The Pearls and Jade Pothos is a beautiful cultivar of the Pothos plants with unique variegation. It is not too rare of a plant, but it can be somewhat hard to find in big box stores.
The Pearls & Jade Pothos is known for small leaves with both large sections of green along with tiny flecks of green in the creamy colored parts of the leaf. Many Pothos collectors who pick up this beautiful houseplant wonder if there is anything special needed when it comes to Pearls and Jade Pothos care.
Read on for all the information that you need in order to take care of your Pearls and Jade Pothos.
Quick Overview on Pearls And Jade Pothos Care
|Scientific Name||Epipremnum aureum ‘Pearls and Jade’|
|Light Requirements||Bright indirect light.|
|Watering Needs||Allow the top couple of inches of soil to dry out between watering.|
|Temperatures||60°F – 85°F is optimal.|
|Fertilizer||Fertilize half strength in the spring and summer months.|
|Soil||Well draining indoor potting mix with added perlite.|
|Toxicity||Toxic to pets.|
Pearls and Jade Pothos Origin
The Pearls and Jade Pothos originated at the University of Florida. It was a mutation of the Marble Queen Pothos that was discovered during a program that they had to discover new cultivars through mutations of Pothos plants.
It is currently patented by the University and licenses are issued to growers so they can propagate the Pearls and Jade.
Pearls and Jade Pothos Scientific Name:
Epipremnum aureum ‘Pearls and Jade’
Pearls and Jade Pothos Lighting Requirements
Bright indirect light works well for the Pearls and Jade Pothos.
Keep them out of direct sunlight. Since they have lighter colors on the leaves they can burn easily on those sections.
If you only have windows where it will be in the direct sun then filter the light coming through the window.
Pearls and Jade Pothos Watering
When it comes to watering a Pearls and Jade Pothos, they aren’t much different than other pothos. Most find that watering the plant once the top 2 inches of soil is dry works best. Sometimes however you might have a picker plant that prefers to dry out further before watering.
If you notice the leaves starting to look droopy it is time to water the plant.
Filtered or distilled water works well for these plants. Sometimes they can be sensitive to chemicals and hard metals found in tap water.
Pearls and Jade Soil
You can use regular potting soil with some extra perlite added to the mix to allow for good drainage.
Fertilize once a month in the spring and summer at half strength with a liquid organic fertilizer.
Keeping the temperature between 60°F and 85°F is optimal for the Pearls and Jade Pothos.
Don’t let the temperature drop below 50°F.
Pothos plants do like higher humidity levels, but can do well with humidity above 40%.
Small humidifiers can help keep humidity levels up in the area that you have your plant if you have low humidity in your home.
How to Propagate a Pearls and Jade Pothos
Pearls and Jade Pothos plants can be propagated easily with stem cuttings in water.
You need to have at least one node (where the leaf meets the main stem) in order for the cutting to grow roots.
Pearls and Jade Pothos Growth Rate
The Pearls and Jade Pothos does grow slower than some other Pothos varieties such as the Baltic Blue or a Golden Pothos. But they still do grow at a decent rate in the spring and summer months.
For the best growth rate give your Pearls & Jade plenty of indirect light, water it when it needs it, and fertilize during the spring and summer.
The Pearls and Jade Pothos is toxic to both cats and dogs.
Leaves Turning Yellow
Most often the leaves of a Pearls and Jade Pothos will turn yellow due to overwatering. If the soil moisture levels are constantly high the yellowing leaves could be from root rot.
The other reason that the leaves could be turning yellow is from lack of nutrients, specifically nitrogen. If your Pothos has not been repotted for a long time and you have not been fertilizing it then it will start to pull nutrients form existing leaves resulting in yellowing.
Most of the time soft leaves on a Pearls and Jade Pothos is due to overwatering.
If the plant is overwatered for too long root rot begins to set in and the leaves stop getting the water and nutrients they need.
The other time that soft leaves appear is when the plant needs water. If the soil is dry and the leaves are soft and limp the problem should resolve a few hours after the plant is watered.
Brown spots on a Pearls and Jade Pothos can be due to several reasons.
If the area that is brown is dry to the touch it could be due to burn from sunlight or from being allowed to dry out too much between waterings.
If the leaf is soft and mushy with brown spots then the plant is getting too much water and you should check the roots for root rot.