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Pothos N Joy Vs Glacier (The Differences and Similarities)

Pothos N Joy and Glacier have distinct appearances and growing habits. The size of the plant, the size of the leaves, the color of the leaves, and the rate of growth are all different. However, much of the plant care for both varieties is the same.

Pothos N Joy Vs Glacier
Pothos N Joy Vs Glacier

White and green are clearly separated in N Joy because of their white background and darker green variegation. Glacier, on the other hand, has silver coloring on leaves with darker green variegation.

Pothos N JoyPothos Glacier
USDA Hardiness zone10-1110-11
Scientific NameEpipremnum Aureum N JoyEpipremnum Aureum Glacier
Mature heightindoor pot 10′ (3.0m)indoor pot 6-8′ (1.8-2.4m)
Mature width0.75′ (0.23 m)3-4′ (0.9-1.2m)
Growth rateFast in bright lightFast
Light Requirementbright, indirectbright, indirect
Soil Typemoist, well-drainedlight, free-draining
Soil pH6.1-6.55.0-7.5
Water FrequencyWinter every 10 days Summer every 5 daysEvery 5-8 days
Pestsspider mites, mealybugsspider mites, mealybugs
Diseasesroot rotroot 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
Pothos N Joy

Foliage Color and Variegation

This is another area where the distinction is clear. Pothos N Joy’s leaves are distinguished by their beautiful green and white variegation. The central parts of the leaf are dark green, with white edges. Pothos N Joy’s variation consists of solid blocks of color.

Pothos Glacier has a similar green and white color scheme. When compared to the N Joy plant, the white patches are streakier and have more blotching. On Pothos N Joy, the green is more dominant, and the color separation does not follow the shape of the leaf.

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

Pothos Glacier
Pothos Glacier

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.

Flowers

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.

Temperature

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.

Growing Requirements

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 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

Watering Requirements

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.

Soil

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.

Light Feeders

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.

Pothos N Joy and Glacier difference

Final Words

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.