Updated: October 13, 2022

Dragon Fingers plant, also known as Epipremnum pinnatum ‘Cebu Blue’, is a beautiful and popular houseplant known for its unique leaves and easy maintenance. However, the plant is prone to rotting if not taken care of properly. In this article, we will discuss how to prevent Dragon Fingers plant from rotting.

Understanding the Causes of Rot

Before we dive into the preventive measures, it’s essential to understand what causes the rot. The primary cause of rot in Dragon Fingers plant is overwatering. When the soil is consistently wet, it can lead to root rot, which eventually spreads to the rest of the plant. Another cause is a lack of proper drainage. If the pot does not have drainage holes or if they are blocked, excess water cannot escape, leading to waterlogging and eventually rot.

Preventive Measures

  1. Watering: The most important thing you can do to prevent rot in your Dragon Fingers plant is to water it properly. The plant prefers well-draining soil that is moist but not soggy. Before watering, check the top inch of soil with your finger. If it feels dry, it’s time to water. Water thoroughly until excess water drains out of the drainage holes. Avoid letting the plant sit in standing water.

  2. Drainage: Ensure that your pot has proper drainage holes and that they are not blocked by soil or debris. If your pot doesn’t have drainage holes, consider repotting your plant into a pot that does.

  3. Soil: Use well-draining soil that allows for airflow around the roots. You can mix perlite or sand into regular potting soil to improve drainage.

  4. Humidity: Dragon Fingers plants prefer high humidity levels, but excessive moisture can lead to rot. Use a humidifier or place a tray of water near the plant to increase humidity levels. Avoid misting the plant directly as it can lead to waterlogging.

  5. Light: Dragon Fingers plants prefer bright indirect light, but direct sunlight can scorch the leaves and make the plant more susceptible to rot. Place your plant in a spot that receives bright, filtered light.

  6. Temperature: The ideal temperature range for Dragon Fingers plant is between 60-80°F (15-26°C). Avoid exposing the plant to extreme temperatures or drafts.

Signs of Rot

Even with preventive measures in place, it’s still possible for your Dragon Fingers plant to develop rot. Here are some signs to look out for:

  • Brown, mushy roots
  • Wilting leaves
  • Yellowing leaves
  • Foul smell coming from the soil

If you notice any of these signs, it’s essential to act quickly to prevent further damage.

How to Save a Rotting Dragon Fingers Plant

If you suspect that your Dragon Fingers plant is rotting, follow these steps to save it:

  1. Remove the plant from its pot and inspect the roots. Cut away any brown or mushy roots using clean scissors or pruning shears.

  2. Let the plant dry out for a few days before repotting it into fresh, well-draining soil. Be sure to remove any remaining soil from the roots before repotting.

  3. Water sparingly and monitor the plant closely for any signs of new growth or improvement.


Can I propagate my Dragon Fingers plant?

Yes, Dragon Fingers plant is easy to propagate using stem cuttings placed in water or soil.

Can I use fertilizer on my Dragon Fingers plant?

Yes, you can fertilize your Dragon Fingers plant every 2-4 weeks during the growing season using a balanced fertilizer.

How often should I repot my Dragon Fingers plant?

Repot your Dragon Fingers plant every 1-2 years or when the roots outgrow the pot.

In conclusion, keeping your Dragon Fingers plant healthy and free from rot requires proper watering, drainage, soil, humidity, light, and temperature. With the right care and attention, your Dragon Fingers plant will thrive and add beauty to your home.