Welcome to our guide to jessenia pothos care. It is an easy to care for stunningly variegated beauty, in this article I’ll show you exactly how to care for it…
Jessenia Pothos Summary
|Light needs:||Medium to bright indirect sunlight.|
|Watering needs:||Check soil once a week and water if top 50% or more is dry.|
|Fertilizer:||A balanced feed once a month in spring and summer.|
|Soil:||A standard mix with 10% added perlite.|
|Temperature:||18°C to 23°C (64-73°F).|
|Where to buy:||Try one of these Rare Plant Shops.|
|Common issues:||Fading variegation.|
The jessenia pothos aka epipremnum aureum jessenia is a fairly new variety of variegated pothos, with a paint-splash pattern of dark and light green variegated color on the leaves. It was bred by Costa Farms from the marble queen varieties. It is super easy to look after, as pothos are tolerant of both neglect and too much love (water!), they are tough!
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Jessenia Pothos Light Needs
Medium to bright indirect sunlight is ideal. They will grow ok in lower light areas, but there is a chance that the variegation may fade. I have one the middle of my table, so I have propagated it, and I keep another closer to the window, then I swap them a watering time. I do this with a lot of easy to propagate variegated plants like this which don’t mind being moved.
How Often to Water
Check your pothos once a week and water if the top 50% or more is dry. They will be ok if you go under and over this, pothos are generally really tough.
Jessenia Pothos Fertilizer
You can feed them a balanced feed once a month in the warmer spring and summer months to encourage growth. They’ll be fine without feeding.
A standard potting compost will be just fine for a jessenia pothos. I add about 10% perlite for extra drainage.
When To Repot
Repot them every 2 years to refresh the soil, or earlier if the roots grow through the bottom of the pot.
50% humidity is ideal, but they are not especially fussy, they’ll do well in lower and higher humidity levels, and will be fine most areas of your home.
Jessenia Pothos Temperature
18°Cto 23°C (64-73°F).
Jessenia Pothos Propagation
Follow these steps to propagate your pothos:
- Take cuttings with one leaf and one node, you can take a lot at one time from a stem by cutting between each node.
- Take your cuttings and put them in a jar of water to root. I used filtered tap water.
- Make sure the leaves are not touching the water but the nodes are fully submerged. You can criss-cross string accross the jar to help keep the leaves out.
- Then give them indirect sunlight and keep them warm until they root. Keep the water topped up. If any cuttings rot take them out, and if the water goes cloudy then change it.
- They can root quite quickly, in under a month. When they have multiple roots you can move them to soil. Tip: plant a few in together for a thicker, bushier plant.
For more on propagating pothos see our guide: Pothos Propagation.
How To Identify Jessenia Pothos
The jessenia pothos is a mottled dark and light green variegated pothos. It does not have big single color patches of variegation, but a mottled and flecked varying variegation through out the leaves. It does not generally have white or light yellow variegation on it so you can immediately tell it by the fact it looks like light green variegation on dark green leaves.
Tip: If it gets leggy, ‘chop and prop’ the sparse stems back in with the main plant to make it bushier.
Reverted Jessenia Pothos
Variegated plants can revert, where the variegation fades a lot of even completely. The most common cause for this is lack for light, and also it can just occur naturally. So the best thing to do is to give it plenty of indirect sunlight to encourage the variegation. A plant that appears reverted can sometimes put out new variegated leaves, so do not lose hope!
Also you can cut the new reverted leaf off, (including the node), and let it regrow from the last node that was variegated. If you do this alongside giving it more light you will have the best chances of saving the variegation.
For more on pothos see our pothos category with all our care guides.
Where To Buy
Epipremnum ‘Jessenia’, Epipremnum Jessenia, Epipremnum Aureum ‘Jessenia’.
FAQs and Common Problems
Pothos are really hardy and don’t get a lot of issues, they are even tolerant to a lot of over and underwatering. But this can lose it’s variegation if not given enough light, so if you see the variegation fading, try to give your plant more light.
Yes, it is patented by Costa Farms
Curling leaves are due to under or over watering. Give it a water if it is dry, or dry it out if it is wet: take it out of the soil.
They are toxic to cats if eaten, and can cause vomiting and numbness. So seek vets advice immediately if your pet eats any.
The jessenia pothos is similar to the marble queen, but has less light yellow variegation and more light green and dark green mottling. The marble queen has a lot more light yellow and even white flecks in it. Both plants are really similar but you can tell them apart as the jessenia has no white or light variegation on it, it is light and dark green.
A jessenia pothos has mottled variegation on it, with no big areas of one color, where as the golden pothos has more distinct areas of variegated color.
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