Last Updated on March 19, 2022 by Admin
The Marble Queen Pothos (Epipremnum Aureum ‘marble queen’) is one of the most popular pothos varieties around. This is because of its beautiful variegated leaves. But, it lags the more popular Golden Pothos because the latter is much easier to care for.
Thus between the two, the choice comes down to ease of care and maintenance (Golden Pothos) vs. beauty and striking appearance (Marble Queen Pothos).
That said, what makes Marble Queen Pothos stunning to look at are its bright-colored leaves which have both green and white/cream colors, with the latter being more dominant than the former.
Additionally, they’re trailing vines makes them perfect for hanging baskets or containers set on high furniture. Although, you can place them in tabletops or windowsills as well.
This pothos variety, like others, are also well-suited for indoor environments making them amazing houseplants. They come from Southeast Asia and Australia. Thus, making them favor tropical conditions.
Generally a slow grower, the Marble Queen Pothos is perfect if you want a beautiful houseplant that doesn’t take up a ton of space.
Marble Queen Pothos Plant Care
Marble Queen Pothos Light
One of the reasons why pothos plants are easy to care for it is that they do well in different light conditions. More importantly, they tolerate low light environment quite well. In fact, the ideal spot for them is somewhere they can receive moderate indoor light.
That said, Marble Queen Pothos are very popular because of their highly variegated leaves. With this kind of pothos, you’ll need to give it bright, indirect light. Keeping it in areas with too little light will cause it to lose its foliage variegation. So, when this starts to happen, it’s a sign that you need to move it to somewhere brighter.
However, the one thing you don’t want to do with pothos is to put them in direct sunlight.
This makes an east facing window one of the best spots to position your Marble Queen Pothos. And, because of its trailing characteristics, hanging it is one of the best ways to display this plant.
In addition to hanging, placing in on a windowsill works just as well. Again, you need to be aware of how the sun hits that area at all times of the day, making sure there isn’t direct sunlight. Otherwise, it will start to lose its bright green colors.
A sure sign that your Marble Queen Pothos is getting too much light is when its leaves start turning yellowish or pale in color.
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Marble Queen Pothos Temperature & Humidity
Another reason Marble Queen Pothos, and pothos plants in general, are great houseplants is that they enjoy room temperature. As long as the temp stays between 55 to 85 degrees Fahrenheit, they’ll be happy.
If you live in a cold climate area, do watch for the temperature once it drops under 55 degrees. Staying at this low levels can damage the Marble Queen Pothos’ beautiful leaves. Thus, causing it to lose its luster. So, when cooler conditions arrive, move your plant to a warmer location.
And like many plants that do well in the home, they enjoy high humidity. Basic household humidity suits them well. Although, they do best when humidity is kept between 40% to 60%. Again, wintertime can make this a little tricky. So, you’ll need to test different locations in your home to get the best results.
Keeping your Devil’s ivy plant indoors lets you control the temperature and humidity better. Thus, another reason why it’s often kept as a houseplant.
If you live in USDA zones 11 and 12, then growing them outdoors will be easy as well. The one thing make sure is that they get bright but indirect sunlight. Thus, keeping them away from the sun’s rays is a must.
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Marble Queen Pothos Watering
In general, pothos like soil that’s slightly moist. More importantly, it is very susceptible to overwatering. Just like too much sunlight is detrimental to this houseplant, overwater can likewise cause your pothos to die.
To avoid this, allow the soil to dry before watering again. This means waiting until the top 1 to 2 inches of the soil isn’t moist anymore. You can do so by sticking your finger into the soil.
Too much water turns your pothos leaves yellow. It also causes root rot. So, whatever you do, don’t let your Marble Queen Pothos sit in water. The only exception to this is if you’re starting a cutting in water.
In contrast, if its leaves start to turn brown or wilt, it’s a sign that you need to water more often.
Like other Pothos plants, the Marble Queen thrives in slightly moist soil that drains well. Ideally, you want to put it in a potting mix that is nutrient-rich as well. This means that heavy soil like clay will hold too much water. In contrast, soil that’s too light and allows too much water to drain results in dehydrate roots.
Marble Queen Pothos don’t need to be fed a lot. During its growing season, you’ll only need to feed it monthly using a houseplant fertilizer diluted to 50% the suggested strength. Doing so ensures that your pothos plant grows, especially if the soil is low in nutrients.
Once wintertime comes around, you can stop feeding until the growing season.
Marble Queen Pothos Pruning
This pothos variety tends to be a slow grower. However, given the right conditions and healthy feeding frequency, it can grow faster. This allows it to reach up to 5 feet long.
As a climber this can be fairly overwhelming with its long limbs coming down from your container. Similarly, it can cover an entire area if it’s sitting on a tabletop or windowsill.
Thus, trimming the vines as they get long helps keep them from getting out of control. More importantly, regular trimming (every few months or so) encourages them to become more bushy and full. Thus, giving you a lovelier plant.
Marble Queen Pothos Propagation
This pothos variety is fairly easy to propagate. Thus, you don’t have to go buy yourself another one from the nursery if you want grow more. The best way to do so is via stem cuttings.
All you need to do is cut below a node leaving 2-3 leaves in the stem. This gives it enough room to stand in water, where you’ll be placing it.
Once you have the stem cutting place in a jar of water to root. You can likewise use a large glass. When you see about 1 to 1.5 inches of root grow, it’s time to move it to a container and fill with potting mix.
Transplanting & Repotting Marble Queen Pothos
Marble Queen Pothos don’t mind being slightly rootbound. Thus, you can keep them in a small pot for a little longer before having to repot them. But, once the roots starts filling the pot, it’s a time to move it to a larger pot.
When you do so, make sure to use fresh soil to invigorate your Devil’s Ivy plant. Make sure to also choose a container that has drainage holes to allow the excess moisture to drain faster. This will prevent its roots from sitting too long in water.
Similarly, the material you use will affect how much water your pothos plant holds. Plastic and ceramic pots tend to retain more water because they’re less porous. In contrast, Terra cotta pots and containers allow some moisture to get out. Thus, do adjust how much you water based on how soggy the soil feels.
Marble Queen Pothos are toxic to both humans and animals because they contain calcium oxalates. Ingesting its leaves or stems can result in serious stomach and digestive issues including vomiting and irritation. Similarly, other symptoms include drooling and lack of appetite.
Thus, it’s a good idea to keep them away from pets and little children who may accidentally play or consumer them.
Pothos plants don’t have a lot of pest and other problems. This makes them ideal for beginner gardeners or houseplant owners with brown thumbs. Just as importantly, when these problems come up, they’re fairly easy to remedy.
Pests aren’t a big issue with pothos plants. But, on occasion, you’ll see scale and mealybugs inhabit them. The good news is, all you need is a cotton ball dipped in alcohol. Use this to wipe the plants’ leaves and it will kill the pests.
Overwater is your Marble Queen Pothos’ number 1 enemy when it comes to disease. Allowing this houseplant to sit in water potentially introduces problems like root rot and bacterial leaf diseases.
Thus, it’s key not only to allow the soil to drain but also keep the leaves from getting wet or too wet when watering.
Fungicide is often the solution to these problems. But, it won’t solve the cause. As such, it’s important to modify how you water your pothos to prevent diseases and other problems from happening again.