The Green Queen Pothos is a beautiful plant with heart-shaped leaves. it is well-suited for indoor growth and easy to care for. Additionally, it is known for purifying the air.
The plant is sometimes confused with the Marble Queen Pothos and the Snow Queen Pothos because of their similar names. However, both of these plants have variegations whereas the Green Queen Pothos has solid green foliage.
How do you care for Green Queen Pothos? Keep the plant in bright, indirect light. Although it can tolerate medium and low light as well without any problems. But avoid very strong or direct sunlight as this can burn its leaves. This pothos also likes warm temperatures and will tolerate low humidity making it easy to care for indoors.
Green Queen Pothos Plant Care
The Green Queen Pothos needs medium to bright indirect light to maintain its lush green leaves. As such, placing it in a well-lit location is essential.
That said, the plant will also do okay in low light provided the that it is not too dim or dark.
However, note that the plant will grow slower in low light compared to medium or bright light. Although it will maintain good health there.
To make sure that you don’t leave it somewhere with too little light, use this simple test.
Take a book or magazine and sit exactly on the spot where you plan to put your Green Queen Pothos. If you can read the text in the publication easily, then there is enough light. Thus, you don’t need yellow sun to keep the plant happy.
Make sure you test this at different times of the day. Some parts of the day get much darker especially after 4:00 p.m. Also, there are some areas where when the sun is in a certain direction a shadow will cover than area. So, make sure this does not happen.
On the other hand, it is likewise important to avoid very strong light.
The Green Queen Pothos cannot tolerate direct sun for more than 2 or so hours a day on a regular basis. So, keep the plant away from the direct rays of the sun.
If it is left there, the leaves will eventually turn yellow. In the worst case, they can get scorched. This will result in brown leaves or brown burn spots on them.
In addition to being tolerant of a wide range of light environments, the Green Queen Pothos also can withstand different temperatures.
It does best in temperature between 60 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit. Although the plant can tolerate 90 degrees weather without any issue.
But if you do decide to leave it somewhere that hot, make sure it stays well hydrated because the soil will dry up much faster due to the heat.
On the other hand, the Green Queen Pothos is much less tolerant of the cold.
As with other hoya varieties, this one is native to the tropical regions of Asia which makes it accustomed to warm weather all year round.
As such, it is not well-equipped to handle the cold. And you want to keep it away from areas with temperature of 50 degrees or below.
Instead, if you want to keep the plant outdoors, it is best suited for USDA Hardiness Zones 10 to 12.
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This is another aspect of why the Green Queen Pothos is easy to grow is because it is not picky about humidity.
Many growers will tell you that the plant will require humidity of 50% and higher to stay healthy. This is not the case in my experience. In fact, it will easily tolerate low humidity inside holes without any problems.
That said, the plant does like high humidity when given a choice.
So, if you want to see it grow faster, produce more leaves (and larger ones that) with lush green color, try to maintain humidity of between 50% and 70%. This is what it likes most.
However, you don’t have to worry if you live in a dry area.
Unlike many other houseplants, the Green Queen Pothos will not go limp, droop or turn brown. It easily tolerates 30% humidity and lower which makes it easy to keep no matter where you live.
How Often to Water Green Queen Pothos
The Green Queen Pothos enjoys once a week watering. And it likes soil that is kept slightly moist.
However, be careful not to wet the soil too much.
Watering too much or doing it too frequently can lead to overwatering problems. This is a big issue for the plant because it is prone to root rot.
Therefore, it is very important to make sure that you test and feel the soil each time before you add water.
Only water if the top 1-2 inches of soil has completely dried out. Avoid doing so before then as this will lead to wet soil.
Also, be aware that as the weather changes throughout the year, your watering frequency should change with it.
During the summer when the weather gets hots and soil dries faster, you may end up having to water 2 or maybe even 3 times a year depending on how hot it.
Again, check the soil to know exactly when to water the plant.
During winter, the cold will keep the soil moist longer. So be careful not to water too often here. Wait until the soil dries before adding more.
You may find that you’ll end up watering every 2 or 3 weeks only.
Green Queen Pothos Potting Soil
Again, the Green Queen Pothos is not too choosy when it comes to soil. Although, in this case, you will want to make amendments.
That’s because the plant likes well-draining soil.
In general, pothos don’t have large root system. When you pot the plant and remove the excess soil, you’ll see its roots are fewer, smaller and more fragile compared to many other houseplants.
Therefore, they can easily be overwhelmed by overwatering or waterlogged soil.
Thus, while you can use regular potting soil for the plant, I suggest adding perlite or pumice to improve the drainage.
This will ensure that the soil does not end up holding too much moisture and leaving the roots with wet feet.
Start by adding a few handfuls of perlite or pumice to your potting soil. You can use a 1:1 ratio or 2:1 ratio of potting soil to perlite. Then observe how well the excess moisture drains and whether or not the soil stays moist or if it gets too wet.
Add more perlite or pumice if needed.
If you notice your Green Queen Pothos leaves turning yellow, this is usually a sign of overwatering. Therefore, adjust your watering schedule or check to make sure your soil has enough drainage.
On the other hand, if you notice its leaves turn brown, it means the plant is underwatered. It should recover after this. Then adjust your watering schedule to prevent it from happening again.
Additionally, it does best with soil pH between 6.1 to 6.8. This will allow it to absorb more nutrients from the soil.
In general, the Green Queen Pothos will happily grow without fertilizer. Although you can give it plant food to ensure optimal growth and it does not experience any nutrient deficiencies.
Fertilizer will also help your Green Queen Pothos get bigger, grow faster and produce larger leaves. So, it is a good thing.
However, because the plant is a light feeder, be careful not to give it too much or fertilize too often.
Here, you have a few options.
You can use organic fertilizer in the form of compost or worm castings. This way, you don’t have to worry about fertilizer salts.
Another option is to use slow-release fertilizer. This releases the nutrients into the soil at different times to keep the flow more consistent over a long period of time. Because it takes weeks to months for this to complete. You only need to feed the plant 1-2 times per growing season.
Most home growers will use standard houseplant fertilizer.
Here you can use a balanced formulation and dilute it to half strength. Only apply once a month during its growing season.
This is one area where you may need to do a little regular maintenance.
That’s because the Green Queen Pothos can grow to as long as 40 feet.
Note that this is not like other houseplants including the philodendron or monstera where the entire plant is very sizable.
Instead, the Green Queen Pothos length is primarily composed of its vines and leaves. Therefore, even if it gets long, it won’t become a very substantial plant that takes up an enormous amount of space in your home.
Nevertheless, its length means you will need to prune it at least once in a while depending on how you want the plant to look.
Trimming also keeps the vines and leaves neat looking and they can overlap or looked bunched up and tangled. Thus, for your home’s display, you may need to prune on a regular basis.
How to Propagate Green Queen Pothos
The Green Queen Pothos is very easy to propagate from stem cuttings. And once you have the cuttings, you can root the plant in water or in soil. The choice is up to you.
The most important thing here is to make sure to get a cutting with at least one node. You can use one with 2-3 nodes which would improve the chances of success as well. But make sure the stem cutting has at least one node.
Additionally, get a cutting with at least 2-3 leaves also.
From there, you can decide if you want to propagate the cutting in water or in soil.
Propagating in water is the more popular method. Here, you’ll place the cutting in water to allow the roots to grow. Once they reach at least 2-3 inches long, you can pot up the new plant in soil.
Alternatively, you can propagate in soil as well.
Propagating in soil skips having to put the cutting in water. Instead, you plant the cutting straight into fresh, well-draining potting mix.
This way, you don’t need to transplant it until it needs repotting.
It usually takes between 3-6 weeks for the roots to grow into the length where it can support the plant.
During this time, keep the soil moist and leave the cutting in bright, indirect light.
In a few months, you’ll have leaves coming out from the cuttings.
If you want a bushier Green Queen Pothos, you can get several cuttings and plant them all into one pot. That way, you’ll have more stems and leaves growing.
How to Repot or Transplant Green Queen Pothos
Repotting is another low maintenance task for the Green Queen Pothos. It only needs repotting every 2-3 years.
Also, because the plant has a small root system, you’ll never need a very large pot to accommodate the plant.
However, when you do repot, make sure to be careful as its leaves are delicate and can easily be damaged. So, make sure you gently take it out of the plant.
The best time to repot is during spring or early summer. Although, you can do this any time of the year as long as it is not raining, too hot or cold. These conditions only add to the stress from repotting.
You can easily tell when the plant needs repotting when you see roots coming out from the bottom of the pot’s holes.
Similarly, you can slide the plant out of its container every 6 months or once a year to check how the roots are. If you see the roots circling around the root ball or they have gotten very crowded, it is time to repot.
Is It Toxic/Poisonous to Humans, Cats & Dogs
Yes, the Green Queen Pothos iis unfortunately toxic. And while it is not deadly, make sure not to let young children, dogs or cats consume parts of the plant.
These will cause pain, swelling, difficulty breathing, vomiting and other digestive tract issues.
Green Queen Pothos Problems & Troubleshooting
The Green Queen Pothos will rarely get pests. But it is not immune so they can happen.
For the most part, pests are likely to occur when you bring the plant home for the first time. Therefore, always quarantine new plants, check and monitor them each time you take them home from the nursery or get them from a plant exchange.
Similarly, the plant is more susceptible when it is weak, sick or under stress.
The most common pests are mealybugs are spider mites. These will grow in number very quickly so make sure to regularly inspect the plant. If you spot any pests, treat immediately.
You can use neem oil or horticultural oil to spray the affected areas.
Root rot and leaf spot infections are the most common problems your Green Queen Pothos will face here. Both are preventable so you don’t necessarily have to experience them ever.
However, if there is excess moisture, they will take advantage of the opportunity to develop.
As such, over overwatering and poor draining soil. Also, don’t wet the leaves too much without letting they dry quickly.