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Hey, guys! Have I told you yet about my latest conquest? About my little victory over the realm of plants? Yes, I finally learned the difference between Jessenia Pothos and Marble Queen.
Here it is – you’ll tell JP and Marble queen apart when you put them next to each other. When you do that, you’ll know exactly who is who and which is which. The prettier one, I daresay, is our green Epipremnum Aureum Jessenia Pothos. Obviously, here comes a detailed overview on how to care for our jessenia here and how to apply all the proper plant care tips relevant for our pothos Epipremnum aureum.
Here we go!
Jessenia Pothos Care Tips
Yeah, I am sure you understand why the soil choice, that is potting soil choice is important.
The soil you choose for your plant, not just jessenia pothos, but other pothos species and for other plants in general is the most important requirement.
Should you opt for a low-quality potting mix, be sure to say goodbye to your plants soon enough.
Accordingly, Epipremnum aureum jessenia cannot take just any soil, no matter what you think.
If it’s proper care we’re discussing – and, yes, we are – then a well-draining potting mix is your choice.
To be honest, our beauty of heart-shaped leaves, light green in color, can be planted in commercial soil, as long as it’s a well-draining soil we’re talking about.
Bear in mind that this pothos plant, like its relatives, is at high risk of root rot. So, even if you opted for a well-draining mix, you can improve the drainage properties by adding some perlite.
Perlite will provide the right balance.
In addition, they say you should avoid using soil from your outdoor garden since it may be filled with pests/bacteria or it lacks nutrients.
Both of these may be partially true.
But, if you notice your outside plants are thriving, then just go ahead.
If I were to discuss this pothos plant in the light of other pothos plants, then I’d say they share a lot of similarities.
Take golden pothos as an example, or jade pothos, marble queen pothos, pearls and jade pothos (Costa farms), Cebu blue pothos even – they all thrive in almost identical light requirements.
Not to say, they can well adapt to different light conditions.
If you want to discuss ideals, after all, let me tell you that this exotic angel thrives in bright indirect light.
Jessenia Pothos works best when kept in such conditions since direct exposure can be a harmful long way.
On the other hand, though, low light is also not a preferred condition. When kept at low light, the plant will not wither as fast as you might think, but still, it will not be able to absorb the optimum quantity of light.
So, none of that direct sunlight vibes. No.
To sum up, steer clear of completely dimmed and/or low light and keep it at an east-facing window instead.
This is easily the optimum requirement for our beauty Jessenia Pothos.
The jessenia pothos is a low-maintenance plant. This means that when grown indoors, jessenia pothos does not require much effort on your part. This fact is most visible when it comes to the watering schedule.
When indoors and when in the growing season, our lovely pothos here can be watered every three to seven days. In the dormant season, you can water jessenia pothos every 10 days.
Still, the most important thing to pay attention to is to avoid overwatering at all costs.
Pothos varieties, such as jade pothos or marble queen, and of course, our jessenia here are not very water-resilient.
They are oversensitive to too much water and this condition can cause all sorts of problems, most notably root rot. This is why you need to be extra careful. For example, stick to pots with drainage holes or add perlite to the soil to improve drainage.
Finally, if you aren’t sure whether you need to water jessenia pothos, here’s a simple check you can run.
Stick your fingers into the potting soil. If the top 2 in. are still wet, then you can let it be. If, however, they are dry, that’s your cue to water pothos epipremnum.
Should it happen that you skip watering for let’s say two weeks, don’t think compensating by overwatering will do the trick?
Be gentle on your pothos Epipremnum aureum even at such time and gradually resume the regular watering schedule.
You probably realized already that pothos varieties, as is our lovely trailing vine, jessenia pothos, are tropical plants.
So, you can imagine what this means.
So, room temperature is ideal for growing pothos Epipremnum aureum jessenia.
This plant of green leaves streaked with creamy white shades, that is our pothos epipremnum aureum, thrives at temperatures of 50-70 degrees F (21-32 degrees C.).
These are the ideal conditions for his plant.
Moreover, jessenia pothos, just like some of the pothos varieties we mentioned here can somewhat tolerate temperature drops down to 55 deg. F (12 deg. C).
Still, try not to overstress the plant by exposing it to low temperatures for too long. This can be quite detrimental and the plant may not recover.
Don’t be a plant killer!
Hmm, being a tropical plant, jessenia pothos gives you reasons to think that high humidity is the right setting for it.
However, pothos epipremnum aureum works better in medium humidity levels.
Low humidity is also acceptable, though.
Still, avoid exposing it to drier air.
It will not do well and as a consequence, the browning tips would appear.
If we talk in numbers, note that 50-70% humidity is the best for this plant.
You can’t miss these.
You figured out by now that I am this psycho that likes to leave its plants to do things the hard way.
It does kinda sound like plant cruelty; however, you might feel like you need to add more which is a crucial mistake.
If you ever wondered about the good time to say less is more, then this is it!
If you do opt to use some fertilizer for your jessenia pothos then make sure that you use a well-balanced one.
Liquid ones or fish fertilizers are typically the best choices here.
Provided that you opted for the optimum soil choice, then this beauty of heart-shaped leaves can be fertilized once a month.
However, the plant is fertilized only during its growing season.
Without it, this pothos variety, just like the other varieties, will grow slower, but still, grow.
Again, be careful not to add too much fertilizer since it will do more harm. Just as an example, you can cause root or leaves burning.
Pruning and Repotting
These two do not necessarily have to go hand in hand, but since they often coincide, it can’t hurt to cover them together.
But, first, though…
Pruning Jessenia Pothos
We all know that houseplants are typically pruned for cosmetic reasons.
A leaf or two are not going the desired path, so you just cut them down. This is mostly true for the vining plants that grow at their own free will.
When we take jessenia pothos into consideration, of course, you can prune it for these reasons.
In this way, you can make a cute little shrub out of it.
Though, there is another important reason to prune jessenia pothos.
Even if you keep it in your garden, every now and then check for withered/dying leaves and cut them off so the plant can resume its normal growth.
Moreover, if larger leaves are predominant, then you can prune the smaller ones and enjoy the big size heart-shaped leaves of color green.
Repotting Jessenia Pothos
For all the plants grown indoors, repotting is quite an important step.
The reason is simple – in time, the plant will consume all the nutrients from the existing soil so you have to replace it.
Moreover, the roots will overgrow the current pot so you will have to take care of that too.
I believe you are already familiar with how it’s done, but it can’t hurt to summarize it.
The first thing you need to know is that it is just enough to repot jessenia pothos once a year (just like its cousin jade pothos). Even Costa Farms in their rather brief description denote Jessenia as a slow grower.
What you need to do is carefully extract jessenia pothos from the existing pot, clean the roots of the soil leftovers and prepare the new pot by placing some soil first and then the plant.
This new pot you choose should be JUST one size up. Picking a pot larger than that will not cause the effect you want.
I know you might think it’ll grow faster, but it won’t. Instead of leaves, the plant will just invest all the food into developing the underground root system.
So, the smaller the better.
Ahh, I know you always want more plants – in your home and your garden too.
Especially if we’re talking about popular houseplants such as jessenia pothos no matter if it’s limey green variegation we’re talking about or the one streaked with chartreuse (I borrowed this description from Costa Farms).
So, if you were thinking about whether it’s easy to propagate jessenia pothos, here are some good news for you (something Costa Farms won’t tell you).
Your search for the best propagation method ends here – it’s stem cuttings.
Yeah, exactly – like with most houseplants.
This plant is nothing special this way. Just take a cutting some 4-6 inches long from the mother plant and make sure it’s perfectly healthy and that it has two nodes cause that’s where the root comes from.
Plant this cutting in either water or potting mix, but never mix the two.
In a little while, you will see the roots develop from the nodes which will tell you it’s time to repot the cutting.
If you feel like it, you can add some fertilizer, but don’t overdo it.
And if you were thinking to propagate by seed or similar technologies, heed my advice and just don’t.
This topic branches off to two subtopics, the first being…
Just like any other green plant in your home, the most common pests jessenia pothos will probably have to struggle with are mealybugs, spider mites, thrips, or scale.
However, if the infestation is not severe, this green beauty can be saved with some rubbing alcohol, neem oil, or soapy mixture (dishwashing detergent).
Wipe the leaves gently and watch the pests die!
The other problem is:
Some forms of the disease may attack our lovely green jessenia pothos if you don’t care properly for this plant.
The biggest issue for pothos in general (jade, for example) when you keep them indoors is improper care as manifested through overwatering.
Most typically it’s root rot followed by fungal or bacterial infection.
In this case, stop watering for a while and see if the situation improves.
If not, I’m afraid you have to deal with re-planting and taking new stem cutting if you manage to find a good and healthy one.
Anyway, this green plant focus should be on keeping as healthy as possible by taking care of it properly.
Frequently Asked Questions
As for the FAQs, these are the most typical ones I’ve been asked.
1. Can I Propagate Jessenia Pothos?
Oh, yes, you can!
And, I already said how.
Just take those healthy green plump cuttings from this beauty and watch it become a brand new growth.
2. Is Jessena Rare?
How (not) rare JP is says the fact you can purchase it for 4 USD already if you hit the right site!
That’s how rare it is.
Of course, when you actually find it for sale, it doesn’t mean this will actually be the price.
3. Is Jessenia Pothos High-Maintenance?
I can safely say no.
Even when it presents variegation, this lovely green creature with streaks of cream in it is rather easy to care for.
Just heed my counsel here and that’s about it.
Ok, that would be all, guys!
You now have all the details on how to care for jessenia pothos (variegation with or without) and to secure its proper growth.
I believe that the only thing left to do now is to get one and enjoy its company.