Marble Queen Pothos Care & Growing Guide

brown spots on pothos leaves

Marble Queen pothos (Epipremnum aureum) is a low-maintenance plant. Even though it can tolerate drought, this tropical vining plant isn’t too picky about the soil or light. The Marble Queen cultivar also has lovely variegated leaves and vines that can trail across, up, or down any surface. 

Unfortunately, cats, dogs, and humans can all become slightly toxic from eating marble queen pothos.

If you have pets or young children at home, plant this pothos with caution.

About Marble Queen Pothos

Natural Habitat

The Epipremnum aureum plant is indigenous to French Polynesia, specifically the island of Moorea, but it has spread to other tropical and subtropical areas of the world, such as northern South Africa, Australia, Southeast Asia, South Asia, the Pacific Islands, and the West Indies.

The plant is difficult to kill, as I previously mentioned. Well, it grows so quickly and so easily that it’s actually become an invasive species in many areas—hence the name “devil’s ivy.” Sri Lankan forests have been completely overrun by Epipremnum aureum, and it is now posing a threat to Hawaii and South Africa.

Luckily, Epipremnum aureum can be tamed at home, but it’s always wise to keep your plant from “escaping” into your yard (and into the environment) by properly disposing of your pothos clippings.

Description

The Marble Queen pothos plant is an evergreen aroid that develops in a vining pattern like other pothos varieties. Although it embeds its roots in the earth, it climbs toward the light with the help of trees.

I’m reminded of a stunning impressionist painting by the Marble Queen cultivar’s highly variegated light green leaves with fine cream mottling.

Pothos is a small houseplant with tiny, heart-shaped leaves on slender vines that typically stay under 10 feet long. However, pothos grows densely and heavily in the wild, with enormous leaves and sometimes 20-foot-long vines!

Pothos can grow tiny, rather unimpressive flowers that resemble any other aroid (such as Swiss cheese plants or African mask plants), but it rarely blooms indoors.

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Caring For Marble Queen Pothos

Light And Temperature

Pothos isn’t overly picky about light, living up to its reputation as a low-maintenance houseplant. In fact, it’s frequently recommended as a no-light or low-light plant to keep indoors. If you want to brighten a corner where most other plants wouldn’t be happy, this is unquestionably the type of plant to choose.

Make sure your pothos is in a space with a moderate amount of natural light, even if it comes from a window on the opposite side of the room. Although it can tolerate low light levels, your plant’s growth will be significantly slowed by insufficient light.

For its stunning variegated leaves to continue to bloom, Marble Queen in particular requires a sufficient amount of sunlight. The plant might change back to green if the environment is too dark, which would allow it to photosynthesize more effectively. (Other variegated houseplants, such as Monstera Borsigiana, Pink Princess Philodendron, and Stromanthe Tristar, frequently experience this problem.)

Because of this, I advise positioning your Marble Queen close to a window. However, if you notice the leaves beginning to pale, that’s a sign your pothos is getting too much direct sun. With proper acclimation, it can withstand quite a bit of sun.

Due to its tropical origins, Marble Queen prefers weather that is similar to ours. It cannot survive in temperatures below 55°F and does best in a range of 65°F to 85°F. Please avoid keeping the plant in a cold environment for an extended period of time as this will stunt its growth.

Water And Humidity

Again, pothos is a great choice for novice gardeners because it doesn’t require constant watering and thrives in slightly arid soil. Pothos is fairly drought tolerant, so it’s okay if you sometimes forget to water your plant.

How can you tell when to water? Test the soil with your finger: If the top few inches feel parched, water it.

Watering should be done by drizzling fresh water from above the plant slowly and lightly. Allow the water to drain completely from the drainage hole while taking your time to let it permeate the roots.

Many other common vining indoor plants, such as mini Monsteras and arrowhead plants, are native to tropical areas and thrive in high humidity. Similar to other pothos, Marble Queen prefers slightly higher indoor levels than the norm.

Your pothos should ideally reside in a space with a humidity level of between 40 and 60 percent. (To check the humidity in your house, use a cheap digital humidity meter like this one.) Pothos enjoys being placed in bathrooms or kitchens with windows because it loves warmth and humidity.

Soil And Planting

The Marble Queen Pothos doesn’t have high soil requirements, but it does prefer a rich, well-draining, slightly acidic soil mix.

Although your plant will thrive in standard, store-bought potting soil, it’s a good idea to mix 25% perlite with 75% potting soil if you have a tendency to overwater.

Marble Queen grows well in any container with a drainage hole. Which one you choose will influence how the plant grows, so think about the look you want to go for:

  • The vines are allowed to droop from a hanging planter. Although the leaves remain smaller, they still produce a stunning waterfall effect.
  • The vines can ascend a regular pot that has a plant totem. The behavior of pothos plants is mimicked in their natural habitats when they are allowed to climb by growing larger leaves. They appear completely different and lusher as a result of this.
  • Vine growth can cover a wall or other object if a regular pot is placed against it. To give your home a wild jungle vibe, you can secure the vines with Command hooks or twine.

Fertilizing

To keep Epipremnum aureum lush, fertilizer application is optional and not necessary. However, fertilizing the plant regularly once or twice a month can help if you want to encourage strong growth. Simply use a liquid houseplant fertilizer that has been diluted to half strength sparingly during the growing season (spring and summer).

Refrain from fertilizing if your Epipremnum aureum begins to appear depressed. When a plant is most vulnerable, whether from underwatering, excessive watering, or too much direct sunlight, the best course of action is to address the underlying cause.)

Common Pests & Plant Diseases

A few typical pests and diseases, including mealybugs, scale, fungus gnats, and spider mites, as well as root rot, can affect marble queen pothos. The best way to avoid full-blown infestations is to regularly check your plant for signs of pests. To prevent root rot, try to water your plant only when necessary and make sure your potting container has enough drainage.

Pruning

Pothos doesn’t typically require any pruning, but cutting the long vines aggressively every few months can keep your plant looking full and bushy. In the section on pothos propagation below, I go over how to easily start new plants using the stem tip clippings.

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How To Repot A Marble Queen Pothos

What you’ll need

  • Your Marble Queen pothos
  • A bigger plant pot than this pothos is already in (about 2 inches larger)
  • A small trowel
  • Fresh potting soil

The day before you plan to repot the plant, make sure to give it a good soak in water so that it is prepared.

  1. Turn the plant sideways while holding the stems firmly to free it from the pot you are relocating it from. Once the soil and plant are loose enough to slide out, tap the pot’s bottom.
  2. The roots should be carefully spread out after loosening the soil around the plant.
  3. Place the plant in the pot with some fresh potting soil, making sure the roots don’t extend past the rim by more than an inch. More potting soil should be added to the pot, the sides of the plant, and the area around the main stem. As you gently press down on the soil, compact it to make sure the pothos is firmly upright and centered.
  4. Water the newly potted plant thoroughly in the sink until all the extra water is freely draining out the drainage hole. Put your Marble Queen pothos somewhere with low to bright indirect sunlight and moderate to high humidity, and you’re done!

How To Propagate Marble Queen Pothos

Pothos is an easy-to-grow plant that will grow your collection, and it is suitable for beginners. Stem cuttings are necessary if you want to accomplish this successfully.

This approach is excellent for encouraging denser growth on your primary pothos plant. Propagating is a clever way to give this lovely variegated plant to friends who appreciate plants if you’re looking for gift ideas.

To multiply your pothos plant, adhere to the steps listed below.

  1. Look at your Marble Queen pothos and count down one stem until you are at least four nodes below the surface. Cut the stem off after that, leaving a branch with at least four nodes. Leave more than 5 nodes on the cutting to give the branch the best possible chance of flourishing.
  2. From each cutting, remove the two bottom leaves to reveal the nodes. Verify that the cuttings’ opposite end has at least two leaves.
  3. Your cuttings should be placed in a glass jar that has been completely filled with water, with their bottoms submerged. Make sure the top leaves remain afloat.
  4. Place the jar(s) in an area that receives medium to bright indirect light. Make sure the water is fresh by changing it once a week. At about two to three weeks, roots should begin to show up in the water.
  5. The cuttings are prepared for potting soil when the roots measure at least 1 inch in length. Transplant the rooted cuttings close to the mother plant to fill it out. As an alternative, you can help the fresh Marble Queen pothos grow independently in separate pots. Regardless of the replanting technique you select, make sure the soil is moist beforehand and gently press down any loose soil near the main stem. The soil is fully supported for the tiny plants by patting it.
  6. After replanting, place the new transplants in medium to bright indirect light while keeping the soil just barely moist. When the plants get a little bigger, you can move them around your house, even to a little darker areas.

Common Problems With Marble Queen Pothos

Pothos with browning leaves

You may have underwatering, overwatering, low humidity, sun damage, or cold damage if the leaves on your Marble Queen pothos are turning brown.

To solve these common issues:

  • Don’t let the soil become completely dry for more than a few days; instead, keep it just slightly moist.
  • If you frequently overwater plants, use potting soil that is looser.
  • Keep the plant away from drafty windows or heating vents, which can strip the air of humidity
  • If the plant had previously resided in a room with less light, acclimate it to full sun.
  • Since pothos is a tropical plant, it won’t be content if the temperature regularly falls below 55°F.

Pothos with brown leaf tips

Only the leaf tips may be turning brown; if so, underwatering, low humidity or poor tap water quality may be to blame. If your pothos is too near a window that receives harsh direct sunlight all day, this may be a sign of sun damage.

In the winter, dry air is most likely to blame for brown leaf tips. Remove your plant from the heater, fireplace, or another heat source.

Pothos with yellowing leaves

One of three things—overwatering, regular exposure to direct sunlight, or failing to give your plant enough sunlight—can cause your pothos’ leaves to turn yellow.

It can be difficult to pinpoint the cause of your pothos’ sad appearance because there are many different causes for yellowing. To learn how to properly take care of your plant, scroll back up and read this guide once more.

Pothos with droopy leaves and dry soil

You’ve waited too long to water, oops! Your plant will revive if you give it a good watering. Try putting your plant in a less-lit or more humid area if you tend to forget things frequently so that it can retain moisture longer.

Pothos with droopy leaves and moist soil

It’s possible that you overwatered your pothos plant and caused the roots to rot, making it unable to absorb more water, if the leaves are still droopy despite your best efforts to water them.

If this is the case, take out the plant, trim the rotted ends, and repot it in new potting soil (adding a little perlite for better drainage).

Pothos with bugs

Like any indoor plant, pothos is prone to pests like mealybugs, thrips, fungus gnats, and spider mites. To get rid of these bugs in a more organic way, use an insecticide (like my homemade insecticidal soap).

Pothos Made Of Marble Queen Vs. Golden Pothos

Two of the most popular cultivars of Epipremnum aureum are Marble Queen and Golden Pothos, and at first glance, it is simple to mistake one for the other.

Their variation is the main difference that can be seen. The Marble Queen Pothos has much more delicate marbling on lighter green leaves. Golden pothos, on the other hand, has leaves that are primarily dark green with yellow splotches.

FAQs

Why is my marble queen pothos’ white variegation turning yellow?

Your plant is reverting if you notice that your white variegation is turning yellow; it needs more light to maintain its bright white coloring.

Should I grow my marble queen pothos on a trellis or moss pole?

Whether you do this depends on how you plan to display your pothos. Depending on your preference, marble queen pothos can be grown as hanging plants or on supports like a moss pole or trellis.

Should I mist my marble queen pothos?

Even though this pothos could use a little more humidity, misting is not a good way to do so. Misting, on the other hand, usually just temporarily wets the leaves, which can result in bacterial infections. Consider installing a humidifier nearby or relocating your pothos to a humid room in your houses, such as the laundry room, kitchen, or bathroom, if you’d like to raise the humidity around your plant.