If you are looking for a houseplant that breaks the monotony of your home and is easy to care for, consider the marble queen pothos. This pothos variety (Epipremnum aureum ‘Marble Queen’) is known for its foliage, which has cream and white variegation. Similar to other pothos types, the marble queen pothos can thrive indoors and is easily adaptable to other growing conditions, which makes it the perfect plant for beginners.
Known for being a versatile type of pothos, the marble queen makes an excellent hanging basket plant. If you prune it properly, it doubles as a potted plant. However, it can be mildly toxic to dogs, cats and humans if ingested. Take caution with the marble queen pothos if you have young kids or pets at home.
How to Care for Marble Queen Pothos
This versatile pothos is easy to grow and very forgiving. You can grow them in any space in your home, and don’t require regular repotting or pruning in order to thrive. They only need to be repotted once every couple of years since they enjoy being rootbound. You can hang them up or just put them in a pot.
The marble queen pothos has flowers. However, they aren’t as interesting as the foliage. But if you see a flower, it’s a good sign that your pothos is thriving under your care.
To make sure your pothos is always in good condition, keep the following factors in mind.
How Fast Do Marble Queen Pothos Plants Grow?
Under the right conditions, your marble queen plant can quickly reach 5 ft. in length (or height if you are growing the marble pothos as a climber). To encourage quick and healthy growth, consider important factors like proper watering, adequate lighting and regular feeding.
If you notice your plant’s growth slowing down, check the following conditions:
- Your marble queen pothos’ growth will slow down if the soil mix doesn’t have enough nutrients.
- Location. Placing your pothos under filtered sunlight speeds up the growth process.
- Pot size. Since the pothos plant can grow quickly, it can easily become rootbound, which means you have to transfer the plant to a larger pot every year.
How Much Light Does a Marble Queen Pothos Need?
The marble queen pothos requires plenty of indirect sunlight to keep its foliage vibrant and bright. However, too much sunlight can cause damage to your plants. The best place to hang your plant is near a window that faces the east.
You can also plant your pothos on a windowsill. Just make sure the window has a sheer curtain to protect the plant from direct sunlight. Too much sunlight might scorch the leaves, which can cause the color of the leaves to fade.
What are the Soil Requirements of the Marble Queen Pothos?
The marble queen pothos plant thrives in a nutrient-rich mix with good drainage. The ideal soil blend for this pothos variety is a blend of equal parts of perlite, peat moss and houseplant soil. Make sure the organic matter has enough moisture.
To get the soil requirements right, choose the right type of pot! The container shouldn’t be too big or too small. It must also be free from drainage holes. If you want to retain moisture better, choose terracotta pots over plastic and ceramic ones. However, if you only have plastic and ceramic, adjust your watering schedule to prevent soggy soil.
Keep in mind that the right potting soil lets water drain fast. If the soil is heavy, it can be easily waterlogged, which can cause the roots to rot. On the other hand, soil that is too sandy and light won’t hydrate the roots properly. When planting your marble queen pothos, aim for fast draining and moisture retention.
How Much Water Does the Marble Queen Pothos Need?
Unlike other pothos varieties, the marble queen only needs once-a-week watering. Letting the soil dry between watering prevents the roots from rotting. Water your marble queen plant more often during the summer and less frequently during the winter season.
One of the most common mistakes made with watering your pothos plant is thinking one schedule fits all. There are different factors that determine the frequency of watering a pothos: humidity, temperature, amount of light and pot size are just some of them.
When watering your pothos plant, keep the following tips in mind:
- Only water your marble queen pothos plant if the soil is partially dry. This avoids overwatering and root rot.
- Water your plant until the excess water drains from the drainage holes.
- Leave water out overnight in a jar before you water your plants. This lets the harmful chemicals in the water evaporate.
How to Fertilize Your Marble Queen Pothos
The marble queen plant doesn’t need much feeding. You can fertilize it monthly during the growing season. Use any houseplant fertilizer and don’t forget to dilute it! You can also use other organic fertilizer options like liquid seaweed solution and worm compost.
Feel free to feed your pothos during the growing months to make sure the plant gets all the nutrients. Just remember to control your feeding during the winter season.
How To Propagate Marble Queen Pothos
Fortunately, marble queen pothos plants are easy to propagate. New plants can quickly grow from stem cuttings. All you have to do is make a cutting below the node and make sure that there are at least two leaves on the stem.
One of the best ways to propagate your marble queen is to root the stem cutting in water. Before placing the stem in a jar of water, remove the leaves from their lowest part. Don’t forget to change the water often. In a few weeks, you’ll notice new roots growing from the node.
How to Prune Your Marble Queen Pothos
Despite being a fast-growing plant, the marble queen pothos responds well to pruning. Trim the stems in early spring to prevent legginess and promote bushy growth. If your plant has discolored, dead or damaged leaves, feel free to trim them at any time.
Watch Out for Diseases and Pests
One of the most common types of pests that infect marble queen plants is mealybugs. You’re probably dealing with a mealybug problem if you see small, cotton-like growths on the plant’s leaves and stems. Remove these indoor pests by applying alcohol on a cotton swab.
Root rot is a common disease that affects marble queen pothos. This happens when you overwater your plants.
So, if you’re looking for a new plant for your home but want a simple new house buddy, go for the marble queen pothos!