The Manjula pothos is a beautiful and rare plant known for its distinctive large, heart-shaped leaves. The white, cream, and green variegation and soft edges are attractive and impressive. Although it may look extravagant, the Manjula pothos isn’t demanding, and taking care of it is relatively easy, even for beginners.
Here, you’ll learn more about the Manjula pothos plant, its origin, its characteristics, and how to care for it.
The Origin of the Manjula Pothos
The Manjula pothos has quite an interesting background. This is a patented cultivar resulting from a planned breeding program. The program’s purpose was to create a variety of Epipremnum pinnatum plants with brighter leaves, interesting foliage shapes, and improved forms.
The Manjula pothos is a naturally occurring branch mutation in a group of more than 1,000 plants called Epipremnum pinnatum “Compacta.”
Many online resources suggest that the University of Florida created the Manjula pothos. The university discovered Pothos Pearls and Jade, a close relative of the Manjula pothos. However, it’s not responsible for the Manjula pothos; this variety was created in India.
A researcher named Ashish Arvind Hansoti discovered it in 2010 in a greenhouse near Mumbai. The variety was reproduced for 25 generations to ensure it had stable characteristics. Since the results showed the unique features were consistent, Hansoti was confident enough to apply for a patent in 2014. The application was approved in 2016.
The Manjula pothos is scientifically known as Epipremnum aureum Manjula or HANSOTI14. The variety also goes by happy leaf pothos or jewel pothos.
The Characteristics of the Manjula Pothos
The Manjula pothos is characterized by large, heart-shaped leaves with green, white, and cream marbling. Every leaf is different and unique. Some have larger patches of green, while others are primarily white, splashed, or flecked. In addition, the leaves have wavy edges, which makes the Manjula Pothos different from other pothos varieties with much flatter leaves.
The size of the Manjula pothos depends on where it’s kept. If it’s potted, the plant will remain small to medium. Alternatively, if the plant is in an outdoor tropical setting, it can grow to around 40 inches.
The Manjula Pothos Care Guide
Taking care of the Manjula pothos and its lush leaves isn’t complicated because the plant isn’t demanding. To maintain the beautiful green-and-white variegation, however, you’ll need to pay attention to the plant’s location, soil, humidity, light exposure, and watering.
Since the Manjula pothos is a tropical plant, it likes high temperatures. The plant can be kept outside, but only during the summer. If you live in an area with low temperatures during the winter, you’ll need to bring your plant inside to ensure that it thrives.
The ideal temperature range for the Manjula pothos is between 60° and 80° Fahrenheit. The plant will grow and thrive faster if kept at such temperatures. Conversely, keeping the plant at temperatures above 90° will slow its growth and development.
The ideal USDA hardiness zones for growing the Manjula pothos are 10, 11, and 12. If you live in those zones, you’ll likely have no problem keeping the plant outdoors year-round. But if you live below zone 10, you should keep your Manjula in a container to easily move it indoors.
The Manjula pothos is flexible in terms of humidity. The ideal levels for this plant range between 60% and 90%. Those who live in areas with a lot of sun won’t need to take any additional measures regarding humidity. However, if you live in an area with low humidity, you may need extra help.
Many people don’t know the average humidity levels in their homes. Fortunately, measuring relative humidity is easy thanks to a device called a hygrometer. This affordable device measures humidity in a matter of seconds and helps you determine whether the moisture in your home is suitable for the Manjula Pothos. If it’s not, don’t worry. There are numerous actions you can take to help your Manjula thrive.
For example, you can keep the plant in your bathroom, group it together with other plants, or use a misting spray or a pebble tray. You can also purchase a humidifier if you want to increase the humidity levels in the entire home.
The Manjula pothos’ root system is shallow, so the plant doesn’t require a lot of water.
During the growing season (spring and summer), watering your Manjula pothos once a week should be more than enough. As fall and winter approach, your plant will need less water. The colder conditions mean it will take longer for the soil to dry.
Remember that how often you’ll need to water your plant depends on numerous factors, like temperature, humidity, and the amount of sunlight it receives.
One way to establish whether your plant needs watering is to test the soil with your fingers. If the top two inches are dry, you should water your plant. This method is reliable, but it takes practice and experience to master. If you’re not confident that you’ll be able to understand what your plant needs, you can use a moisture meter. This device is inserted into the soil and provides insight into the moisture levels to establish how often to water your plant.
Like other plants, the Manjula pothos won’t appreciate underwatering or overwatering. The plant’s leaves will be sad-looking, dull, and dry if it doesn’t get enough water. On the other hand, if the leaves are yellow, brown, or droopy, you may be overwatering the plant.
Your Manjula pothos can’t thrive unless you’ve met its light requirements. Lighting affects the intensity of variegation, so if the plant doesn’t get enough light, you won’t get to enjoy the fascinating colors.
The Manjula pothos loves bright, indirect light. However, direct exposure to sunlight can damage the leaves and slow the plant’s development. If you’re keeping your Manjula pothos indoors, we recommend placing it close to an east-facing window. Use curtains to filter out the amount of light. If you can’t provide natural light to your plant, it’s best to use a grow light.
The Manjula pothos prefers loamy, well-draining soil, which isn’t unusual for tropical plants. A store-bought soil mix will work fine, but you can also make your own mixture. If you choose the latter option, mix equal amounts of fresh garden soil, perlite, and organic substances (orchid bark or peat moss).
Keep in mind that the recommended pH level for the Manjula pothos ranges between 6.1 and 6.5. To prevent root rot, don’t use clumpy soil mixtures that can become soggy and retain water.
The Manjula pothos isn’t needy when it comes to fertilizing. The plant can grow fine without fertilizer if you choose the right soil. However, giving your plant a boost, especially during the growing season, helps it to develop faster and with more intensive colors.
The Manjula pothos will be happy with any balanced houseplant fertilizer. Remember to feed your plant only during the growing season. Once every two to four weeks should be just enough. If you notice your plant isn’t growing, try scaling back on the fertilizer.
Potting and Repotting
When you first purchase the Manjula pothos, it will likely come in a pot. If the pot is too small, move the plant to a larger one, so it has enough room to grow. Since the Manjula Pothos grows slowly, repotting is necessary only once every two or three years. When repotting your plant, select a pot twice the size of the existing pot.
Of course, ensure your pot has drainage holes. If there aren’t any, excess water won’t have anywhere to go and can cause root rot.
The Exceptional Beauty of the Manjula Pothos
The Manjula pothos is a lovely plant known for its attractive green, white, and cream leaves. Since the plant doesn’t require special care, it’s easy to maintain its eye-catching appearance. Water it regularly, keep it from direct sunlight, and use pots with drainage holes, and you’ll enjoy your Manjula pothos for years to come.