Are you planning to grow an Epipremnum Manjula plant in your home and are wondering how to take care of it? Here’s a full Manjula Pothos care guide for you!
If you are just starting with your indoor jungle, among the easiest plants to grow is the Manjula Pothos. This plant can help in brightening up any room with its large green leaves fused with dapples and splashes of white. It can thrive in low to medium light conditions and does well in hanging baskets or you can train them to climb trellises. It also makes a great tabletop plant.
Although Manjula Pothos plants are easy to care for, you still need to make sure that you give them the best care possible. Here, we have listed the important things you need to know about these plants including some effective tips for Pothos Manjula care. So read on!
What Is Manjula Pothos
- Epipremnum aureum Manjula
- Epipremnum ‘Manjula’
English Name: Manjula Pothos
Other Common Names:
- Epipremnum Happy Leaf
- Pothos Manjula
- Pothos Happy Leaf
- Devil’s Ivy Happy Leaf
- Manjula Money Plant
Manjula Pothos is a patented variety of the Pothos plant (Epipremnum aureum) which was produced by the University of Florida. It is part of the Araceae plant family and has similarities with the Pearls and Jade Pothos. The difference is that the Manjula Pothos has slightly wavy leaf edges. Like other Pothos plant varieties, Manjula is a tropical perennial plant that is native to the Pacific islands, Asia, and India.
Moreover, this plant survives in temperate areas and does well with little human intervention. This is why it is perfect for beginners who are just starting with their houseplants. They can easily survive indoors even without water for about one week in case you want to go on a vacation.
Lastly, Manjula Pothos plants are great at brightening up indoor offices, sheds, as well as outdoor working areas. One more reason why they are perfect as indoor plants is because the Manjula helps in removing air pollutants. This means that you’ll have cleaner air and a healthier working or living space.
Size and Growth of Manjula Pothos
A mature Manjula Pothos that grows outdoors in a tropical setting can reach up to 20 to 40 feet and has large leaves. But when potted, the leaves are small to medium size. You can control the plant’s growth through regular trimming and pruning as well as pinching its stems.
Also, this plant grows slowly because of its white, cream, and silver leaf variegation. This means that the leaves have less chlorophyll which leads to less food that helps the plant to grow faster. It is compact, trailing, and cascading.
Moreover, Manjula Pothos isn’t a flowering plant. You will rarely find them flowering when grown indoors. Some that grow in the wild, though, do flower once they reach the maturity stage. But indoors or outdoors, this plant grows well and its leaves will start to grow outwards instead of upwards over time. Once this happens, you can train your plant to grow wherever you like. For instance, you can make them climb door frames or trellises as mentioned earlier.
Features of Manjula Pothos
The Manjula Pothos is called the Happy Leaf for a good reason. Though it doesn’t bloom when you grow it indoors, it has wide and beautiful heart-shaped wavy leaves with white, cream, silver, and green variegations. Not all leaves will have all colors. Some will be greener while others will have more white colors.
Each leaf is unique with different blobs, spots, and speckles of colors that make them look extraordinary. These vibrant colors make the leaves look like flowers themselves which are perfect for dark areas in your room or office. Plus, the plant has dense foliage.
Moreover, Manjula plants don’t have marked borders that separate the variegated areas so the colors coincide perfectly. The leaves also tend to curl up, unlike other Pothos varieties with flatter edges.
Benefits of Manjula Pothos
Below are the benefits of Manjula Pothos including other Pothos plant varieties:
#1 Easy to Grow
Like other Pothos plants, Manjula is easy to care for and propagate. It requires low maintenance and can survive in various conditions. They do well in moist or dry soil, in a shade or under the sun, and even in poor substrates. Also, you just need cuttings to propagate them. This is why they are popularly used in the interior design industry. You will see them in restaurants, malls, stores, and others.
#2 It Increases Humidity
Pothos plants can help in increasing the humidity in their surrounding environment. Increased humidity is beneficial because it prevents the transmission of cold-causing bacteria and viruses in the air. It also keeps skin hydrated and moist, so Pothos plants are ideal for bedrooms. Dry air, on the other hand, multiplies airborne pollutants and causes allergic reactions.
#3 It Absorbs Ozone and CO2
Pothos plants can efficiently absorb carbon dioxide and ozone in the air. This is another reason why they are excellent as household plants.
#4 It Purifies the Air
NASA’s clean air study has shown that Pothos plants do an excellent job in removing toxins and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from the air. They can remove pollutants like xylene, carbon monoxide, formaldehyde, toluene, and benzene from the air.
#5 Vastu and Feng Shui
Lastly, Pothos plants provide a calming effect in such a way that they cleanse negative energies. They can improve sleep quality and reduce stress. They are also believed to bring positive energy and good luck to households. They are recommended to be put near computers, routers, televisions, and WiFis.
All parts of Pothos plant varieties are toxic to both animals and humans. Although ingestion is not that fatal in humans, cats and dogs respond more violently because they are smaller animals. In fact, they could be easily killed by the plant. You can throw some lemon or orange peel into your plant’s pot to keep your pets away from it. Cats and dogs dislike citrus smells.
Symptoms after ingesting the leaves include gastrointestinal problems such as stomach pains, vomiting, and nausea. Other symptoms also include drooling, excessive salivation, and painful mouth sores. Make sure to keep your plant away from your children and pets. Also, we recommend washing your hands always after touching your plant.
Other Pothos Varieties You Can Try
Aside from Manjula Pothos, there are other Pothos plant varieties you can also try. Below are the most common ones along with their key features:
#1 Pearls and Jade Pothos
- Slowly growing
- It can grow up to 12 inches and grow better in the shade and partial light
- Green and spotted foliage with cream speckles
- Around one to two inches leaf length and one-inch leaf width
#2 Satin Pothos
- Also called Silk Pothos, Silver vine, etc.
- Shiny matte leaves
- Green heart-shaped foliage with silver spots and leaf edge borders
- The variegation on the leaves look like paintings
#3 Cebu Blue Pothos
- Long arrow-shaped leaves
- Not variegated
- Glossy silvery-blue foliage
- Slow growing
#4 Neon Pothos
- Bright yellow-green foliage
- Chartreuse leaves
- One of the most attractive varieties of Pothos plants because of its fluorescent color
- Heart-shaped leaves
- Grows best in bright light
#5 Golden Pothos
- Most common Pothos variety
- Heart-shaped leaves
- Green leaves with cream and gold variegations
#6 Marble Queen Pothos
- Lush green leaves with creamy white speckles
- Heart-shaped leaves
- Varying leaf sizes but is similar to Golden Pothos
You can read our Cebu Blue Pothos: A Full How-to Guide for Epipremnum Pinnatum Care blog for more Pothos plants varieties.
Common Manjula Pothos Diseases/Problems
Now, let us proceed to the common problems or diseases that you might encounter with Manjula Pothos plants.
First of all, avoid excessive watering because this can cause fungal diseases like botrytis, root rot, and leaf spot. When your plant is weakened, it can easily attract pests like scale, mealy bugs, and spider mites. Also, avoid overcrowding your plants and make sure that you provide them proper watering and good ventilation.
#1 Pest Infestation
The most common infestation that occurs in Manjula Pothos is mealybug infestation. This is because both mealybugs and Pothos plants love the same environmental conditions: humid and warm.
Mealybugs have the following key characteristics:
- Tiny insects that look like caterpillars with scales
- Look like tiny cotton wool bits from afar
- They grow quickly
To get rid of pest infestation, just spray the plant using a diluted insecticidal soap. Wash your plant’s leaves regularly too or you can wipe the leaves with cotton soaked in alcohol.
#2 Sparse Leaves (Plant Stops Growing)
If this happens, you can restart your plant’s growth by cutting the affected stems even up to soil level. You will see new stems appearing after some time.
#3 Brown or Scorched Leaves Caused by Root Rot
Usually, brown leaves are caused by exposure to direct sunlight. If not, the roots of your plant might be rotting. Other symptoms include withering, wilting stems, and a sickly-looking plant. To solve this, just remove your plant from its pot, remove affected roots, and then repot it in fresh soil. You can also propagate your plant by following the steps in the next section. Lastly, make sure that your plant’s pot is well-draining because overwatering causes root rot.
How to Propagate Manjula Pothos
Manjula Pothos cutting is the best way to propagate this plant. To do this, just follow the steps below:
- Look for a stem with a growing aerial root. These stems grow quicker and easier once transported.
- Cut the stem below the aerial root and then put it in water. Make sure that it stands upright.
- Place the sapling in a warm area with proper lighting to help it grow better.
- Wait for the stem to grow roots. This usually takes a few days.
- Once the stem has grown enough roots, transfer it to a new pot. Make sure that the soil stays damp until your plant has fully adjusted to the pot.
Splitting Your Manjula Pothos
Another way you can multiply your plant is to divide it into sections, especially if it is outgrowing its pot. But, make sure that the amount of stems and root ball should be proportionate when you are splitting your plant.
Tips on Caring for Manjula Pothos
Lastly, below are some tips on the best soil, lighting, watering, humidity, temperature, and fertilizing techniques to achieve a healthy growing Manjula Pothos plant:
- Acidic to neutral soil with a 6 to 6.5 pH level (regular houseplant soils would suffice)
- Airy, loamy, and well-draining soil
- African violet mixes are good Manjula Pothos soil mix options
- You can use a potting soil mix with ⅓ perlite and ⅔ peat moss
- Bright and indirect sunlight for plants grown indoors
- When there is not enough light for the plant, variegation on the leaves will become less
- Do not put your plant under direct sunlight. Or else, the white parts of its leaves will get burned. If you notice brown spots in your plant’s leaves, move it to a more shaded area.
- Excessive sunlight will also stop the production of variegated leaves (all leaves will become green)
- Keep the soil moist but not wet or soggy
- You only need to water your plant every two to three weeks but only add a little water
- Do not overwater your plant
- If the soil’s top portion is dry but the underneath portion is damp, add a little water. Otherwise, leave your plant for another week.
- Allow the soil to dry first before you water your plant during the summer or spring
- Reduce watering in winter and fall seasons
- Manjula survives more in less chlorinated water. So if the water in your area is heavily chlorinated, you can use bottled water instead.
Humidity and Temperature
- The Manjula Pothos is a tropical plant so it thrives well in conditions with higher humidity
- The ideal temperature would be between 70 to 90°F or 21 to 32°C
- Don’t ever let the temperature drop below 50°F (10°C)
- Use half-strength liquid houseplant fertilizer
- Fertilize your plant every two weeks during the summer and spring (this is the growing season of the plant so you need to give it the nutrients it needs to grow well)
- Refrain from fertilizing in the winter and fall seasons
- Repot store-bought plants if they are already outgrowing their pot
- The pot should have good drainage because the roots might easily rot if they become too wet
Grooming and Maintenance
- Trim your plant and pinch its back stems regularly to maintain its shape and control its growth
- Use large cuttings to propagate the plant