How To Grow and Care For Manjula Pothos

The Pothos plant (Epipremnum), in general, is native to the Solomon Islands.

Manjula Pothos or Epipremnum aureum Manjula [ep-ih-PREM-num AW-re-um man-JU-la] is a patented variety developed by the University of Florida.

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Variegated leaves of Manjula Pothos | Myimagine-DepositPhotos

This pretty plant looks similar to “Pearls & Jade” Pothos, except the leaf edges are slightly wavy.

This member of the Araceae family of plants is a tropical, evergreen perennial. It is sometimes referred to as Epipremnum Happy Leaf or Pothos Manjula.

Start your own indoor plant collection with other types of Pothos varieties including:

  • Golden Pothos – Golden yellow variegation throughout the leaves, most popular Pothos variety
  • Marble Queen – Creamy white leaves
  • Neon Pothos – a unique variety of Pothos with chartreuse leaves
  • Jade Pothos – Solid green leaves
  • Cebu Blue Pothos – Silvery blue foliage
  • Satin Pothos

Manjula Pothos Plant Care Tips

Size & Growth

When growing in an outdoor tropical setting, mature plants of vining Pothos grow to a height of 20′ to 40′ feet.

When grown as a potted plant, control growth with regular pruning, trimming, and pinching stems.

Manjula Pothos has heart-shaped leaves with variegated shades of green, cream, silver, and white. The wavy-edged leaves vary in markings and coloring.

Manjula has a slow growth habit due to the silver, cream, and white variegation in the leaves. Less chlorophyll in the leaves means less food for faster growth.

The plant is low growing, compact, trailing, cascading with dense foliage.

Flowering & Fragrance

Happy Leaf does not bloom as a houseplant. When cared for indoors, Pothos leaves remain small to medium. If kept outdoors in a tropical setting, the leaves can grow quite large.

Bright Light Conditions & Temperature

Happy Leaf is winter hardy in USDA hardiness zones 10 – 12. It grows best in bright, indirect sunlight when cared for indoors.

Low light conditions reduce the variegation of the leaves. For more vibrant variegation move plants to brighter conditions.

Protect the plant from direct sunlight and/or bright afternoon sunlight. The white portions of the leaves are easily scorched by the sun.

If exposed to excessive sunlight, the plant will stop producing variegated leaves. All new leaves will be completely green.

Watering Techniques & Feeding

  • Manjula likes the soil moist, not soggy or wet.
  • Never allow the plant to stand in water.
  • During the growing spring and summer season, let the soil dry between waterings.
  • Reduce watering during the fall and winter.

During the spring and summer, feed every 2 weeks with a half-strength balanced liquid houseplant fertilizer. Do not fertilize in the fall and winter.

Soil & Transplanting

As with all Pothos, Manjula prefers a light, airy, loamy, well-draining potting soil with a neutral (6.1-6.5) pH level. An African violet mix is a good bagged option.

Make your own potting soil mix by combining 2 parts peat moss and 1 part perlite.

Grooming & Maintenance

Trim and pinch the plant back stems on a regular basis to control growth and maintain shape. Keep large cuttings for propagation.

How To Propagate Pothos

Manjula Pothos is a patented plant variety from the University of Florida. Propagation is by licensed growers only.

For details on Pothos propagation read: How Many Pothos Cuttings Per Pot? 

Manjula Pothos Main Pest or Disease Problems

When kept indoors, Pothos of all sorts is subject to common houseplant maladies. Excessive watering leads to fungal diseases, such as botrytis, leaf spot, and root rot.

The roots of Pothos growing as potted plants is not very extensive. Many new to growing Pothos overpot and over water causing plants to suffer.

Weakened plants are easy prey for pests, such as spider mites, mealybugs, and scale.

Avoid overcrowding, provide good ventilation and proper watering to avoid these problems.

Why Does My Pothos Have Brown Spots On The Leaves?

Brown spots can develop from:

  • Salt build up in the soil
  • Too much water
  • Too much light
  • Pothos types with white variegation often show more brown spots on leaves

Is Manjula Considered Toxic or Poisonous To People, Kids, Pets?

All parts of all Pothos are considered toxic. Keep the plant well out of the reach of children, pets, and livestock.

For More Read: Is Pothos Toxic?

Suggested Manjula Pothos Uses

When grown as a houseplant, Manjula Pothos is a good choice in a low-to-medium light setting. It does well when trained to climb a trellis or placed in a hanging basket. It makes an excellent tabletop plant

Pothos are deer and rabbit resistant and do well in shady areas.

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