The Pearls and Jade Pothos (Epipremnum aureum) is a stylishly exotic variegated vine. The foliage is bright and interesting. It’s a beautiful, easy care plant.
The leaves have streaks of green and bright white in interesting irregular patterns. With blocks and blotches of white streaking across the top and bottom of its slightly wrinkled leaves.
It’s an eye catching foliage which is easy to prune into various shapes.
Pearls and Jade make lovely hanging plants in baskets or on a shelf. And Pothos will naturally train UP a totem or trellis.
You can prune Pearls and Jade Pothos as a table top plant with an occasional pinching back. Pinching them back will encourage the foliage to grow more thickly. So will a stronger indirect light.
If you are looking for a good housewarming plant or a plant for a beginner plant owner. Pothos pearl and Jade is a good candidate. It’s a cheerful and rewarding plant to nurture.
Pothos N Joy Vs. Pearls and Jade:
The pearls and Jade is a lot like another pretty cultivar of the marble queen, the Pothos n Joy. Both varieties have smaller, more textured leaves than their parent.
Pothos NJoy (pictured below) expresses a more structured looking variegation with larger patches of green in the leaves. Otherwise these two pothos vines grow fairly similarly.
Both are slow growing and have smaller leaves for a pothos vine. They were created to be houseplants. More easily managed than the original cultivators of pothos like the Golden Pothos.
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More Variegated Pothos:
More lovely variegations in the Pothos family of vines. Take a look at these beauties. They enjoy bright indirect light to brighten the beautiful variegated color patterns.
Pothos Plants bring green life into your home or office. They are easy to grow and add give you a lovely interesting focal point.
A bright indirectly lighted area is perfect for pearls and Jade. Bright light helps the plant retain its variegation. And it will grow better in brighter light.
Pothos will survive in low light. but the variegated varieties will go back to green eventually. And they will stretch out to reach the light.
Consequently, the vine will be long and thin rather than bushy.
Pearls and Jade As Air Filters:
Home building materials and furnishings off-gas toxins. Pothos will not remove all pollutants but they do filter the air.
All Pothos filter benzene, toluene, formaldehyde, carbon monoxide and xylene from the air.
- The Pothos plant (devils Ivy) is toxic to pets.
- Symptoms from chewing this plant are oral irritation, vomiting, and difficulty in swallowing.
- Pothos contain Calcium oxalates and is mildly toxic to humans.
- Symptoms include burning or swelling mouth and skin irritation.
Please keep these plants out of reach of cats, dogs and children to protect them from harm.
Pothos vines will climb trees and take over forests and woodlands in tropical climates. So Pothos are also known as the Devils Ivy.
No wonder the plant cultivators are looking for ways to slow them down.
Be careful not to plant any pothos outdoors in Hawaii, Florida, Texas or like climates. They easily get out of hand if planted in the ground.
Pothos make great potted patio plants above 65 degrees f. And they do make a wonderful indoor plant.
Pearls and Jade Pothos Soil Preference:
- 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 Pothos N' Joy 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.
- All the Variegated pothos like the Pearls and Jade require more light to bring out the variegation in the leaves to best advantage
- Pothos vines will survive low light. But they will go back to green.
- 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 the bottom of the soil can remain wet which encourages root rot and fungus gnats. If you see yellow leaves on pothos n' Joy 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.
- You can attach your Jade and Pearls Pothos onto a totem. They will happily grow up a trellis or stake like my neon Pothos.
Table Top Plants:
- It’s easy to prune and shape pearls and jade pothos 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.
- Pothos N' Joy 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 as shown in these Pothos And Joy cuttings.
- 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.
- The Pothos plant (devils Ivy) is listed as toxic to cats and dogs by the ASPCA. Insoluble raphides.
- Please ensure the plant parts are not chewed by pets.
- Symptoms may include oral irritation, vomiting, and difficulty in swallowing.
- Pothos also contain Calcium oxalate which can be mildly toxic to humans as well.
- Possible side effects from the consumption of E. aureum are atopic dermatitis (eczema).
- Burning and/or swelling of the region inside of and surrounding the mouth.
- Excessive contact with the plant can also lead to general skin irritation or contact dermatitis.
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