Here are all the tips and details on Growing Jessenia Pothos to help you maintain the pretty foliage of this plant for longer than usual!
Pothos are quite popular among homeowners because of the fact that they are really easy to grow and maintain. If you want a houseplant that stands out from the other variety with its brilliant foliage, then Growing Jessenia Pothos makes the best bet!
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Originally, Jessenia comes from French Polynesia and belongs to the Araceae family. This trailing vine can thrive well in a variety of temperatures and a wide range of lighting conditions. What makes this plant stand out is the marbled variegation on the leaves that comes in a stunning combination of green, cream, and yellow.
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Propagating Jessenia Pothos
Like every pothos, this one is also very easy to grow from cuttings.
- Cut 4-6 inches long cutting, below the node, from a healthy plant.
- Snip away the lower foliage but make sure to keep the upper leaves intact.
- Dip the end in a rooting hormone, and put it in a glass of water. Keep it where the plant gets bright, indirect light. Change the water every 3-5 days. The roots will develop in a few weeks.
- You can also propagate the plant in soil. Take a cutting, dip it in a rooting hormone, and plant it in a pot filled with a seed starter mix. Water well, and place it at a location where it gets bright, indirect light.
Best Container for Growing Jessenia Pothos
As the plant is going to stay compact, you don’t have to choose a large container. Start with a 6-8 inches pot. Keeping it in a small container will help it grow bigger, as the plant grows best in a slightly root-bound stage. Make sure it has a drainage hole at the bottom.
Requirements for Growing Jessenia Pothos
Thought the plant will be more than happy to dwell in some shade, but you won’t get the beautiful variegation on the leaves. Keep it at a spot where it gets plenty of bright, indirect light for more colors on the foliage.
An east-facing window will give it all the light it needs without damaging the leaves from the harsh sun.
Jessenia Pothos is a fuss-free plant and will also do well in garden soil. For best growth, use a good-quality potting mix designed for houseplants. We have an amazing article on how to make the best potting mixes for plants here.
The plant hates to be in constantly wet soil, so make sure that you are not overwatering the growing medium. Let the topsoil go a bit dry before you water it again. Do not let the soil go completely dry as it will harm the plant.
Being a tropical plant, Jessenia Pothos loves a lot of humidity—somewhere around 60% to 80%. Keeping its pot on a pebble tray filled with water is also one good way to maintain the levels. You can also use a humidifier.
The plant does best in the temperature range of 50-85 F (10-30 C). It can not withstand temperatures lower than 55°F or 12°C.
Jessenia Pothos Care
If you have used a good quality potting mix at the time of growing the plant, then you don’t have to fertilize it much. You can use 20-20-20 or 10-10-10 fertilizer, once in 6-8 weeks, to boost the growth. Follow the instructions on the label.
Pests and Diseases
The plant may be susceptible to mealybugs and aphids. Use insecticidal soap to knock them away. Avoid overwatering the plant as it will cause root rot and brown spots on the leaves.
Prune away dead and damaged leaves from time to time. As the plant is not a vigorous grower, it will stay compact. However, you can give it a nice trim to keep it bushier.
Jessenia Pothos – Toxicity
The plant is mildly toxic if ingested due to the presence of calcium oxalate crystals. Make sure you keep it out of reach from children and pets.