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12 Pothos Varieties You Should Know

12 Pothos Varieties You Should Know

Pothos belongs to the aroid family Araceae, and its various varieties are widely available for plant-loving people. 

Some of them are variegated, while others have solid leaves, so you have so many options to choose from. 

One thing worth mentioning about Pothos varieties is that all of them are toxic as they contain calcium oxalate crystals; therefore, grow them away from the reach of kids and pets. 

 

12 Pothos Varieties

  1. Golden Pothos
  2. Manjula Pothos
  3. Cebu Blue Pothos
  4. Pearl and Jade Pothos
  5. Silver Pothos
  6. Neon Pothos
  7. Marble Queen Pothos
  8. Snow Queen Pothos
  9. N Joy Pothos
  10. Jessenia Pothos
  11. Jade Pothos
  12. Glacier Pothos

 

12 Popular Pothos Varieties

 

Golden Pothos

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The variegated yellow leaves of this variety add a pop of color to your indoor setting. Hang this plant in your bedroom or any dim house location to let the leaves trail downwards. 

This bright houseplant can also be trained to climb support or wall. 

This variety is best suited for home growers with limited sunlight as it can grow in dim or dark areas. This plant is native to islands in South Pacific, and it grows 60 ft (18 m) in height. 

Indoors also reaches an average size of 5-12 ft (1.5-3.6m). 

  • Light: Moderate or low indirect sunlight
  • Temperature: 60 to 85 degrees Fahrenheit (15.5 to 29 degrees Celsius)
  • Humidity: 50 to 70% 
  • Water: Regular watering to keep the soil moist whenever the top 2 inches are dry
  • Soil: Well-draining, neutral or acidic
  • Common Issues: Mealybugs
  • Scientific Name: Epipremnum Aureum

 

Manjula Pothos

Manjula Pothos
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This Happy Leaf Pothos has eye-catching leaves in shades of cream and green. The marble patterned heavy variegation on this plant makes it unique from others. 

In fact, no two leaves on this plant are similar. This patented Pothos originated from India and was first introduced in 2010. 

Most Pothos can survive in low light, but this one needs bright light to perform photosynthesis on the white leaves. 

If you notice the variegation starts disappearing, you should move your plant to a spot with more light.  

This is a vining plant, and if you maintain consistently high humidity, it will develop aerial roots for further plant growth. 

The Manjula plant has a bushy growth pattern expanding both upwards and sideways. The leaves have slightly wavy edges, and there is less space between individual leaves. 

This versatile plant can be grown anywhere indoors or outdoors, even inside a terrarium. Growing it in an open area means you will have vines climbing up to 20 ft (6 m).  

  • Light: Bright, filtered sunlight
  • Temperature: 50 to 95 degrees Fahrenheit (10 to 35 degrees Celsius) 
  • Humidity: 60 to 90%
  • Water: Not drought tolerant, so needs water regularly 
  • Soil: Mixture with perlite, coco coir, and orchid bark 
  • Common Issues: Botrytis, leaf spot, and bugs, including spider mites, mealybugs, and scale insects.
  • Scientific Name: Epipremnum Aureum ‘Manjula’

 

Cebu Blue Pothos

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This one is different from others with its elongated pointy leaves. The silver and blue hues on the leaves make them shine under light. 

You can let it trail from a hanging basket or train it to climb on a moss pole. You can take care of this easily in both cases. Outdoors you can plant it under tall plants or trees. 

Other nicknames for his plant include Blue Pothos, Centipede Tongavine, Schindapsus Aureum, and Dragon-tail plant. The color of the leaves depends on the growing stage; young leaves are more bluish than mature ones.

The maximum length of the leaves is between 2 to 4 inches (5 to 10 cm). If you want to help your plant develop lush foliage, add a slow-release fertilizer. 

The mature version of this plant has another surprise, the fenestration! As this plant matures, it develops zigzag patterns, but this slow grower takes it time (lots of years) to reach maturity. 

It’s named Cebu after the Cebu Island in the Philippines, and the blue represents the coloration on the shiny leaves. 

As an indoor plant, this variety reaches a maximum height of 4 to 10 ft (1.2 to 3 m), but outdoors it grows wild and reaches up to 40 ft (12 m). 

You can propagate this variety with a single leaf or a stem cutting from the mother plant.

  • Light: Medium-light or bright indirect sunlight 
  • Temperature: 60 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit (15 to 26 degrees Celsius) 
  • Humidity: Average or high humidity between 60 and 90%
  • Water: Does not require heavy watering; water when the top 1 inch is dry
  • Soil: A chunky soil mix created using perlite, vermiculite, and orchid bark
  • Common Issues: Leaf yellowing, browning, spider mites, mealybugs
  • Scientific Name: Epipremnum Pinnatum

 

Pearl and Jade Pothos

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This is a variegated variety with greyish-green leaves. The heart-shaped leaves are also covered with white or cream-colored variegation. 

If you provide support for climbing, the Pearl and Jade variety will reach a maximum size of 10 ft (3 m) as an indoor plant. 

This plant is a mutation of the Marble Queen Pothos, and it has smaller leaves. The leaves will reach a maximum length of 3 inches (8 cm) and a width of 1.9 inches (5 cm). 

This plant lasts longer, but it is a slow grower compared to some other varieties in the Pothos family. You can also grow it on a shaded outdoor patio in the USDA hardiness zones 9 to 12. If you want to achieve a bushy look on this plant, prune the leaves regularly. 

  • Light: Low light levels, partial shade, or artificial lights
  • Temperature: 60 to 85 degrees Fahrenheit (15 to 29 degrees Celsius)
  • Humidity: At least 70%
  • Water: When 1 or 2 inches of topsoil is dry
  • Soil: Cactus soil with good drainage
  • Common Issues: Spider mites, fungus gnats, root rot
  • Scientific Name: Epipremnum Aureum ‘Pearls and Jade’

 

Silver Pothos

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This beautiful variety has a striking color combination because the dark green matte leaves complement the silver markings, hence Silvervine. 

The vines can grow anywhere between 3 to 10 ft (0.9 to 3 m). Gardeners also refer to this plant as the Satin Pothos, and it’s often confused as Philodendron Silver. 

This plant is further divided into subspecies, and the three most popular varieties are Scindapsus Pictus ‘Exotica’, Scindapsus Pictus ‘Argyraeus,’ and Scindapsus Pictus ‘Silver Ann.’ 

All these varieties are differentiated based on the silver variegation. 

Avoid growing the Silvervine in low light; otherwise, the marking will not be vibrant, and the plant will start losing the variegated pattern. 

The silver vine is an Asian native and belongs to tropical rainforests. Successful indoor gardening requires replicating the tropical environment. 

This adaptive plant can be kept on patio, deck, or windowsills but make sure you plant it in a light soil mixture that drains as well as retains the moisture efficiently. 

  • Light: East or west-facing windows where it gets bright, indirect sunlight 
  • Temperature: 65 to 85 degrees Fahrenheit (18 to 29 degrees Celsius) 
  • Humidity: Minimum 40 %
  • Water: The soil should be watered only when about 2 inches of the top layer are dry
  • Soil: Peat-based, well-draining soil teeming with organic matter
  • Common Issues: Spider mites, scale, and root rot
  • Scientific Name: Scindapsus Pictus 

 

Neon Pothos

Neon Pothos
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This plant is famous for two main reasons; hardy nature and bright colored foliage. It’s best to grow it as an indoor plant in mild climates and as an outdoor plant in tropical regions. 

The yellowish-green electrifying large leaves of this plant have a neon glow, especially when young. Therefore it can be used to brighten up a living room or office space. 

The mature leaves measure about 4-8 inches (10-20 cm) in length. Neon Pothos reaches an average height of 2 to 6 ft (0.6 to 1.8 m) as a potted indoor plant. 

You have to protect the neon glow of this plant from the direct sun. 

Otherwise, the plant will have pale leaves. If you want your plant to reach several feet of height, you have to get the temperature and humidity right. This variety is native to Asia and Australia. 

Plant parents are often passionate about feeding their houseplants with some extra fertilizer in order to help them grow fast, but this will create a disaster for Neon Pothos and can even kill this plant. 

If you have little time to care for your plants, you must add this plant to your indoor jungle.

  • Light: Low or dim light, fluorescent lights 
  • Temperature: 65-80 degrees Fahrenheit (18-26 degrees Celsius)
  • Humidity: At least 50% 
  • Water: Once weekly, depending on the temperature and light
  • Soil: Rich soil with perlite, potting soil, and coco coir, pH between 6.1 and 6.5
  • Common Issues: Mealybugs, brown scales, root rot 
  • Scientific Name: Chartreuse Epipremnum

 

Marble Queen Pothos

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This is one of my favorite varieties, and others definitely love it too because so many subspecies have been derived from this plant. 

The Marble Queen has cream-colored speckles of variegation. The leaves also vary in shades of light and dark green. This variety is native to French Polynesia. 

Even though there is so much hype about this particular Pothos plant, it’s an easy plant for houseplant gardening. This variety is a jewel in any Pothos collection, and it’s rare to find in local nursery shops. 

You will have to search for it online or source it through a private grower or a plant friend. 

This special plant has special requirements in terms of lighting. Otherwise, it’s low maintenance. 

Provide it lots of bright light this is because it will lose the gorgeous variegation under low light. 

The leaves of this plant will help you in caring for it. For example, if the leaves always look droopy and sad, your plant needs more water. 

If the leaf edges are burned, the light is too intense. So, I would highly recommend paying attention to the appearance of your plant. 

Just remember that this is a fast-growing variety so perform pruning to keep it under control. You can also propagate the extra vines and plant them in a new pot or any location outdoors. 

Propagation is usually carried out using stem cuttings or root division. 

If you can maintain the following conditions, your plant will grow up to 5 ft (1.5 m) within the first year. The leaves can also grow about 4 inches (10 cm) in length. 

  • Light: Bright, indirect sunlight 
  • Temperature: 65 to 85 degrees Fahrenheit (18 to 29 degrees Celsius) 
  • Humidity: Average household humidity between 40 and 60%
  • Water: Every 7-10 days, when the soil has dried out 
  • Soil: Good quality potting mix amended with perlite to increase drainage 
  • Common Issues: Fungus gnats, thrips, mealy bugs, loss of variegation, and leggy growth 
  • Scientific Name: Epipremnum Aureum ‘Marble Queen’

Click here to read our detailed plant care guide about Marble Queen Pothos. 

 

Snow Queen Pothos

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Photo Credit: @rexs_plants on Instagram!

The Snow Queen has heavy white variegation along with deep green leaves. 80% of the leaf is white the remaining 20% is green. 

The wide, heart-shaped foliage will not just adorn your living room but also act as an air purifier. 

This Pothos variety is hardy in USDA hardiness zone 10 to 11. This is a medium to fast-growing variety, so you will have an established plant in a short time that is about 6.5ft (2 m) in height

Mist the large leaves every few days to increase the humidity and get rid of the dust. If you want the white on the leaves to stand out, keep your plant under bright light. 

This plant is sensitive to direct sunlight as it causes the foliage to turn brown or yellow. 

However, dark areas of your house are not the best pick for this plant because lack of light will force it to revert and look more like the green version of the Marble Queen. 

It also dislikes fluctuations in temperature, so avoid placing the pot or hanging basket next to a heating or cooling system. You can grow the Snow Queen as a hanging or climbing plant. 

I would recommend propagating your original plant via the stem cuttings to enjoy growing it in both ways.   

  • Light: Bright partial sunlight 
  • Temperature: 65 to 85 degrees Fahrenheit (18 to 30 degrees Celsius)
  • Humidity: 50 to 70%
  • Water: Once weekly
  • Soil: Rich soil with excellent drainage and pH between 6.0 and 6.5
  • Common Issues: Thrips, spider mites, mealy bugs, leaf spot, bacterial wilt 
  • Scientific Name: Epipremnum Aureum ‘Snow Queen’

 

N Joy Pothos

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This version came from the well-known Marble Queen Pothos in 2002. It was created by Dr. Ashish Hansoti, who mutated Manjula Pothos in India. 

The leaf size and the variegation pattern on both plants vary a lot, and you can hardly relate them. 

This plant can grow up to 9 inches (22 cm) in height, but the vines can grow 10 ft (3 m) in length. 

The leaves are irregular and smaller, but the intense cream variegation on the green leaves makes this a must-have Pothos. 

The variegation pattern and area covered will vary depending on the light provided to the N Joy plant. 

Plants grown under low light have faded variegation, whereas those growing under bright natural or artificial lights have more strong variegation.  

Most Pothos do not require any fertilizer for healthy growth; however, this one will appreciate a light dose of liquid fertilizer in the growing season. 

I love the small bushy appearance of this plant, and it’s thriving in my terrarium. 

  • Light: Bright, filtered sunlight 
  • Temperature: 50 to 95 degrees Fahrenheit (10 to 35 degrees Celsius) 
  • Humidity: 60 to 90%
  • Water: Minimal watering needs; add water when 1 inch of soil is dry
  • Soil: Any growing medium that contains perlite and peat moss
  • Common Issues: Mealybugs, aphids, root rot 
  • Scientific Name: Epipremnum Aureum ‘N-Joy’

 

Jessenia Pothos

Pothos Varieties Jessenia Pothos
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Photo Credit: @shaolin321 on Instagram!

The green leaves on this delicate plant are marked with lime green and cream variegation. It resembles the Marble Queen in terms of appearance and belongs to Southeast Asia. 

What differentiates these two is the lime green variegation on Jessenia Pothos. 

The leaves are heart-shaped, but each one is unique. This simple plant will not bother other plants in your garden as it’s a slow grower. 

You can attach it to a moss pole, trellis, or hanging basket; it will thrive anywhere. 

The trailing vines on this plant can adjust in various growing conditions and can get as high as 10 ft (3 m). 

This tropical plant cannot handle intense sunlight but maintaining the right level is important to retain the variegation on the leaves. 

Another thing that helps this variety grow vigorously is the moisture in the air, it survives with low humidity, but high humidity creates more favorable growing conditions. 

Pothos do not bloom indoors, including Jessenia Pothos, but it will surely purify the air for you. 

  • Light: Moderate to bright filtered light
  • Temperature: 65-75 degrees Fahrenheit ( 18-23.8 degrees Celsius)
  • Humidity: 60 to 80% 
  • Water: When the soil’s top 2 inches are dry
  • Soil: Well-draining nutrient-rich soil
  • Common Issues: Whiteflies, thrips, yellow leaves, and root rot
  • Scientific Name: Epipremnum Aureum ‘Jessenia’

 

Jade Pothos

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If you are looking for a simple plant with just classic green leaves, you should get the Jade Pothos. The leaves on this variety are not variegated but still add a tropical vibe. 

Each leaf of this hardy houseplant is lush and dark green, making it a perfect plant for low light areas. 

The leaves have a shiny texture creating a pleasant display plant for any location. Your Jade plant’s getting too much sunlight if its leaves go pale green. 

The solid green leaves of this variety are smaller compared to those on the Golden Pothos. It isn’t demanding of care unlike other plants.

I would recommend new gardeners begin their Pothos collection with this plant. 

You can let this vine grow as large as you like, but I would recommend regular pruning to keep the size under 6 – 10 ft (1.8 to 3 m). 

You should place the pot on an elevated shelf or showcase it in a hanging basket to let the solid green leaves fall downwards. 

  • Light: North or south-facing windows where it gets bright, filtered sunlight
  • Temperature: 65 to 85 degrees Fahrenheit (18 to 29 degrees Celsius)
  • Humidity: Minimum 70%
  • Water: When potting soil’s top 2 inches are dry 
  • Soil: Well-draining soil
  • Common Issues: Mealybugs and root rot 
  • Scientific Name: Epipremnum Aureum ‘Jade’

 

Glacier Pothos

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Photo Credit: @newleafurbanjungle on Instagram!

This miniature Pothos is another favorite for variegated plant lovers. The small leaves of this plant are covered with cream and white variegation patterns. 

This is a beginner-friendly plant that can adapt to different conditions and forgive you for neglect. The white variegation on the leaves means your plant needs strong but filtered light for most of the day.

Hanging baskets is a popular method to grow Pothos but make sure the top leaves on your Glacier Pothos receive the required light; otherwise, this portion will lose all its beauty. 

The best location for this plant is your tabletop or office desk.  

  • Light: Bright or medium sunlight
  • Temperature: 65 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit (18 to 24 degrees Celsius)
  • Humidity: 50 to 70%
  • Water: Water when top 2 inches of growing medium are dry to keep the soil moist, once a week in summer
  • Soil: Free draining fertile soil mix, soil pH between 5 and 7.5
  • Common Issues: Root rot
  • Scientific Name: Epipremnum Aureum ‘Glacier’

 

Why Should You Grow Pothos

Did you know that Pothos is commonly known as the Money plant because of the popular belief that they symbolize good fortune and happiness?  

Pothos are labeled as hard to kill plants, and here are some of those reasons. 

  • They thrive in low-light conditions.
  • They are the easiest houseplant for new and experienced gardeners as they can tolerate neglect.
  • They improve indoor air quality by absorbing harmful toxins from the air.
  • They make an excellent decorative plant for planters and hanging baskets.
  • They can be displayed in shopping malls, offices, homes, or other public places. 
  • They are low maintenance, so once established, you can let the plant grow on its own. 
  • Can be grown permanently in water, meaning you do not need a soil medium for them.
  • A great addition for plant owners with limited space.

Can also serve as an aquarium plant.

 

Conclusion

Pothos is loved by gardeners for so many reasons, and they are highly recommended starter plants. 

I have shared some of my favorite varieties in this article; you can start your collection with any of these. 

You can also check out the detailed care guides I wrote about Pearl and Jade Pothos, Marble Queen Pothos, Snow Queen Pothos, Neon Pothos, N Joy Pothos, Cebu Blue Pothos, Golden Pothos, and Silver Pothos.

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