Snow Queen pothos, as the name suggests, is a special plant that is white as snow. This plant is very easy to care for and it is becoming more popular amongst plant enthusiasts.
What do you need to grow Snow Queen pothos?
Read this guide.
- What Is Snow Queen Pothos?
- Snow Queen Pothos Care
What Is Snow Queen Pothos?
The Snow Queen pothos is plant and cultivar or variety of Epipremnum Aureum which is the Marble Queen. Moreover, it’s also known as Epipremnum Aureum “Snow Queen.” In Australia, both plants are called marble queens as there is no distinction. The only difference between Snow Queen pothos and Marble Queen pothos is the color of their leaves.
Snow Queen pothos have white leaves with green speckles, while Marble queen pothos have green leaves with white speckles. This plant is slow-growing and suitable as an indoor plant.
– How You Can Recognize
Here are some easy ways to identify a Snow Queen plant:
- Plant appearance: Snow Queen pothos can grow 6 to 10 inches long and up to 2 inches wide. It is a vining plant.
- Leaves: The leaves of Snow Queen pothos are white with green speckles. They have a slightly-waxy feel as they are coated with a special type of wax.
- Flowers: It is rare for Snow Queen pothos to flower in captivity, but not impossible. The flower stalks are erect with cream spathe having purple around the spadix.
Snow Queen pothos is very common amongst indoor plant enthusiasts for its various uses.
The most common use of Snow Queen pothos is its use as an indoor air purifier. Snow Queen pothos collect a lot of carbon from the atmosphere, so they help oxygenate your home through the process of photosynthesis.
It is a very beautiful plant when placed on an office table or windowsill at home. The white colors of your Snow Queen pothos make it suitable for rooms painted white.
Snow Queen Pothos Care
Even though Snow Queen pothos are beautiful plants, they are fairly easy to care for. Providing your plants with the right substrate, access to sufficient light, and watering when you have to are all you need to care for Snow Queens.
– Getting Your Snow Queen Pothos
You can start your Epipremnum aureum as seedlings and cuttings. For the first time, you should start with seedling Snow Queen pothos as they are easier to start with since they are already growing. You can get Epipremnum aureum seedlings from nurseries and garden shops.
– Preparing Pot and Potting Mix
Snow Queen pothos need a potting mix that can hold moisture but is well-drained. To make a suitable soil for Snow Queen pothos, mix two-part indoor soil or potting mix with one-part perlite.
If you do not want to get your hands dirty, you can buy a potting mix suitable for indoor houseplants for your Snow Queen pothos. Note that the substrate pH should be slightly acidic.
Your Snow Queen pothos container should have a lot of drainage holes at the bottom. These holes will prevent your Epipremnum aureum from suffocating. You can also place rocks at the bottom before pouring substrate into the pot. These rocks can help the roots of your Epipremnum aureum to be properly aerated while the substrate does not remain soggy.
– How and Where To Plant
While you should pay attention to your plant’s light and water needs, extra care for Epipremnum aureum is to provide it with a stake, cage, trellis, or anything it can climb. Climbing Snow Queens are more beautiful and you get to save some amount of space.
When planting the Snow Queen pothos, make sure that the potting mix is dry. You should water the Epipremnum aureum after planting. In less than two days, your plant should be well-established in its new home.
If you want your Epipremnum aureum plants to become whiter, you should give them brighter light. Snow Queen pothos will appreciate you if you give them access to full sun. Your plants should have at least five hours of direct light daily.
In your home, you can place your Snow Queen pothos in the east or west-facing windows. Make sure that your plants are in a well-lit room else they may become green and weak as they need light to maintain their health and beauty.
Epipremnum aureum “Snow Queen” prefers humidity levels higher than 50 percent. To give your plants as much humidity as they need, you can install a humidifier in your room.
You can also mist the plants regularly. When misting your Snow Queen pothos, please do not mist them until their leaves start dripping water as it can lead to bacteria attacks.
Epipremnum aureum plants grow best in USDA hardiness zones 10 and 11. Your plants prefer 60 – 80 F but can tolerate 50 – 90 F. If you live in USDA hardiness zones and 11, you do not need to worry about the temperature needs of your plants as they are just in the temperature conditions.
If you do not live in those zones, you should always check the temperature of your room and make sure that your plants are receiving the right amount of temperature. As an indoor plant, your Snow Queen pothos are safe from the cold of winter and frosts.
Snow Queen pothos prefer a substrate that is consistently moist. To water your plants, wait until the substrate is near dry. However, do not wait until the substrate is completely dry before you water your plants. You can water your Snow Queens by misting, but be sure to water the roots of the plant as they are heavy drinkers.
As you can see, watering Snow Queen pothos is not difficult.
Snow Queens do not need extra nutrients if their potting mix is rich in organic matter such as loam, topsoil, or compost, you do not need to add fertilizer. You can add worm castings if you like.
If you want, you can fertilize your plants with quarter-strength houseplant fertilizer once monthly. Just make sure that you are not giving your plants too many nutrients.
– Pruning Your Plants
Prune Snow Queen pothos to encourage faster growth. You should also prune off old, dead, or weakened leaves to give your plant a consistently beautiful look.
You may have to repot your Snow Queen pothos every 12-18 months when their roots fill the container. The next pot should be 3 or 4 inches larger than the previous one as a large pot can cause root rot.
Do not repot your plants in winter as they are dormant by then. If you can still feel loose soil in the pot, you do not need to repot. Only repot when the roots have filled the container or when you need to change the potting mix.
– Mulching Your Indoor Plants
Mulching your Snow Queen pothos is important to prevent weeds from competing with them for nutrients and space. Also, you can use organic mulch such as wood shavings as a slow-release fertilizer for your plants. Snow Queen pothos do not require any special type of mulch as you can use both organic and inorganic mulch for your plants.
Just make sure that the potting mix is well-drained as mulch can prevent moisture from evaporating.
– Caring For Bloom
It is very rare for your Snow Queen pothos to bloom when it is grown indoors. When grown in a suitable potting mix rich in organic nutrients, however, your Snow Queen pothos can still bloom.
When it blooms, it will need your help to retain the flower until pollination is complete. Here are some ways to help your Epipremnum Aureum “Snow Queen” during bloom:
- Sunlight: Your Snow Queen pothos should receive around six hours of sunlight daily. They need the sun to produce energy through photosynthesis.
- Fertilizer: You should give your plants more phosphorus and potassium-rich fertilizer when they bloom. They use these nutrients as well as some micro-elements to produce fruits.
- Water: Water your Snow Queen pothos just the way you have been watering them.
- Pollinators: There are several agents for pollination for Snow Queen pothos. Wind, insects, and birds can pollinate this special plant. Make sure that pollinators have access to your plats, else you may need to pollinate it yourself.
- Temperature: You do not have to worry if you live in USDA hardiness zones 9 and 10 because your plants are receiving enough temperature. If you are living in other regions, however, you should make sure that your plants are growing at 60 to 80 F.
Now that you know how to care for your Snow Queen pothos bloom, how do you propagate the plant? Continue reading and find out.
When you successfully grow one Epipremnum aureum “Snow Queen,” you’d surely want to grow others as the plant is easy to care for. You do not have to buy more plants. All you have to do is propagate your mature Snow Queen. How do you propagate this special plant? Here are some easy techniques that you can try:
Propagating Snow Queen pothos is very easy and the most common method of propagation. All you have to do is cut off a section of the stem. The cutting should be at least six inches long. You can plant the Snow Queen pothos cutting directly in a suitable potting mix, or you can first dip it into a rooting hormone before planting it.
You can also root the cutting in water. Keep it in a clean jar of water for seven to ten days. In less than a week, you should see roots growing. After ten days, you can plant the rooted cutting. Make sure to change the water regularly to prevent bacteria attacks.
After successful pollination, your plant will produce fruits with seeds. You can plant the seeds of your Snow Queen pothos for new plants. These seeds are very easy to germinate and care for. Plant seeds from overripe fruits in a suitable potting mix. Cover the seeds in half an inch of soil or mulch. Water the seeds by misting.
The Snow Queen pothos seeds should germinate and sprout before ten days. Note that it is very rare for Snow Queen pothos to flower in cultivation. It is not impossible, just rare.
– Rooting from the Mother Plant
Instead of collecting a stem cutting from the plant, you can get a new plant from your mature Snow Queen pothos by burying a section of the stem in soil or potting mix. Water the buried part by misting often.
When the new plant is well-established, you can cut it off the mother Snow Queen pothos as it has fully rooted. What technique of propagation will you propagate your Epipremnum aureum “Snow Queen” with?
Even though growing Snow Queen pothos is very easy, there are some common problems that you can face. Some examples are:
– Sad or Dropping Leaves
If the leaves of your Snow Queen pothos look weak and are falling, your plant is dehydrated. Remember that you should water your plants before the substrate is dry as Snow Queen pothos love consistently moist soil.
When you see falling leaves, water the plants by soaking and misting. When you soak the substrate until water starts dripping from the base, mist the entire plant. This can quickly help your plants regain their health.
– Brown Leaves
Are you seeing brown leaves instead of white leaves with green speckles? Your plants are receiving more light than they need. Even though Snow Queen pothos become whiter when you expose them to brighter light, they do not need more than eight hours of direct sunlight daily.
Six or seven hours of daily sunlight are enough to retain the color of your plant. You should place the plant in a location where it will receive a fewer amount of sunlight. Remember that you can grow your Epipremnum aureum in a well-lit room without access to sunlight (as in using artificial light such as grow lights).
– Burning Leaf Tips
If your plant leaves are brown, check their tips. If the tip of your Epipremnum aureum “Snow Queen” leaves looks burning or is curling, you are giving your plants too much fertilizer.
While Snow Queen pothos will appreciate your effort to give them nutrients, they do not need too many nutrients in the potting mix.
If you are giving your plants organic fertilizer, try reducing the amount you supply them with. Use water-soluble fertilizer for your Snow Queen pothos as they do not burn plants easily.
Pests such as fungus gnats, spider mites, aphids, and slugs can attack your Snow Queen pothos. You can easily repel these pests by using pesticides. Make sure that you remove every pest immediately you see them so that they do not reproduce and become many around your plant. Indoor Snow Queen pothos are usually free from pests.
– Root Rot
What happens when you give too much water to your Snow Queen pothos? Root rot. Root rot occurs when you overwater your plants. An over-moist soil is a safe haven for harmful microbes such as some species of fungi and bacteria.
When these microbes start acting on the roots of your Epipremnum aureum “Snow Queen,” your plant will start dying. You should notice that the leaves appear weak, wet, and brown if the plant is suffering from root rot.
To save your dying Snow Queen pothos, remove it from the pot immediately, expose it to the sun, and prune off any dying root and leaf. Plant the Snow Queen pothos in a brand new well-drained substrate and only water if when you should (just before the substrate is fully dry).
– Curling Leaves
If you notice that all the leaves of your Snow Queen pothos are curling, do not panic as they are just responding to an immediate change in temperature. Maybe you changed the position of your plant from a cold to a hot place (or vice versa). Don’t worry, the leaves will go back to normal in no time.
Note that Snow Queen pothos is toxic, so you should not consume the leaves or any part of the plant. Also, do not allow your kids and pets to eat the leaves.
Do you think that Snow Queen pothos are easy to grow and care for? I think so too. You can easily care for your plants when you remember the following tips:
- Only repot your Snow Queen pothos when the roots have filled the pot or you need to change the potting mix.
- You can propagate your Snow Queen pothos with their stem cuttings, seeds, or rooting the nodes.
- Your plants do not need an extra fertilizer if the substrate is nutrient-rich.
- Water your Snow Queen pothos just before the substrate is fully dry.
- It is easier to start your Snow Queens as seedlings if you are a beginner.
A wonder plant to grow, am I right? What are you waiting for? Start your Snow Queen pothos journey immediately. Be sure to use this guide.