Pearls and Jade Pothos: Plant Care and Growing Guide

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If you’re one of the many people who have pearls and jade pothos plants in your home, you may be wondering how to care for them properly. These plants are easy to care for, but they have specific needs that must be met to keep them healthy and look their best.

This guide will discuss the steps you need to take to provide your beloved pothos with the right amount of resources for growth. We’ll also cover some common problems these plants can experience and offer tips on solving them.

pearls and jade pothos has lush greenery foliage

About Pearls and Jade Pothos

Scientific Name Epipremnum aureum ‘Pearls and Jade’
Common Name Pearls and Jade
Family Arum family (Araceae)
Origin Solomon Islands in the South Pacific
Plant Type Vine
Bloom Time Spring, summer 
Flower Color  Green, white 
Soil Well-draining soil
Water Moderate
Temperature 70-80ºF (21-27ºC)
Sunlight Partial 
Toxicity Toxic to pets and Humans

One of the most stunning pothos varieties, Pearls and jade pothos is a showstopper. Its green variegated leaves are so stunning that it’s hard to miss in any garden or home decorating theme.

The pothos is one of the preferable climbing plants due to its low maintenance requirements. They are also very easy-going and laid back when compared with other types, such as hoya or string pearls. 

The leaves are heart-shaped and are generally smaller than those of the Marble Queen. The white and gray coloration on their blades gives them a unique appearance. 

A small, delicate plant like pearls or jade will look amazing on top of your center table! You can also hang them in baskets and allow their lush greenery to show all its worth.

Pearls and Jade Pothos Care

Being easy to care for, there are still a few factors you need to take into account for caring for them properly.

pothos needs bright indirect light

Light

Light is an important factor to consider when caring for pearls and jade pothos. It needs bright and indirect light. Too much light can make leaves burn, while too little light will cause plants’ low growth and produce fewer leaves.

If you have a sunny window, try placing the plants in a spot where they will get morning or afternoon sun but not the harshest rays of the day. If you don’t have a sunny spot, you can grow the plant under fluorescent lights.

Soil

The soil type, pH level, and water content also affect how well these plants grow. It is important to understand these factors and adjust your care routine accordingly to get the best results.

Pearls and jade prefer slightly acidic soil. The ideal pH level for these plants is between 6.0 and 7.0. If the soil is too alkaline, it can cause the leaves to be yellow and the plant to become stunted. To lower the pH level of your soil, you can add some organic matter or peat moss. It is also best to use a well-draining soil mix. This will help to prevent the roots from rotting.

Watering

Considering elements in pothos care, watering should be the most noticeable. You must water these plants correctly, or you could damage them permanently. Make sure they’re watered when there are only 1-2 inches left in wetness.

In the spring and summer, when daylight hours are plenty, you may need to water your pothos once per week. In fall as winter approaches, this becomes less necessary, you only need to water it once every two weeks.

Further reading:

overwatering can damage pothos permanently

Fertilizer

Most commercially available fertilizers are fine for these plants, but be sure to read the label to make sure you’re getting one that is specifically formulated for houseplants.

In general, you should fertilize your plants every two weeks or so during the growing season. However, if you notice that your plants are starting to look yellow or pale, you may need to fertilize them more frequently.

Temperature

To keep your plant growing at its healthiest, be sure to maintain a temperature between 60 and 85°F (15-29 °C) year-round.

The cold winter months can be tough for this pearls and jades. To keep them alive and healthy, make sure you do everything in your power not to let the temperature dip below 50°F (10 °C).

Humidity

An environment that is at least 60% humid is perfect for the pothos to thrive. If the air is too dry, their leaves will start to turn brown and curl at the edges. To increase the humidity of this plant, you can mist them regularly or set them on a pebble tray filled with water.

Nonetheless, It is important to be careful not to make your plant too wet. The pothos species of plants are vulnerable if they have moist leaves or stems because it can cause a fungal disease called Rhizoctonia that affects growth significantly in some cases. 

Repotting

When it comes to repotting, there are a few factors you need to keep in mind: the size of the plant, the type of pot and soil, and how often should watering take place all play a role in the care of this plant’s new journey.

The size of the pearls and jade pothos will dictate the size of the pot you need to use. If the plant is too big for the pot, it will not be able to get the necessary nutrients and water. The plant could also become rootbound, which can lead to health problems.

The type of pot you use is also important. Clay pots are a good option because they allow the roots to breathe. Plastic pots can hold moisture in, which can lead to problems with rot.

Pearls and Jade Pothos Propagation

new growth forms after2 weeks propagating

Some plants are easy to propagate, while others can be a little more tricky. Pearls and Jade Pothos is a plant that can be propagated quite easily – if you know the right way to do it. 

The first step in propagating pearls and jade pothos is to take a healthy cutting from an existing plant. Make sure to cut just below a node, which is where the leaves meet the stem. Once you have your cutting, remove any leaves that will be below the waterline in your propagation vessel.

Next, fill your propagation vessel with water and add a rooting hormone to the water. You can find rooting hormones at most garden stores or online.

Give your cutting a bright, indirect light and refresh the water once every week. After 2-3 weeks, you should begin to notice small white roots growing from it; at this point move them into the soil where they will grow even more quickly.

Prepare a small pot with well-draining soil, then fill it up to the rim and plant your rooted cuttings.

Keep the soil evenly moist and place them in an area with bright indirect light for about 1-2 weeks after taking these cuttings. Roots will begin to grow back stronger than before. 

After a couple of weeks, it’s time to water your new plant. Make sure that the top 1-2 inches of soil are dry as usual.

Toxicity

pearls and jade can cause pets to vomit

The Pothos family has a toxic property and the majority of its members contain calcium oxalates. When your dog or cat ingests any part of this plant, they’ll get a mouth full of calcium oxalates. This will irritate their oral cavity and cause vomiting as well as difficulty swallowing. If your pet is showing any signs of being poisoned, be sure to get them checked out by their vet immediately. Keep your Pothos away from pets and wear gloves before touching it.

Common Problems

Yellow leaves

This can be caused by a number of things, including too much sun, improper watering, or even a lack of nutrients. If you notice that the leaves of your plant are turning yellow, here are a few things you can do to fix the problem.

Check your watering schedule. These plants like to be kept moist, but not soggy. Water them when the top inch of the soil is dry. If you’re watering them too often, the leaves will turn yellow from too much moisture.

Brown leaves

The Pearls and Jade Pothos pothos does best in partial shade, so if it’s getting too much sun, the leaves will start to turn brown. If you think this is the problem, move the plant to a spot that gets less sun.

A second problem that can cause brown leaves is pests. If there are pests on the plant, they can suck the nutrients out of the leaves and cause them to turn brown. To get rid of pests, you can use a pesticide or try to remove them by hand.

If you’re having trouble figuring out what’s causing the brown leaves on your pothos, take a sample of the leaves to a garden center or ask a gardening expert. They should be able to help you figure out the problem and get your plant back to health.

Not growing

If you’re noticing that your plant is growing slowly, it could be because there aren’t enough nutrients for the roots. To make sure this doesn’t happen again and speed up the plant’s growth, we recommend fertilizing with a balanced fertilizer in 1/2 or 1/4 strength every 4-8 weeks – just apply according to instructions.

You should make sure that the plant is getting enough water and light. If you notice any problems with your plant, make sure to contact a professional immediately. With proper care, the Pearls and Jade Pothos can be a beautiful and low-maintenance addition to your home.

Care Tips

pothos should stay away from high temperature

Here are some tips for taking care of these beautiful plants:

  • Keep your plant in a cool, shady spot during the summer months. Pearls and jade pothos don’t like high temperatures and can die if they get too hot.
  • If your plant starts to lose its leaves, it’s likely due to too much direct sunlight or not enough water. Move it to a shadier spot and/or increase the watering frequency.
  • These plants are poisonous if ingested, so keep them out of reach of children and pets.

FAQs

Are pearls and jade plants rare?

This variety is relatively new, but it’s no longer rare. The variety was patented which makes growing this type easy for anyone to do at home or in their garden! Not only does the high propagation rate make sure that there are plenty available on demand when you need them most. 

Does pearls and jade plant trail?

Yes, pearls and jade pothos trail. They are both trailing vines that can grow quite long if given the opportunity. You can train them to grow up a trellis or along a fence line, and they will produce beautiful cascading foliage.

Do pearls and jade like to be rootbound?

If you want to keep your jade plant small and manageable, try keeping it root-bound in a pot. Once every 2-3 years repot young shoots to encourage more rapid growth.

Conclusion

The Pearls and Jade pothos is a stunning houseplant that requires little maintenance. It will add an elegant touch to any space while being easy for you to keep up with. It has dark green leaves with hints of white, as well it’s a climbing plant, so you can keep it in a hanging basket.

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Kelly Lawrence

Kelly Lawrence

I’m Kelly Lawrence, two years after graduating with a Journalism major, I had the opportunity to apply my experiences to become the founder and executive content writer of this gardening blog.