The Pothos N’Joy and Pearls and Jade are very similar looking plants. But they do have differences.
Still, because of their very uncanny resemblance, many people often confuse one for the other. This includes nurseries and online shops.
Thus, it is always a good idea to know the distinctive features if you’re going out to get either plant.
Do not just rely on the label that’s on the store. I’ve seen quite a few plants mislabeled over the years.
In this article, I’ll explain the main differences to look for to help you clear up and avoid any confusion between the two very similar looking pothos plants.
The difference between the Pothos N Joy and Pearls and Jade are primarily in their size and leaves. The Pothos N’Joy has green leaves with more white variegation.
The Pearls and Jade has green, white and cream colors. But its white and cream areas are not as big or are distinctive.
Similarly, the Pothos N Joy is bigger and has larger leaves compared with the Pearls and Jade.
But since both plants are descendants of the Marble Queen Pothos, they have lots of similarities too.
Difference Between Pothos N’Joy vs. Pearls and Jade
Pothos N Joy and Pearls and Jade are very similar when it comes to their color schemes.
This can make it difficult to tell the two plants apart unless you have at least a few months of observing and looking closely at their patterns.
The most distinctive difference between the two plants are in the colors of their leaves and the patterns.
The Pothos N’Joy is very popular because of its green leaves that are adorned with lots of white variegations.
These white patterns take up good portions of the leaves and they often come in large blocks.
As such, the white colors are very prominent with this plan.
For this reason, it is very important to keep your Pothos N Joy in bright, indirect light. It needs plenty of light to maintain its white variegation.
If you leave the plant in low light or dark environments, there’s a good chance that you’ll see the leaves lose their white patterns.
Instead, you’ll end up with yellow-green and dark green color combinations.
The less light it gets the more likely you end up with more green than white. And it may come to a point where the plant will revert to all green if it lacks illumination.
On the other hand, the Pothos Pearls and Jade features a similar green and white combination. But you’ll also see some blotches or patches of cream color in there as well.
In most cases, the Pothos Pearls and Jade will have more green color to their leaves. And you’ll see the smaller areas of white and cream colors.
Another difference if many of the white and cream patterns in this plant usually start out or cover the parts near the edges of the leaves.
That said, how much white and cream variegation a Pearls and Jade Pothos has will vary depending on the amount of light it receives.
The more light it gets, the more variegation you’ll see.
Therefore, you want to be careful about leaving it in low light where it may have much more green than white and cream colors.
Both the Pothos N Joy and Pearls and Jade are cultivars of the Epipremnum aureum. This is why they both have similar taxonomy.
And it is also why they care classified as pothos species.
As such, the Pothos N Joy, being a cultivar, was the result of planned and selective breeding. It did not naturally grow out in any forest or jungle environment.
Instead, it was created in a greenhouse after meticulous trials.
Additionally, the parents of the Pothos N Joy are specific types of Marble Queen Pothos. The goal was to produce a different yet beautiful foliage plant with bright variegations.
And as we all know, these unique features are what makes the N’Joy different from many other plants.
Because of its beauty, it has become one of the most popular houseplants around.
Like the Pothos N Joy, the Pearls and Jade Pothos also originated from a variety of Marble Queen Pothos.
This is why you’ll notice that the 3 plants are very similar with slightly differences in their appearances.
That said, all of them are beautiful.
Again, because the Pothos Pearls and Jade was selectively bred, it did not come out naturally in the forest.
Instead, it was borne in the research facility in Florida after lots of experimentation and testing.
The result of which is a cultivar that has likewise become very popular.
Because cultivars like the Pothos N Joy and Pearls and Jade are made in labs or greenhouses, the difference is usually in the process, the parents that were used, the botanists that created them and the location.
The Pothos N Joy is best known for its green and white leaves. Its white variegations are gorgeous because they’re distinctive and cover large parts of foliage.
That said, the plant does not have the biggest leaves.
So, what you get is tons of smaller leaves instead of a few huge ones.
Note that in the wild, the leaves of the Pothos N Joy can get very big. But that’s not the case when grown as a houseplant.
Indoors, you can expect its leaves to reach between 3 to 5 inches long.
This will vary depending on how big you get the plant get. The smaller the plant, the smaller the leaves will be. If you let the plant climb and get taller, the leaves will also get bigger.
As mentioned, make sure to keep your N’Joy pothos is bright, indirect light. This will allow it to produce amazing variegations.
Additionally, it will develop more leaves and larger ones at that.
The leaves of the N’Joy are heart shaped with oval edges. They are fairly wide as well especially compared with the earlier versions of the plant.
Meanwhile, the Pearls and Jade Pothos has slightly smaller leaves.
Again, the best part of the plant is its colors. And because the leaves are smaller, you want to let the plant get bushy.
The bushier and fuller your Pothos Pearls and Jade is, the more beautiful it will look as you’ll see more colors and patterns from the leaves.
In generally, the Pearls and Jade Pothos will develop leaves that grow top about 3 inches long and 2 inches wide.
They have similar heart-shaped leaves but the leaves have less of a pointed tip.
Another difference between the Pothos N Joy and Pearls and Jade are the texture of their leaves.
Pearls and Jade pothos have thinner leaves that can be feel like that of paper. In contrast, the N’Joy Pothos as dual texture with the top part of its leaves feeling smooth while the bottom part having a leathery texture.
When it comes to size, both the Pothos N Joy and Pearls and Jade are generally small plants.
They are kept in pots and trimmed to make them look very bushy.
However, the plants can be grown in different ways.
In fact, given a choice, they are vigorous climbers.
Like other pothos plants, they tend to spread as their vines get longer as they grow. As such, they’re not necessarily large plants. Instead, they are long plants.
However, if you let them grow in the forest, they will get very big and produce large leaves.
This is not the case if you grow them in containers indoors.
As such, you’ll see the Pothos N’Joy size vary from something as small as 6 to 9 inches in size, all the way to 10 feet tall.
The former is when you keep it in a pot and let the vines overflow over the container. Then trim them to keep them neat and tidy looking.
This is perfect for countertops and tabletops. Or if you don’t have a lot of space.
But if you give your Pothos N Joy a pole or vertical structure to climb, it can read 10 feet high as it goes up that pole.
The biggest benefit here is the plant becomes impressive. And its leaves will become much bigger as well.
Alternatively, many home gardeners will place it on a hanging basket to allow its long vines to drape downwards. Since each stem will produce many leaves, this makes it stunning to look at.
Note that the Pothos N Joy is a slow grower. So, even if you let it climb or trail, it will take a while for it to reach its full size.
Another thing worth knowing is that when grown outdoors, the plant will become bigger than it is indoors.
In the wild, the Pothos N’Joy can reach between 30 to 60 feet as it climbs onto trees.
The Pothos Pearls and Jade is another small plant.
This makes it a perfect decorative plant for living rooms, shelves, apartments and even tabletops.
It is also another slow grower. So, you do not need to worry about the plant suddenly growing huge in just a few months.
The Pearls and Jade Pothos is yet another vigorous climber.
And it will climb up anything you give it to go up on. In ideal conditions, which usually means the tropical rainforests, the plant can reach 30 feet high.
But indoors in a container, it will max out between 6 to 10 feet.
Again, the size of the plant will vary depending on how you grow it.
It will reach its optimal size if you allow it to climb up.
That said, many home growers prefer to let the plant trail downwards from a hanging container. That’s because it looks lovely when it gets long and bushy.
If you want to keep it smaller, you can leave it in a pot and trim it as the vines get longer. This will give you a bushy Pothos Pearls and Jade with stunning green, white and cream colors.
Pothos N’Joy vs Pearls and Jade Similarities
One thing that not many people realize is that pothos are flowering plants.
As such, both the Pothos N Joy and Pearls and Jade can flower.
But it is very unlikely that you’ll ever see them do so.
That’s because pothos rarely bloom when grown as a houseplant. Outdoors, they may but the odds are still very slim.
However, if you let them grow in the wild, that’s when their flowers can appear.
They need that ideal environment in order to bloom.
Unfortunately, the home and garden do not provide such conditions.
That said, most growers and gardeners don’t mind this at all. And you probably won’t either.
That’s because when the pothos blooms, its flowers are not all that impressive. As such, many growers actually remove the flowers if they do appear.
The reason is that the plants only have so much energy and resources to use.
If they spend some of this for producing and maintaining the flowers, it means that your pothos is not completely focused on producing leaves and letting them grow to their full potential.
That’s a no-no considering that the leaves are the crowning glory of pothos plants, especially variegated ones like the Pothos N’Joy and Pearls and Jade.
By removing or pruning the flowers, the plant will focus all of its energy and resources for foliage growth and development.
This gives you more leaves, larger foliage and more vibrant colors.
The Pothos N Joy and Pearls and Jade have very similar growth habits.
Both are vining plants.
And they are enthusiastic climbers.
This means you have many options of how you want to display them.
From the point of view of both plants, they’d prefer climbing up something. You can give them a pole, totem or post to climb on.
This is how they like to grow if left in the forest. And they’ll reach their tallest height and produce more leaves as well.
This is when the plants are happiest.
However, a more popular way of displaying them indoors or in the balcony is by allowing them to trail. Keeping them in hanging baskets allows their long vining stems to drape down.
And since their vines will be filled with variegated green and white foliage, this makes them look gorgeous.
Additionally, there’s little pruning needed since you can let them keep growing longer.
The last method is keeping them in a pot then allowing their long stems to overflow out of the pot and sprawl around it.
Here, you’ll see some owners let the vines get longer while others will keep the plant fairly compact.
With the latter, you can keep in in shelves or smaller spaces.
Another similarity both plants have is that they are slow growers. So, while their vines can get long, it does take time for this to happen. And it also takes a little bit before they become full and bushy.
However, after a while of owning both the Pothos N Joy and Pearls and Jade, you’ll realize that pruning is part of their maintenance.
This is because the long stems can get tangled up, messy or some will look like outliers.
They can also get too long or bushy for the space you want to keep them in.
The reason why the Pothos N Joy and Pearls and Jade are very similar is that they both originated from the Marble Queen Pothos.
As such, they have similar lineage.
This means that in addition to both being pothos species, they are both aroids since they are members of the Araceae family.
And while it may not seem like it, they’re related to the philodendron, monstera and anthurium plants. All of these also belong to the same Araceae family.
Just as importantly, both plants belong to the Epipremnum aureum species which all pothos belong to.
But in order to identify one from the other, they have different scientific or botanical names.
The Pothos N Joy is officially known as the Epipremnum aureum ‘N Joy’, while the Pearls and Jade Pothos is officially known as the Epipremnum aureum ‘Pearls and Jade’.
And in case you were wondering, the names Pothos N Joy and Pearls and Jade Pothos are considered their common names.