How to Grow and Care for Manjula Pothos

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Perhaps one of the most stunning pothos cultivars available, the manjula pothos is characterized by large, heart-shaped leaves with stunning white, green, and cream variegation. Compared to other types of pothos, the manjula pothos is harder to come by due to its rare status. You may need to check out rare plant shops or contact collectors in order to get your hands on one, but if you are able to find one, the manjula pothos is a beautiful and low-maintenance addition to any home.

As a variety of pothos, unfortunately the manjula pothos is toxic to humans, cats, and dogs if ingested. Keep this plant out of reach of any curious fur-babies or human-babies that may try to get their hands (or paws) on it.

Did You Know?

The manjula pothos is a patented pothos cultivar that was developed by the University of Florida. Its characteristics are similar to two other cultivars: n’joy pothos and pearls and jade pothos, although the manjula pothos is recognized as a distinct cultivar.

Botanical Name  Epipremnum aureum ‘HANSOTI14’
Common Name  Manjula pothos, happy leaf pothos, HANSOTI14, jewel pothos
Family  Araceae
Plant Type  Perennial, vine
Mature Size  6 ft long, 3 ft wide (indoors)
Sun Exposure  Partial
Soil Type  Loamy, moist but well-drained
Soil pH  Acidic
Hardiness Zones 11a, 11b, 12a, 12b
Native Area Australia 
Toxicity  Toxic to cats, toxic to dogs

Manjula Pothos Care

Despite its superstar appearance, the manjula pothos is actually pretty easy to care for. As with other pothos, manjula pothos are adaptable and resilient, and thrive in regular household growing conditions. Due to its intense level of variegation, manjula pothos appreciate more light than non-variegated varieties, but otherwise their care is pretty similar to the standard golden pothos.

Manjula pothos plant sitting near window sill and white watering can

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Manjula pothos plant with light green and white variegated leaves closeup

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Manjula pothos plant with green and variegated leaves from above

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Light

Manjula pothos can adapt to a range of lighting conditions, just be sure to avoid harsh, direct sunlight which can burn the delicate leaves. While manjula pothos can survive in low light conditions, they require a bit more light than other pothos varieties in order to keep the white variegation in the leaves—so aim for bright, indirect light where possible.

Soil

Plant your manjula pothos in a loamy, well-draining potting mix. Standard indoor potting soil is usually fine for these pothos, but adding some extra perlite to increase drainage is usually a good idea.

Water

Allow the top 2 to 3 inches of soil to dry out between waterings and then water well. Manjula pothos are resilient and can withstand a little neglect if necessary, so if you forget to water this pothos every once and a while it should bounce back easily.

Temperature and Humidity

Standard household temperature and humidity levels are perfect for manjula pothos. However, their growth is more vigorous if they are provided with some extra humidity, so consider growing them in a humid room like a bathroom, laundry room, or kitchen—or placing a humidifier nearby. 

These tropical plants are not cold or frost-tolerant, so avoid exposing them to any cold drafts in the winter. Manjula pothos can be grown outdoors in USDA zones 11 and 12.

Fertilizer

Manjula pothos do not require regular fertilization, but consistent feeding in the spring and summer helps to promote healthy growth and variegation. Apply a balanced liquid fertilizer once a month during the active growing season for best results.

Propagating Manjula Pothos

Manjula pothos can be easily propagated by stem cuttings. Taking cuttings will not only help you create new plants that you can share with friends, but it will also encourage fuller growth on your plant, as every stem that is cut will begin to branch. You can also repot the rooted cuttings back in the original pot to make your plant larger, rather than creating new plants. To propagate your manjula pothos by stem cuttings, follow these steps:

  1. Take stem cuttings that are 4-5 inches long, ensuring that you make the cut directly below a leaf/node.
  2. Remove the leaves from the bottom half of the cutting, and submerge the exposed stem in water using a jar or some other container. 
  3. Place the cutting(s) in a location that receives bright, indirect light and replace the water every week to ensure it stays fresh.
  4. After a few weeks you should notice roots beginning to grow. Once the roots are at least an inch long, you can replant the cuttings in a pre-moistened, well-draining potting mix.
  5. Keep the cuttings evenly moist for the first 1-2 weeks after planting to help the roots acclimate to soil. After the first couple of weeks, you can start to resume a regular watering schedule.

Common Pests

Keep an eye out for common houseplant pests such as mealybugs, scale, fungus gnats, and spider mites. Treat any infestations with insecticidal soap or neem oil as soon as you notice them. Making regular pest checks a part of your care routine will help to catch potential infestations early, making them easier to treat and eradicate.

Common Problems With Manjula Pothos

As with most pothos plants, the manjula pothos is low-maintenance and generally problem free. However, improper care or pest infestations can sometimes lead to the following issues.

Yellow Leaves

There are a few potential reasons that your manjula pothos has yellow leaves. First, yellow leaves on pothos plants can sometimes be a result of disease or root rot. Second, yellow leaves can be an indication that your plant is not receiving enough light. Try moving it to a brighter location where all of the leaves are exposed to bright, indirect light.

Brown Leaves

Brown leaves are usually an indication that your manjula pothos is not receiving enough water or moisture. Sometimes in overly dry conditions, the leaf tips will begin to dry out. Try increasing the humidity around the plant and watering it more frequently.

Drooping Leaves

Leaves that are wilting and drooping are an early indication that your plant is thirsty and needs some water. Water your plant thoroughly and it should bounce back within an hour or so.

FAQ
  • What’s the difference between a manjula pothos, an n’joy pothos, and a marble queen pothos?

    While all of these variegated pothos varieties may look similar, there are a couple of ways you can tell them apart. The variegation on a manjula pothos is patchy, and there are usually three different colors present: white, cream, and dark green. In contrast, marble queen pothos have variegation that is quite streaky, and usually only has two colors. 


    In contrast, the easiest way to tell n’joy and manjula pothos apart is leaf size and growth habit. N’joy pothos have small leaves and a vining growth habit, while manjula pothos have large leaves and a more mounding/bushy growth habit.

  • How fast do manjula pothos grow?

    Manjula pothos have a moderate growth rate, growing faster than varieties like the marble queen pothos, but slower than the common golden pothos.

  • Where do manjula pothos come from?

    As a pothos cultivar, standard varieties of pothos originated from the Solomon Islands which is located in the western South Pacific Ocean. The manjula pothos specifically was developed by the University of Florida, and is a patented variety.

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  3. (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. “Golden Pothos.” Aspca.org. N.p., n.d. Web.)