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The first thing we should talk about is that Pothos are not actually Pothos. They are Epipremnum Aureum. It was a mistake made hundreds of years ago where they were misidentified as Pothos(an endangered species and it has now become their common name but Epipremnum is their scientific actual name. They are a hugely invasive species located all around the world but they started out originally in Polynesia.
They have since been cultivated and have produced a whole bunch of different varieties out there. You have been planted in people’s yards and they have run rampant across the world now. They are no longer just in a centralized location. Also, they have also been mass-produced through tissue culture and have now encompassed the house plant world as well. And today we are going to be talking about 5 of them.
The most popular Pothos that you will find in almost every single person’s home is a golden Pothos. Epipremnum Aureum, also known as the Golden Pothos, has green leaves with yellow variegation in them, and then if it gets enough light it can also have white variegation in there with the yellow and with the green. It always has almost a marbling effect.
Occasionally it will have a little of what is called sectorial variegation. Where it has just a chunk of color on the leaf and that is really fascinating to see as well. So it’s got a variety of variegation going on in there and they actually narrow down the variation into the other species that we have now and it’s really amazing to watch grow. It can do a lot of different things. It is a high light plant or a low light plant and not too picky either way. If you give it something to climb, that is when you can get that Pothos leaves where they are incredibly large and even fenestrated.
Marble Queen Pothos
The Marble Queen foliage can get very white with just a little bit of green speckling on there. They call it a Snow Queen when it does this but it is the same thing as a Marble Queen just with a lot more light.
This plant is very beautiful and also fun to play with the lighting with because it can revert back to almost just all green for you as well if you don’t give it enough light.
Also, it is a very easy climber so if you were thinking about trying something like a climbing plant, putting it on a moss pole or plank, letting it climb up your wall or any type of climbing this is the plant to try that with. It is a very easy plant to get to climb. Also, it wants to attach very easily and it does not need a lot of encouragement.
It is very important not to plant it outside though because it’s very invasive due to that quick growing. Especially if you are in a tropical zone.
Pearls n Jade Pothos
This Epipremnum comes in a smaller leaf form than the Marble Queen. Their variegation is white and green but it’s more of a sectorial design. There are actually sections of the foliage that are green or white and then they have a little tiny bit of speckling mixed in on the top.
They are related to the marble queen so they look similar but they are a little bit more stable than the Marble Queen. You will not revert as quickly if you give them a lower light. They also grow slower and are not as quick to attach.
Their leaves stay smaller for a lot longer so they do not upsize as quickly as any other Pothos. Keep this in mind when choosing your Pothos variety.
This is a fantastic one to add to terrariums or if you want just a little planter of it and you don’t want to have to worry about sizing up. It is a fantastic smaller variety of Pothos and well worth having in any home because it’s very versatile on its own.
Global Green Pothos
There is one more variegated Pothos we need to talk about. It is a green on green variegation instead of a white on green variegation. Also, it is very subtle but definitely adds a unique pop of color to any area and to any plant collection.
It is a fairly new cultivar on the market. It has not been around for that long. Also, it is a beautiful plant derived from the Manjula Pothos, and instead of having that green and white variegation that most Manjula will have this one is just green on green.
However, it does have unique shaped foliage that is very much like a chunky little heart and it is so cute. The leaves stay bigger for a lot longer as well when trailing.
They can also size up rather quickly. If you wanted to size this plant up it will need higher humidity. It does grow very easily just sitting in a pot but the leaves do get smaller as it grows in the pot. Just something to keep in mind. You will have a bunch of little chunky hearts if you let it trail it’s very cute!
And then the “piece de resistance” that everybody needs to have is a neon Pothos.
This bright almost yellow, highlighter green, Pothos is absolutely beautiful! The leaves are a little bit thinner and they are more like a Marble Queen shape (almost like an arrowhead more than a heart shape compared to the Manjula and the global green) but it is so stunning
You get a big basket of this and you put it in amongst the darker greens and it is going to pop like crazy! It fits in with so many different aesthetics. If you have light shining through these leaves it almost looks like you have a giant golden plant hanging from your ceiling! It is so beautiful!
Very fast and easy grower. It does not need a lot of humidity just like the other Pothos, they are very easy to care for plants. Basically, just water when they look sad and droopy and then let them grow.
Hopefully, this gave you some ideas for some other varieties of Pothos to get. Maybe you just picked up one variety and fell in love with it so much. They are one of those plants that once you get one it is never enough. You kind of need to get more just because there is so fun to watch grow and they’re so easy to care for!
They also get very big, very fast, and easy to propagate. Definitely a great beginner plant. If you are just getting into plants this is definitely one to get. If you are thinking about gifting a plant to somebody and you wanted a good beginner plant these are perfect for that as well.