Manjula pothos plants are irresistible due to their gorgeous heart-shaped green leaves with a mix of variegated foliage. Just the perfect pothos plants for the trendy era of indoor plants that people are having these days. This pothos is a tropical evergreen perennial that you can grow indoor since it is very easy to care for. To keep up with the trend, I am going to show you some basic tips on how to care for Manjula pothos plants. Everything you need to know about this charming plant is all here, feel free to check them out.
1. Manjula Pothos Care Guides
When you grow a Manjula pothos plant, there are some basic things regarding pothos care that you should know. It could be a lot at first, but it is for the good of your indoor plants. Once you get a hold of these, your Manjula pothos collection will look absolutely beautiful and healthy. There are several important tips that you can follow below to achieve the best results for your manjula plants.
Fertilizer is important for Manjula plant only during the growing season which is in spring and summer. During this time, you want to feed the plant every 2 weeks with a half-strength balanced liquid houseplant fertilizer. This is to enhance the growth of the Manjula while allowing it to grow with sufficient nutrients. Since it is a small plant, heavy fertilization is not recommended because it will give more harm than benefits. Feed the plant just enough to aid its growth, and your pothos will surely flourish. As for fall and winter, it is not necessary to add any fertilizer so you can leave fertilization. Proper fertilization will result in a healthy green glow along with pretty coloration and variegation.
The awesome thing about this plant is that it can tolerate low light, so a few cloudy days are no biggies. However, it is best to place the Manjula where there is plenty of natural bright indirect light. This is to maintain the variegation of the leaves so that the pale white leaves remain pretty all day long. If it receives too much direct or bright light, the leaves may scorch which results in brown or yellow colorations.
I like Manjula pothos because this plant can survive in almost any weather condition both indoor and outdoor. Many people love to grow them in different rooms at home or even on tables in the offices. The perfect location that you can choose for this plant is where is there is natural light for it. Like I mentioned above, this plant enjoys indirect light while direct sunlight can burn its leaves. As long as the location that you choose for it has proper light, then the plant is good to go.
With healthy growth, your Manjula pothos will show its large wave heart-shaped leaves which is its most striking feature. This is why you also want to pick the right size of the pot for it to grow in. Most of the time, the plant that you buy from the store already comes in a pot. All you need to do is make sure that it is large enough to handle the growth of the plant. When you provide it with proper care, this pothos will grow fast with its leaves spreading all over. This is why you want to regularly check if the plant outgrows the pot or not. If you spot several roots growing out from underneath, it is time to repot your pothos. Pick the pot with drainage holes, and your plant will surely continue to flourish and grow.
Manjula pothos plants require some grooming, so you will need to do some pruning to maintain their gorgeous appearance. What you need to do regularly is pinching and trimming the back stems of the plant. This is to control the growth and keep its shape at your preference in accordance with your available space. In case you want to propagate the plant to expand the collection, it is also possible. You can use large cuttings from the pruning to propagate new plants, and it is also easy. Just follow the steps that I described below, and you will be able to propagate more pothos Manjula in no time.
Similar to other pothos plants out there, this one also prefers air, light, loamy, and well-draining potting soil. Along with that, you want to make sure that the pH level of the potting soil is neutral. The perfect level should be between 6.1 and 6.5, and an African violet mix is a good option if you can find it. Things are also easy since you can also make your own potting mix for your manjula pothos. All you need to do is combining 2 parts of peat moss and 1 part perlite, and that is it. A healthy and high-quality potting mix for your indoor pothos plant is very easy to make like that.
Manjula pothos comes from tropical areas, so you should never put them in a cold condition or temperature. If the temperature drops below 50 degrees Fahrenheit, it can cause stress and harm the plants right away. The suitable temperatures for this type of plant are between 70 and 90 degrees Fahrenheit (21 – 32 degrees Celsius). In case it is winter and the weather is cold, then move your plant to your bathroom. By showering using hot water, your plant will definitely be happy which is so convenient and simple.
The first thing that you have to know about this plant is that it likes moist soil, not soggy or wet. This also means you will need to water the plant in accordance with their favor to keep it healthy and alive. A pothos plant like this requires water once every one or two weeks, and too much water is bad for them. At the same time, you must never allow the plant to stand in water because it can lead to diseases. When you water it during the growing season in spring and summer, let the soil dry between waterings. As for fall and winter, you should reduce watering because the plant doesn’t need frequent watering during this time. The best way to water them is when the top of the soil is dry, but make sure to check too.
2. Manjula Pothos Plant FAQs:
2.1. Why is my Manjula pothos turning green?
The color of this plant is supposed to be variegated with some pale white color on the leaves. If the leaves turn green, it is a sign that indicates insufficient light that it does not get enough of. What you have to do is moving it to a brighter spot so that it receives the light that it needs.
2.2. Why is my Manjula turning yellow?
Yellowing is not a healthy sign, and it actually tells you that your plant is having root rot. The symptom is also the same when it experiences too much moisture or water in the soil. What you want to do is getting a pot with proper drainage so that the excess water can escape. At the same time, you may also need to make sure that you don’t overwater the plant. Let the soil dry between each watering, and give water to the plant every two or three weeks.
2.3. Is Manjula pothos toxic?
Just like other pothos, this one is also toxic to both humans and pets upon consumption. So if you have curious animals in the house that loves to taste different things, keep the plant away.
3. Manjula Pothos Propagation
Epipremnum Aureum Manjula or Manjula pothos is a pretty indoor plant that people grow to adorn their rooms and spaces. The great thing about this plant is that you can easily propagate them without having to buy a new plant. Propagating Manjula pothos is so much easier than you expect, and the process is very simple. So if you want to propagate your Manjula pothos plants, here are some steps that you can follow.
- Step 1: This is a very easy and simple method to propagate the plant which is stem cutting. All you need is a pair of sharp and sterile scissors to cut the plant beneath its root node.
- Step 2: Stick the part that you cut in a jar of water, then roots will start to grow. The process in this step takes just a few weeks, and you will see the result very fast. It will take around 20 days in the summer months and up to 40 days in the cold winter months.
- Step 3: Once the roots show, you can move them from the water and plant them in a pot.
Here is also a video for a more detailed steps that you might want to take a look at.
4. Manjula Pothos Common Diseases & Pests
One of the reasons that people plant Manjula pothos is because it is typically carefree of pest infestations. However, that doesn’t mean that the chance is zero which is why you should be aware of them. I include both common diseases and pests that your Epipremnum Aureum Manjula are likely to experience below, so check them out.
This may sound new to most but botrytis is a fungus known as gray mold that occurs on indoor plants. If you grow your Manjula pothos indoor, they may be susceptible to this fungi infection. Besides affecting the plant, it can also cause allergic reactions to some people. The only way to treat this problem is by pruning off the infected parts of the plant. Make sure to disinfect your pruners with a 10% solution of household bleach between cuts. This is to avoid spreading the disease by leaving its spores on the cuts. It may be extreme, but you have to destroy the infected parts that you cut off by burning them. Another alternative is to bury the debris under a foot so that it will not spread its spores to other plants.
4.2. Fungus Gnats
Looking just like fruit flies, fungus gnats are one of the common pests that attack Manjula pothos. These pests don’t really do anything harmful to the plant, but having them around the Epipremnum Aureum is very annoying. You wouldn’t like them to fly around your plants every day and live in the soil, right? This is why you have to get rid of them by using a few tricks. The easiest one is by lighting a match, allow it to burn for a few seconds, and blow it out. Then place it on top of the soil, it is a very effective way because fungus gnats won’t show up again.
4.3. Leaf Spots
Sometimes the appearance of brown spots starts to appear on the leaves of the pothos. It is rather the cause of too much light or water or salt accumulation. I include this issue because many pothos plant owners tend to experience this kind of problem. The only way to fix this problem is by pruning the brown spots and relocate the pot to a better location. Pothos types with white variegation often show more brown spots on their leaves so it is actually a common problem.
Mealybugs are the most common pests on a wide variety of plants, both indoor and outdoor. The thing that I hate most about them is that they cause infestations almost every time. When the conditions of the room are humid and warm, the chances of these insects showing up are very high. You will find them around the stems of the pothos, feeding and sucking on the sap of the plant. Even worse, their population multiplies fast which can cause a ruckus on nearby plants as well. The solution to these pests is by mixing insecticidal soap with water to spray on them. You should also wash the leaves regularly to ensure that those pests are gone for good.
4.5. Root Rot
This is the problem that often occurs when the plant sits in soggy soil for too long. The first few symptoms that you will see are the dying and limp look that appears on the pothos. When you notice the signs, you may want to check the roots to see if they are decaying or rotting. If it is true, then you will see that the roots are turning black or brown while looking soggy. To save the plant, you will need to cut off all infected areas then repot them in fresh soil. Make sure that the pot has good drainage so that the same problem with root rot won’t occur again.
It is either mealybug or scale because these two are the most common pests that attack pothos plants. These tiny bugs have a shell-like bump appearance, and they vary in color, shape, and size. Scales are the tiny insects that adhere to the branches, leaves, or stems of the plant to feed on its sap. You can remove scales by dabbing a cotton swab or sponge into rubbing alcohol and gently rub the plant. The alcohol will kill the insects, and make sure to remove their dead bodies from your plants and soil. Watch out for another wave of infestation because they could come back again.
4.7. Spider Mites
These are tiny spiders that build webs around the end of a leaf where it connects to the stem. The problem with them is that they suck the juice and sap from the plant which can kill it. Spider mites appear when the humidity is low since they like to be in dry areas. So you will need to step up the humidity to get rid of them by misting the plant. Simply spray the water right around the end and bottom of the leaves after you remove these pests, of course. In case of infestation, you can mix a drop of dish soap with water in a spray bottle. Spray it directly on those annoying pests and the leaves, let it dry for a day then rinse it off. Don’t leave it too long because the soap can kill your pothos.
Among many indoor plants, Manjula pothos is one of the most easy-caring options that you should take into consideration. I like the fact that it grows well in low to medium light settings, and it can climb a trellis. You can grow it in a pot or hang it in a basket, and it looks great pretty much anywhere. Plus with the caring tips that I described above, I sure hope you can get a hold of the idea. So if you are interested in growing Manjula pothos, your time is now.