The Epipremnum aureum ‘Marble Queen’ or ‘Marble Queen Pothos’, as I’ll refer to it on this post, is a beautiful indoor plant to add to your collection. Its native to South East Asia, and
also goes by the name ‘Devils Ivy’ which is an umbrella term for most Pothos, and is non specific.
The Marble Queen has stunning white/cream & green speckled leaves, similar but less distinct to that of the N’Joy & the Pearl and Jade.
The ‘Manjula’ on the other hand, is one that can get confused with the Marble Queen – while the Manjula has similar variegation marking, the leaves are rounder than the Marble Queen, and the variegation usually follows the leaf shape and is more ‘splotchy’.
Marble Queen Vs. Manjula
The Marble Queen can be grown as a trailing plant, hanging off shelves, in hanging baskets or even as a desk plant – when well pruned, or as a climber, using a grow pole or support system.
Below are some useful care tips to help your Marble Queen thrive.
To keep your Marble Queen looking healthy, and with strong variegation, place your plant close to an Eastern or Northern facing window.
The more indirect sunlight the plant gets, the faster it will grow, and the more variegation it will have. However, the Marble Queen is also quite tolerant of lower light conditions. So if you don’t have any bright indirect light in your home, it will survive in medium light, but don’t expect it to thrive.
Pothos are hardy plants that are easy to read. If you notice the leaves are drooping or curling downwards, its time to water it. Water the plant thoroughly, ensuring the soil is evenly wet.
Water should pass through the pot easily. Always remove any remaining water in the sous-coup after watering, to avoid mineral and salt reabsorption. Water again when soil is dry to the touch.
Choose a soil that’s loose, organic and well draining. A good mix is coco peat, compost and perlite.
If water does not run through the pot within 10 seconds of watering, the mix is too dense or moisture retaining. Add more perlite or sand, to create more air in the mixture and allow better drainage.
The Marble Queen, and most Pothos, don’t need much in terms of additional fertilising. They are quite sufficient at using the nutrients already present in the potting mix. However, you can always supplement the mix with monthly fertilising during the growth period. Use a balanced liquid fertiliser if available.
This is a very easy plant to propagate. The best way to propagate the Marble Queen is via cuttings.
When making the cutting, always use a clean knife/scissors/secateur. The cutting should have at least 1 leaf and 1 node for it to be successful. You can either place the cutting in water or in perlite. Potting directly in soil is also another option.
Yellowing Leaves – Its normal for older leaves to yellow and die, but when several leaves start turning yellow, this is usually a sign that you’re overwatering your plant. Remove the plant from the soil, cut off any rotten or dead roots, and repot it in a sterile, loose organic potting mix.
Browning Leaves – A lack of watering and/or humidity. Always water your plant thoroughly and evenly to avoid this. Water again when soil is dry to the touch.
Holes in the Leaves – Usually due a lack of humidity or dry soil. But it can also be leaf spot, which is caused by wet conditions and damp leaves.
In the case of leaf spot, remove the leaves and place plant in a drier location with better aeration.