If your Zodiac sign is Capricorn (born between December 21 and January 19), we've found the perfect plant for you.
Capricorns are typically smart, hardworking, successful, frugal, and care about their home's appearance. Therefore, a made-in-the-stars plant for those born under this sign is the silver vine (Epipremnum aureum), a climbing vine that is destined to thrive in every situation, with Instagram-ready good looks. (Just like you, Cap.)
About Silver Vine
Most Capricorns have a green thumb... sometimes two green thumbs. This is an earth sign, after all. And while Capricorns could definitely care for a more complicated plant than the silver vine (also known as pothos), they are as thrifty with time as they are with money — so they will delight in this undemanding plant.
Silver vine is first and foremost a vine (as you might guess from the name), trailing or climbing as opportunity allows. As a houseplant, it doesn't waste energy with blossoms but focuses on the foliage: Large, lush, heart-shaped leaves in emerald green, sometimes variegated with white, yellow, or pale green. Grown in a hanging basket or placed high on a shelf, the vines can cascade to 30 feet, but they will also climb ambitiously up a trellis or across window frames if trained that way.
And, like a typical Capricorn, silver vine multitasks impressively. According to NASA, this attractive foliage plant is also one of the best for removing toxins from the air.
How to Care for Silver Vine
A Capricorn will never make excuses for why they didn't achieve or succeed at something; that's because they never fail. They make use of whatever comes their way and turns it into a success. Just so, the silver vine doesn't stop growing or drop its leaves when conditions are less than ideal.
Silver vines don't need organic compost; regular potting soil works fine. In bright light, a silver vine grows happily. It keeps right on growing in low light, although any leaf variegation might fade. Fluorescent lighting causes no problems for this houseplant. And it's just as easy-going about every other cultural requirement. When it comes to water, the plant thrives benign neglect, preferring it if their soil dries out before more water is added. Pests? Nothing to worry about, this is one tough plant.
Also, for penny-pinching Capricorns, here's a bonus. If you want another silver vine or two, you can get them at no cost. Just cut off a piece of vine and let it root in water or potting soil.
Shopping for Silver Vine
When you are shopping for silver vine, remember that it may be sold as pothos, silver pothos, golden pothos, or devil's ivy. Look for the botanical name Epipremnum aureum to be sure. (You would have done that anyway wouldn't you, practical Capricorn?) Under one or more of these names, you should be able to find the silver vine in local plant stores.
Online there are hundreds of options. If you prefer to have your plant arrive at your door in a gorgeous planter, consider this beauty from Bloomscape, whose Ecopots are made up from 80% recycled plastic.
Etsy offers a wide selection of silver vine, from a small rooted cutting ($2) to mature plants in containers. We particularly like the a larger plant from 36Vine ($36). Yes, it's a bigger investment, Capricorn, but it's ready to rock your perfect living room. Another good option are these 4-inch plants that feature beautifully variegated leaves, emerald splashed with cream.
From Alaska to California, from France's Basque Country to Mexico's Pacific Coast, Teo Spengler has dug the soil, planted seeds and helped trees, flowers and veggies thrive. A professional writer and consummate gardener, Spengler has written about home and garden for Gardening Know How, San Francisco Chronicle, Gardening Guide and Go Banking Rates. She earned a BA from U.C. Santa Cruz, a law degree from U.C. Berkeley's Boalt Hall, and an MA and MFA from San Francisco State. She currently divides her life between San Francisco and southwestern France.