Epipremnum Aureum Manjula Complete Care Guide

Epipremnum Manjula is one of my favorites pothos, being not only beautiful for the eyes, but also remarkably affordable. And let’s face it, it looks more expensive & rare than it actually is.

Scientific name: Epipremnum Aureum ‘Manjula’

Also called: Manjula Pothos, Epipremnum Happy Leaf

Family: ARACEAE

If you enjoy better video content, here is the care guide we made for Manjula Pothos:

care meter: 9/10

Manjula Pothos is a great option if you’re just starting with plants. Super easy care and adaptable plant.

light

This pothos needs a lot of bright indirect light. Be careful not to let it in direct sun, because this will cause the leaves to burn. And also, variegated leaves are a bit more sensitive to the sun than 100% green leaves.

If your home is not very bright, you can help your Happy Leaf Pothos with grow lights. This will show a major improvement on the growth rate and it will make those leaves even happier 😉

watering

Because Manjula Pothos is a bit more variegated than the regular Golden Pothos, you can water it a bit less often. During warmer periods of time, water your plant once a week or every 10 days. And during winter, you can stretch it to 10-14 days (maybe even more, depending on the size of the pot).

Let the substrate dry out before the next watering. During winter this will take longer than during summer (but you may know by now that this is the only way I can keep away root rot). Manjula Pothos tolerates way better underwatering than overwatering.

temperature

Average temperatures are best for the Manjula Pothos. Something around 20-26°C is good enough. Please don’t let it drop below 15°C because this leads to damage, on the leaves, on the roots… everywhere.

humidity

Happy Leaf Pothos does great in average humidity (50-60%). The higher the better with this plant, so you can definitely spoil it.

fertilizer

You can fertilize your Manjula Pothos once a month during growing season. Winter is usually associated with dormancy in plants, and if a plant is dormant, there is no need to fertilize. However, if your plant is still growing during winter, you can still feed it. (A bit less often though, maybe once every two months)

For this pothos, I would dilute the fertilizer a bit more than it’s recommended on the packaging. Because of the variegation, the leaves could burn more easily if the plant is over fertilized.

The NPK ratio that I like to use is 10-10-10, but I tried fertilizers richer in Nitrogen in the past, and the plant was okay.

substrate

A great choice for Manjula Pothos is a lightweight mix that drains water fast. I use a mix containing coco coir, perlite and pine barks.

You can add regular potting soil to the mix, but please don’t use it alone. Plain potting soil is too heavy on the roots and it leads to root damage. Consider adding at least perlite that will make a big difference in aeration.

plastic versus terracotta

Manjula Pothos can grow well in both plastic and terracotta. If you choose terracotta, make sure to check the soil a bit more often. Terracotta is porous and helps water evaporate faster, so you might adjust your watering schedule.

repotting

You can check if your plant needs a repot if you gently pull the plant from the pot and it comes out easily. If there is almost no soil left, because of the massive root growth, then it’s time to move out.

Chose a pot slightly bigger than the previous one, add your favorite lightweight mix and there you go. Don’t upgrade to a way bigger pot because the roots wouldn’t handle well a lot of substrate. This can lead to root rot and that is not pretty.

propagation

Manjula Pothos can be propagated by leaf cuttings in water. This is the easiest method and the safest one. You can also propagate it by air layering, by cuttings placed directly in soil… but I don’t have a lot of success with soil so I don’t recommend it for beginners.

Another propagation method is by leafless node cuttings. If your plant is growing leggy, you can fix it by cutting the vines in segments containing at least one node. Place the segments in a clean container with some sphagnum moss or coco coir. Spray them with some water and place them in a zip bag. In a few weeks you’ll have new plants to be proud of.

pests

Spider mites, mealy bugs and thrips can affect your plant at some point. Or maybe I just got unlucky (I was lucky enough though to spot them in time and get rid of them with very little effort).

Inspect the plant every time you water it, this is the best way to take care of the problem early. Infestations are way harder to get rid of and it would put in danger a lot more plants.

toxicity

Manjula Pothos is not pet friendly, so please keep it away from any adorable pet.

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