Our guide to one of the easiest variegated plants to look after, the glacier pothos…
Glacier Pothos Summary
|Light needs:||Medium to bright indirect sunlight.|
|Watering needs:||Check soil once a week and water if top 50% is dry.|
|Fertilizer:||Use a balanced plant feed monthly in spring and summer.|
|Soil:||A well draining potting compost.|
|Temperature:||18°C to 25°C (64-77°F).|
|Where to buy:||Try one of these Rare Plant Shops.|
|Common issues:||Burning of variegated parts o the leaves due to too much light.|
The glacier pothos aka epipremnum aureum glacier is a small pothos with more rounded leaves than most other varieties. It has bright white streaked variegation on its leaves. This is a really impressive pothos!
Medium to bright indirect sunlight is ideal. Pothos are generally happy in all light conditions, but with a variegated plant it needs medium indirect sunlight to stop the variegation fading. No direct sunlight though.
How Often to Water A Glacier Pothos
Check your glacier pothos once a week and water if the top 50% or more is dry. The glacier pothos is fairly tolerant of some under and over watering, but too much could show on the variegated parts of the leaves quite quickly.
Tip: check the leaves for pests when you water the plant. Make sure you check under them too.
Use a balanced plant feed every month in the spring and summer months. It will help the plant to grow quicker and larger if given feed regularly in the warmer months.
Use a well draining potting compost, add 20% perlite for drainage.
When To Repot A Glacier Pothos
Repot when their roots grow through the bottom of the pot. They can grow fairly quickly and need repotting regularly. What I like to do is chop off any unwanted stems at this point and propagate them into new plants.
50-70% humidity is ideal which is very high for most homes, but they are tolerant of lower humidity too.
The ideal temperature range for a glacier pothos is 18°C to 25°C (64-77°F). They will be ok a bit above and below this range too.
Glacier Pothos Vs Njoy
The glacier pothos and njoy are really similar. One is patented and one is not, so make of that what you will. They are both green leaved, with white irregular borders. The main difference is the size the glacier is smaller and it also has pointier leaf shape. They are both light green with thin white lines of variegation and some light green.
Glacier Pothos Vs Manjula
The manjula has a much more speckled variegation, where as the glacier pothos has much more distinctive separate colored variegation. The manjula’s leaves are a little but wider and rounder.
Glacier Pothos Patent
There is no patent for the glacier pothos as far as current research shows (source). It is very similar to the n joy pothos which is patented though. So many sellers that cannot legally sell the n joy will be selling something quite similar as a glacier pothos.
How To Propagate Glacier Pothos
The easiest way to propagate a glacier pothos is by rooting stem cuttings in water… Take a cutting with a couple of nodes and a couple of leaves. Take the leaves off the bottom node and then put the cuttings in jar of water to root. Put them in a warm place with plenty of indirect sun. They should root in a month or so, then you can pot them up into soil.
Where To Buy A Glacier Pothos
Epipremnum aureum glacier.
FAQs and Common Problems
Common issues are burning of the leaves due to too much sunlight as well as loss of variegation from too little light. These are easily remedied by changing the positioning of the plant closer or further from the window.