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Looking for Pothos varieties (Epipremnum aureum) to add to your plant collection? This post is all about different Pothos houseplants you need right now and how to care for them.
If you already have a Pothos in your collection, then you know what a joy these plants truly are. They are easy to care for and they add a ton of style to your home.
If you’re new to caring for Pothos, then congratulations are in order. That’s because you’ve chosen a great houseplant that comes with an easy care regimen. Pothos varieties will bring you so much satisfaction with little effort.
Pothos Varieties Similarities
While there are several Pothos varieties, they all have very similar characteristics. First, they all have beautiful heart-shaped leaves. Next, they all have vines that can trail down to the ground or grow up on a moss pole. And finally, they all have relatively the same care instructions.
Pothos Varieties (Epipremnum aureum)
Golden Pothos (Epipremnum aureum) or Devil’s Ivy
Golden Pothos is the traditional variety of Pothos and the one that most people think of when talking about this type of houseplant. As a common houseplant, you can find Golden Pothos in many homes and plant collections.
Its heart-shaped leaves are emerald green with creamy yellow streaks. Golden Pothos has even been known to surprise you with white variegations, that most call Golden Pothos ‘White Sport’.
You can rest assured that Golden Pothos is a hardy and highly adaptable plant that can grow in various light conditions.
Golden Pothos leaves tend to grow quicker when allowed to attach to a totem or moss pole in a bright and humid location. That being said, Golden Pothos leaves can get up 12 inches wide if grown outdoors in Zones 10 and 11.
It is important to note, however, that Golden Pothos should be kept in a container pot and not planted into the ground. This is because Golden Pothos has invasive properties and can cause harm to native plants.
Golden Pothos leaves grow and trail quite quickly. Therefore, these plants look great in hanging baskets or on ledges.
Neon Pothos (Epipremnum aureum ‘Neon‘)
Neon Pothos is aptly named for its bright, chartruese-colored leaves. In a sea of dark green houseplants, a Neon Pothos will surely stand out.
It’s leaves are heart-shaped and do not have any variegation. In addition, new leaves start out lighter in color. As they get older, the leaves turn into that gorgeous neon color.
If you want your Neon Pothos to keep its bright neon green coloring, grow it in bright indirect light. In fact, keeping a Neon Pothos in low light will cause the leaves to pack themselves with chlorophyll and this makes them turn a darker green color.
If you’re looking to add some color contrast to your houseplant collection, then you’ll need a Neon Pothos. Try placing one among similarly colored plants in order to break up the monotony of dark green with a bright neon green. Neon Pothos also looks great on a ledge or in a hanging basket with its leaves trailing down toward the ground.
Marble Queen (Epipremnum aureum ‘Marble Queen‘)
Marble Queen Pothos is one of the first cultivars after Golden Pothos. It is quite common, but is still exceptionally elegant.
Just as the name suggests, Marble Queen Pothos has green heart-shaped leaves marbled or streaked with a ton of creamy white. The heavy variegation of the leaves makes this houseplant so attractive in plant collections. While these leaves usually have 50-50 variegation, you may find some plants with more or less white. Growing your Marble Queen Pothos in bright, indirect light will help to keep the variegation.
Marble Queen Pothos tend to grow slower than other Pothos varieties because the leaves have less chlorophyll. Since they are slower growing this plant is ideal for floor and tabletop pots.
Pearls and Jade Pothos (Epipremnum aureum ‘Pearls and Jade’)
This unique cultivar that was produced and it patented by the University of Florida. You’ll find its leaves to be some of the most beautiful among the Pothos varieties.
Each heart-shaped leaf has a jade green center line with pearly white lines on each side of the green. Pearls and Jade Pothos usually have smaller leaves and grow slower than other varieties.
Pearls and Jade Pothos grows well in bright indirect light. This will allow the leaves to maintain their unique coloring. You’ll also notice leaves on Pearls and Jade Pothos grow faster and larger if attached to a totem or moss pole.
Hawaiian Pothos (Epipremnum aureum ‘Hawaiian‘)
The Hawaiian Pothos cultivar has very large leaves when compared to the rest of the Pothos varieties. It’s leaves are glossy and variegated, giving it a unique and exotic look.
The foliage is a rich green with streaks of bright yellow variegation that follow the lateral veins of the leaf toward the edges.
Hawaiian Pothos grows aerial roots and loves to grow up a totem or moss pole. They will grow larger leaves when their aerial roots have something to grip on to.
If you are in search of a houseplant that gives a highly “tropical” look, then look no further. Hawaiian pothos is exactly what you need to achieve that look. It is great to pair alongside a monotone, broad shaped leaf plant, such as Monstera deliciosa. The Hawaiian Pothos’ vibrant colors add a gorgeous contrast to your tropical houseplant corner.
Manjula Pothos (Epipremnum aureum ‘Manjula‘)
Another cultivar developed by the University of Florida, the Manjula Pothos is a stunning plant with interestingly shaped leaves. The leaves are heart-shaped, like other Pothos varieties, but they are not smooth and curve slightly at the tips.
Now about that variegation. I think you’ll agree that it’s absolutely stunning. The Manjula Pothos boasts variegations that range in color from emerald green, silver, cream, to pure white. Some leaves (or parts of leaves) have a marbled look, while other parts can be mostly white with hints of green.
The Manjula Pothos is currently a rare variety of pothos. That is because the University of Florida still holds the patent to it. You won’t find these plants at garden centers just yet!
If you’re lucky enough to own one, you’ll need to follow certain care requirements for this rare beauty. Because of its high level of variegation, it’s important to keep Manjula Pothos in bright but indirect light. Too much sunlight may cause the variegation to fade. Too little sunlight may also affect the coloring. As such, try to monitor your Manjula Pothos and relocate it to another area if needed to get it looking its best.
Jessenia Pothos (Epipremnum aureum ‘Jessenia‘)
While Jessenia Pothos has heart-shaped leaves like other pothos varieties, it’s variegation is more unique. This stunning houseplant features striking chartreuse against a dark emerald background.
Jessenia Pothos tends to grow slower than non-variegated Pothos. However, place this houseplant in a bright location in indirect light and it will grow or trail wonderfully. Bright light will also help it maintain its coloring. Jessenia Pothos will bring a ton of color and contrast to a dull area of your home. Be sure to place it in an area where people can enjoy its vividly colored leaves.
Glacier Pothos (Epipremnum aureum ‘Glacier‘)
You might see Glacier Pothos confused with Pearls and Jade Pothos and N-Joy Pothos (which we’ll discuss next). Their variegations look similar. But a side-by-side comparison shows their differences.
Glacier Pothos has smaller leaves compared to the other Pothos cultivars. Furthermore, the variegation on Glacier Pothos resembles white streaks instead of dabs of white.
It’s compact growing habit makes this houseplant perfect for small spaces, offices, and tabletops. Show off this plant at eye level.
Although it may survive in low light settings, brighter light (but not direct sunlight) will keep your Glacier Pothos looking its best.
N-Joy Pothos (Epipremnum aureum ‘N-Joy‘)
A newcomer to the Pothos family and rare in comparison is the N-Joy Pothos. It is often confused with Pearls and Jade Pothos and Glacier Pothos.
N-Joy Pothos boasts beautiful green and white variegated leaves. The green parts of the leaves range from a rich emerald green to dark green. Meanwhile, the white areas can range in color from pure white to cream to silvery gray.
Like other variegated Pothos, N-Joy Pothos grows slowly. However, keeping it in bright indirect light will allow it to keep its variegation and make it grow faster.
N-Joy Pothos likes slightly more moist soil than other Pothos houseplants. Wilting is a sign that your N-Joy Pothos needs to be watered.
Jade Pothos (Epipremnum aureum ‘Jade‘)
If you’re a Pothos or houseplant collector, then you may think Jade Pothos’ solid green leaves are too common or plain for your collection. But if you enjoy minimalism and simplicity, then you’ll need a Jade Pothos for your collection.
Jade Pothos is the hardiest of all the Pothos varieties. It’s very easy to care for and can tolerate a wide range of growing conditions, even low light conditions.
If you need to fill an area or corner of your home with some green but the light conditions are not suitable for other plants, you can count on a Jade Pothos to help you out.
How to Care for Pothos Varieties
In general, Epipremnum aureum is easy to care for and is a great type of houseplant for beginners and experts alike. For the most part, the different Pothos cultivars have similar care requirements. But you need to know what those are to be a successful Pothos parent.
Pothos Varieties Light Requirements
Bright, indirect light is best for Pothos houseplants. Variegated leaves will require brighter light to maintain their variegation. Darker colored leaves will be able to tolerate lower light levels. If you want any plant to grow quickly and robustly, however, give it bright indirect light. Be sure to keep your Pothos out of direct sunlight as this will scorch and damage their leaves.
Best Soil for Pothos Varieties
All Pothos plants are aroids that need well-draining soil for optimal root health. You can use our best aroid soil recipe for your Pothos houseplants to keep them in tip-top shape.
When to Water Your Pothos
Water your Pothos when the first 2 inches of soil is completely dry. You can test for soil moisture in the first 2 inches by using a moisture meter, your finger, or a chopstick. If your moisture meter reads ‘dry’ in the first 2 inches of soil, then it is time to water. Alternatively, water your Pothos if you don’t feel any moisture in the first 2 inches of soil with your finger, or if a chopstick comes out clean. It’s best to water your Pothos based on soil dryness instead of on a schedule. Overwatering your Pothos can lead to root rot and other problems.
How to Water Your Pothos
The best way to water your Pothos is to give it a thorough watering. Water the soil thoroughly by pouring enough water into the pot to saturate the soil. Allow the water to run through the drainage holes of your pot. Here are more tips on how to water houseplants, including your prized Pothos.
The Best Temperature and Humidity for Your Pothos Varieties
Pothos varieties thrive in temperatures between 65°F and 85°F (18°C – 29°C). In other words, the average household temperature is perfect for pothos. Since Pothos are aroids or tropical plants, they will require a decent amount of humidity. Aim for 40% humidity or more to keep them happy.
Fertilizing Your Pothos Varieties for Optimal Health
Apply a diluted houseplant fertilizer to your Pothos houseplant every month during Spring and Summer. Stop fertilizing during the slower-growing months of Fall and Winter. We like to use diluted fish emulsion for our Pothos collection and they absolutely love it.
Pruning Your Pothos Plants
Pothos plants don’t require much pruning. However, if your Pothos vines grow longer than you’d like, simply cut them back and propagate the cut portion in water or place the cut vine back into the soil of its current pot. Trimming your Pothos will stimulate new growth on other parts of the plant, resulting in a fuller and bushier plant.