Manjula pothos (Epipremnum areum Manjula) is a patented cultivar developed by the University of Florida; it is also known as ‘Happy leaf’ or jewel pothos. It is similar to two other pothos cultivars – pearls, jade pothos, and n’joy pothos.
‘Happy leaf pothos has distinct white, green, and creamy variegation. Like all other pothos, it is toxic when ingested. Manjula pothos is a beautiful houseplant and is perfect for starting green thumbs because it is low maintenance. Although there are some nuances you have to keep in mind when growing or taking care of your Manjula pothos, so let’s dig right into it.
Manjula pothos is a resilient plant, ideal for a starting green thumb who wants some nature in their living space. This variety of pothos demands a little more light than other pothos types, but generally, if you have had success with a pothos plant before, it won’t be much different caring for Manjula.
Probably the most important factor about ‘Happy leaf’ pothos care – it is very easy to overwater this plant, which makes its leaves turn yellow. Overwatering will reduce pothos plants’ ability to absorb nutrients from the soil. Allow the top of the soil to dry out, about 2-3 inches (5-7.5 cm), before watering it deeply. Don’t worry; this type of plant can survive for a little while in dry soil. If you forgot to water it for some time, it’s not a big problem; once you water it again, the plant will come alive quickly.
Manjula pothos thrives in loamy, well-drained soil. If you have indoor potting soil, it may be a good idea to add some perlite to increase drainage. Also, when grown in pots, make sure to have drainage holes in the pots to prevent overwatering and cause root rot.
If you want your pothos plant to grow more, you need to fertilize it once per month (during the growing season) with a balanced liquid fertilizer. I would recommend doing so since Manjula pothos grows quite slowly.
Since pothos plants are native to southeast Asia, they grow well in humid environments. When relative humidity is at a low level indoors, you can place the plant near a humidifier or use a mist spray regularly on the plants’ leaves. If you live in cold climates, be careful of cold drafts. It is not a good idea to have your Manjula pothos plant on the windowsill with the window open during cold periods.
Same as with any other pothos plant, scorching direct summer sun may burn its leaves. It will grow best in a bright spot with no indirect sunlight. However, Manjula pothos can survive for a while without much light at all.
Downward pointing leaves – you should water the pothos plant; after watering deeply, leaves should start turning upward in an hour!
Yellow leaves – are mostly caused by overwatering, although they can also be caused by disease or lack of light.
Brown leaves – Manjula pothos is demanding more moisture; use a mist spray or humidifier or try watering it more frequently without overwatering it. That is definitely, the case if the browning starts at the tip of the leaf.
Like other pothos plants, Manjula pothos can be propagated by cutting the stem. It is advised to prune the plant anyway since this plant starts branching from the cutting point. Here are 6 detailed steps on how to propagate your Manjula.
- Make a cut near a node; the cutting should be at least 4 inches long.
- Remove the leaves from the bottom half, meaning half of the stem should be leafless.
- Place the leafless half into the water, and replace the water every week
- Provide the new cutting location with bright indirect light
- New roots should start growing in 2 weeks; once they are about an inch long, you can put them in the soil
- Keep the soil moist for two weeks after planting
Houseplants are generally susceptible to mealybugs, fungus gnats, spider mites, and scale, and so are Manjula pothos plants. Use insecticidal soap or neem oil to get rid of these pests. Make it a habit to examine your plant regularly; if you catch these little plant eaters early, it is easier to get rid of them.