Pothos plants are a popular houseplants. The scientific name is Epipremnum aureum, [ep-ih-PREM-num AW-re-um] which means “golden flower on the tree stump.”
The Jessenia Pothos variety a sport of Marble Queen pothos with heart-shaped leaves with a limey-green variegation. The variegated leaves have a marble appearance.
When caring for Pothos plants like Jessenia, don’t expect them to flower indoors. Jessenia is a hardy plant and adapts well to many different environments. But it still needs proper care to thrive.
This guide will describe how to grow Pothos Jessenia.
Jessenia Pothos Care
Size & Growth
The signature Pothos look of a trailing leaf vine can grow up to 30′ feet in the wild and 10′ feet indoors.
Flowering and Fragrance
Jessenia Pothos does not flower when kept inside.
Since it does not bloom, the Pothos plant does not have a fragrance. In fact, it has the opposite beneficial effect of helping to remove toxins from the air, such as formaldehyde.
Light & Temperature
Like many Pothos varieties, Jessenias has a high tolerance for different light levels. The optimal lighting is bright indirect light. Avoid direct sunlight.
It also grows best at a temperature between 70-90° degrees Fahrenheit. It can withstand temperatures as low as 55°F.
If the leaves of Jessenia are browning, even with proper watering, it could indicate that the air is too dry.
Watering and Feeding
Be careful not to overwater Pothos. This houseplant is low maintenance. Many new pothos owners feel the need to water it more than needed.
The best way to measure is to put your finger into the soil. If the first one to two inches of soil is dry, then water. If the soil feels like there is still moisture, wait until it is dry. This simple check will help prevent overwatering.
As a guide, most Pothos kept indoors will need watering every three to seven days. Plants grown outdoors will need to water about every two to four days.
Feed with a half-strength balanced houseplant fertilizer once per month during the spring and summer months.
Soil & Transplanting
When watering wait until the soil is dry before watering. Jessenia Pothos does not like to sit in wet soil. Root rot is a common problem when this happens. The best solution is to allow the soil to dry.
When transplanting, use a well-draining potting mix. Add a handful of perlite to add more air around the roots and improve soil drainage.
A few tips to consider when transplanting:
- Water a day or two before repotting
- Repot before the growth season in late winter or early spring
- Pick a pot with drainage holes and do not overpot.
- A pot to large forces the plant focus on root growth
Grooming And Maintenance
Since the Jessenia Pothos grows slow, it may not need pruning often. If the vines are growing too long or you like a bushy look rather than vine-like, trim the vines more often.
The best time to prune your Jessenia Pothos is the spring ahead of its growing season.
More on: How To Trim Pothos Plants
Other Types Of Pothos To Grow and Collect
- Manjula Pothos a patented variety
- Pearls and Jade Pothos Care
- Jade Pothos – solid green heart shaped leaves
- Neon Pothos
How To Propagate Jessenia Pothos
When you prune your Pothos Jessenia, take a stem cutting to propagate and give to a family or friend.
Here are a few simple steps to follow when propagating Jessenia.
- Cut a tip cutting about 4″-6″ inches long
- Ensure at least two root nodes on the cutting
- Place the cutting in water or well-draining soil
It can take two to four weeks before a cutting will start to sprout new roots.
TIP: It is BEST to stick with one medium to propagate. If you switch from water to soil while propagating, the plant may not do as well.
After the root growth is about one to two inches long, then it is ready to plant!
Jessenia Pothos Pests or Diseases
Like many houseplants, Pothos has several common enemies, including fungal and bacterial ones such as root rot.
If the plant is wilting and brown, it may be experiencing bacterial wilt. This appears when the leaves and stems turn black.
The culprit is the Ralstonia solanacearum bacteria. If this happens, it is best to cut off the plant’s dead parts and transplant into a new pot.
Mealybugs on Pothos can also be a problem along with spider mites, plant scale, or thrips.
Three natural solutions to get rid of these pests include:
- Use a cotton ball soaked with rubbing alcohol and gently wipe over affected areas
- Create a soapy water mixture with dish soap to spray on the insects to suffocate them
- Use essential oils such as neem oil to treat the pests
Jessenia Pothos are hardy potted plants and grow in many environments. They are easy to take care of and are a great option for inexperienced gardeners.