15 Fun Facts about Pothos

Pothos or Epipermum aureum and related species is now in demand. This a member of the of Aracea family that includes Caladiums, Colocasia, Xanthosoma which originates from Central and South America.

This highly ornamental plant is making a comeback, with dozens of new hybrids and variegated ones in the market.

Epipermum aureum or golden pothos at a plant stall within Goodwill Homes 1, Barangay San Bartolome, Novaliches, Quezon City

Prices used to be in between Php 25 to Php 75 for small hanging basket in Tabang-Guiguinto plant stalls in Bulacan. Almost the same price in Silang, Cavite few years ago, until the demand for indoor plant skyrocketed last year.

Some plant center in the province would give cuttings as freebies whenever one will bring large purchases. Plant enthusiasts sometimes called plantiquarians, plantitos, plantitas,halamanmoms, plantaddicts whatever would you prefer calling them, would swear that having pothos is on their bucket list of plants.

15 Fun Facts about Pothos

Pothos grown in large cement vat within Goodwill Homes 1, Barangay San Bartolome, Novaliches, Quezon City

15.) It is called “money plant ” by people living in the Indian subcontinent, Chinese, Taiwanese, Thai and some Southeast Asian countries. People believe that having one potted pothos can brings good luck, money or attracts positive chi inside one’s premises. This is also good in offices, condominiums and apartments which have minimal spaces.

14.) One can grow pothos indoors, preferably with bright indirect light, although it also will tolerate low-light conditions. Pale leaves means too much sun, and loss of variegation means too little.

13.) Pothos likes to have its soil dry out between watering. For potted plants dislikes soggy condition.

Epipermum aureum or golden pothos cling on branches on an acacia tree

12.) One can fertilize pothos on weekly basis with water soluble fertilizer brand that is available in the market preferably 1/4 to 1/2 the strength diluted. This is done after watering the plant. One can also apply Naturamin which is distributed by Harbest Agricultural Business Corporation based in Pasig. Another way to apply small amount of slow release fertilizer that is commercially available.

11.) This had various common names like golden pothos, hunter’s robe, ivy arum, money plant, taro vine, Ceylon creeper, silver vine, Solomon Islands ivy, marble queen, water vine among others.

10.) It is also referred to as devil’s vine because it is quite impossible to kill the vine. This plant can tolerate low light levels. Some areas like in Florida, Hawaii, Southeast Asia,Tropical America, India, Sri Lanka the Epipermum aureum completely overgrows the forest floor as well as the trunks of trees and block the natural vegetation.

9.) Epipermum aureum, the golden form of the species use to be native over Mo’orea in the territory of French Polynesia. Epipermun pinnatum is native to many parts of the country and south This is under the family of Araceae.

8.) This is now one of the most common house plant and was introduced in many parts of the world due to human activity. The plant became naturalized in many tropical,sub-tropical area all over the world. Among the big farms includes Costa Farm in the United States of America.

Pothos growing on a large tree within Philvirra Homes, Barangay Tandang Sora, along Road 20 Project 8, Quezon City

Locally, one can buy varieties of pothos in several online sites and established farms like Unigreen Farm in Batangas, Bulacan Garden, Tabang-Guiguinto plant stalls, Araneta Farmers Garden, Mindanao Avenue Garden Center, Quezon City Memorial Circle, Cedarhills Garden Center in Mother Ignacia Avenue,White Plains, Cartimar Plant Center, Neopolitan in Fairview, Pasig among others.

7.) NASA and other scientist made studies in the 1980’s on the effects of pothos indoor pollutants such as formaldehyde, trichloroethene, toluene, xylene, benzene, carbon monoxide and dust.

6.) Other genus like Scindapsus pictus commonly called satin pothos/ silver pothos or silver vine are also lump as pothos. This vine is widespread in many southeast asian countries. Some small leaf philodendron are also mistakenly sold as different cultivar variety of pothos.

5.) The vine can be propagated via nodal cutting planted in aquariums, placed on top of the aquarium and allowed to grow roots in the water. The plant roots can filter some nitrate.

For those living in Calumpit, Bulacan One can contact Mrs. Vivian Sumilang (0920-915-8975) or ( 0922-819-6414). She also have other ornamental plants for sale.

4.) It is popular in the Philippines with many schools, make shift altar, cemeteries, family shrines have pothos planted in clear bottles as water plant. According to some old time local horticulturists and backyard hobbyists. They have encountered this vine way back in the early 1950’s and was extensively featured in several magazines.

3.) The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) listed this plant as mildly toxic when ingested to pet dogs, cats and small mammals. Avoid letting your pet animals chew the leaves or any parts of the plant.

2.) Avoid constant touching the leaves and stems of Epipermum pinnatum and Epipermum aureum since parts of the stems and leaves contains calcium oxlate crystal which may cause general skin irritation.

1.) Leaves are used in general flower arrangement, ikenobo arrangement and adds color.

Sources, References, Bibliography, Interview:

Personal interviews – with Ms. Charita Gunao, Mrs. Leticia Cabiao, Mr. Lebon Ong, Mrs. Marilyn Montemayor, Professor Purita Marquez, Mr. Allan Marquez , Mrs. Vivian Sumilang

Royal Horticultural Society

Wolverton, B. C. How To Grow Fresh Air, Penguin Books, New York, 1997.

Wolverton, BC (1996) How to Grow Fresh Air . New York: Penguin Books.

Sawada, Ayako; Oyabu, Takashi (2008). “Purification characteristics of pothos for airborne chemicals in growing conditions and its evaluation”. Atmospheric Environment. 42 (3): 594–602.

Nauheimer, L., Metzler, D. and Renner, S.S. 2012. Global history of the ancient monocot family Araceae inferred with models accounting for past continental positions and previous ranges based on fossils. New Phytologist, vol. 195, p. 938-950.

Missouri Botanical Garden

Madulid, Domingo; Winner, National Book Award, Science, 1995. Revised Edition, 2000 with 388 pages. Araceae Epipermum aureum pages 89 to 90, Bookmark, Makati, A Pictorial Cyclopedia of Philippine Ornamental Plants.

Steiner, Mona Lisa, PHD;Care, M &L Licudine Enterprises, First Edition 1952, Second Edition 1960, Third Edition 1986, Atlag, Malolos , Bulacan. Gabi Family page 142, Philippine Ornamental Plants And Their Care.

Discount SALE of Plants at Philvirra Homes

Big Discount Sale of ornamental plants, flowering plants, indoor plants and hanging plants in 17 Dimasalang street, Real Village in Philvirra Homes along Road 20, Barangay Tandang Sora near Project 8 in Quezon City.

The big sale coincided with double nine 9.9 promo by the owner. The sale started on September 6 and ends on September 9, 2020.

BIG DISCOUNT SALE

Plants on sale starts at Php 9.00 includes 3 to 4 inch establish (Coleus blumei) hybrids or locally known as mayana, Aglaonema Marian. Php 19.00 for (Pedilanthus tithymaloides )or (Euphorbia tithymaloides) commonly called Christmas candles, devil’s backbone, redbird cactus, zigzag plant, Agalaonema hybrids, crotons or san francisco, Philodendrons and Tradescantia zebrina or wandering jew.

They also have some ti-plants/ cordyline, caladiums, sansevieria, Billbergia pyramidalis and other cheap house plants.

It is also good to be early during the big rush, some freebies were given by the gracious seller for being the earliest bird among buyer.

Coleus blumei hybrids locally called mayana

Do not forget to bring valid identification card for security purposes, since the seller lives in a gated subdivision.

Delightful Ichika Sushi House Dishes

Ichika Sushi House is located along Katipunan Avenue within Goodwill Homes 1 in Barangay San Bartolome, Novaliches, Quezon City.

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Blessing and soft opening happened around past 1:00 pm on September 8 with residents, neighbors, bloggers ordering some well loved sushi and rice bowl meals at the establishment.

The restaurant sitting capacity in the ground floor is between 10 to 12 people at any given time, provided they complied with the IATF rules on social distancing and general community quarantine guidelines. The second floor had a sitting capacity of between 12 to 15 people at any given time.

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Ichika Sushi House Dishes

Among their all favorite includes California Maki, Creamy Crab Roll, Tuna Roll, Salmon Sahimi, Philadelphia Roll, Shomei Roll, Kani Sushi. Their rice bowl meals includes Chicken Teriyaki, Torikatsu, Tonkatsu, Katsudon, Beef Yakiniku, Gyudon and Tori Katsudon.

In House Promo

Since it was their soft opening, customers are given 1 free drink and 10% discount for dine-in transaction from September 8 to 14, 2020 . They are also planning to add their menu to include shrimp tempura and other well-loved Japanese dishes.

They also have sushi platter for big group -California Maki- 50 pieces ( Php 798.00) , California Maki -80 pieces (Php 1,278.00), Assorted Maki -50 pieces (Php 828.00).

Do not forget to visit their restaurant. One can also pre-order their sushi and bowl meals in bulk for any occasion.

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Note: Prices quoted in this blog are subject to change without prior notice coming from the establishment. The author and his immediate family is not connected with the food establishment featured in this site.

Ichika Sushi House

Address: Block 2, Lot 6-A, Goodwill Homes 1, Subdivision, Katipunan Avenue, Barangay San Bartolome, Novaliches, Quezon City

Contact : 0955-073-97-67

Operational Hours: 12:00 noon to 8:00 pm Everyday

Jollibee Funko Delivery Bike

Jollibee which is the country’s largest fast food chain had release a limited funko riding motorcycle number 90 last August 19, 2020. It took us some time before we were able to purchase a toy. We have to download the app in our mobile phone and some of the stores have run out of stock just few days during the month long promo.

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Jollibee Funko Rider

This is a welcome treat to all funko and jollibee character toy collectors, since it is seldom that we a Jollibee character toy riding a motorcyle for just Php 730 plus Php 200 meal purchase. It is limited to just one toy per app. Do not forget to download and order one before the promo ends.

Lumpiang Ubod ng Sarap

Lumpiang Ubod ng Sarap is one of the savory dish that is hard to make, One had to be careful in choosing the right ingredients such as julienne coconut pit or coconut heart, julienne carrots. It must is not too soft and the coconut heart must not be too old. The crepe/ lumpia wrapper must not be too soggy or stiff.

The lumpia recipe is one of the dish that reflect strong Filipino-Chinese influence which uses ingredients that is locally available. There are several known variations within the country.

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Lumpiang Ubod in sauce topped with crush garlic, peanuts

Lumpiang Ubod ng Sarap

Lumpiang Ubod ng Sarap had a catchy tagline, in which is affordable and quite delicious. It had julienne coconut, carrots, fresh lettuce leaves topped with their secret sauce, crush peanuts, fried garlic, crush fresh garlic. All the ingredients are fresh and they do not skimp on the quality.

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lumpia crepe wrap are soft and moist

This recipe is from the family of Ms. Mabelle Tenorio (heritage advocate and founder of T&T FB group) specializes on this dish.

Her cousin from the mother side, Ms. April Rose Manundo who hails from Tondo, Manila had been cooking for generations.

The sauce is quite sweet but by adding the fresh crush garlic and peanuts will taper the sweetness.

It is better that some of the well-known commercially available lumpiang ubod in the market. The lumpiang ubod can last up to 7 days if properly refrigerated. They also accept orders in bulk or for any occasion.

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Grab driver Mr. Antonio Suarez

One can order a minimum of 30 lumpiang ubod ng sarap or more at least 2 days in advance. Plus grab delivery service fees. We can not wait to order again in the future.

Note: We would  gratefully ” Thank” Ms. Mabelle Tenorio and Ms. April Rose Manundo for letting us taste their lumpiang ubod ng sarap dish.

Do not forget to like and subscribe at their FB page and try to order via private message.

Lumpiang Ubod ng Sarap

Contact  Person : Ms. Mabelle Tenorio ( 09275887611) 

Ms. April Rose Manundo (0916-710-5934)

Facebook Page: https://m.facebook.com/LupmpiangUbodngSarap/