How to Grow and Care for Pothos

In this article, I would like to introduce some information about the Epipremnum aureum ‘Marble Queen’ (Pothos) plant.

This Epipremnum aureum can be grown in a hanging pot; the stems will dangle and sway, but with support, they will grow tall, strong, and upright.

Epipremnum Aureum - Pothos

It is a small plant about 60cm when planted in a pot but can grow into a longer plant, over 3m high when crawling against a wall or attached to a climbing pole.

Native to French Polynesia, Epipremnum Aureum ‘Marble Queen’ is now a popular houseplant in tropical and temperate climates, widely grown for its creamy white and evergreen foliage.

Marble Queen Pothos and Pothos Variegata Round Leaves (Manjula Pothos)

In addition to the pointed-leaf pothos (Epipremnum Aureum ‘Marble Queen’), there is also a Manjula type of round-leaf pothos. The difference between these two varieties lies in the shape of the leaves.

Most of the leaves of Marble Queen Pothos are spear sharp; the leaf blades are less wavy.

Marble Queen Pothos
Marble Queen Pothos

While the pothos with Manjula Variegata has leaves with a round pumpkin shape, the leaf blade is winding, especially the part near the leaf stalk.

Manjula Pothos
Manjula Pothos

How many types of leaves are there in pothos leaf?

Marble Queen Pothos has four leaf colors: whole green, half green, and half white, braided green and white, and almost green leaves.

Also, read about ornamental plants that can grow in water.

How to plant and care for pothos (Epipremnum aureum)

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Requirement:

  • Temperatures 65 and 75 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Soil PH: Neutral to slightly acidic
  • Hardiness Zones: 10–12 (USDA)

To find out some information on how to care for, fertilize, and propagate pothos, you can refer to the explanation below:

Pothos Planting Location

Pothos is very easy to care for and does not require high maintenance.

However, for the leaves to be colorful with lots of white spots, Pothos should be placed with lots of light but should avoid direct sunlight on the leaves. Rotate the plant once a week to help the tree foliage grow evenly.

When growing Pothos in the garden, it is best to place the plant in the shade to reduce sunlight by 60%, the plant grows well, and the leaf color is brighter with lots of white spots. If planted in a low location light, the leaves color is greener.

Watering Needs

Pothos generally prefers dry and aerated soil.

Water when the top 2-4 cm of the soil is completely dry.

When watering, you should water lightly and slowly lower the plant from above so that the water penetrates the roots.

When planting in the garden, about once every 2-3 days, you can water the pothos. When the planting medium is dry, the new roots of the Pothos plant will grow strong and grow a lot. This is also why Pothos plants grow faster in the dry season than in the rainy season.

Repotting Pothos Plant

About 3-4 months after purchasing the plant, you can check if the plant is ready for repotting by touching the soil (especially at the bottom of the pot) to see if it is mushy or has too many roots or not. If so, then it’s time to report the pothos.

For planting media, you can use any media commonly used for plants.

Or, for optimal results, you can use Pothos growing media, including 70% coir + 30% rice husk. The new pots are about 3-4 cm larger than the old pots.

Fertilizer for Pothos

It is possible to use a slow soluble fertilizer with a balanced NPK composition or one that has a higher Nitrogen (N) content than the other two indicators. For Pothos, slow dissolving fertilizers can be used: Rynan Flowermate 230 (23-08-08+Te) or Osmocote (14-14-14).

Signs of an unhealthy Pothos

Disease-Epipremnum aureum

Brown or yellow leaves can signify that the plant is too cold or the air is too dry. Yellow leaves or black spots on the leaves indicate too much watering.

Also, read about how to propagate pothos plants indoors.

Propagation of Pothos Plants

Cuttings can easily propagate pothos. Like Pothos varieties in general, Variegata Pothos is easy to cut. The medium for pothos cuttings is similar to the planting medium (70% coir + 30% husk).

However, the coir needs to be dried many times before use.

Pots for cuttings have plenty of drainage holes, and pots with a diameter of 12-23cm (black plastic pot C7-C8) are medium.

Pothos Variegata, cut into short pieces with 2-3 petioles. Each pot plugs about 3-6 segments of Pothos stems. After planting the Pothos in the pot, water it once.

Place the plant in a cool place with lots of light, avoiding direct sunlight (place in a shade net to reduce 70% of the sun’s rays).

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