11 Tips For Growing Marble Queen Pothos

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Marble Queen Pothos is an incredibly versatile houseplant that’s easy to grow and looks terrific in any home. The light green leaves with creamy white variegation brings a pop of color and class. And did we mention it’s easy to grow??

When deciding which plants to raise indoors, I start by ensuring they will stay alive while I go on vacation. I don’t want to deal with a houseplant that’s higher maintenance than me. Marble Queen Pothos – also called a money plant or devil’s ivy – is low maintenance and practically fool-proof. It looks good in both a traditional pot, as well as in a hanging basket.

Let’s look at the ins and outs of raising this indoor plant, so you can decide if it makes sense for you.

 

Marble Queen Plants Details

 

Before we dive into raising Marble Queen Pothos, start by looking at this quick guide for standard care requirements. If you need more information, feel free to scroll down and review the detailed information.

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  • Scientific Name:  Epipremnum aureum
  • Genus: Pothos
  • Scientific Family: Araceae Family
  • Origin: The Marble Queen Pothos is from French Polynesia.
  • Mature Height: A Marble Queen Pothos can grow large and unmanageable if given the opportunity. Contain it by placing the plant in a small pot or hanging basket and prune regularly.
  • Distinguishing Features: Light green variegated heart-shaped leaves with creamy white lines.
  • Home Placement: You can place the Marble Queen Pothos anywhere in the home with indirect light. The other main factor for this houseplant is moderate to high humidity.
  • Growth Speed: Fast grower – it can grow up to 1.5 feet in a year or less.
  • Light Requirements: Marble Queen Pothos prefers bright, indirect light, but it can survive low-light conditions. Consider placing your houseplant in an east or west-facing window. Too much light can scorch the leaves or cause the plant to lose the green from its leaves.
  • Watering Requirements: Keep your soil slightly damp but not overly wet. Too much water can cause root rot and issues with pathogens.
  • Soil Requirements: The Marble Queen Pothos requires a nutrient-rich potting mix that also provides the needed drainage. Your soil mix should include houseplant soil, peat moss, and perlite.
  • Temperature: You should keep your Marble Queen Pothos between 65-85 degrees Fahrenheit (18-29 degrees Celsius)
  • Fertilizer: Apply a general-purpose, water-soluble fertilizer once every six months
  • Humidity: Devil’s ivy will do well in most households, assuming your humidity is between 40-60%. If your humidity level is below that (you can check this with a hygrometer), you may need to invest in a humidifier to give your indoor plant the moisture it needs.
  • Pruning: Marble Queen Pothos is a fast-growing houseplant and does well with a good pruning in the early spring. Pruning promotes bushy growth and helps prevent legginess. You can also prune away any dead or damaged leaves throughout the year.
  • Propagation: There are several ways to propagate pothos. To propagate with soil, cut just below the node on the parent plant and add a root-growth hormone. From there, create a small hole in the potting soil with a pencil and carefully insert the cutting. Water and then seal the pot and the cutting with a plastic bag until rooting begins.
  • Repotting: The best time to repot this indoor plant is usually the spring or summer. For larger plants, repot them once every 2-3 years.
  • Diseases and Pests: Marble Queen Pothos is relatively resilient but is vulnerable to mealybugs, thrips, leaf spot disease, and root rot.
  • Toxicity: Marble Queen Pothos is toxic to pets if ingested, although it’s rarely life-threatening to them.

Where Can I Buy Marble Queen Pothos?

One of our favorite places to buy plants is currently Esty. You can purchase a Marble Queen Pothos from any of these retailers and nursery owners. 

Marble Queen Pothos Plants: Family and Origin

Epipremnum aureum, called Pothos, is a tropical vine in the Araceae family. It’s actually become an invasive species in many tropical areas. The Araceae family has a wide variety of houseplants, including Monstera, Philodendron Birkin, Dieffenbachia, and many others.

The  Marble Queen Pothos is native to French Polynesia but is now a common houseplant across the globe. It’s called “devil’s ivy” because some say it’s difficult to kill. In the wild, pothos leaves often grow over the ground and on the trunks of trees. Without proper pruning, It can become quite the monster.

For mature plants, the leaves can grow more than three feet in length.

Other Popular Forms of Pothos

Pothos is known for generating various variegations and colors, such as marble, jade, and even neon. Besides Marble Queen Pothos, here are some of the most popular Pothos plants for indoor use:

Pearls And Jade Pothos

Pearls and Jade Pothos has white and green variegation with small green dots.

Golden Pothos

The golden pothos is often mistaken for the Marble Queen Pothos. The Golden Pothos has heart-shaped green leaves with yellow variegated lines.

Neon Pothos

neon pothos

Neon Pothos has bright yellow-green leaves that can light up any room.

Silver Satin

silver satin pothos

This is one of our favorite pothos. It has eye-catching silvery patches of variegation splashed throughout the leaves. While all pothos do well in bright indirect light, silver satin pothos can also thrive in low-light conditions.

How To Care For Marble Queen Pothos

You don’t need a green thumb to grow a pothos. Taking care of them is just a hair more difficult than taking care of plastic flowers. But there are still some basic recommendations for growing your plant.

Big disclaimer – Even if you don’t give your Marble Queen Pothos all the TLC listed below, you probably won’t kill it. Pothos can thrive even around negligence. 

Potting For Marble Queen Pothos

This potted plant is a fast grower. For smaller plants in smaller pots, repotting is likely needed at least once a year. You’ll know it’s time when roots start poking out of the drainage holes. When you see this, remove the plant.

If the root ball is dense and tangled, consider trimming the roots to thin and shorten them.

For larger Marble Queen Pothos plans, you’ll likely only need to repot once every 2-3 years during the spring.

Repotting is simple. Take the plant and out of the existing container and move to a slightly larger pot.

Potting Soil For Marble Queen Pothos

Marble Queen Pothos grows best in a nutrient-rich potting mix that also has good drainage. You can either buy a common houseplant potting soil or make your own that’s equal parts houseplant soil, peat moss, and perlite. The perlite will help you soil drain water, protecting your pothos from root rot.

Light For Marble Queen Pothos

Of all the different care tips for raising Marble Queen Pothos, the light conditions are the most important. This houseplant can survive in low light, but it thrives in bright indirect light. The variegation typically becomes more noticeable in brighter light, but direct sunlight can scorch the leaves. You want to create a good balance so that your plant isn’t overexposed to high light but has enough light to grow. Consider placing your plant in an east or west-facing window. 

If you notice that your leaves are scorched or have stunted growth, it may be a sign that you need to give them less or more light, respectively.

Trellis Training Your Pothos

You can quickly train your Marble Queen Pothos to climb up a trellis or pole. As the vines continue to grow, guide them around the trellis so that they sprawl in the direction you choose. Left to its own devices, Marble Queen can look a little messy. For (even) less work, you can put this houseplant in a hanging basket and let the vines grow to whatever length you see fit.

Fertilizing Marble Queen Pothos

The Marble Queen Pothos is low-maintenance in all ways – including its fertilizing needs. You can feed it a general-purpose indoor plant fertilizer once every six months and still see excellent results.

Propagating Marble Queen Pothos

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It’s reasonably simple to propagate Marble Queen pothos and produce new plants. There are many ways to make this happen through either a soil, water, or layering technique. One method of propagating this houseplant is through a simple cutting from a parent plant below the growth nodes. These will later become the roots. You can apply a rooting hormone if you want, which is a common way to stimulate root growth. 

Use a pencil to poke a hole into a moist growing medium – A peat moss and perlite mix does well. From here, insert the cutting into the mix and water the plant. Keep your plant out of direct sunlight. Roots and new growth should begin developing after about four weeks.

Humidity and Water For Marble Queen Pothos

You’ll want to keep the soil slightly damp, but allow the top half of the soil to dry out before watering again. You should water moderately and infrequently. 

If you notice brown leaf tips, it could be a sign that your plants aren’t receiving the humidity they need. To help with this, try misting your leaves with water or place a humidifier next to your houseplant.

How Big Do Marble Queen Pothos Get?

Marble Queen Pothos can grow up to 20ft or more if left to its own devices. But if you’re shaping your plant with regular pruning, you can keep it as small or as large as you see fit. 

Is Marble Queen Pothos Toxic To Cats?

Yes, Marble Queen Pothos is toxic to cats and dogs. It has an insoluble calcium oxalate crystal like most plants in the Araceae family. Eating the leaves can irritate your pet’s mouth and stomach. While it’s uncommon for a pet to die from eating Marble Queen Pothos, you should always consult your vet if they have ingested any houseplant.

Troubleshooting Your Marble Queen Pothos

Marble Queen Pothos is pretty tricky to kill, but there are a few ways to damage the plant seriously. Here are some of the common pests and pathogens that affect this easy-going houseplant.

Mealybugs

Mealybugs are a typical houseplant pest that could affect your Marble Queen Pothos. You can identify the mealybugs as small, cotton-ball-shaped growth on your leaves and stems. You can make a homemade pesticide with one cup of rubbing alcohol with a drop of dish soap, and a quart of water. Spray this on your plants twice a week until you no longer see signs of mealybugs. Another option is to buy a simple pesticide, such as Natria Insecticidal Soap.

Brown Leaf (Leaves)

Brown leaves can either be a sign that your plants are underwatered or dehydrated. Start by placing a humidifier next to this indoor plant. If that doesn’t improve the issue, try watering the plant slightly more.

Marble Queen Pothos: Final Thoughts

If you’re looking for a stunning houseplant that’s easy to care for, then Marble Queen Pothos is the perfect option for you. This is, without a doubt, the ideal indoor plant for those of us without green thumbs. Do you have a Marble Queen Pothos you want to share? Send a picture to Devri@twopeasinacondo.com, and we may highlight it in this article!

 

By Patrick Chism

By Patrick Chism

Patrick likes to pretend that urban gardening is just a hobby, but he’s actually prepping for the apocalypse. He’s a practical grower, specializing in hydroponics systems and grow lights. His dream is to one day feed his family with just the food he grows in his Chicago-based condo.

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