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Is Manjula Pothos Rare and Expensive? (Here’s Why)

Manjula pothos will steal your heart with its stunning variegation at first glance. Its variegation consists of green, white, and cream colors, with its heart shape making it a must-have plant for collection.

But You may have difficulty finding it for your indoor plant collection. Depending on the locality, its price can skyrocket, and you may have to spend a few weeks’ worth of groceries of money. 

The Manjula Pothos is characterized by its wavy and frilly leaves, which feature a stunning combination of white, gold, and cream swirls.

Manjula Pothos at A Glance:

Scientific NameEpipremnum aureum ‘Manjula’
AppearanceHeart-shaped leaves with green, white, and cream colors
VariegationWavy or irregular pattern
Growth HabitTrailing or climbing vine
Light RequirementsBright, indirect light (tolerates low light)
WateringWhen top inch of soil is dry
Indoor Growth SizeCan reach several feet in length
Growth RateModerate to fast (depends on conditions)
PropagationStem cuttings in water or moist soil

Why is Manjula Pothos Rare and Expensive?

Manjula Pothos exhibits wavy leaves with variegated white, gold, and cream hues.
Manjula Pothos exhibits wavy leaves with variegated white, gold, and cream hues.

1- Supply shortage: 

We all know that product availability is affected by supply and demand. This is because the Manjula pothos has a stunning beauty combination of white, cream, and green.

Unfortunately, Manjula pothos may be hard to come by in some regions due to a shortage in supply caused by high demand.

2- Propagation Difficulty: 

If that is high demand, then why is the supply deficient? It’s because it is challenging to propagate and maintain variegation, so garden stores cannot provide enough Manjula pothos causing a shooting up in the price. 

3- Regional Availability:

The import and export of plants and plant-related goods are subject to complex rules and regulations imposed by various countries.

As a result, there may be restrictions on importing certain plants to protect their agriculture, which is why you may not see Manjula pothos in such large quantities in your region.

For example, my Canadian friend told me that Manjula pothos is extremely rare where he lives.

So I was surprised to learn there was an auction for Manjula pothos, with the prince bidding up to $1200 for a single piece! But don’t worry, Manjula pothos is pretty cheap everywhere.

4- Identity confusion:

If you’re lucky, you might come across a Manjula pothos with a different name, such as a snow queen or marble queen.

Find out the difference between Manjula and Marble Queen Pothos here.

How to Care for Manjula Pothos

1- Light Requirements 

Since the Manjula pothos is a variegated plant, it needs a lot of indirect light to grow. If you keep it in low-light conditions, the plant’s colors will fade, making it less attractive.

On the other hand, please don’t give it in direct sunlight because it will scorch, burn, and turn brown the leaves.

 2- Watering Frequency

I like to check on my pothos often to see if it needs watering to ensure it gets the right amount. Because each of you is growing differently, a set schedule for how often to water might only work for some.

Because the amount of water a pothos plant needs depends on many things, like the weather, humidity, and temperature, using a schedule to figure out how much water you need doesn’t make sense.

I follow a simple rule to water my Manjula pothos when the top 1 to 2 inches of soil feel dry.

3- Soil Requirement

To reduce the risk of root rot, use well-draining soil. If the soil retains water for an extended period and you water it again, stagnant water in the root zone will encourage fungus growth, leading to root rot.

You can use Perlite in the soil to improve its drainage capacity.

Common Manjula Pothos Problem and Solutions

1- Yellowing leaves

Manjula pothos leaves yellow due to a lack of sunlight or overwatering. If there is insufficient sunlight, relocate the plant or allow it to bask in the sun during low-light hours.

In the case of inadequate watering, check to see if the plant needs to be watered more frequently and if it is not placed in a location where it can quickly dry out, such as directly exposed to the wind from an air conditioner.

2- Brown Spots

Manjula Pothos does not like direct sunlight. Pothos grows naturally in semi-shady areas surrounded by tall trees.

As a result, they are susceptible to “leaf scorch,” a condition in which the leaves become burnt and damaged when exposed to direct sunlight.

Variegated pothos, such as Manjula pothos, is especially susceptible to leaf scorch.

3- Root rot

Pothos root rot is caused by too much water and fungi in the soil. Many things can cause or speed up the process, like soil that doesn’t drain well, pots without drainage holes, or too much watering.

When the root rots, your Manjula pothos will wilt, the ground will smell bad, the leaves will turn yellow, and the stem at the base will be soft and rotten. You will be able to save the plant if you act quickly.

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