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Marble Queen Pothos: What is It and How Do I Care For It?

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Marble Queen Pothos

Marble queen pothos is a type of houseplant that has grown in popularity over the last few years. People love marble queen pothos for their striking marble-like leaves and ability to thrive under low light conditions. This plant is also known as Epipremnum aureum, golden pathos, or devil’s backbone. What marble queen pothos lacks in height it makes up for with width and will fill out any space you put it in!

Marble queen pothos are one of the most popular houseplants. They can grow up to five feet tall and live for years, making them a great choice as long-lasting decorating pieces in any home or office space. The marble queen pothos plant is an ideal choice for anyone looking to add some life and colour into their living space without committing to owning a pet. marble queen pothos do not require much care or attention but will live longer when they are cared for properly.  Marble queen pothos care isn’t just about putting this plant anywhere and forgetting about it. There are certain things you should know if you want to keep your marble queen pothos happy and healthy!

Marble Queen Pothos

What is a Marble Queen Pothos?

Marble Queen Pothos (Epipremnum aureum) is an attractive, fast-growing vine that likes bright light and lots of water. It’s best known for its marbleized leaves with three different colours: white, green and yellow or gold! They have long, trailing stems and shiny oval leaves with white or silver streaks on them. It can reach lengths up to 20 feet and can be trained to climb a trellis or other structure.

Marble queen pothos is also known as golden pothos, marble vine and erythrina vine. In 1959, the marble queen was named Hawaii’s official state flower because of its beauty!

Origins of Marble Queen Pothos Plant

Marble Queen Pothos is an indoor plant native to the tropical rainforest of Indonesia and Malaysia, but it can be grown as a houseplant all year long in any climate. The marble queen pothos was first brought over from Asia in the late 1800s. At that time marble queen pothos was not a popular houseplant, but in the past decade marble queen plants have become one of the most popular indoor plants to grow at home. The marble queen pothos is also known as “Grandmother’s tongue” because it has long-drooping leaves and a tongue-like shape.

Marble queen pothos, also known as Epipremnum aureum is different from other types of Pothos plants because marble queen has variegated leaves. Instead of being green or yellow-green marble queen leaves are cream and grey speckled with dark stripes on the edges. These striped marbled patterns come from the marble queen’s natural tendency to grow floral bracts that look like flowers.

Marble Queen Pothos Plant Care Guide

Many marble queen pothos plants are grown for their ornamental value and marble queen plant care is relatively simple. marble queen pothos is a low-maintenance plant that will thrive with minimal marble pothos care.


The marble queen pothos prefers to be in soil that is moist but not wet. As a rule of thumb, if the pot feels cold and clammy, it needs more water. If you put your finger into the soil and then pull out dampness keeps on coming up from the hole, this means there’s enough moisture for marble queen pothos.

If you have marble queen pothos in a pot, use peat moss or bark mixed with equal parts of sand for the best results. For marble queen pothos in hanging baskets, tropical plants mix is perfect. They prefer well-draining soil with an acidic pH. It is recommended to use a cactus mix, which has sand as the main component. The more drainage and airflow marble queen pothos receive, the healthier they will be! It can also thrive in peat moss or coconut coir as long as it drains well.


Marble Queen Pothos are a brightly-coloured plant that thrives in low light settings. They need only artificial lighting if they’re indoors or shaded outdoors, and can grow perfectly well in indirect sunlight with some supplemental fluorescent lights to supplement what the sun doesn’t give them. A marble pothos is not picky on its light setup, so you can have multiple marble queen pothos in a single room with different lighting setups and they’ll be just fine.


Marble Queen Pothos is a fast-growing plant that thrives in moist, humid environments. Like most plants marble queen pothos needs to be watered at least once every other day if not more often depending on the size of its container and how warm it is in your home. The best way to water marble queen pothos is to submerge the marble in a basket of water for about thirty minutes. You can also use a spray bottle but be careful not to get any on marble’s leaves because it could lead to leaf rot.

You may water marble queen pothos whenever the top inch of soil feels dry or it has been two weeks since its last watering. The marble queen pothos prefers to be watered in the morning and evening rather than midday for best results.


Marble Queen Pothos can tolerate a wide range of temperatures. They do best in indirect sunlight and should be kept away from direct sun, heaters, or air conditioners which could dry out the leaves. They are tolerant to both cold winters (below 40°F) as well as very warm summers (above 100). When marble queen pothos is exposed to temperatures below 40°F, the leaves may turn brown and fall off. This does not mean that marble queen pothos can’t be kept at these lower temperature ranges as long it’s in indirect sunlight without any cold drafts blowing on them. When they are exposed to temperatures above 100º F (37.78º C), their leaves may turn yellow, droop and dry out.


Marble queen pothos need to be kept in humid conditions. The ideal humidity level should be between 50-80%. In order to keep marble queen pothos moist, you should mist or water it every day, even if just a little bit.  Place the pot on a tray of wet pebbles or put a layer of moistened sponge at the bottom. Don’t let it touch any water though! If you live in an area where this is not possible, place the marble queen pothos in a room with good natural humidity. A humidifier can also be used, but make sure to keep it away from any water sources!


Marble Queen Pothos can be fertilized with a product including slow-release plant food, to provide the nutrients marble queen pothos needs for healthy growth. Do not overthink it or worry about how much fertilizer you are using; it is better to apply too little than too much. A month after applying any new fertilizer, marble queen pothos will need to be fed again.

Marble Queen Pothos does not require a lot of fertilizer, but it should be fertilized at least once every month or two. It is better to apply too little than too much because marble queen pothos do not like the taste of chemicals in their soil; over-fertilizing marble queen pothos will make it turn yellow.

Marble Queen Pothos enjoy a wide range of fertilizers including water-soluble, slow release and organic plant food products that provide phosphorus, nitrogen and potassium for healthy growth. Marble Queen Pothos can be fertilized with a product containing these nutrients, to provide marble queen pothos with the nutrients it needs for healthy growth. Marble Queen Pothos do not like chemical fertilizer so make sure you use fertilizers that marble queen pothos enjoy.


Marble Queen Pothos is a poisonous plant. Ingesting marble queen pothos can cause painful symptoms, such as difficulty breathing and nausea. The marble queen pothos family of plants has been known to be toxic in the past because some members produce oleander which is also found throughout North America but not on all parts of marble queen pothos. The marble queen pothos plant, specifically the marble queen part of marble queen pothos is what causes these symptoms and it can also cause paralysis in high doses. The marble king part of marble queen pothos can be eaten with no negative side effects but if it comes in contact with the marble queen plants, it may cause serious health problems

It’s important to keep this plant away from pets or children who are unaware that marble king pothos may be poisonous. Marble Queen Pothos should be kept away from other plants and vegetables as they can cause them to become toxic. Marble Queen Pothos like other plants that have poisonous components can also cause skin irritation if touched by human hands with sensitive skin or underdeveloped immunity. This reaction may occur after touching marble queen pothos.


Pruning marble queen pothos should be done to keep the plant from becoming too dense. Pruning marble queen pothos is usually needed when it reaches about three feet tall and starts shooting out side branches that grow downwards towards the ground. When pruning marble queen pothos, cut off any leafless stems or those with fewer leaves. This allows the marble queen pothos to grow more and put energy into thicker stems instead of thinner ones, which will only end up dying.

If marble queen pothos is not pruned regularly it may start falling over from its own weight or lose a lot of green colour due to lack of light reaching the lower branches.

For marble queen pothos, the best time to prune is in late winter or early spring. However, if marble queen pothos does not receive enough light this may be done during summer months as well. Remember that marble queen pothos thrives on bright indirect sunlight and will wilt when exposed to direct sun for long periods of time.


Marble queen pothos can be propagated by taking stem cuttings. To do this, remove marble queen pothos from the pot and place them in water for about a week. Remove marble queen pothos once it has completely dried out on all sides, then strip off any excess leaves that are not needed to reduce weight. Marble queen pothos should be then placed in a pot with peat moss and enough water to cover marble queen pothos. Place marble queen pothos in bright indirect light for two weeks, after which they can be transplanted outside or repotted into a fresh container of soil.

In order to promote marble queen pothos growth, water the marble queen pothos when it starts to dry out and fertilize monthly with a slow-acting houseplant fertilizer.

Marble Queen Pothos can also be propagated by dividing the crowns of a mature marble queen plant which will cause new ones to grow in its place, or they can also simply be cut from the marble queen’s stem.


Marble queen pothos should be repotted every year in the Spring. This will allow it to grow and also keeps soil from getting compacted, which leads to root rot. Repotting marble queen pothos is a simple process that can easily be done at home. To do so, you’ll need: a pot that is at least 12 inches in diameter and can hold a marble queen pothos, but don’t worry if it’s slightly too small as marble queen pothos will grow over time. Fill the new pot with high grade soil mix or dirt – not garden soil from outside! Marble Queen Pothos does best when grown indoors because it is more likely to get pests.

When you go to replant marble queen pothos, use a clay pot or a pot made of Polyresin. Do not use plastic pots or containers because marble queen pothos do not like it when the roots start to grow in the water and they can’t go anywhere else, so marble queen pothos rot from inside out.

Marble queen pothos should be watered thoroughly after repotting, as it will need time to adjust and form new roots in the soil mixture. When marble queen pothos first starts growing it produces a lot of shoots that are called ‘air plants’. These air plants can also be used for marble queen pothos to grow on. To do so, simply attach marble king air plants to a surface with glue or string and let them dry for about a day before adding marble queens soil around the roots.

Marble Queen Pothos

Marble Queen Pothos Variegated

Marble Queen Pothos Variegated is a marble queen pothos plant that has white-striped leaves, which are green in the summer and deep vivid red colours during fall. This marble queen pothos variety grows slower than other varieties but still needs to be pruned occasionally for healthy growth. The marble queen’s flowers are white with a yellow center. This type of marble queen pothos is often used for decoration since marble queen pothos has a very decorative look. The variegated marble plant is an attractive low-maintenance houseplant that thrives in most living environments where there’s good light but not too much direct sunlight.

Common Issues with Marble Queen Pothos

Marble queen pothos is an easy plant to care for and can be grown in a variety of conditions, but there are some common problems with marble queen pothos that you should keep an eye out for.

  • Brown leaf tips – This may mean the marble queen pothos needs more water or has been exposed to too much water
  • Yellow spots – These may be caused by salt buildup in the marble queen pothos pot, overwatering, or a deficiency in one of the marble queen pothos’ nutrient needs.
  • Brown leaf tips with yellow edges – This usually means that your marble queen pothos is too dry and could use some water.
  • Wilting marble queen pothos leaves – This may be caused by overwatering or a lack of light

Tips for Keeping a Marble Queen Pothos Happy

There are many care guides online that will help marble queen pothos stay healthy and beautiful, but these tips can be summarized in six words: “keep moist; give light; give air; keep out of draught”.

  • Marble queen pothos prefer bright indirect sunlight; avoid putting marble queens in direct sun all day long as it can make them too hot
  • Marble queen pothos prefer to be watered when the top inch of soil is dry
  • Any marble queen plants that are not getting enough water will have wilted leaves, so look for this before watering marble queens. Too much water can also cause brown leaf tips and yellow spots.
  • It’s best to use a pot with drainage holes to avoid overwatering marble queens
  • Marble queen pothos are happiest when the temperature is between 60 and 75 degrees Fahrenheit. They may survive in lower or higher temperatures, but these will be uncomfortable for marble queen pothos.
  • Remember that marble queen pothos need a lot of humidity as they do not like dry air

Marble Queen Pothos Frequently Asked Questions

How much light does a marble Queen pothos need?

Marble Queen Pothos is a low-light plant. It does well in shaded or indirect light, but it will not grow under direct sunlight and can actually be damaged by too much sun. Marble Queen Pothos should never be placed near window sills that are exposed to the hot afternoon sun for this reason. Be sure to allow marble Queen Pothos to get a few hours of sunlight every day, but make sure the light is filtered.

Should I mist my Marble Queen pothos?

Marble Queen pothos does not need to be misted. The marble plants are native from the tropical rainforest and can survive without water for a long time. However, if you live in an area that has more dry weather than usual (e.g., central or southern California) it may benefit your marble queen pothos to be misted every few weeks.

Marble plants prefer to have their leaves sprayed with water, not soaked in it (too much moisture on marble plant can cause root rot)

Are Marble Queen pothos slow-growing?

Marble queen pothos are a slow growing plant. They will not grow quickly like other plants in your home, but they can still take over the space if you’re not careful with clipping them back occasionally. This is because marble queen pothos have very long vines and stems that need to be trimmed often or else the marble queen pothos will grow out of control. It is important to clip marble queen pothos back often because marble queen pothos are a climbing plant and the vines can wrap around plants that it surrounds or blanket other surfaces in your home if trimmed periodically.

How do you keep Marble Queen pothos white?

Marble Queen pothos are easy to care for. Make sure the pot has good soil with plenty of drainage so that excess water can leave from the bottom of the plant’s roots and not sit stagnant in it. The marble queen is a tropical plant, but do not expose them too much to direct sunlight as they will burn. On the other hand, marble queen pothos like moist soil with plenty of water so it is important to pay attention to how much you are watering your marble queen pothos and not overwatering or underwatering them. The marble queen will grow better in humid weather but if you live in a dry area, mist some water on marble queen pothos every day to help maintain moisture.

When should I repot my Marble Queen pothos?

You should repot marble queen pothos every two years. You will know when the time is right to do this because it becomes top heavy and starts drooping over the sides of its container. This gives you a sign that your marble queen pothos needs more room to grow, or have fresh soil under if roots are growing near the surface.

When you repot marble queen pothos, use a potting mix that drains well and place it in the new container with fresh soil so there is an inch of room below the pot’s rim to allow for water drainage.

If your marble queen pothos needs more space or if its roots are growing near the surface, use a pot that is one size larger.

How big do Marble Queen pothos get?

Marble queen pothos can grow to be about 30 inches in diameter and 18 inches tall at the canopy. They have a cascading leaf shape, meaning that their leaves are born along one long stem from the center of the plant.


Marble queen pothos can be a beautiful addition to any indoor garden or office. They are easy care and require little attention, making them an ideal plant for busy people. marble queen pothos should adapt well to most environments but may need more water in dryer climates.

The marble queen pothos can be easily taken care of, as long as you follow the aforementioned steps. Keep in mind that marble queen pothos plants don’t like to have too much direct sunlight and they also prefer not to be disturbed when it comes time for watering. If these conditions are met then marble queen pothos plants should have no problem thriving.

This marble queen pothos care guide has just scratched the surface of what marble queen pothos is and how to keep them happy, but it’s a good starting point for people who are interested in caring for this unique houseplant. Now that you know about marble queen pothos, give them a try.

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