The Epipremnum Manjula Pothos is a popular and coveted variety of the Pothos plant.
This plant has gorgeous splashes of white, cream, and silver variegation on the heart shaped green leaves.
The Manjula Pothos was cultivated and patented by the University of Florida.
This pothos plant is not readily available and can be difficult to find in stock at local plant nurseries.
A pothos with similar variegation patterns is the Pothos N’ Joy.
The Manjula will require brighter lighting because of the high amount of variegation on the leaves. The lighter areas of the leaf will not photosynthesize as well as the green areas of the leaf.
The plant will put out less variegation if it is not in a bright area.
Common problems with Pothos plants is overwatering. If you see brown spots with yellowing of the leaves, it is probably due to overwatering which is turning into root rot. Avoid overwatering by keeping your Pothos on a regular watering schedule. I like to water mine once a week in the summertime and once every two weeks in the colder months.
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Pothos plants are extremely easy to propagate. If you are lucky enough to get your hands on a Manjula Pothos, you will probably have friends and family asking for cuttings! We have a post about propagating pothos that will show you how to multiply your plant.
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Caring for the Manjula Pothos is not difficult, we have put together a printable care guide that covers all the tips and tricks you need for a healthy plant.
- This aroid requires a light soil.
- A mix of potting soil and perlite will keep the roots happiest.
- Our mix for this pothos is 70 % potting mix to 30% perlite.
- A heavy soil potting mix is not recommended for Manjula plants.
Pot Size and Type:
- Pothos vines can be grown in relatively small pots since they are fairly slow growers.
- If you want to encourage faster growth choose a pot about 2 inches wider in diameter than the current pot.
- Any well drained pot can be used. It MUST have drainage.
- Repot every second year or when roots come out the drainage holes on the pot bottom To the next pot size up.
- Don't jump to a huge pot from a small one unless you wish to encourage faster growth. Just go to the next size up pot.
- The pothos vines enjoy indirect or dappled light.
It will tolerate lower indirect light it if has some brighter moments in the day.
- Variegated pothos like the Manjula require more light to bring out the variegation in the leaves to best advantage.
- Some filtered sunlight from a window will be appreciated.
- Shield this aroid from strong direct light in summer south and west sunny windows. The leaves will burn.
- Tip: Window sheers or blinds can offset some brief periods of high direct light.
- Water your pothos when the soil is dry down an inch or so. Aroids do not like to be overly wet. Try a watering schedule of every other week.
- Watering is best done on a regular schedule so the plant is not over or under watered. Both can cause stress on the plant.
- This tropical plant enjoys humidity. In dry climates this Pothos will thrive with a humidifier nearby. or set it in your kitchen or bathroom. For a really dry climate frequent misting will help.
- In dormant winter months reduce watering to when the soil is dry down halfway .
- Never let this plant get wet feet. If the soil is compacted and wet the plant is susceptible to root rot and fungus Gnats. If you see yellow leaves on Manjula you are probably overwatering.
How to Fertilize:
- Apply a good quality fertilizer (linked in materials) monthly through Spring and summer.
- Decrease feedings by late Fall and allow your pothos to rest through the winter months.
- Look for brown spots on the leaves of your plants. This may indicate an over concentration of salts in the roots from over feeding. It can burn the leaves.
- The remedy is to set the plant under a faucet of water and let the water run through for 10 minutes or so. Allow the pot to Completely drain. Discontinue fertilizer until the plant recovers.
- Keep pothos at a low of 65 Degrees F. to upward of 85 Degrees F. It enjoys warmth and humidity.
Pruning and Training:
- Pruning will give you a fuller plant with more even growth. Unpruned pothos vines will trail 8 to 10 feet.
- Sharp Hand pruners are preferred for pruning. They will give a clean cut that will heal quickly.
- Pothos will naturally trail. They make good hanging baskets or they will happily trail off shelves. For even growth turn hanging pot every time you water.
Table Top Plants:
- It’s easy to prune and shape these plants to whatever length and fullness you desire.
- As a table top plant cut the trailers back evenly all around the pot. If you want the pot fuller add more starts.
- Manjula pothos is not fussy and resists pests. However all plants can get attacked by pests.
- Stress by longterm poor watering practices, poor light, extreme temperatures and soil conditions are contributors to pests.
- Spider mites, mealy bugs, scale, thrips and whitefly are the most common houseplant pests you will see.
- Read our post on How to get rid of aphids and other pests with our homemade pesticide soap recipe or neems oil.
- To minimize the possibility of pests be sure to check all nursery plants before bringing them home.
- Quarantine all new plants until you are sure no pests live in them.
How to Propagate:
- Propagation is easily done through leaf node stem cuttings.
- You need a 3 to 6 inch leaf stem with a couple of nodes and healthy growth.
- Place the node into a jar with water. Use tap water that has settled 24 hours in the jar to dissipate chemicals harmful to the Pothos.
- Set the jar in a well lit area.
- After several weeks roots will grow. Allow the roots to get an inch or more in length.
- Plant gently and firmly into pot with proper soil mix.
- Make sure to keep the soil moist until the roots begin to set into the soil.
watch our video below for more on pothos propagation.
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