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Snow Queen Pothos Plant Care Guide

Pothos plants are among some of the most popular houseplants! 

Anyone who owns a pothos plant knows that they are attractive but hardy plants, making them a popular choice for new plant owners or just those looking for a plant with simple care requirements. 

Snow Queen Pothos is no different. This vining plant has many of the characteristics of a Pothos plant; however, instead of deep green leaves, its foliage is marbled with green and cream colors. 

As alluded to above, it is an easy-to-care-for plant, bushy, attractive, very hardy, and – best of all – very inexpensive!  

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Botanical NameEpipremnum aureum
Common NameSnow Queen Pothos, Snow Queen
Size6 to 10 feet long
DifficultyEasy
Pet FriendlyToxic to pets
Air CleanerYes

Snow Queen Pothos Origin

Pothos plants are members of Epipremnum aureum and are native to Southeast Asia’s tropical and subtropical forests, where it still lives naturally to this day. 

They are fast-growing plants and, in some regions, are considered invasive in tropical areas where they do not grow naturally. (They are not considered invasive in the states.) 

Snow Queen Pothos plants are evergreen plants, meaning they will keep their thick, waxy, heart-shaped foliage year-round. 

In the wild, they will stretch their vines along the forest floor and climb up trees, allowing them to reach enormous heights. 

As a houseplant, they make excellent hanging plants or bookshelf plants that can hang over the side of the ledge. 

You might consider purchasing a moss pole or trellis for your Snow Queen Pothos to display its foliage, as well. 

If proper growing conditions are met, Snow Queen Pothos can grow between six and twelve feet long and as bushy as the pot in which they grow. 

How to Care for Snow Queen Pothos

Snow Queen Pothos are resilient plants. They are eager to grow and can often do so, even in unfavorable conditions. 

Stick to the basics with this plant. Keep reading to learn its simple care requirements. If you follow these simple steps, you’ll be rewarded with a happy plant and bright, beautiful foliage.  

Light and Temperature

Pothos grow well outdoors in tropical zones USDA 10-12. They prefer warmer indoor temperatures, which is reflective of their native tropical habitats. 

Temperatures between 70-90 degrees Fahrenheit are best. 

If you keep your plant outdoors and the temperatures drop below 50 degrees Fahrenheit, bring your plant indoors. Temperatures lower than that will stress your plant, and most likely, cause it to die. 

Always inspect your plants thoroughly for pests or diseases before bringing them indoors to prevent the possible spread of disease to other indoor plants. 

Bright, indirect sunlight or partial shade is best for this plant. As with most tropical plants, direct sunlight can be harmful. Tropical vining plants often live along the forest floor and are used to being covered by taller, tropical trees. Direct sunlight can bleach the leaves and cause them to turn yellow or brown. 

On the other hand, it is also best not to keep the plant in an area with highly restricted sunlight. 

Too little sunlight will affect the plant’s growth and cause it to lose its variegation. You may find in lower light conditions that your Pothos becomes greener, as well, to compensate for inadequate light and begin making food for themselves. 

If you notice the color of your leaves fading or variegating, that can mean that your plant is receiving too little sunlight. Move it somewhere where it has access to better sunlight, and your plant will bounce back quickly. 

Water

Snow Queen Pothos plants do not require a lot of water. Usually, it is best to let the soil go slightly dry before watering it. 

This drying-out of the soil often takes about one week to ten days. 

Of course, it is always a good idea to have a planter with suitable drainage holes to allow any excess water drain. This drainage prevents root rot or fungus growth and helps your plant properly absorb the water you are giving it. 

Pothos are originally tropical plants, so they do like humidity. You might consider misting your plant regularly to increase ambient moisture, or, if you live in an arid area, purchasing a humidifier for the room in which your plant lives. 

If you choose to do so, misting your plant also helps clean dust from the leaves and improves the leave’s ability to perform photosynthesis.

Mist your plant no more than twice a week, and try to do so in the morning, so its leaves have time to dry off before the sunset. 

If your plant’s leaves are left too wet without time to dry, they can develop rot and fungus. 

Fertilization

Snow Queen Pothos plants are self-sustained plants, meaning they do not need many extra nutrients to survive. 

Many plant experts agree that Pothos need very little fertilizer. 

If you want to encourage faster growth, feel free to give your plant a small amount of fertilizer to help improve or quicken growth. But, if you do, use a slow-release, balanced fertilizer, and always be sure to follow the package instructions for dilution and application. 

Fertilizers that contain worm castings or seaweed solutions are excellent options, as well, as they help with the growth of your Snow Queen Pothos’ roots and help keep it generally healthy. 

Flowering

Snow Queen Pothos rarely, if ever, flower as a houseplant, though, in the wild, they do have natural flowering tendencies. 

There, they sometimes produce an erect, purple flower that grows in a spathe from the plant.

However, don’t expect flowers from your Snow Queen Pothos houseplant. Instead, enjoy its lovely marbled foliage, which is the real attraction of this plant.

Pruning

Pruning your Queen Pothos can help promote growth (and give you fresh cuttings to propagate). It can also help promote a healthy, bushy appearance. 

Prune away dead or damaged leaves from the vine, as well, to keep its appearance fresh and clean. You can also help shape your plant to your liking, but be sure not to prune it too aggressively. If you remove too many leaves from your plant, your vine may stop growing. 

Repotting

Pothos plants like to be slightly root bound, so you will not need to repot your plant often – just another reason they’re so low-maintenance! 

Once your plant has filled the pot, or you can start to see roots peeking out of the pot, it is time to repot your plant.

Even if your plant is growing more slowly, plan to repot your Pothos every several years to help replenish the nutrients in the soil and help aerate the soil so that it does not become completely packed down. 

Choose a replacement pot that is only slightly larger than your plant’s current pot. This space will allow your plant to grow but will not overwhelm it. 

Like so many other aspects of the Snow Queen Pothos, its soil requirements are not fussy. 

They prefer any quality, fast-draining soil that is slightly acidic (around a pH of 6 is best). Plan to use any high-quality soil with some perlite added in for extra aeration, and your plant should do just fine. 

Pests 

The most common pests that Pothos are prone to are mealybugs and thrips. 

You can identify mealybugs by their appearance on the underside of leaves. They will leave soft, cottony wax behind them. 

If you see tiny black specks on your Pothos’ leaves and buds, you likely have thrips. They will leave the plant’s leaves with tiny, discolored spots, and you might begin to notice that your overall plant growth is becoming deformed. 

Thrips can be challenging to spot with the naked eye, so use a magnifying glass to confirm your suspicions. 

In either case of pests, spraying your plant with insecticidal soap and water will help get rid of them. 

You might also consider wiping your pothos’ leaves with neem oil (and spraying its soil with neem oil) every few months to help prevent future pest infestation. 

Disease

Snow Queen Pothos is not susceptible to disease. 

If proper soil conditions are not met or overwatering occurs, your plant may experience root rot. 

Other than that, you should not experience issues with diseases of your Pothos. 

How to Propagate Snow Queen Pothos

Snow Queen Pothos are very easy to propagate through stem cuttings. Follow the steps below, and you will soon have many Snow Queen Pothos plants to place around your home and to share with friends!

  • Step 1: Take a leaf cutting from your Snow Queen Pothos with a clean, disinfected pair of shears or scissors. Ensure that this cutting has at least one node (the point where a leaf will grow) on it. 
  • Step 2: Place this fresh cutting in a cup of water and set it somewhere where it will receive good sunlight. 
  • Step 3: Once the plant has sprouted roots that are a couple of inches long (This typically takes a couple of days to a week.), remove your cutting from water. 
  • Step 4: Place your newly rooted cutting in fresh potting soil. Optional: You may choose to dip your cutting in rooting hormone before planting it in fresh soil to help encourage growth. 

Tip: sometimes, it is best to plant 2-3 cuttings in the same pot to help fill out the new plant and decrease the time spent waiting for the plant to grow. 

Pothos like to be root-bound, so choose a pot that is on the smaller side for this new cutting. You can always increase the size as the plant matures! 

Frequently Asked Questions

What’s the difference between a Snow Queen and Marble Queen Pothos?

You can distinguish between a Snow Queen Pothos and a Marble Queen Pothos chiefly through their leaf coloration and growth habits. 

Snow Queen Pothos has more white in their foliage, and they grow more slowly.

On the other hand, Marble Queen Pothos is cream-colored with more green blotches. It grows more quickly.  

In short, the color pattern on each plant is inverted. The Snow Queen Pothos plant is more white than green, and the Marble Queen has more green areas. 

Why does my Snow Queen Pothos have brown spots?

Brown spots on your Snow Queen Pothos may be a result of over-watering, especially if your plant’s soil is heavy and dense. 

When your Pothos’ soil becomes waterlogged, oxygen cannot reach the roots. This lack of oxygen stresses your plant because it cannot absorb nutrients OR water. 

Consequently, brown spots may appear. 

If you notice this occurring in your plant, you may need to repot your plant with fresh, properly draining soil in a planter that has better drainage. 

How fast does a Snow Queen Pothos grow?

Pothos, in general, are fast-growing plants, and the Snow Queen Pothos is no different. 

With the proper care in place, you can expect your Pothos plant to grow about 12 inches each month during the growing season. 

Is Snow Queen Pothos toxic to pets?

Yes, all Pothos, including Snow Queen Pothos, are toxic to pets due to the presence of insoluble raphides in the plant. 

Due to the presence of calcium oxalate in Snow Queen Pothos, it is considered mildly toxic to humans, as well. 

If ingested, it can cause irritation of the mouth, diarrhea, vomiting, and difficulty swallowing. 

It is always considered best practice to keep plants away from pets and small children to ensure their safety. 

Why is Snow Queen Pothos called ‘Devils Ivy?”

Pothos plants are so hardy that they have earned themselves the nickname “Devil’s Ivy” because they are seemingly impossible to kill. 

You can put your Pothos in a dark room, and it still will not die right away!

Of course, these are not ideal growing conditions for your plant. If you want your plant to be healthy and grow well, take care that it is receiving adequate sunlight. 

However, if you are traveling, or if natural sunlight is lacking for a few days to weeks in your area, rest assured that your plant will likely be just fine. 

Can Snow Queen Pothos grow in water? 

A fun fact about Pothos plants is that they can actually grow in water permanently. If you take a cutting from your plant, it will be able to survive in water alone. 

Some aquariums grow Pothos plants on top of the water. The plants absorb nitrates in the water, which is beneficial for both the plants and the aquarium. 

Note that the plants do grow more slowly this way. But if you keep the water clean, your Pothos can grow this way for many years. 

Final Thoughts

Snow Queen Pothos plants are attractive, easy to care for, and inexpensive plants, perfect for new plant owners and seasoned plant owners alike. 

Follow the above simple care requirements, and you should have no trouble keeping your Snow Queen Pothos happy for years to come.

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