How to Grow And Care of Jade Pothos

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Jade pothos (Epipremnum aureum ‘Jade’) are among the most opulent pothos kinds available, earning their name from their breathtaking green and white variegated foliage. The University of Florida created a variation of the well-liked marble queen, pearl, and jade pothos in 2009. The marble queen, pearls, and jade pothos have completely different looks, even though they might be linked.

In comparison to other types like the marble queen or golden pothos, pearls, and jade pothos are recognized for having considerably smaller, thinner leaves, along with a somewhat different variegation pattern. Pet owners should be aware that jade pothos, like all other kinds of plants of the genus Epipremnum, are harmful to animals.

Jade pothos Overview

Botanical NameEpipremnum aureum ‘Jade’
Common Namejade pothos
Plant TypePerennial, vine
Mature Size6-10 ft. long
Light ExposurePartial
Soil TypeMoist but well-draining
Soil pHAcidic
Bloom TimeSpring, summer
Flower ColourGreen, white
Growing Zones9-12
Native AreaSouth Pacific
ToxicityToxic to pets

Jade Pothos Care

The Epipremnum aureum ‘Jade’ variety is forgiving, just like the majority of other pothos kinds. No matter what kind of lighting your home has, you should be able to grow it in most of the rooms.

You can allow it to grow along a shelf or climb a trellis with assistance. Shaking the vines loose now and then helps keep them from getting tangled because, if allowed to grow, they can reach lengths of up to thirty feet.


Jade pothos grow more readily under bright indirect light. This can be accomplished by positioning your pothos plant close to a window that faces either north or south.

This pothos plant grows in the direction that it receives the most light. To make sure your plant receives light evenly, you can rotate its container once in a while.

For optimal growth, your plant should be exposed to strong, indirect light throughout the year. Insufficient light will result in tiny, discoloured leaves, while harsh direct light can scorch or produce leaf burn.


The watering schedule for jade pothos is not too demanding. Overwatering is one of the main causes of this difficult-to-kill plant’s demise. Thus, never allow your jade pothos to remain submerged in water. Make sure you drain any remaining water from a run-off dish beneath the pot as soon as possible after irrigating.

This cultivar, which is resistant to drought, prefers that, especially in low light, the top two inches of soil dry completely between watering.

When the leaves begin to droop (but not shrivel), that’s when you should water your plant. You may need to water once a week or less in the summer and much less in the winter.


As long as the potting soil is well-drained, Epipremnum aureum ‘Jade’ grows well in most of them. Wet feet are one thing this plant will not like, though. If you are concerned about drainage, you can try adding some perlite or peat moss.

Temperature and Humidity

These plants thrive in warm environments with temperatures between 65 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit. 60 degrees Fahrenheit is the ideal temperature for the winter, but anything below 50 degrees can cause issues.

Jade Pothos can usually tolerate normal home humidity levels. These tropical plants can thrive in low-humidity environments, despite their preference for high humidity. Even in poorly lit bathrooms and kitchens, they make ideal houseplants for moist environments. Just avoid placing these cold-sensitive plants near heating vents and draughty windows throughout the winter.


If you pot jade pothos in a healthy soil mix, they won’t need fertilizer because they aren’t heavy eaters. However, you can feed your plants twice a month with an organic fish emulsion or half-strength, balanced houseplant fertilizer to encourage the healthiest development and deepest green foliage.


These are low-maintenance plants that require little in the way of housekeeping. But if the vines grow too long for your living area, you may wish to clip them in the spring. Eliminating unhealthy or yellowing leaves from vines facilitates new growth and helps focus energy on the healthiest vines.

Potting and Repotting Jade Pothos

This rough grower may require an annual report because they don’t like to be too pot-bound. Drooping leaves following frequent watering is an indication that they need to be repotted. Another thing you may do is notice if the roots are emerging from the pot’s bottom drainage holes.

Make sure you use fresh, well-draining potting soil that is rich in organic matter and that the pot has adequate drainage holes when you report in a container that is a size or two bigger than the first pot.

This plant is sensitive to excessive root disturbance. When a root ball has formed with the dirt around a jade pothos, this is the ideal moment to transplant it. Partially remove the plant from the pot with care.

It is probably ready to be moved to a new pot if the roots appear to be tightly interwoven with the soil. The success of transplanting is increased when the plant is moved with its root ball intact.

Common Problems with Jade Pothos

Jade pothos are easy-care indoor plants with few issues. That does not, however, imply that you can ignore them. While mistakes with water and lights might cause problems, most can be readily resolved.

Brown Tips

The edges of the foliage can turn brown during extended dry times, though overwatering is a greater concern for jade pothos. After the top two inches of soil dry out, rewater rather than allow the soil to entirely dry out; nevertheless, do not allow the rootball to dry out.

Stringy Vines

Your plant is most likely growing out in search of sun if it becomes “leggy” or has stringy vines. Bring the plant closer to a source of light. It may also become lanky if it is ready for pruning or if it is not receiving regular irrigation. Trim the plant to the root in the spring to promote new growth and reverse legginess.

Leaves Turning Yellow

Refrain from overwatering your jade pothos and from leaving them in the sun for extended periods to prevent unsightly yellowing foliage.


Which plants resemble jade pothos?

Popular houseplants, philodendrons, are sometimes mistaken for Pothos species. Examining their leaves is the simplest method to distinguish between them. Compared to philodendrons, pothos leaves are not as heart-shaped, but they are thicker and waxier.

Does jade pothos grow indoors?

As an understory plant, jade pothos is a tropical plant that grows natively in zones 10 through 12. Because of its requirements for low light levels and temperatures, it is usually grown inside.

Do jade and golden pothos look the same?

A naturally occurring mutation of the original Epipremnum aureum species, also known as golden pothos, is called jade pothos. They do, yet they differ greatly in a few key ways. While golden pothos have leaves with stripes and speckles, jade pothos have plain green foliage. Additionally, their leaves are marginally thinner and smaller. Jade is also recognized for its extreme vigour and somewhat increased resistance to drought.

What is the lifespan of jade pothos?

They have a ten-year lifespan; you can keep growing this plant indefinitely because cuttings allow them to grow so quickly.

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