A Guide on How to Grow and Care for Manjula Pothos

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Are you trying to find a low-maintenance plant to bring some lovely greenery into your house or place of business? You only need to look at the Manjula pothos! The vivid, variegated leaves of this well-liked houseplant add brightness to any area.

The Manjula pothos, with their large, gracefully flowing green leaves mixed with white splatters, dapples, and swirls, is a great way to add colour to any area while showing tolerance for those with less-than-green thumbs.

Having stated that, let’s get started and discover how to maintain your Manjula pothos. Continue reading if you want to find out how to plant, nurture, and grow Manjula pothos!

Manjula Pothos Overview

Common NameManjula Pothos
Botanical NameEpipremnum aureum ‘Manjula’
Plant TypeVine, perennial
Mature Size1-10 ft. long, 1-4 ft. wide
Sun ExposurePartial
Soil TypeMoist but well-drained
Soil pHAcidic
Hardiness Zones10-12 (USDA)
Native AreaSoutheast Asia, Australia

Manjula Pothos Care

The manjula pothos is comparable to the normal golden pothos in care requirements, despite its celebrity appearance. The following are necessary to cultivate a manjula pothos:

  • Place it where it will get several hours of direct sunlight each day or brilliant, indirect light.
  • Plant in loamy soil that retains some moisture but drains well.
  • Water sporadically, allowing the soil to largely dry up in between applications.
  • Pick a location with lots of humidity if possible, although it’s not essential. Apply a light fertilizer in the spring and summer.


Manjula can tolerate a variety of lighting situations, although intense sunshine can scorch the leaves of the plant. Although this plant can endure low light, it needs more light than other species of pothos to maintain the variegation on its leaves.

When growing Manjula pothos indoors, lighting is essential because lower light levels lessen the intensity of the variegation on the leaves. The best light for this plant is indirect, strong light.

Your plant will grow more evenly and maintain its finest appearance if you rotate it periodically to receive light from all directions. Always keep in mind that a Manjula pothos will have greater variation the more light it gets.


The soil for Manjula pothos should ideally be loamy and well-draining, just like that of most tropical houseplants. I use potting soil, perlite, and either peat moss or coconut coir in a well-balanced mixture to guarantee optimal drainage. This mixture gives them the perfect growing substrate to sustain their root structure.

Alternatively, you can purchase a potting mix that contains a high percentage of coco coir or mix equal parts perlite, fresh garden soil, and organic substrates (such as peat moss and orchid bark). For this approach, a neutral pH (6.1–6.5) is advised.


I now know how important it is to give Manjula Pothos the ideal moisture balance. You must let the top one to three inches of soil dry between watering for Manjula pothos, and water the entire plant.

Though it isn’t very resistant to drought, Manjula pothos may tolerate some neglect if needed. Your plant should easily recover from neglecting to water it when you do.

Keep your Happy Leaf Pothos roots free of rot by keeping the soil scrupulously dry and putting your Manjula in a pot with a drainage hole so that any extra water will drain out of the bottom.

Overwatering may be the cause if you see yellowing leaves on your plant. However, it’s essential to water your plant if the leaves are drooping and the soil is dry.

Temperature and Humidity

The humidity and temperature of a typical home are ideal for Manjula pothos. But increased humidity promotes stronger development, so if possible, grow them in a humid room, such as the kitchen, laundry room, or bathroom, or keep a humidifier close by.

Avoid exposing these tropical plants to any chilly drafts throughout the winter, as they are not resistant to cold temperatures or frost. USDA zones 11 and 12 are suitable for outdoor cultivation of manjula pothos.


This tropical plant may thrive without frequent fertilization, although it benefits from regular feeding in the spring and summer for healthier growth and variegation. For best results, apply a balanced liquid fertilizer once or twice a month during the active growing season.

For Manjula pothos, utilizing the proper kind of soil is more important than applying fertilizers. Using the appropriate medium doesn’t promote plant development; rather, it makes up for the lack of extra nutrients.

Still, you can do much better by providing your contented leaf pothos with an additional push, particularly during the busy growing season.


Manjula pothos’s oldest leaves may naturally wither and fall off as the vines enlarge. Short, lanky vines should be pruned with clean, sharp scissors to prevent this.

The plant will become bushier as a result of being encouraged to develop additional growth points, perhaps nearer the base of its vines. Furthermore, you can plant the cuttings in the same pot as their host or multiply them to create new plants.

Propagating Manjula Pothos

Manjula pothos can be multiplied easily using stem cuttings. Taking cuttings will not only help you produce more plants to present to friends, but each cut stem will begin to branch, allowing your plant to grow more fully.

Repotting the root cuttings back into the original pot will allow you to grow your plant larger than if you had grown new ones. To multiply your stem cuttings of manjula pothos, follow these steps:

  • Make sure to cut the stem cuttings exactly below a leaf or node, leaving them about 4-5 inches long.
  • Remove the leaves from the lower portion of the slice, and then use a jar or similar container to immerse the exposed stem in water.
  • If you want the cutting(s) to stay fresh, set them somewhere that gets bright, indirect light, and change the water once a week.
  • You should see the emergence of roots within a few weeks. Replant the cuttings in a potting mix that has been well-drained and pre-moistened after the roots are at least an inch long.
  • To aid the roots in settling into the soil, keep the cuttings consistently moist for the first one to two weeks after planting. You can start up again with a regular watering regimen after the first few weeks.

Common Pests & Plant Diseases

Watch out for typical pests of houseplants, including scale, mealybugs, fungus gnats, and spider mites. As soon as you become aware of any infestations, treat them with neem oil or insecticidal soap.

Incorporating frequent pest checks into your maintenance regimen will assist in identifying possible infestations early on, facilitating their treatment and removal.

Manjula pothos frequently experiences root rot, most especially Phytophthora root rot. This might happen if the plant is overwatered and the environment is very humid. When the leaves of the plant assume a dark brown or black hue, it is indicative of Phytophthora root rot.

Common Problems with Manjula Pothos

The manjula pothos plant requires little care and is typically trouble-free, just like most other pothos plants. However, the following problems might occasionally result from poor maintenance or pest infestations:

Brown Leaves

If you notice brown leaves on your Manjula pothos, it usually means that it isn’t getting enough moisture or water. There are situations where excessive dryness causes the tips of the leaves to become parched. Water the plant more often, and try to raise the humidity level surrounding it.

Yellow Leaves

The yellow leaves on your Manjula pothos plant could have a few different causes. First, pothos plants may occasionally have yellow leaves due to illnesses or root rot. Secondly, it might not be receiving enough light if the leaves on your plant are yellow. To ensure that all of the leaves are exposed to bright, indirect light, think about moving them to a more sunny location.

Drooping Leaves

A plant’s thirst and demand for water can be detected early on by drooping and withering leaves. Give your plant plenty of water, and it should recover in about an hour.

Is a Manjula Pothos Toxic?

Though Manjula pothos plants—as with all pothos varieties—are incredibly enjoyable to nurture, happy leaf plants are nevertheless thought to be hazardous.

You may get gastrointestinal issues like nausea, vomiting, and stomachaches if you consume the leaves of this plant. Not only can eating Manjula pothos cause gastrointestinal issues, but it can also cause drooling, excessive salivation, and painful mouth sores.

Find a method to keep your Manjula well out of reach if you have a pet that enjoys chewing plant leaves. In addition to serving as fertilizer, you can add some orange or lemon peels to the pot to deter your pets.


What distinguishes a manjula pothos cultivar from other well-known varieties?

There are two techniques to distinguish between variegated pothos varieties despite their similar appearance. Manjula pothos variegates in patches, with white, cream and dark green generally making up the three colours exhibited.

In comparison, the variegation on E. aureum ‘Marble Queen’ is usually only two colours and is streaky. With smaller leaves, E. aureum ‘N’Joy’ resembles a manjula pothos in terms of variegation.

How much time does a Manjula pothos have?

Manjula pothos, like most pothos plants, should live for about ten years with good care, but it could live much longer with superb care. Old Manjula pothos plants can also be used as cuttings to start new, long-lasting plants.

Are Manjula pothos unusual?

Manjula pothos can be purchased rather easily online and at nurseries that sell houseplants, even though you are unlikely to find them at big box stores or supermarket stores as frequently as golden pothos.

How quickly are manjula pothos growing?

The growth rate of Manjula pothos is moderate; it is slower than that of common golden pothos but faster than that of variations like marble queen pothos. The rate at which a Manjula pothos grows depends on the amount of light it receives.

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