fenestrate?

In order for your plants to get to the point where they will develop those coveted splits and holes in their leaves, you’ll have to allow them to climb.

Moss Poles

To make your own moss pole, moisten the sphagnum moss, fluff it up, and lay it along the length of wire mesh. Roll the mesh into a tube and secure it with cable ties.

Will All Pothos Varieties Fenestrate?

The answer is yes and no. It may take years, but when Pothos plants are allowed to mature, they will begin to fenestrate. 

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