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This post is all about Marble Queen Pothos Care. If you’ve recently purchased a Marble Queen Pothos plant, then you’re probably wondering what to do with it now. Or, if your Marble Queen isn’t looking its best at the moment, then keep reading for care tips. This plant guide will not only help you keep your Marble Queen Pothos alive, but thriving, as well.
Marble Queen Pothos (Epipremnum aureum ‘Marble Queen’), is a Pothos variety that’s fairly easy to find. Almost any plant shop will have a few in stock.
It makes one of the best houseplants because its leaves have a marbled coloring that compliments nearly any interior and is also so easy to care for in many growing conditions. It’s the ideal houseplant for any beginner plant parent.
If you’ve recently purchased a Marble Queen Pothos, you probably did so because of it’s gorgeous variegated leaves of white, cream, and green. And also for it’s cascading stems that have alternating leaves.
The Marble Queen Pothos is a favorite among plant collectors and looks best in hanging baskets and vertical spaces. It’s trailing vines grow rather quickly and can reach about 5 feet in length.
Now let’s get into how to keep this beauty alive and thriving with this Marble Queen Pothos Care guide.
Marble Queen Pothos Care: Quick Guide
Light: Moderate to bright indirect sunlight.
Soil: Well-draining soil mix.
Watering: Let soil completely dry out before watering again.
Humidity: 40% or more
Temperature: 60-85ºF or 16-29ºC
Fertilizing: Fish emulsion diluted to 1/4 to 1/2 strength or top dressing of worm castings.
Marble Queen Pothos Description
Marble Queen Pothos (Epipremnum aureum ‘Marble Queen’) is a perennial evergreen in the Araceae family, making it an aroid. It originated in French Polynesia.
Pothos plants love to climb up the trunks of trees or spread and crawl as groundcover.
Marble Queen Pothos’ heart-shaped leaves have a calming aesthetic. That’s because they have a dreamy marbled variegation of jade green and white.
In addition, the leaves are broad, flat and smooth, making it a great houseplant for modern and bohemian interiors.
It’s alternating leaf arrangement is beautiful and their vines have the potential to grow up to 5 feet long.
The Marble Queen Pothos is a versatile plant that can be used as ground cover, a climbing vine on a wall, or in hanging baskets.
It can, however, be invasive when planted in the ground because it grows so quickly. It is best suited for planters or as houseplants.
Marble Queen Pothos Care: How Much Light Does My Plant Need?
To get the best out of your Marble Queen, the optimal light condition for it is bright, indirect sunlight. This can be dappled sunlight, deep shade, or partial shade.
This means that your Marble Queen Pothos will thrive outdoors in a container or hanging basket that is under the shade all day with no direct sunlight or only in direct sunlight in the early morning.
It will also thrive indoors near a window, as long as it does not receive direct sunlight.
Keep in mind that direct sunlight can burn the beautiful marbled leaves, so it’s really important to monitor the lighting conditions your Marble Queen is under.
If you notice that the sun shines directly onto your plant, simply put up a sheer curtain over your window to dapple the sunlight it receives.
The reason why Marble Queen Pothos makes the perfect plant for office spaces and dim bedrooms is its ability to tolerate low light conditions.
Just keep in mind, however, that the less light your Marble Queen receives, the more green you will see on the leaves. This is because the plant is trying to compensate by making more chlorophyll, giving it more green areas instead of white.
If you want a highly marbled look on your Pothos, move it to a location with lots of bright, indirect sunlight.
What Kind of Soil Does My Marble Queen Pothos Need?
Your Marble Queen Pothos needs well-draining soil.
Compact soil or soil without sufficient air pockets can cause water to stay in contact with the roots too long. And this will eventually lead to root rot.
You can purchase well-draining, highly aerated soil for your Marble Queen Pothos, or you can make a mixture of your own.
If you decide to make a well-draining soil mixture, be sure to check out our aroid soil mix recipe, which is the perfect medium for your Pothos.
The perfect mix should be chunky. To achieve this, be sure to add coconut chips, coco coir, or perlite as amendments to your soil.
Marble Queen Pothos Care: Watering Requirements
Watering a Marble Queen can be a bit tricky, as it prefers dry soil, and even the most seasoned plant owners have been known to overwater at times.
So it is important to wait until your Marble Queen Pothos has completely dried out before watering it thoroughly.
This is the key to a healthy Marble Queen Pothos – let the soil dry out completely before watering it again.
When your plant’s root system grows larger, it will use up the water in the soil more rapidly and will therefore require more frequent watering.
Your plant will also require more frequent watering depending on the temperature of its environment. The hotter it is, the more water your plant will need. In the cooler months, your plant may require less frequent watering.
There are many common methods you can use to tell when the soil has dried out and it is time to water.
You can use a moisture meter and water when the meter reads “dry”.
Alternatively, you can insert your finger into the soil up to your second knuckle. If you feel any moisture at all, then wait to water.
Another important part of watering your Marble Queen Pothos is the time of day. It’s best to water it first thing in the morning or before lunch, at the very least.
Daytime is best for watering your plant because it gives your Pothos the opportunity to absorb and drink the water. It also prevents infection on the leaves by giving the leaves enough time to dry before nightfall.
The reason why is because if water sits on the surface of the leaves at night while the plant is transpiring, this can cause bacterial and fungal infections on your leaves.
After watering, remember to allow any excess water to drain out of the pot’s drainage holes. Your Pothos does not not like to have its roots sitting in water, as this could lead to root rot, droopy leaves, and even yellow leaves.
If your Marble Queen Pothos’ leaves begin to turn brown, then that is a sign of under-watering. You may need to water a bit more frequently.
Marble Queen Pothos Care: Humidity Requirements
Although your Marble Queen Pothos can survive in low humidity, it will undoubtedly thrive if you provide it with at least 40% humidity. It is a tropical plant that needs drier soil, but loves that extra moisture in the air for its leaves.
A few ways to increase humidity for your plant is to use a humidifier to place your plant on top of a tray filled with gravel (or pebbles) and water.
The first option is to use a humidifier. Follow your humidifier’s directions carefully and fill your humidifier with distilled water. Properly using a humidifier can give your plants the moisture that they crave. Remember to clean your humidifier according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
The second option is to fill a tray with pebbles or gravel. Then fill that tray with water. Place your plant on top of this tray or around it. This will increase the humidity for your Pothos.
You can also keep your Marble Queen Pothos the the bathroom. Every time you take a shower your bathroom fills with moisture and your Pothos will love this.
Should I Mist My Marble Queen Pothos on a Regular Basis?
Marble Queen Pothos will enjoy the occasional misting and the increased humidity, but they do not need to be misted on a regular basis.
The ideal temperature range for Marble Queen Pothos is between 60-85ºF or 16-29ºC.
It’s important to protect this Pothos from temperatures below 60ºF or 16ºC. Constant exposure to low temperatures may cause permanent damage to leaves in the form of brown spots.
Remember, if you keep your plant in the patio and the weather is around 85ºF or 29ºC, then check the soil moisture more often. Your plant may require more frequent watering in high tempertures.
Marble Queen Pothos needs extra nutrients to grow lush and big. It also needs fertilizer in order to maintain its variegation and not revert back to green.
We fertilize our Pothos plants with fish emulsion diluted to 1/4 to 1/2 strength, and they just love it! During the growing months of Spring and Summer, fertilize at 1/2 strength and then lower it down to 1/4 strength during the Fall and Winter.
You can also add a top dressing of worm castings. Simply pour worm castings over the top of the soil and mix it in just slightly. This top dressing works by providing the roots with nutrients every time you water the plant.
Marble Queen Pothos Care: Common Pests
Fungus gnats. Allow the soil to dry out before watering again in order to avoid those pesky little fungus gnats inside your home. They are annoying to say the least! Letting the soil dry out will also help you avoid fungus on the plant.
Spider mites. Look for tiny webs underneath the leaves and where the leaf meets the petiole. If you see some webs, then you may have spider mites. You can also gently wipe a white paper towel across the underside of a few leaves. to check for spider mites. If you see reddish-brown streaks on the paper towel, then your plant likely has spider mites. Use this article to get rid of spider mites in 5 simple steps.
Mealy bugs. If you see fuzzy oval-shaped bugs just parked on the leaves, then your Pothos likely has mealy bugs. Use neem oil or a horticultural pest spray to help you get rid of them.
How to Propagate Marble Queen Pothos
Propagating in soil is the recommended method for Marble Queen Pothos.
First start by putting soil into a pot with drainage holes. Fill up the pot until the soil reaches an inch from the top and moisten the soil with water.
If you are wondering what kind of soil to use to propagate your Marble Queen Pothos, take a look at this article: How to Make the Best Propagation Soil.
Next, select a long vine or two on your Marble Queen that could use a trim. With clean, sterilized scissors, cut the vine where you desire. Ideally it should be between the nodes of two leaves.
Take the part that you cut off and cut a quarter of the way above one node, and then cut again a quarter of the way below that same node. Do this for most of the leaves you have.
If you have some younger leaves on the end of the vine that haven’t harden off yet, then just discard those.
You should aim for cutting off at least 6 leaves with nodes if you want your new plant to look nice and full. The more cuttings the better!
Finally, position the leaf to face up to the sky and insert the node that’s pointing downward into the moist propagation soil. Do this for all of your cuttings.
Keep your propagation soil moist for 4 weeks while the roots are developing.
After 4 weeks, you should notice new growth from your cuttings. So exciting!
Propagation Tip: You can help your propagations grow faster if you give them more humidity. A humidity dome works great for helping your propagations grow quickly.
Tips on How to Grow a Lush and Full Pothos
Tip #1: When you are purchasing a Marble Queen Pothos, look for one with at least 12-15 vines inside the pot. This helps you get to a full and large plant quicker than if your pot only had one or two vines in it. When you propagate your Marble Queen Pothos, try to add up to 15-20 cuttings to the soil to get a full looking plant.
Trip #2: Trim back your vines when they get long. Trimming your plants back somehow encourages new growth elsewhere on the plant, resulting in a fuller effect. Then take advantage of this moment. Use the parts you trimmed off to propagate new Marble Queen plants. or insert the nodes into the same pot to get fuller-looking plant.
Tip #3: Stake up your Marble Queen. Pothos are epiphytic and grow up tree trunks and vertical spaces. They can actually get quite large when given the opportunity to climb up on a stake, totem or moss pole.
So now that you’ve made it through this Marble Queen Pothos Care guide, you are closer to growing some healthy, lush and full plants with these tips.