Where Do Pearls and Jade Pothos Live in the Wild?
Epipremnum aureum natively grows in southeastern Asia, though variations of the pothos plant, like the Pearls and Jade Pothos, are only seen in nurseries. Pearls and Jade were created in a University of Florida lab as a genetic mutation of the Marble Queen Pothos.
Pothos are now considered an invasive species in the American South and Hawaii, so be sure to keep it inside and in its pot!
Pothos plants are tropical and inherently prefer tropical conditions, though I must say that it is a very forgiving plant, and survives a lot of neglect.
It’s used to bright, indirect light and high humidity. In the wild, these guys like to climb up trees and cover the ground in shaded areas.
Though they grow in damp areas, the soil is never fully saturated all the time. Soggy soil leads to root rot which will kill the plant over time.
Exactly Where in My Home Should I Keep My Pothos?
Pearls and Jade Pothos will likely thrive wherever you put them. If you want your plant to keep the beautiful variegated splashes of white, it needs a little more than low-light conditions.
Pothos plants prefer humidity, but they do just fine without it.
They also prefer medium to bright, indirect light, but they do well without it too.
They’re supposed to grow in warm areas that stay above 60 degrees Fahrenheit, but occasional draftiness from your front door likely won’t do any harm.
Basically you keep this chill plant wherever you want!
How Much Light Does a Pearls and Jade Plant Need?
A Pearls and Jade Pothos can survive in almost any light situation, although Pearls and Jade will lose their variegation if they stay in too dark of a place for too long. If you’re keeping it in a windowless room, you may want to take it on a mini-vacation to a sunnier location for a day or two once every week or so.
How Often Should I Water a Pearls and Jade Pothos?
It’s best to water when the soil feels dry, about once a week. It can be more or less though depending on your area’s humidity and if you have the heat on.
If you want to consistently water your pothos a little bit every couple days, keep it just *barely* wet at all times.
On a moisture meter, that looks like a 4.
If you water once every other week, it’s okay to water a little deeper, pushing your moisture meter to a 5 or 6 (measure a few hours after watering).
Are Pothos Plants Pet Safe?
Pearls and Jade Pothos (and all other pothos variations) are poisonous to cats, dogs, and if ingested, humans. Keep in a safe location!
How Much Will My Pearls and Jade Pothos?
Pothos plants are invasive and grow quickly. You can expect anywhere from six inches to six feet of growth per year, per vine. The more sunshine they’re exposed to (without getting burned by direct sunlight) the bigger the leaves will get, and the more the vines will seem to turn ‘wooden’.
If you want your pothos to grow more quickly, give it something to climb or cover, and let it grow towards your windows. If you give your pothos the opportunity to climb towards something, rather than cascade down, the faster it will grow.
Be warned, their aerial roots are strong enough to anchor themselves in your drywall or bricks. Don’t let a pothos climb anything that you want to keep nice.
When to Repot?
Pothos rarely need to be repotted and must be a very large, very old plant before it needs a new home. If you do decide to repot your plant, be mindful to not break off any aerial roots growing into your moss pole (if you have one). It’s okay to trim off extra long vines if needed. The best time to repot is early to mid-spring right before the growing season.
Pothos Fast Facts
- Pothos are great at removing formaldehyde and benzene fumes from the air.
- In the wild, pothos plants are known to grow 60 feet tall up trees and buildings, and the leaves can be about 30 inches long.
- Although they look remarkably similar, the Epipremnum aureum pothos is not the same plant as a philodendron. The Philodendron grows slower, and its max size is smaller than that of the Epipremnum aureum. Epipremnum aureum tends to have lighter, glossier looking leaves while the Philodendron is darker and more matte.
Your pothos simply needs a good drink of water.
It’s getting too much sun where it’s at, and it’s getting bleached out.
It’s getting too much shade and needs more sunshine to support the variegation.
Small Brown Tips
This often indicates that your home is a little too low on humidity. You can spritz the leaves with water to prevent this from happening.
Bonus Care Tips
- Pothos are some of the easiest houseplants to propagate, they can be put directly in the soil, or a glass of water. It’s important to note that soil-grown pothos prefers to stay in the dirt, while water-grown pothos prefers to stay in the water.
- Mist your pothos to keep it extra happy in a dry home.