The Manjula Pothos plant is a gorgeous trailing houseplant with many different colors inside its leaves including white, cream, silver, and light green leaves. Manjula Pothos is unique to other pothos varieties because of its naturally curling leaves unlike any other variety of pothos out there. In order for this plant to keep its beautiful variegated leaves and natural curly leaves, there are specific Manjula Pothos care items you need to know about.
Quick Care Overview
|Common Name||Manjula Pothos, Happy Leaf Pothos, Jewel Pothos, HANSOTI14|
|Scientific Name||Epipremnum Aureum ‘Manjula’|
|Origin||Asia, French Polynesia|
|Identification||Bright, yellow-green neon leaves|
|Height||20 to 40 feet tall|
|Soil||Aerated, well-draining soil|
|Water||Allow top two inches of soil to dry out before watering|
|Sunlight||Bright, indirect light|
|Toxic to Cats & Dogs||Yes|
|Toxic to Humans||Yes|
|Pests||Mealybugs, spider mites|
Below we will dive deep into how to care for Manjula Pothos.
Manjula Pothos History
Manjula Pothos is native to Asia and French Polynesia. Manjula Pothos comes from the Araceae family and is closely related to Pearls and Jade Pothos.
Manjula Pothos Identification
The Manjula Pothos has heart-shaped leaves with white variegation, cream, and a silvery appearance.
Manjula Pothos Growth Facts
How Big Does a Manjula Pothos Get?
In their preferred outdoor native environment, manjula pothos vines can reach between 20-40 feet long. When grown as a houseplant, the manjula pothos is a slow-growing plant. You can expect manjula pothos to grow anywhere from 4-8 inches per month during the active growing season. Plants grown indoors will require regular trimming, pruning, and pinching to contain their growth.
Manjula Pothos Care
The Manjula Pothos is an easy plant to take care of, like many other types of pothos. Manjula Pothos likes bright indirect lighting with temperatures ranging between 64 and 84F. To keep your Manjula Pothos hydrated, you’ll likely need to water your plant regularly once a week. Provide it with well-draining neutral pH potting mix to ensure overwatering does not occur. Give this Pothos plant fertilization every 2-4 weeks during the active growing months (spring and summer) and watch it grow fast! Fertilization should be halted during the winter months when the plant goes into dormancy.
Best Soil for Manjula Pothos
Manjula Pothos requires potting soil that retains water well yet provides excellent draining. Consider a potting mix that includes perlite in it. This type of soil allows your plant to have consistent access to moisture without being engulfed in water.
Manjula Pothos Fertilizer
A special fertilizer is not needed for the Manjula Pothos. It does well with balanced 10-10-10 NPK (nitrogen-phosphorus-potassium) fertilizers. Only give fertilizer to your plant every 2-4 weeks during its active growing months (spring and summer) and stop use during the winter months.
Manjula Pothos Watering
Regular weekly watering will prove beneficial for your Manjula Pothos. Although it can go long periods without water because it is water retentive, you’ll want to water slightly once the soil gets dry on top to prevent the symptoms of underwatering from occurring, weekly should suffice.
Manjula Pothos Light Requirements
The Manjula Pothos can survive in a variety of light conditions. However, the Manjula Pothos prefers indirect light over direct sunlight, as well as bright light. Direct sunlight will burn their cream-white variegated leaves. If your Manjula Pothos is not receiving enough light, you may notice the leaf colors appear faded. If this is the case, move your pothos to a new home with mid to high indirect light. Alternatively, you may have to substitute natural sunlight for a growth lamp.
Manjula Pothos Temperature & Humidity
Your Manjula Pothos will grow their best in a temperature range of 64-84F. But this hardy plant can tolerate temperatures as low as 43F and as hot as 104F with shade, possibly making it one of the most temperature-resistant Pothos plant. The Manjula Pothos enjoys high humidity ranging between 60%-90%.
Repotting Manjula Pothos
As slow to moderate growers, you may think you don’t have to repot Manjula Pothos as often. However, you should repot your plant once a year to stop it from becoming root-bound. If your plant appears healthy and roots aren’t coming out of the pot’s drainage hole, you may be able to go longer than this without repotting. However, if your plant’s roots are coming out of the drainage hole, you should repot the plant immediately. Keep in mind that it is best to repot during spring and summer.
Manjula Pothos Maintenance & Pruning
Pruning is a crucial part of caring for a Manjula Pothos. Although slow-growing, this plant requires pruning to remove any dead foliage to maintain its bushy shape. Pruning should be done every year during the active growing months and don’t remove more than 1/4 of the plant at any given time to avoid shocking the plant.
Manjula Pothos Propagation
The best way to propagate a Manjula Pothos is through stem cuttings. To propagate, you’ll want to cut below a node with around five leaves and make a clean cut with steril scissors. Place the cut you made in a jar of water with the leaves above the jar and the node soaked in the water. Roots should start occurring within four to six weeks. Once the roots are 1-2″ in length, you may pot them in fresh potting soil.
Manjula Pothos Toxicity
This Manjula Pothos is toxic to humans, cats, and dogs because of the insoluble calcium oxalate crystals that live in the leaves and stems of this plant.
Toxicity to Humans
Manjula Pothos, like other Pothos, contain insoluble calcium oxalate crystals that live in their leaves and their stems. Touching a pothos plant can cause sensitivity to the area that came into contact with the plant. It will also cause very uncomfortable irritation in the mouth, tongue, and eventually stomach if ingested. Keep away from children and wash hands after handling the plant.
Toxicity to Cats & Dogs
Don’t let cats or dogs chew on the Manjula Pothos as when ingested, it is toxic to animals. Ingesting Manjula Pothos will cause irritation to mouth, tongue, and stomach.
Manjula Pothos Problems
Sparse leaves are a common issue with Manjula Pothos. You may notice your plant’s growth come to a stop because of sparse leaves and legginess. If this happens, you should cut the problem stems back to the soil to encourage more leaf growth within the stems. Soon after new stems will begin to grow if you properly care for your pothos.
Manjula Pothos Leaves Turning Yellow
Yellow leaves are typically the cause of root rot. Root rot happens because of overwatering and inadequate soil drainage. Be sure to plant your Manjula Pothos in well-draining soil and give it a pot to live in with drainage holes.
Manjula Pothos Leaves Turning Brown
Manjula Pothos can get brown leaves because of bacterial diseases, overwatering, underwatering, and too much light. Get to understand your pothos and establish a good watering schedule and find it a nice indirect sunlit spot to live in your home.
Manjula Pothos Diseases
The disease found most common in Manjula Pothos is root rot. Root rot happens because of overwatering and improper drainage. Also, while repotting your plant, always repot with fresh soil, remove any dirt from the root ball, and trim any mushy brown stems to prevent root rot from happening further. Another thing to watch out for in your Manjula Pothos is the white variegation turning to plain green leaves. This can be the cause of low light conditions, where there isn’t enough light to keep the variegated pattern growing on the leaves. To remedy this situation, move it to a brighter spot in your home or consider giving it a grow light.
Manjula Pothos Pests
The most common pest infestations that infect Manjula Pothos are mealybugs and spider mites. Mealybugs like to invade plants in humid and warm environments, while spider mites prefer plants in drier locations with low humidity, so depending on the environment your plant receives inside your home, either one may occur. Preventative care is crucial as these pests infest quickly and can travel to other plants. Neem oil or insecticidal soap will help to get rid of the infestation as well as take preventative measures.