Welcome to our guide to the harlequin pothos, a really easy to care for stunner…
Harlequin Pothos Summary
|Light needs:||Low to bright indirect sunlight.|
|Watering needs:||Only water it if the top 50% of soil is dry, check weekly.|
|Fertilizer:||Feed your plant a balanced plant feed, monthly in spring and summer.|
|Soil:||A well draining mix, with added perlite.|
|Humidity:||50% or above.|
|Temperature:||18°C to 25°C (64-77°F).|
|Where to buy:||Try our list of Rare Plant Shops or Etsy.|
|Other names:||Epipremnum Aureum Harlequin.|
|Common issues:||Overwatering, leaf burn.|
Welcome to our harlequin pothos care guide to this beautifully variegated epipremnum. Harlequin pothos are stunning, they are like an ‘even more variegated’ manjula, and in all probability are a cultivar of it.
Tip: we recommend Etsy for buying plants. Look for the best rated seller you can, and try to buy as close to your home as possible so the plant does not travel too far.
Low to bright indirect sunlight. They are really tough and adaptable plants. The main thing to keep in mind is that the variegation may fade in lower light conditions. I have some similar variegated pothos that I rotate at watering time to get around this. I have a few pothos, most are near a bright window, but some in low light rooms. I swap them round when I water them so that they all get decent indirect sunlight at some point.
Tip: be careful with the light They need bright light to grow well as they grow slower than a non-variegated plant so they need plenty of light to encourage growth. At the same time the variegated parts of the leaves can burn easily in direct sun. So the key is to give them as much bright indirect sunlight as you can, but no direct sun.
How Often To Water A Harlequin Pothos
Check your plant weekly by putting your finger in the soil and only watering it if the top 50% is dry.
Feed your plant a balanced plant feed once a month in spring and summer when it will grow more. Make sure the feed is well diluted as you do not want fertilizer burn.
Use a well draining mix, with added perlite to help to avoid root rot should you over water the plant.
When To Repot A Harlequin Pothos
Check the plants in Spring and at the end of the Summer to see if the roots are starting to get crowded, and repot if needed. They grow quite quickly, so may need repotting more that once a year.
50% or above is ideal, and will help to keep the variegated parts of the leaves in good condition.
18°C to 25°C (64-77°F) is ideal in the day, so they make good house plants. Try to keep them above 10°C (50°F) a night or in the winter.
How To Propagate Harlequin Pothos
These are staight forward and easy to propagate by rooting them in water. You want to take a cutting with at least one node that will be under water, and one or two leaves above water. Put it in a jar of filtered tap water to root. The leaves should not be touching the water as they can rot. They shoud be rooted wel in one to town months, you can then pot them up into soil.
Is It Toxic To Cats?
They are mildly to moderately toxic to cats. So seek vets advice. The insoluble calcium oxalates can cause numbness and vomiting if eaten.
Harlequin Pothos Vs Manjula
The main difference between a harlequin pothos and a manjula is that the harlequin is more variegated. Honestly they are really similar plants and very difficult to tell the difference, they both have wide teardrop leaves and mottled variegation, but in general the harlequin has more light green and white.
Where To Buy
Harlequin Pothos Scientific Name
Epipremnum Aureum Harlequin.
FAQs And Common Problems
Variegated parts of the leaves can burn if given too much sub and fade if given too little, try to give your harlequin pothos as much indirect sun as possible without giving it direct sunlight.