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Home » How to Grow and Care for Marble Queen Pothos Plant

How to Grow and Care for Marble Queen Pothos Plant

by Elyssa Goins
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Pothos of any kind is often the building block of any plant collector or even non-collector with their ease of care, variety, and versatility. Marble Queen Photos vary with the coloring on each leaf, they are green with splashes of white and cream variegation. You can grow this plant to fit just about any space. The Marble Queen can climb, or it can drape. It’ is’s easy to prune back if you want to keep it small or let those vines grow as long as your heart desires, and then best of all, you should have one because they are so easy to care for.

The Marble Queen Pothos scientific name is Epipremnum Aureum. Be mindful that they are mildly toxic if ingested by humans or pets. So be careful if you have toddlers or animals that like to put things in their mouths. I am lucky because my pets could care less about my plants. I know there are people that have pets that like to chew on their plants. So if that is the case, just keep them up out of reach.

A common question I get when speaking with new plant parents is how do I care for these plants? How to keep them thriving? Even for those who swear they don’t have a green thumb, this plant is very forgiving and can boost your plant confidence due to how hearty it is.

Marble Queen Pothos in basket

How to Care for Marble Queen Pothos?

The conditions you have for the plants are key things to consider when having any houseplant. Before you buy any plant ensure you check the plant’s preferred environment so that it can thrive. The good thing is that even if your normal setup isn’t ideal, you can easily modify your space to accommodate that plant of your choice. Your key considerations to keep in mind are the light, soil, water, temperature, humidity, and nutrient requirements for your plant.


The ideal lighting requirement for your Marble Queen plant is bright, indirect light. This means that the plant should be placed in an area of your home that receives sunlight but not directly hitting the leaves for an extended period of time. It is not recommended to place the plant right up against a window where the sun shines directly most of the day. Instead, you should pull it back a few feet from the window or place it to the side of the window if possible. Direct sunlight can cause sunburn on the leaves of the plant, just like how it can cause sunburn on human skin.

The Marble Queen plant can tolerate lower light, but it still needs some light to grow. However, like most plants with variegation, the more light the plant receives, the better the variegation will be.

If you give the Marble Queen plant less light than it needs, its leaves will likely become greener. This is because the green parts of the leaves are responsible for photosynthesis, which is the process by which the plant produces energy.

It can be confusing to understand the lighting requirements for this plant, even for experienced plant collectors. The goal is to provide the plant with as much light as possible without exposing it to direct sunlight.


The Marble Queen plant can be grown in a variety of soil types or substrates, including straight water or semi-hydroponic setups such as Lecca or Pon. If you choose to use soil, the most important factor is that it is well-draining. This means that when you water the plant, the soil should get wet but should drain out of the pot completely. The plant does not like to sit in sopping wet soil, so it is crucial to choose a well-draining soil mix.

There are many soil options available, and it can be a topic of its own. If you are a beginner, you can simply purchase a bag of soil at your local garden shop and make sure it is labeled as well-draining. You can also purchase a bag of perlite to mix into the soil you have purchased to improve its drainage quality.


Water, the life source in a sense but also most commonly in my experience, can be the death of your plant if not done properly!  Myself, I water my plants indoors once a week but that is because that works for the conditions in my home! There is no watering schedule that fits all if you have your plants in the soil, especially. The temperature you keep your space at can affect this greatly, the water could evaporate and dry out the soil much faster or slower than in my home. In the beginning, just keep an eye on your plant to see what its needs are.

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Watering my Marble Queen Pothos Plant

Personally, I will stick my finger in the soil, and if it feels moist, I hold off on water until it is dry. This will help keep your plant from being overwatered and allowing the soil to dry out and not be too wet will keep away the fungus gnats that love wet soil.  Side note here if you do battle fungus gnats, mix in some mosquito bits in your soil!  Make sure not just to leave them on the top of the soil because they will mold but push them down just under that top layer, which will help tremendously!

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A closer look – watering my plant

Temperature and Humidity

The Marble Queen plant is not too picky when it comes to temperature and humidity. As long as you are comfortable, your plant is likely to be comfortable as well. However, it’s best to avoid exposing it to temperatures below 55 degrees Fahrenheit (13 degrees Celsius).

In terms of humidity, these plants can adapt to various levels. If you live in a dry climate, you may need to water your plant more frequently or keep it in a room with a bit more humidity. For example, bathrooms can be a great spot for Marble Queen plants since they tend to steam up during showers.

If you feel your plant needs more humidity, but don’t want to keep it in the bathroom, you can take it there every so often for a day or two to benefit from the added moisture. This can also be a great opportunity to wash down the plant and get rid of any dust or pests by spraying it down in the shower. Another option is to keep your plant on a pebble tray filled with water, which can increase the humidity right around the plant.


Fertilizers and nutrients for Marble Queen Pothos are minimal. Personally, I like to throw in a bit of slow-release fertilizer, and I water weekly with nutrients. But this plant is easy and if that is more than you are looking to do, many have this plant that thrives just with plain water. But just like yourself, it’s great to get some extra nutrients occasionally to help boost growth and health.

Common Problems of a Marble Queen Pothos

It is important that when taking care of Marble Queen Pothos, you also need to think about the potential problems you may encounter.

Leaves turning yellow

Yellow leaves occur when you overwatered your plant. It is very important to have a watering guide on this plant to know how much water you should give to your Marble Queen.

Leaves turning brown

Brown leaves occur when your plant is under-watered or is lacked in humidity. You need to make sure that you are providing your plant with enough water and enough humidity so that it will grow healthy and beautiful.

Final Thoughts on Marble Queen Pothos

If you are a beginner, you don’t need to worry about how to take care of this plant. This should be enough to get you started with your new Marble Queen Pothos. There are other things to consider that I will write more about in the future such as pests and propagation but for now, just enjoy your beautiful new plant!

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