Pothos N Joy and Pothos Glacier are two popular varieties suited for home growing. So, how do you choose which plant is most suitable for your home?
There are differences in the appearance and growing habits of Pothos N Joy and Glacier. Plant size, leaf size, leaf color, ideal room temperature, and growth rates all differ. However, much of the plant care is similar for both varieties.
In this article, you will be presented with the differences between, and the similarities in, these two Pothos plants. By comparing their qualities you can make a more informed decision on which plant is best for you.
|Pothos N Joy||Pothos Glacier|
|USDA Hardiness zone||10-11||10-11|
|Scientific Name||Epipremnum Aureum N Joy||Epipremnum Aureum Glacier|
|Mature height||indoor pot 10′ (3.0m)||indoor pot 6-8′ (1.8-2.4m)|
|Mature width||0.75′ (0.23 m)||3-4′ (0.9-1.2m)|
|Growth rate||Fast in bright light||Fast|
|Light Requirement||bright, indirect||bright, indirect|
|Soil Type||moist, well-drained||light, free-draining|
|Water Frequency||Winter every 10 days Summer every 5 days||Every 5-8 days|
|Pests||spider mites, mealybugs||spider mites, mealybugs|
|Diseases||root rot||root rot, fungal issues|
What Are the Differences Between Pothos N Joy and Glacier?
While both Pothos varieties may look similar, there are some distinct differences to tell them apart.
Pothos N Joy Is Taller
Pothos N Joy can grow to a height of 10 feet (3m). This is up to 4 feet (1.2m) taller than Pothos Glacier, although the mature height of each plant will depend on its environment and the size of the pot used. You can prune your plant to make the height more manageable in your home space.
Pothos glacier grows to a greater width than the more compact Pothos N Joy. The Glacier plant can be four times broader than the N Joy plant, measuring up to 4 feet (1.2m) across. Pruning can once again help to control the spread of your Pothos plant, allowing you to shape it too.
Leaf Shape and Texture
While both plants have heart-shaped leaves, Pothos N Joy is slightly more ovate with a less rounded tip. The N Joy plant leaf can also have two different textures. The smooth and waxy upper surface can give way to a more leathery texture on the bottom surface of the leaf.
Pothos Glacier Has Smaller Leaves
This is an area where you can quickly distinguish between the two plant varieties. The leaves on Pothos Glacier are smaller, as they are quite small for a Pothos plant. The leaves on Pothos N Joy mature to a slightly larger 5.6cm by 4.1cm (2.2-1.6 in), although this is still smaller than most Pothos plant varieties.
Foliage Color and Variegation
This is another area where the distinction is quite noticeable. The beautiful green and white variegation on the leaves of Pothos N Joy is distinctive. Dark green dominates the central parts of the leaf, with white outer edges. The variegation on Pothos N Joy is solid blocks of color.
The colors on Pothos Glacier are a similar green and white. However, the white patches are streakier in appearance, with more blotching compared to the N Joy plant. The green tends to be more dominant on Pothos N Joy, and the color separation does not tend to follow the shape of the leaf.
Pothos N Joy needs to reach maturity to flower. This may happen in the wild, but the cultivated plant will be much smaller and not reach maturity. For this reason, your indoor Pothos N Joy will not produce flowers.
The smaller Pothos Glacier can mature at a height of 6 feet (1.8m), providing a slightly more chance of flowering. The flowers on Pothos Glacier are produced in a spathe reaching up to 23cm (9 in) long.
Pothos N Joy thrives best with an indoor temperature of 50ºF (10ºC), but will generally do well in a range between 65-85ºF (18º-28ºC). Pothos Glacier prefers a slightly warmer room, one ideally sat at 60ºF (15ºC), although a similar range of temperatures to the N Joy plant should still see the Glacier thrive.
Both plants can thrive with humidity ranging between 50-70%.
Pothos N Joy Grows Slower
If you are looking for a Pothos variety with a slightly more manageable growth rate, then Pothos N Joy could be the answer. Pothos N Joy grows at a slower rate compared to other Pothos varieties, including the Glacier. Although this may reduce how much pruning you wish to do, it is still worth remembering the N Joy plant can grow up to 10 feet (3m) tall.
Both varieties will require potting on as they grow, Once the plant roots are poking out through the bottom of the pot you know it is time for a bigger pot.
If the plant is not transplanted to a larger pot it can stunt the plant’s growth and cause it to wilt. Pothos N Joy will need re-potting every one to two years, as opposed to every three years for most plants.
What Are the Similarities Between Pothos N Joy and Glacier?
Although there are differences in appearance and growing habits, Pothos N Joy and Glacier require similar care. The following is an overview of these similarities.
Both Plants Require Bright, Indirect Light
Both Pothos N Joy and Glacier prefer to be positioned in the medium to bright light. However, this must be indirect light, with partial or dappled light the best options. Direct sunlight can burn the leaves.
Signs your plant is not receiving enough light are:
- Reduction in leaf variegation, with the white parts starting to turn green
- Smaller leaves
- Reduced plant growth
Pothos are hardy plants and require watering around every 5 days. This can extend to 8-10 days during winter. However, you should still regularly check your plant, as you do not want the soil to dry out.
Water your Pothos plant if:
- The top 5cm (2 in) of the soil is dry
- The plant has drooped
- The leaves start to turn yellow
You can err on the cautious side when watering a Pothos plant so as not to over-water. Your plant should quickly recover if it has begun to droop through under-watering.
Pothos plants are low maintenance and quite happy in a well-drained, indoor plant potting mix. Both Pothos N Joy and Glacier will need re-potting as they grow. Indoor plant potting mix is fine for each re-pot, which is best done in the growing months of Spring or Summer.
Both Pothos plants are light feeders and can generally thrive without fertilizer. However, as many potting mixes contain few nutrients, adding a balanced houseplant fertilizer once a month can be a good idea during Spring and Summer.
As with watering, you should be quite conservative with your fertilizer. You can forego fertilizer during the winter months, as this is not the growing season.
Pests and Problems
Pothos plants are good, low-maintenance plants that are not very susceptible to problems with pests. They can occasionally suffer from spider mites and mealybugs, so you should still regularly check the undersides of leaves and in the crevices of the plant.
Other problems which can affect Pothos N Joy and Pothos Glacier include:
- Root rot, usually from over-watering
- Yellow leaves from too little or too much water or sunlight
- Brown spots from over-watering or too much direct sunlight
- Bacterial wilt disease, which sees the leaves start to droop and their veins turn black
Both Plants Are Toxic
Like most Pothos varieties, N Joy and Glacier plants are toxic. You should keep young children and pets away from the plants. If ingested a Pothos plant can cause irritation in the mouth, as well as the potential for vomiting and diarrhea.
Although Pothos N Joy and Glacier have a few different traits to tell them apart, they also have a number of similarities.
Both plants like well-drained soil, require bright, indirect light, and require minimal fertilizer. While being tolerant of drought conditions, both still require occasional watering.
While both plants are not particularly susceptible to pests, you still need to be wary of spider mites. If you spot a pest infestation, using a 100% organic pesticide should rectify the issue.
Root rot from over-watering is also a problem that can affect your Pothos plant. Ensuring your plant is not sat in water will reduce the risk of root rot.
(Sources: University of Wisconsin)