Ever find it tricky to distinguish between Snow Queen and Marble Queen pothos? Let me break it down for you.
First off, leaf color is the key. Snow Queen pothos sports leaves with pure white variegation and much less green, while Marble Queen’s leaves flaunt a creamy color, not quite white. It’s quite the eye-catching difference!
So, I decided to compare growing a Snow Queen and a Marble Queen side by side. It’s been an interesting journey!
I noticed my Snow Queen had withered. It was sharing space with plants of equal size: a Monstera Albo, a Philodendron Red Emerald, and a Marble Queen. Surprisingly, all the others were thriving.
This experience led me to conclude that the Snow Queen is quite sensitive to cold. I’ve already ordered a new Snow Queen (either a larger one or several smaller ones) from the owner.
Since it’s seasonal, I plan to start this new growth journey in spring.
I’ve been observing my Marble Queen and Snow Queen plants closely, and here’s a neat observation I made.
You can clearly see that the Snow Queen’s stems are all a pale white. This distinctive feature really sets it apart from the Marble Queen. It’s quite fascinating to see the difference up close!
On the left is my Snow Queen, and on the right, the Marble Queen. It’ll be a month since I started this journey.
I had to snap these pictures a bit early because I’m diving into repairing some antique furniture this week, which might leave me without a good spot for photos.
My room’s set at around 73°F (23°C), but the growth has been slow this season.
They’re near a west-facing window, but it’s been rainy, so there’s not much sunlight coming through. Just thought I’d share this little update with you!
Leaf Types Are Different
Did you know that the leaves of Snow Queen and Marble Queen Pothos are about the same size? When I grow them in containers, they’re smaller than those grown in the ground, like in their natural habitats.
Both types have heart-shaped leaves with pointed tips, setting them apart. The Snow Queen’s leaves are a bit more pointed than the Marble Queen’s, offering a nice contrast.
The real difference lies in the leaf variegation. Initially, both types have green leaves, but as they age, they develop different levels of variegation.
The Snow Queen has more chlorophyll-free areas, with about 80% of the leaf being white and only 20% green. The green parts are small, giving the leaf a slightly translucent look.
Leaf Textures Are the Same
Both types have leather-like, glossy leaves with a waxy feel. You can feel the texture when you run your fingers over them.
They might start off a bit misshapen, but eventually, they grow into the beloved heart shape.
Marble Queens’ Growth is More Robust
Marble Queen Pothos has more chlorophyll, hence its greener look. It grows faster than the Snow Queen, making it a sturdy choice for those looking for a hardy plant.
These plants can grow over 6 feet (about 2 meters) long under the right conditions.
Here is a handy chart to help simplify things:
|Snow Queen Pothos||Marble Queen Pothos|
|Leaf Color||More White||Equal Green And White|
|Temperature||70– 90°F (21-32°C)||70– 90°F (21-32°C)|
|Mature height (Indoors)||3.2 ft. (1.0 m)||5 ft. (1.5 m)|
|Growth rate||Medium||Slower than Snow Queen|
|Leaves Variegation||variegated, white 80%, green 20%||variegated, white 50%, green 50%|
|Light Requirement||Indirect or Low Light||Medium indirect|
|Soil||Good drainage capacity||Good drainage capacity|
|Diseases||Leaf spot, Root rot||Leaf spot, Root rot|
|Pests||Mealybugs, Spider mites, Scale, or Thrips.||Mealybugs, Spider mites, Scale, or Thrips.|