Caring For Marble Queen Plants – Learn How To Grow A Marble Queen Plant
By: Mary H. Dyer, Credentialed Garden Writer
Coprosma ‘Marble Queen’ is a striking evergreen shrub that displays shiny green leaves marbled with splashes of creamy white. Also known as variegated mirror plant or looking glass bush, this attractive, rounded plant reaches a mature height of 3 to 5 feet tall (1-1.5 m.), with a width of about 4 to 6 feet. (1-2 m.). Interested in growing Coprosma in your garden? Read on to learn more.
How to Grow a Marble Queen Plant
Native to Australia and New Zealand, marble queen plants (Coprosma repens) are suitable for growing in USDA plant hardiness zones 9 and up. They work well as hedges or windbreaks, along borders, or in woodland gardens. This plant tolerates wind and salt spray, making it a great choice for coastal areas. However, the plant may struggle in hot, dry climates.
Marble queen plants are often available at nurseries and garden centers in appropriate climates. You can also take softwood cuttings from a mature plant when the plant is putting on new growth in spring or summer, or by semi-hardwood cuttings after flowering.
Male and female plants are on separate plants, so plant both in close proximity if you want tiny yellow blooms in summer and attractive berries in fall. Allow 6 to 8 feet (2-2.5 m.) between plants.
They perform best in full sun or partial shade. Most well-drained soils are appropriate.
Marble Queen Plant Care
Water the plant regularly, especially during hot, dry weather, but be careful not to overwater. Marble queen plants are relatively drought tolerant, but don’t allow the soil to become totally dry.
Apply 2 to 3 inches (5-8 cm.) of compost, bark or other organic mulch around the plant to keep the soil moist and cool.
Prune errant growth to keep the plant neat and shapely. Marble queen plants tend to be pest and disease tolerant.
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How to Propagate Marble Queen
Marble Queen pothos (Epipremnum aureum "Marble Queen") stands out from other pothos cultivars with its variegated foliage, which is creamy white and green rather than golden. It is most widely grown as a houseplant, although it will grow as an outdoor perennial above U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zone 9b. Tip cuttings provide the preferred means of propagating Marble Queen pothos, but it will also grow from layering. Both methods are effective when performed in summer, but tip cuttings are better for novice gardeners whereas layering can be used by those more experienced at plant propagation.
Pothos Plant Features
A perfect houseplant for beginners, pothos is one of the easiest you can grow -- and one of the most popular. This hardy indoor plant features dark green leaves splashed and marbled in shades of yellow, cream, or white. Pothos is wonderfully versatile in the home: You can grow it in hanging baskets to trail down, let it climb a totem or trellis, or grow horizontally along a tabletop or mantle.
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Pothos Growing Instructions
Pothos requires no special care indoors it tolerates low light (but grows well in medium- and high-light spots, as well), low humidity, and the occasional missed watering. That said, pothos prefers moist (but not wet or saturated) soil, so it's best to water it when the top inch or so of the potting mix is dry.
Because it's such an easy houseplant, you don't need to worry about fertilizing pothos a lot. Feed it at least twice a year (every six months or so) with a general-purpose houseplant fertilizer (available from your local garden center). If you wish to fertilize the plant more frequently, you can certainly do so to encourage faster growth.
Pothos also functions as a living air purifier making it ideal for home and office settings. It's one of the best houseplants for any room of your home.
This easy-care houseplant is not intended for human or animal consumption.
Indoors: High light
Indoors: Low light
Indoors: Medium light
Purifies the air
Super-easy to grow
Complement your Pothos with these varieties:
All variegated plants -- including 'Marble Queen' pothos -- have the ability to revert to their non-variegated forms. This is a natural occurrence that can happen at any time. Happily, it's nothing to worry about and easy to fix. Just prune out the reverted shoot on your pothos (that way it doesn't take over the entire plant). If you wish to plant it in another pot, you can grow it out or share it with a gardening friend.
Varieties: Our Favorites
Cebu Blue Pothos
Epipremnum pinnatum 'Cebu Blue'
Cebu Blue pothos is a distinctive selection that offers silvery-blue foliage. It's an easy-care houseplant that grows well with other pothos varieties.
Epipremnum aureum 'Glacier'
Glacier pothos offers has green foliage accented with crisp white variegation splashed and flecked with silver and gray. It's a little slower growing than most other pothos types, as well.
Epipremnum aureum 'Asaoka Second' PPAF
Global Green is a new selection we're excited about that has leaves mottled in dark and light green. Costa Farms has been granted exclusive propagation rights in North America by the breeder.
Golden pothos has medium green, heart-shaped leaves streaked with golden-yellow variegation.
Jade pothos shows off dark green, heart-shaped leaves lightly variegated with creamy gold.
Epipremnum aureum 'Jessenia'
Jessenia is a newer variety in our Exotic Angel® Plants collection that features medium-green leaves liberally splashed with chartreuse. It's a stable sport of Marble Queen we discovered here at Costa Farms.
Epipremnum aureum 'Manjula'
Manjula pothos shows off creamy-white leaves edged and variegated in green. This patented variety is part of our Exotic Angel® Plants collection.
Marble Queen Pothos
Epipremnum aureum 'Marble Queen'
Marble Queen pothos is a highly variegated variety with heart-shaped leaves and creamy-white variation.
Neon pothos shows off bright, chartreuse leaves.
Pearls and Jade Pothos
Epipremnum aureum 'Pearls and Jade'
Pearls and Jade pothos is a sport of the variety 'Marble Queen' and features smaller white-edged, gray-green leaves streaked with cream, white, and gray. It's smaller and slower-growing than other pothos varieties.
This plant bears beautiful, dark green heart-shaped leaves decorated with irregular silver spots. It's excellent in hanging baskets or climbing up a moss or wood totem. Note: Botanically, it's not in the same genus as common pothos varieties, and is also sometimes called silver pothos or silver philodendron, to which it's also related.
Sterling Silver Scindapsus
Scindapsus treubii 'Moonlight'
Though not a pothos (Epipremnum) variety, it is closely related. This fantastic vine features dark green leaves with a silver sheen. It's a slow-growing, elegant addition to your home decor.
Also called silver pothos, satin pothos, or philodendron Trebi, this species isn't botanically a pothos at all, but rather a close relative. It features large, dark green leaves that have abundant silvery markings and a velvet-like sheen.
Colorful, fleshy succulents are gorgeous in planters. Use a fast-draining potting mixture that's specially designed for cacti and succulents.
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Marble Queen Golden Pothos
Epipremnum aureum 'Marble Queen'
Marble Queen Golden Pothos foliage
Marble Queen Golden Pothos foliage
A climbing vine with beautiful green and white streaked, heart shaped leaves excellent for use in hanging pots, or cascading from windowsills
Marble Queen Golden Pothos' attractive heart-shaped leaves emerge creamy white, turning white in color with showy dark green variegation and tinges of grayish green throughout the year. The flowers are not ornamentally significant.
This is an herbaceous evergreen houseplant with a spreading, ground-hugging habit of growth. This plant can be pruned at any time to keep it looking its best.
When grown indoors, Marble Queen Golden Pothos can be expected to grow to be about 5 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 24 inches. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years. This houseplant performs well in both bright or indirect sunlight and strong artificial light, and can therefore be situated in almost any well-lit room or location. It does best in average to evenly moist soil, but will not tolerate standing water. The surface of the soil shouldn't be allowed to dry out completely, and so you should expect to water this plant once and possibly even twice each week. Be aware that your particular watering schedule may vary depending on its location in the room, the pot size, plant size and other conditions if in doubt, ask one of our experts in the store for advice. It is not particular as to soil type or pH an average potting soil should work just fine. Be warned that parts of this plant are known to be toxic to humans and animals, so special care should be exercised if growing it around children and pets.
There are many factors that will affect the ultimate height, spread and overall performance of a plant when grown indoors among them, the size of the pot it's growing in, the amount of light it receives, watering frequency, the pruning regimen and repotting schedule. Use the information described here as a guideline only individual performance can and will vary. Please contact the store to speak with one of our experts if you are interested in further details concerning recommendations on pot size, watering, pruning, repotting, etc.
-- THIS IS A HOUSEPLANT AND IS NOT MEANT TO SURVIVE THE WINTER OUTDOORS IN OUR CLIMATE --
Marble Queen Pothos: 5 Tips
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I assume by you click on this post you either have or are looking to have a Pothos soon. I currently own the Marble Queen Pothos and the Golden Pothos.
Some common names for the Pothos plant are Soloman’s ivy, Devils ivy, Marble Queen, Money plant, or hunters robe.
Let’s get started, the Marble Queen is considered a tropical plant with origins to the Soloman Island. This plant thrives in warm humid climates.
Tip 1 The Shower:
As we discussed above Pothos is a tropical plant and it originates from the Soloman Islands. This plant thrives in humid spaces. To create a humid environment for this plant, place the plant on the counter in your bathroom while you take a steaming shower. It will THANK YOU. I do this once or twice a week maybe more during the winter months.
Tip 2 Lighting:
This plant is said to do well in low light setting and that may be true but if you truly want your plant to thrive place it in a bright, well-lit room. But NOT in direct sunlight if you place this plant in direct sunlight you will risk burning the leaves.