Glacier pothos ( Epipremnum Aureum “Glacier”) is often confused with NJoy Pothos, Pearls and Jade Pothos due to their similar variegations.
You’ll be able to see some differences if you put them side-by-side. One of the most obvious differences is that glacier pothos has smaller foliage. It is actually one of the rarer smaller leaf pothos varieties.
You’ll also notice some differences if you examine their variegations. One of the most striking differences is that glacier pothos’ white sections appear more like streaks, whereas the other two have white patches adorning their predominantly-green foliage.
You can choose to go with any of the three because they are all easy to maintain and look great indoors.
The glacier pothos can grow up to 6-8 feet in length and 3-4 feet wide. You will need to prune the glacier pothos because of its trailing habit unless you hang it from a basket.
The plant is easy to care for and also removes toxins from the air.
Glacier Pothos Plant Care
Glacier Pothos Light Requirements
Glacier pothos can be grown in any light level, including bright, medium, or low. However, it is important to avoid direct sunlight. Partial shade, filtered, or dappled sunlight are the best for glacier pothos.
It thrives in indirect, bright light because it has white variegations on its leaves. Because plants’ leaves receive sunlight, this is why it can thrive in indirect light. Only the green leaves can do this. This is also where the plant gets its energy through photosynthesis.
The white parts of the plant don’t contain any chlorophyll so they don’t contribute to the process.
This means that the plant must be exposed to more sun for its remaining green parts, which will absorb the same amount as a solid leaf.
This is why a pothos with more variety needs more light.
It can still survive in low light and thrive. You need to monitor it closely and determine its threshold. If you notice any of these symptoms it is time to get it moving somewhere more brighter.
- Variegations are reduced. The white parts of the plant will change color depending on how much light they receive. This is called the plant adapting. Because it doesn’t have enough light, the plant will turn the white parts green to get the light it needs.
- Slow growth. Lower light means less energy production. This results in lower overall growth.
- Smaller leaves. This can also be due to slower growth.
The plant will also tend to grow in the direction of the light. If your light source is predominantly from one side of the plant, rotate it every now and again to ensure even growth. It will eventually bend to one side if it isn’t rotated regularly.
This means your plant will thrive facing either north, east or south. Here are some things to remember.
- The north needs to receive enough light, as it tends to have the lowest level of light among the four directions.
- Keep the plant at least two feet from any windows that face the south or west.
If you hang the plant, make sure the light reaches all parts of the plant, not just the leaves. It can cause problems depending on how the plant is hung.
Glacier Pothos Temperature & Humidity
Your glacier pothos tolerates a wide temperature range. It will be content as long as it is kept between 60 and 90 degrees Fahrenheit.
It should be easy to care for. The indoor plant is easy to maintain.
It is not frost-resistant. It is best to plant it in your backyard if you are in USDA zones 9b-11. It will die if you live in a colder climate or have snowy winters.
It is best to keep it indoors in a container, so it can be brought outside during the warmer months. It is best to bring it inside once the temperature drops below 60 degrees.
It is important to keep your plant safe from drafts. This includes heaters, vents, air conditioning, and windows that are susceptible to cold breezes.
The plant can also thrive in humid environments. The ideal humidity ranges from 50% to 70%. It can tolerate humidity levels between 40% and 50%, but I have found that it is not bothered by normal humidity. It will tolerate dry air as long as it is not too dry.
The glacier pothos does not require a lot of water. It is quite drought-tolerant, and can even survive for a few days without water. It is easy to care for, even for beginners, since it can be missed a few watering sessions.
It is best to not let the plant dry out for too long. The plant will start to droop when it becomes thirsty. The plant will also look tired and sluggish. The leaves will lose their vibrancy and appear drier.
Water it immediately if this happens. It will soon recover and become active again. This will slow down the growth of your plant.
When it comes to watering your glacier Pothos, these are the most important rules:
- Keep your feet on the dry side. It is fine with dry conditions. However, it can be damaged if it becomes waterlogged.
- It is susceptible to root rot. Root rot can be caused by overwatering. If not addressed promptly, root rot can cause death to your plant.
My glacier pothos needs to be watered every 5 to 8 days, depending on the weather. The plant requires more light. It will also evaporate water faster than pothos varieties that require lower light levels.
If your plants turn yellow, it is a sign you are overwatering. This is a warning sign to stop watering.
How To Water Glacier Pothos
Checking the soil before watering is a good way to determine when it’s time to water. Here’s how:
- Your finger should be about 2 inches deep. Wait a bit longer if it feels dry. If it feels dry, you can water.
- A moisture meter is also available, which can be more accurate. Simply stick the device in the soil and verify the digital reading.
When watering, my preference is to slowly pour water on the soil, allowing the liquid to run from the holes under the pot. Then, I stop.
Allow excess moisture to evaporate before resetting it.
After that, let the soil dry for 2 inches before watering the soil again with the same method.
Standard potting mix will work well for your glacier pothos as long as it drains water well. It is susceptible to root rot.
It isn’t picky about the type of soil it prefers. It is also easy to maintain.
However, make sure to check the fertilizer content. This will let you know if the plant needs to be fed. In the next section, I will discuss glacier pothos’ fertilizer.
Another option is to use cactus mixture. This works well for pothos. Cacti also require soil that drains well.
With a few ingredients, such as peat moss or perlite, you can also make your own potting mixture at home. This ensures that the potting mix drains well.
Glacier pothos also don’t require heavy feeding. It is a good idea to choose less than more.
There are a few options. It is possible to fertilize your plant.
How do you know if Glacier Pothos needs fertilizing?
- Fertilizer is included in many potting mix. You should verify that this is true. If it is, then you won’t have to fertilize the plant until the soil has run out. This information can be obtained from the nursery where you purchased the product. Different products have different initial doses.
- Use compost or worm compost. These amendments can improve the soil’s nutrient levels. These can be used in place of fertilizer. These are natural and can be used to fertilize your plants without adding chemicals.
You may not want fertilizer. It can be costly. Moreover, fertilizer can leave salt residue that builds up in the soil. This is especially true if you feed your plants for a long time.
After a while, this buildup can lead to root burn, which can damage your root syste.
These residues are more common in organic/synthetic fertilizers. You may choose to use organic fertilizer. Organic fertilizer can be more costly. Organic fertilizer is also more expensive than synthetic. This is because it has lower doses. It is still better for your plant’s long-term health.
How to Fertilize Glacier Pothos
If your plant isn’t growing as well, you should apply fertilizer. You can also fertilize your plant if it seems weak or sad. Be conservative. Start small, and increase as needed.
A balanced liquid fertilizer can be used for houseplants. A liquid fertilizer like 5-5-5 is good because the glacier pothos needs only light feeding. Fish emulsion can also be used.
In either case, you should dilute them to about half strength before applying. This can be done in spring or summer. If the plant is sufficiently mature, you may be able to leave it until summer.
You don’t have to feed it during winter and fall. You can leave it alone until next spring.
Pruning Glacier Pothos
Although your glacier pothos may not grow as quickly as other varieties, it will still grow large. You’ll notice a bigger pothos if it is kept outdoors. It will also grow much faster than if it was grown indoors.
So. You should be able to give it enough space, and provide enough height to allow it to climb higher.
This type of growth makes pruning an essential part in maintaining a healthy plant. This is the most difficult area to maintain. It isn’t difficult to maintain.
Pruning allows you to shape and control the plant’s size. Pruning allows you to remove damaged, discolored or dead foliage. It will also fix any leggy stems that may occur.
Pruning your plant is a great idea, as it promotes new growth. This will make your plant appear fuller. To do this, prune the stem above the leaf node. This will allow the stem to branch out and create new growth.
This is the best time to start cutting your glacier pothos if you wish to propagate it.
Glacier Pothos Propagation
Stem cuttings are the best way to propagate glacier phytos. You will need to cut stems from healthy stems, and then put them in a container of water to root.
You can also plant the cuttings directly in soil. Rooting in water is quicker. This increases the success rate.
When the water becomes dirty, change it. Within a few weeks you will see roots emerge from the cuttings’ nodes. Once roots have developed, you can place the cutting in a pot filled with well-draining soil.
You don’t have to rush. I have been able to keep my cuttings in water for as long as 5 months, and they still did great. I haven’t tried it, but they can probably last longer.
Transplanting & Repotting
If you provide the right conditions, your glacier pothos can eventually outgrow its current container. It can grow for anywhere from one to three years, depending on how fast it grows and its living conditions.
When the roots are bound, you’ll be able to tell that your plant needs to move to larger containers. You’ll see its roots peeking out of the holes in the pot, looking for more ground.
Also, the plant will slow down in its growth. The soil will dry quicker even if you give it the same amount of water. Because the plant is smaller and needs more moisture than the soil can hold, it will dry faster.
Even if the pothos are a little rootbound, it is not healthy to keep them in a pot for too long.
Repotting allows you to amend the soil and mix in new potting mix. This is a great way to get rid of all that nutrients, and also makes it looser.
How to Repot Glacier Pothos
Repotting your glacier pothos is best done in spring and summer. Make sure you have some supplies on hand.
- Larger pot. You can only go up 2 inches (one size larger) than your current pot. You can increase the size of the pot by 4 inches if the plant is extremely pot bound. You shouldn’t go any higher than this. A large container can mean lots of soil. Your plant will sit in too much water when it is being watered.
- Fresh potting mix. Make sure you choose a well-draining pot mix. Make sure to check the fertilizer content.
- An area that can get muddy. You can either repot outside your house, in the sink, or put newspaper on the floor. This makes it much easier to clean the soil.
These are the essential steps to take to get started.
- Take the plant carefully out of its container.
- For any issues, inspect the root ball. Healthy roots are ideal.
- Fresh potting mix should be used to fill a third of the pot
- Insert the glacier pothos in the new pot.
- Soil the rest of the space
- It can be watered and returned to its original spot.
Glacier pothos is toxic to both people and animals. Glacier pothos is toxic to humans and animals. They can get mouth irritation and digestive problems like vomiting and diarrhea if they ingest any of the plant’s parts.
Pests and Disease
Glacier pothos are immune to major diseases or pests. Sometimes, however, there may be some pests. Scale, mealybugs, spider mites, and thrips are the most common. They can spread to nearby plants and move. It is important to treat them as soon as possible.
Root rot and fungal diseases are not to be avoided. Both can be caused by excessive watering.