The holes in some plant leaves provide a unique (and highly sought-after) appearance. Leaf holes are referred to as perforate or fenestrate leaves. The term Pothos Fenestration is derived from the Latin fenestrations, which means “equipped with apertures.” In Botany, fenestrate implies “containing minute perforations or translucent patches,” similar to small windows.
Pothos, or Epipremnum aureum if you want to go technical. That’s why I adore Pothos! ), are native to the French Polynesian island of Moorea. They’ve become accustomed to various tropical and subtropical settings, to the point where they’re called invasive. Pothos climb trees in the wild and their leaves can grow to be almost a foot broad and fenestrate- the type of hole that is so popular in Monsteras. Indoor pothos will cheerfully climb a moss pole, but they will not fenestrate or blossom.
What causes some plants to have holey leaves?
There are various hypotheses as to why some plants grow in this manner. One benefit is that it promotes airflow through the leaves, which can be beneficial in heavy winds. Another notion is that the perforations aid in the cooling of the plant. Or better catch the light. Regardless of why the plant achieves this, fenestrated plants are highly sought after by plant enthusiasts all over the world.
You Can Develop Holes Pothos Fenestration
You can aid Pothos Fenestration which creates holes naturally. If you don’t want to wait for your Monstera deliciosa to create holes, try Monstera adansonii, which is bushier than Monstera deliciosa and produces smaller leaves with holes in younger plants.
Lobed Plants Are Also Appealing
Highly lobed plants may appear to have leaf holes, but closer inspection reveals that the leaves have so deeply scalloped edges that they just appear to be holes. Monsteras can have lobed leaves. Also, read about Pothos growth rate.