Pothos plants are one of the most common houseplants. They are pretty, easy to care for and inexpensive. This trailing vine is a stunning addition to any indoor plant display. They are durable and hearty, and they are an excellent plant to start with if you are new to growing plants.
They can be a table or hanging plant but can also be trained to grow up a trellis or a pole. If we give our Snow Queen Pathos care, they are more likely to care for us back as they are excellent at cleaning the air of toxic chemicals.
They are basically living air purifiers, so it is no wonder that people who love plants especially love these ones. Their leaf is green and white and has a pretty heart shape to it.
Snow Queen Pothos plants can be planted outdoors as a ground covering in US Zones 10 and 11 as they have a climate that remains warm without the ground freezing or the temperatures dropping to below freezing.
As an outdoor ground covering these plants can grow quite large with very little help and are pretty enough that you want them to! They can be planted in cooler climates during the summer months, but they will die at the first frost.
What are the best practices for Snow Queen Pathos Care?
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Basic Care Instructions for Snow Queen Pothos
Snow Queen Pothos care is pretty simple. They grow well in any high quality, fast draining soil. Very wet conditions can cause root rot, so you want to make sure the soil drains well. For my Snow Queen Pothos care, I make sure to use a soil with a pH of 6.1 to 6.5 with two parts soil and one-part perlite. I have had excellent results with this mixture. In fact, I use it for most of my indoor plants.
These plants do well with partial shade or indirect sunlight. My Snow Queen Pothos care is to keep it in a partial light area with no direct sunlight. Mine gets around 4 hours of indirect, natural sunlight a day and it thrives. They can do well with slightly less or slightly more indirect light as well. If Pothos are left in an area that is very low light, this can cause leaf variegation and color to fade.
The best Snow Queen Pothos care is to keep them on the dry side. They prefer the soil to be almost dry in between watering. I wait until it is dry to the second knuckle when I insert my finger in the soil before I water. In the winter months, I let it dry out even further between watering. The leaves will get soft and droop slightly when it is time to water. I always plant all my plants in a pot with drain holes to prevent overwatering.
Like all of the Pothos family, Snow Queen Pothos prefer daily indoor temperatures of 85 degrees with a low of 65 degrees in the night. They can tolerate higher temperatures as long as they have protection from the harsh sun rays.
Since all Pothos plants are tropical and subtropical forest plants, they thrive in mid humid conditions. Part of the Snow Queen Pothos care that I recommend is mist the plant’s leaves once every week to ten days.
A word of warning though, do not mist it so much that the leaves are dripping wet. This can cause fungal problems for the plant and leaves.
I have a humidifier in the room my Pothos lives in however they are usually fine with normal household humidity. If you live in a very dry climate, I suggest having a humidifier on year-round.
An optimal humidity level for any breed of Pathos plant is 50% to a maximum of 75% humidity.
I have found that my Pothos needs very little fertilizing. A lot of the plant experts suggest that Pathos plants do not need any additional fertilizer, and this is probably quite true.
They tend to be the houseplant that is perfect for people who don’t have time for houseplants.
I personally have added a bimonthly fertilizing to my Snow Queen Pathos care, and I prefer to use a seaweed fertilizer with these plants. Another slow release option is to top dress the plant with worm castings.
Snow Queen Pothos plants are very easy to propagate by taking stem cuttings that have a node on them and placing them in water. Once there is a root they can be transplanted to a small pot with soil.
If you give your Snow Queen Pothos the proper care, it will grow six to ten feet long and as bushy as your pot.
It is considered an invasive species in some areas and it propagates so easily, it can grow wide quite quickly as several different plants in one pot.
Potting and repotting
I always give my Snow Queen Pothos a well-draining pot with enough drainage holes in the bottom. All Pothos like to be root bound, so repotting is not necessary very often.
It is beneficial once the roots completely fill the pot. Repotting boosts the soil nutrients and to allow for proper aeration of the soil. Do not repot your Pothos if there is still loose soil.
Another option for Snow Queen Pothos care is to wipe the leaves with neem oil.
These beautiful plants also tend to collect dust more than my other plants. I wipe them with water once a week and with insecticidal soap or neem oil once every three to four months.
These plants are not fussy, and it seems to work fine.
Snow Queen Pothos Propagation: In-depth instructions
- Take a cutting from the vine with a sharp, disinfected knife or with pruning shears. Make sure it has a node or two. I tend to take several cuttings at once.
- Put the cutting into a small glass of water and put it in a light but not direct sunlight area.
- Once roots start growing (three days or so) the cutting can be transplanted to a small pot with soil. Pothos prefer to be a bit root bound as I mentioned above, so small is better.
- Allow the transplant to grow until it is rootbound before you repot it. You can grow more than one cutting in the same pot. I plant two or three together almost any time I propagate. You can separate them once they become root bound, or you can transplant them all together. It is up to you.
As I mentioned above, this plant will propagate on its own as well. I tend to keep mine in a smaller pot so it doesn’t overtake everything, but several cuttings can be planted in a larger pot to make the plant bigger and bushier.
I had Snow Queen Pothos in my garden one summer as well and it grew fast for one season before the frost hit.
When I transplant the cuttings, I personally put them in a starter pot with equal parts peat moss, perlite, and vermiculite.
It is easy to divide the plants when you are repotting a Snow Queen Pothos so feel free to plant cuttings back into the pot with the mother plant if you want it to get bushier. It can always be separated once the plant has grown to the point of being root bound.
Tips & Tricks for Snow Queen Pothos Care
When you are giving your Snow Queen Pothos care, a good thing to remember is the humidity levels.
I find that my plant flourishes when I have a humidifier in the room with it all year round although I do adjust it to be slightly more humid in the winter.
I sometimes drape a plastic tent over my new cuttings as well to keep the humidity in although I am sure they grow without that. You just have to be careful that the leaves don’t get or stay too damp.
These plants can get leaf spot diseases from the leaves being too wet. The leaves of your Pothos will get dark spots with yellow halos around them.
Root rot and stem rot that is fungal can also be an issue with Snow Queen Pothos plants.
You will need a commercial fungicide to correct these issues and you will also need to water the plant less overall. These plants prefer to stay dry, despite the humid conditions they live in.
Don’t repot them often. I have found that my Snow Queen Pothos’ struggle a bit when I do repot them, so I wait until the pot is full of roots with not one inch to spare.
If there is even an inch of extra room in the pot, hold off until it has grown that extra inch.
When you are repotting it, use a pot one size bigger than the last one, as it will not grow well if there is more than an inch of extra room.
Snow Queen Pothos (and all Pothos really) can be planted together in a bigger pot to create a really neat display.
I have even planted certain types of Philodendron with Pothos in the same big pot for a unique and fun display.
If you want to try this, just make sure that all the varieties require the same care!
Commonly asked questions about Snow Queen Pothos
Where can I buy a Snow Queen Pothos plant?
You don’t have to make any special trips for this plant. They are available regularly at garden and home gardening stores. I have also seen them at grocery stores and even on Amazon and eBay! They are inexpensive. The last one I bought was $10.
Does my Snow Queen Pothos care need to include regular pruning?
It is a good idea to remove any yellowing or dying leaves and I prune the vines back on mine to prevent it from getting too leggy. It will grow bushier if you keep the vines regularly (and some what aggressively) pruned. Pinching back the stems can prevent your Pothos from becoming too spindly and thin. I sometimes replant them right into the same pot to create a fuller plant.
What does a “leggy” plant mean and how do I fix it?
When a plant gets leggy, it means that the vines keep growing but produce less leaves as they grow. Another word for it is spindly.
One way to stop it from doing that is to prune it as I mentioned above. Another way is to stake it so it grows up. One of the reasons plants get leggy is that the trailing vines don’t get as much light as one that is staked and growing up.
It’s just a matter of preference. One is not better than the other but if you want a plant with the vines trailing down, this can be a risk.
Another way to make them less leggy is to put them in a spot that gets more light. Just be sure not to move the plant from low light to high light because it will shock it and burn the leaves.
You want it to be brighter but not direct and if it is a lot brighter move the plant for a few hours at a time until it has acclimatized to the new spot with more light.
This is the same approach as hardening a plant off to plant it outdoors.
Are Snow Queen Pothos plants toxic to animals?
Yes. They are extremely toxic to animals and to humans. Keep them away from small children and all animals.
Can I plant Snow Queen Pothos in my outdoor garden if I live in a colder climate?
Yes, but once the frost comes, the plant will die. If you want to replant it next year, take a few cuttings from it and bring them indoors for the winter to grow.
They can be replanted outside the next spring, once the frost is done and the ground is not frozen, and temperatures are above freezing.
Always harden off the plant before you permanently transplant it outdoors though. There is a good chance the plant will go into shock and die if you don’t.
If you live in an area that doesn’t have frost, Snow Queen Pothos can thrive year-round without the need to transplant them.
Snow Queen Pothos are an easy to care for plant that grows trailing vines. They are pretty and low maintenance, which makes them an ideal plant for new plant parents.
They don’t require much work or attention and as long as they are in partial light and watered once in a while they will grow long and beautiful. They propagate very easily which makes them an economical plant to buy as well.
My last one cost me $10 and it has been propagated over twenty times for myself, friends, and family. In my view, that is a wise and attractive investment.
Part of my Snow Queen Pothos care is to mist with an insecticidal soap and water mix once or twice a season and although I do keep a humidifier in the room mine are in, I am quite certain that they would grow well even without it.
It is really hard to do any damage to these hearty and beautiful plants. And that makes them a great addition to any plant room!
Daniel has been a plant enthusiast for over 20 years. He owns hundreds of houseplants and prepares for the chili growing seasons yearly with great anticipation. His favorite plants are plant species in the Araceae family, such as Monstera, Philodendron, and Anthurium. He also loves gardening and is growing hot peppers, tomatoes, and many more vegetables.