The devil’s ivy or pothos is a mid-sized plant that’s esteemed for its easy care, but a bigger reason people flock to this plant is due to its extensive varieties and their ability to thrive indoors and in low light areas. These variegated, pothos varieties are some of the easiest houseplants you’ll ever grow indoors. What are your best pothos options?
Here are 10 pothos varieties that are easy to grow indoors:
- Cebu blue
- Marble queen
- Pearls and jade
In this article, I’ll explain the variegations and appealing features that make each of the above 10 pothos varieties such unique standouts. I’ll also share pertinent information such as plant size and care routine, so make sure you keep reading!
10 Types of Pothos that Thrive Indoors
At the start of this list is the satin pothos or Scindapsus pictus ‘Argyraeus.’ The plant that is sometimes referred to as the silver vine grows extensively long stems.
The color and patterning of each arrow-shaped leaf vary. Some satin pothos are mostly green with flecks of silver or white. Others feature primarily silver leaves with streaks of green. These varieties are even more striking.
Natively grown in Southeast Asia, the satin pothos can develop a trailing vine with lengths up to three feet.
When the top inch of this houseplant’s soil has begun to dry out, it’s time to water it. To prevent cold shock, only water your pothos with lukewarm water.
Plant the satin pothos in an all-purpose potting mix and provide bright, indirect light to protect its patterning.
Fertilize during the active growing season (spring through autumn) using water-soluble fertilizer with a higher nitrogen ratio than phosphorus and potassium. A good nutrient ratio is 20-10-10. Dilute before fertilizing.
The golden pothos is a classic pothos variety that’s popular among indoor gardeners. Its bright, appealing green leaves will add some cheer to any day at home or the office.
Allow two inches of the golden pothos’ soil to dry out, then water it. Use filtered water, as the golden pothos is sensitive to chemicals like those found in tap water.
Choose well-draining soil, as this plant doesn’t handle being overwatered very well. It could die of root rot.
Provide low, indirect light or medium, indirect light such as that from a northerly-facing or easterly-facing window. Just make sure the spot you choose isn’t too shady or the golden pothos can become a lot less golden in a hurry.
The golden pothos does best in temperatures between 70- and 90-degrees Fahrenheit. These temps are reminiscent of its South Pacific home.
Which pothos shines even brighter than the golden variety? That’s right, it’s the neon pothos.
This electric plant is a mix between gold and green. It features no patterning, but it doesn’t need it. The neon pothos is more than impactful enough.
The Epipremnum aureum ‘Neon’ comes from Australia and Asia’s subtropical forests. There, it can reach heights of up to 60 inches, although you’re unlikely to see such extensive growth when planted indoors.
Maintain moist soil for the neon pothos but don’t let it get soaking; yes, there is a difference. The top two inches of soil should never be bone-dry.
Bright, indirect sunlight suits this pothos variety best, but even in a shaded office without windows, the golden pothos will live on. Its coloring just won’t be as bright.
Choose nutrient-rich soil for the neon pothos and you might be able to forego fertilizing it. If you’d like to apply fertilizer, then do so about every three months during its active growing season (spring through summer).
Living up to its name, the jade pothos is a rich, dazzling shade of bright green. It’s also unvariegated, which might make its care easier.
This Polynesian native will average sizes of six to 10 feet. Outdoors, the jade pothos has been known to reach sizes of 30 feet, which is some seriously impressive stuff!
As much as 50 percent of the jade pothos’ soil can dry out before you water it but take care not to let the soil get overly dry between waterings. Choose a well-draining soil too.
Bright, indirect light is the best match for the jade pothos, as too little light will suck up its beautiful green hue.
Provide temperatures between 65 and 85 degrees. Don’t be afraid to crank up the humidity, as this plant doesn’t do well with dry air. If you see browned leaf tips, this is a sign to buy a humidifier for your jade pothos.
Cebu Blue Pothos
Yes, the Cebu blue pothos really is blue. Gazing upon this pothos variety is dazzling, making the Epipremnum pinnatum a pothos variety worth growing today.
Just don’t hold your breath waiting; this plant reaches maturity within 20 years!
Interestingly, the Cebu blue pothos might develop fenestrations, which is the technical term for plant leaf perforations. These fenestrations make the Cebu blue resemble a philodendron more than a pothos!
Water the Cebu blue when its top inch of soil has dried out. Well-draining potting mix is a must. You might consider adding soil amendments such as vermiculite and perlite to help with drainage.
Like the other pothos varieties I’ve discussed, the Cebu blue does best in bright, indirect light. Periods of less light are okay for this plant. If those periods are short-lived enough, your pothos will still be blue.
You must fertilize the Cebu blue to help it grow and eventually reach maturity. Always dilute the fertilizer before applying.
Marble Queen Pothos
One of the most beautiful pothos varieties by far is the marble queen. This is a heavily variegated pothos that’s pale green and white.
The more variegated, the whiter the marble queen. Even slightly less variegated marble queens are still a wonder to look at.
Indoors, the marble queen loves to spread out and can reach lengths of five feet in maturity. It doesn’t take nearly as long for this pothos variety to reach maturity as the Cebu blue, as the marble queen lives for around 10 years.
Unlike a lot of the pothos varieties I’ve discussed, the marble queen doesn’t mind dry soil as much. That doesn’t mean you should starve the plant of water, but always avoid soaking wet soil.
Medium, indirect light will allow the marble queen to flourish so you can see the full extent of its variegation. However, even in less light, this plant will live on. Just don’t expect as much cream-colored beauty.
Hailing from parts of the world such as Australia, French Polynesia, and Southeast Asia, it should come as no surprise that the marble queen can tolerate temperatures up to 90 degrees.
Pearls and Jade Pothos
As a marble queen cultivar, the pearls and jade pothos (aka the N-Joy pothos) displays the same color scheme. Its patterning is slightly different though, with chunks of white on each green arrow-shaped leaf.
With smaller leaves than the marble queen, the pearls and jade pothos was originally developed at the University of Florida. It’s since been shared with the rest of us, and thankfully!
Growing to sizes between six and 10 feet like the marble queen, the pearls and jade pothos has a lot of the same care requirements. It prefers water only when its soil is dry up to two inches deep.
Bright, indirect light suits this variegated cultivar, and it too can survive in dimmer conditions. I must again remind you though that the pearls and jade can lose both its coloring and patterning if it’s left in the dark.
Choose well-draining soil and apply balanced, diluted fertilizer monthly between the spring and autumn.
Like the pearls and jade pothos is a cultivar of the marble queen, the Hawaiian pothos is a cultivar of the golden pothos. It features yellow and dark green on each large, heart-shaped leaf.
As you probably guessed, this pothos cultivar hails from the beautiful Hawaiian islands. It grows up to four feet tall so it’s tidy and manageable in your cubicle or at home.
Allow for about half its soil to dry out before replenishing the Hawaiian pothos with water. Then water generously but choose a pot with drainage holes to avoid standing water.
Although it tolerates low light and medium light, keeping the Hawaiian pothos in the dark for too long is a great way to strip it of its variegation. Stick to bright, indirect light for this houseplant as often as you can.
The preferred temperature range for the Hawaiian pothos is between 65 and 85 degrees. Crank up the humidity with a humidifier or put your pothos in the kitchen or bathroom.
The Jessenia pothos will charm you. Its lime-green coloring is appealing, as are its heart-shaped leaves.
Save some room in your bedroom or living room for the Epipremnum aureum Jessenia, as its size when grown indoors is 10 feet.
Part of its care is watering the plant when two inches of its soil gets dry. Choose well-draining soil to avoid standing water, which can cause root rot. You might recall from earlier that root rot is a primary enemy of pothos.
As you might have guessed, the best lighting for the Jessenia pothos is bright, indirect sunlight. Since this pothos variety is less variegated, you can get away with putting the plant in dimmer lighting at times.
When spring begins, fertilize your Jessenia pothos about monthly with a balanced fertilizer at half strength.
The final pothos variety I want to discuss is the Manjula, a lovely pothos that too was developed by students at the University of Florida.
Its variegation is akin to the pearls and jade pothos with wavier edges along each leaf. The color combo of green and creamy white is very much apparent in its lush foliage.
Keep the Manjula’s soil moist but never soaking. Potting soil is fine for the Manjula pothos but add perlite and peat moss to aerate the soil.
Once more, introduce plenty of bright, indirect light for this pothos, especially if you adore the houseplant’s stunning variegation.
The temperature range for the Manjula pothos is quite generous, as this plant can withstand temps as low as 50 degrees and as high as 95 degrees. It prefers high humidity between 60 and 90 percent, which is well over the average relative humidity in a household.
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