Marble Queen Pothos, or Marble Plant, is an easy-going houseplant. A perfect addition to almost any home, you’ll love this low-maintenance beauty.
Pothos plants are sometimes called Devil’s Ivy because they are nearly impossible to kill and even stay green in the dark.
However, if we give it the proper care, the Marble Plant’s leaves will be more beautiful with a more variegated pattern – this means more speckles of cream, light green, and dark green on each leaf.
So, how do we best care for our Marble Queen Pothos?
Marble Queen Pothos Care
Here are the basic steps to caring for Marble Queen Pothos plants, which we will go over in much more detail in this article.
- Soil: Nutrient-rich potting mix.
- Pot: Tabletop/shelf pot or hanging basket. Drainage is important.
- Light: Four hours of bright, filtered sunlight.
- Water: Let the soil dry out about 50% before watering. Once weekly in the spring and summer and less often during winter should be good.
- Humidity: 40-60% humidity
- Pruning: Requires regular pruning to prevent the vines from getting leggy.
The recommended soil for Marble Queen Pothos is a nutrient-rich potting mix with proper drainage. Add some perlite to aid in water drainage in your soil, to prevent your potho plants from root rot.
Remember that you want a potting mix and not garden soil which will be too dense and not allow for the drainage that this plant needs.
Many potting mixes do not actually include soil, making them sterile and less prone to bugs and disease. If you choose a soilless potting mix, you will want to add organic plant nutrients.
You could also opt to mix a DIY soil. You’ll want it to be lightweight, not dense, and with plenty of air space.
A good combination of DIY soil for your marble pothos plant could include the following:
- Compost – contains nutrients that plants need for optimum growth, such as nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium
- Coco Coir – adds to the absorbency, water retention, and drainage of potting soil
- Vermiculite – increases water and nutrient retention and aerates the soil
- Perlite – helps manage aeration and drainage
- Pete moss – hold moisture and nutrients and release them to the plant when needed
- Horticultural or Builders Sand – improves soil drainage
- Shredded bark – adds aeration and stability to the soil mix
Marble Queen looks beautiful on a high shelf or a hanging basket where the vines can cascade down.
Pothos plants are naturally climbing plants and can easily be trained to grow on a pole or trellis. Let your plant climb a moss pole. As the vines continue to grow, guide them around the pole.
Read our detailed guide: Moss Pole for Plants | What They Are and Why You Need One
Your marble pothos plant may need to be repotted every year, but maybe only every 2-3 years. Watch the drainage holes. If you see roots coming through, it’s time to re-pot and go up a size.
How much light does a Marble Queen Pothos need? Your marble plant likes plenty of bright, indirect light. This light will help them keep their beautiful variegation.
Keep your Marble Pothos away from bright light, or the leaves could get a sunburn.
While these pothos plants can survive for long periods in low light, your plant will do better and be more beautiful with proper lighting.
The best place to put your Marble Queen Pothos plant is in front of an east- or west-facing window.
How much water does a Marble Queen Pothos need? Water your marble plant once weekly during the spring and summer. Waterless often in the winter. But always check the soil before watering.
Allow the top few inches of soil to dry out between waterings. The best way to test this is to use your finger. The soil should be damp, never soggy. Overwatering this plant can cause fungal issues and root rot.
If you notice the leaf edges getting brown and dry, then you’re underwatering. If the leaves turn yellow, you could be overwatering.
Does Marble Queen Pothos like humidity?
The Marble Queen will do well with standard indoor humidity levels, about 40% – 60%, but prefers slightly higher humidity levels.
Brown leaf tips may be a sign that your air is too dry. Check your humidity (especially in the winter) with your hygrometer.
Should I mist my Marble Plant? Your plant will enjoy being misted, and misting will add a small amount of humidity to the plant. I prefer using a plant humidifier because it’s easier to just set it to the perfect humidity level for your plant and then let the humidifier do its job.
We have two fantastic articles detailing humidifiers for plants:
Pro Tip: An inexpensive hygrometer is a wise investment in testing the humidity level in your home and adjusting it accordingly for your plants.
Regularly prune your Marble Pothos to prevent the vines from getting leggy. You’ll also want to use sharp scissors to trim off any discolored leaves or stems.
Pro Tip: Prune your Marble Queen Pothos in the spring. A bit of regular pruning and makes marble pothos fuller and lusher.
How to Solve Common Marble Queen Pothos Issues
Trim any dead, discolored, damaged, or diseased leaves and stems as they occur. Don’t worry! Your plant will bounce back from most of the issues covered below.
Turning Green (Reverting)
Why is my Marble Queen Pothos turning green? Marble Plants can revert – meaning lose their variegation and go back to just green.
If your Marble Pothos loses its beautiful, variegated look, a lack of light is probably to blame. Because the leaves must compensate for low light, they lose their variegation. Placing your Marble Ivy plant in bright, filtered light can usually help to revitalize the variegation.
Act fast because the reverting can be permanent, and your marble pothos will never have its beautiful spots again.
Why is my Marble Queen Pothos drooping? Your plant may have root rot from overwatering the plant. Check the base of the plant immediately and remedy the issue. Root rot is one of the few problems that can kill this plant.
Why is my Marble Queen Pothos not growing? Too little water or the wrong temperature could both be the cause of stunted pothos growth. They prefer an air temperature of 70-90 degrees. Anything below or above this can stunt their growth.
Brown Leaf Tips
Brown leaf tips on a Marble Plant usually mean low humidity. To help with this, try misting your leaves with water or place a humidifier next to your houseplants.
Yellow leaves are usually caused by incorrect watering. When you let the soil get bone dry between waterings, your plant can get stressed, and stress causes yellow leaves. Only let the top couple inches of soil dry out between waterings.
If leaves start turning yellow, fix your watering issue right away. Root rot can set in, and it’s just about the only thing that can and will kill this plant.
FAQs: Marble Queen Pothos
Your Marble Queen will do well anywhere in your home with bright but indirect light. Consider placing your plant in an east or west-facing window.
Rotate your plant regularly to promote even growth.
Very fast! This plant can grow up to 18 inches per month. When grown as an indoor plant, Marble Pothos vines will quickly grow to five feet (1.5 m) long! They can even grow up to 20ft or more if you let them! But if you’re regularly pruning, you can keep your plant as short or as long as you want.
The most noticeable difference between the Snow Queen Pothos vs. Marble Queen Pothos is the leaves. Snow Queen has more white on the leaves, and Marble Queen has more equal amounts of white and green. The color of a Marble Plant is actually more like cream than white.
Snow Queens are also slower growers and require more light.
Marble Queen Pothos are toxic to cats, dogs, and other family pets. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASCPA) says that animals that eat parts of Marble Queen Pothos can suffer medical issues.
Marble Queen Pothos can be grown outside if you live in USDA Zone 10 through 12. If you live in a cooler climate, you can grow Marble Pothos outdoors in a container in the warmer months and bring them inside as temperatures cool down.
Other Beautiful Pothos Plants to Consider
Pothos plants are one of the easiest indoor plants to grow. A tropical vine similar to philodendrons, pothos plants come in many foliage colors and patterns. Nearly foolproof even for beginners, pothos is forgiving of neglect, virtually pest- and disease-free, and tolerant of low light, making it a good choice for darker rooms and offices.
The Golden Pothos is one of the world’s best-selling plants. This plant is very low-maintenance. Its reputation for being impossible to kill has earned it the nickname Devil’s Ivy. The golden pothos is identifiable by heart-shaped leaves and green and yellow coloring.
Like the marble queen, the NJoy pothos plant has white and green foliage. The biggest difference is that the N’Joy leaves have much more white, in bigger patches, rather than scattered variegation.
Read our complete and detailed care guide for N’Joy Pothos.
Where to Buy Marble Queen Pothos
Check your local garden center first so you can pick out precisely the plant you want. Call around before driving around to make it easier on yourself.
If that doesn’t work, I’ve had some surprising success purchasing plants on Amazon.
You can also find a Marble Pothos on Etsy.
Final Thoughts on Marble Queen Pothos
If you’re looking for a house plant that’s as stunning as it is low maintenance, you’ve found it. I hope this article has helped you learn how to care for your Marble Queen Pothos.
Some items we discuss that will help you care for this unique plant and keep it growing strong:
Good luck growing your Marble Plant and making it part of your cozy, fresh, and green home!