Snow Queen vs. Marble Queen Pothos (Differences and Similarities)


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As a plant lover, you may have come across a variety of different pothos plants. One of the most popular ones is Snow Queen and Marble Queen pothos. Although they come from the same family, there’s a couple of differences between these two plants. 

Different variegation is the main difference between Snow Queen and Marble Queen pothos. While Snow Queen grows foliage which is more white than green, variegation on Marble Queen’s leaves is usually equally scattered. The lighter color on Marble Queen is creamy, rather than white. 

In this article, I will help you understand the main differences between these two pothos plants. You will learn about things such as their leaf shape, growth, colors, as well as how to take proper care of them.

Difference Between Snow Queen vs. Marble Queen Pothos

You may have bought a pothos plant and you are not really sure which one is it, or you’re not sure which one to get. It is a good choice that you decided to do a bit of research first. 

Identifying your plant is important because you need to learn how to take proper care of it. Although they are a part of the same family of plants, it is still important to know the small differences between them. 

At the first glance, these two variations of pothos plants might look the same. However, there are slight differences between Snow Queen and Marble Queen pothos. I will go in detail about the main differences, as well as similarities, between these two plants.

Taxonomy

Pothos plants are usually placed in the species called Epipremnum aureum.  Sometimes, they are also referred to as Epipremnum pinnatum, Rhaphidophora aurea, or Scindapsus aureus

Under either one of those names, there are many different variations of pothos. Some of the most popular ones are Marble Queen, Golden pothos, Devil’s Ivy, Snow Queen, Silver Vine, etc. 

Because they are a part of the same family, knowing the taxonomy will not be of great help when trying to understand the differences between Snow Queen and Marble Queen pothos. 

Botanists simply call them Epipremnum aureum. Different variegation of pothos plays no part in naming them.

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Leaf Shape and Texture

When it comes to Marble Queen pothos, leaves are heart-shaped and slightly translucent. A healthy Marble Queen pothos has beautiful leather-like leaves with a glossy sheen. 

The leaves of Snow Queen pothos are heart-shaped, as well. Pothos plants are known for their beautiful glossy leaves, and Snow Queen is no different.

There are slight differences in color, however. Because of that, this type of pothos might appear a bit more translucent compared to Marble Queen. 

Both Snow Queen and Marble queen have leaves with a slightly waxy feel to them. If you gently run your fingers across the leaf, you can feel that the texture is a bit raised. Because of that, both plants are known for growing leaves which are not completely smooth. 

As the leaves grow, their shape changes, too. When they are small and just starting to grow, they might seem deformed. That shouldn’t worry you. Once they are in their full form, you will notice that they have grown into that beautiful heart shape you love. 

Aerial Roots

For those who are unfamiliar with the term, aerial roots are roots that grow out of the vine. They allow the plant to climb as they attach themselves to the surroundings. 

Both Snow Queen and Marble Queen pothos have aerial roots. Because of that, they are able to climb, grow, and adapt to any surroundings. Get creative and give your pothos plants a fun place to grow! 

Sheath

What is interesting about pothos plants is that their leaves don’t grow out of sheaths. Leaves on both Marble Queen and Snow Queen pothos simply unfurl from the vine. 

If your plant has small sheaths, you might be dealing with a philodendron. Some other plants similar to pothos might confuse you, as well. Keep in mind that neither Marble Queen nor Snow Queen pothos grows leaves out of the sheaths. 

Petioles

The part of the plant which connects the leaf with the vine is called a petiole. Petioles on pothos plants are quite round, with a bit of indentation. 

There is no difference in the shape and texture of petioles on Marble Queen and Snow Queen pothos. However, as we know already, Snow Queen pothos are much whiter than Marble Queen.

In comparison between these two plants, you will often see that the petioles on Snow Queen are whiter, as well. Depending on the plant, sometimes the petioles on Snow Queen may be completely white.

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Foliage Color

Now we have come to the main difference between Snow Queen and Marble Queen pothos plants. The foliage color is the easiest way to differentiate Snow Queen pothos from the Marble Queen one. 

The beautiful heart-shaped foliage on Snow Queen pothos is highly variegated. Because of that, this variety of the pothos plant stands out from the rest of them the most. 

This gorgeous variegated variety of pothos plant is adorned by a combination of soft green and snow-white on every leaf. 

On the other hand, Marble Queen’s foliage is a bit different. The combination on the leaves of this variety of pothos might seem similar to Snow Queen, but it is not the same. 

When it comes to Marble Queen, the leaves are adorned by a much deeper green and creamy white color. While Snow Queen foliage is more white than green, the foliage on Marble Queen is usually a fair combination of both.

Growth Habit

Generally, pothos plants are fast growers. However, Marble Queen plants are the slowest growers in the pothos family. 

Compared to Snow Queen pothos, Marble Queen grows much slower. Its growth can be accelerated by creating better conditions for the plant. However, its growth will still be a bit slower compared to Snow Queen. 

Since they come from the same family of plants, their growth habits are pretty much the same. As indoor plants, they can grow anywhere from 1.5 to 2.0 meters (5 to 6.5 ft) in height or length. 

Both of these plants are extremely adaptable and vigorous. They can hang from a basket, or grow all over your room. However, since Marble Queen is a slow grower, it would be easier for you to keep the bushy appearance. 

If your Queen pothos’ growth is too slow, you should check if the pot size you chose for them is right. Location and the lack of nutrients could also contribute to the slow growth.

New Leaves

As they grow, leaves on Marble Queen and Snow Queen pothos will open up over time. It is like opening up a birthday gift, you never know what you will get with these plants. I feel like that is the fun of it all. 

New leaves on both Marble and Snow Queen pothos can start completely green. That should not worry you, however, because they will turn white over time. On Snow Queen pothos, it is often the case that the new leaves are almost completely white rather than green. 

This can also be the case with your Marble Queen, but less intense. Overall, the variegation of these two plants and the color of the new leaves depend on how much light they are getting. 

There are no strict rules when it comes to new growth with these plants. They do their own thing and even the shape changes as the leaves grow.

The baby leaves might look like they have been chewed on, but it is completely fine. Over time, they will grow to 91 cm (3 ft) in length and into the beautiful heart shape we all know and love. 

Length 

As is the case with all pothos plants, Snow and Marble queen pothos can be trained to climb, or they can be grown as hanging plants. 

When it comes to Snow Queen pothos plants, they can cascade to about 1.5 or 2.0 meters in length. This is, of course, if you take proper care of them and grow them in the right conditions. 

They are fast growers, but easy to tame. If they are not pruned, they can even grow up to 2.5 meters (8 ft) in length.

As I have already said, Marble Queen pothos plants are a bit slower when it comes to growth. Because of that, they have a more bushy appearance which requires less pruning. 

Their slower growth is what makes them appear smaller. But, with regular pruning, they rarely grow that long.

In general, you as an owner decide how big you want your plant to be. They are wild and can grow like crazy if you do not prune them.

However, for those who want a more tamed variety between these two, I believe Marble Queen is a safer option.

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Growing Requirements 

Growing requirements for both Marble Queen and Snow Queen pothos are pretty similar. To help you recognize the type of the plant, I will go in detail about all the requirements, one by one.

Soil

Snow Queen pothos is not a demanding plant and it is very easy to take care of. The best kind of soil for your Snow Queen would be the one which is fast draining, so you can avoid root rot.

To make the soil fast-draining, you could add small pebbles at the bottom of the pot. A potting mix for cactus plants will do just fine if you have no time to make your own.

When it comes to Marble Queen soil requirements, they are pretty much the same. They need a nutrient-rich and well-draining soil. 

Be careful not to make your soil too light, however. Marble Queen needs a soil which holds moisture. The best kind of soil would be the one made equally of perlite, peat moss, and regular houseplant soil.

Container

For both Marble Queen and Snow Queen pothos, a container with enough drainage holes is a must. It is crucial that the water drains out, leaving the soil moist.

If you want to make your Marble Queen or Snow Queen pothos climb, rather than hang, you could use a pole. This is where you can get creative. These plants can climb and grow around just about anything.

If you want to grow them as hanging plants, you can plant them in large containers or hanging baskets. Options are endless and your Queen pothos plants will adapt to almost anything.

Light

Light is the main factor that contributes to the variegation of the Snow and Marble Queen pothos. The color of the leaves mostly depends on the amount of light the plant is getting.

Every variegated type of pothos plant has the same light requirements. They thrive in partial light areas or the area with indirect sunlight.

If you place your Marble Queen or Snow Queen pothos in direct sunlight, it could lead to fading of color.

Temperature

Just like all their pothos family members, both Snow Queen and Marble Queen prefer indoor temperatures. The main thing you have to remember is to avoid sudden changes in temperature.

Overall, Snow Queen and Marble Queen pothos will thrive in average room temperatures. Keeping an even temperature between 18°C to 23°C (65°F – 75°F) would be perfect for the Queens.

Watering

Marble Queen and Snow Queen pothos like moisture, but drainage is very important. Because of that, it is important not to over-water these plants.

You should water your Marble Queen once a week. To make sure that your Marble is ready for watering, check if the first 2.5 to 5 cm (1” – 2”) of the soil is dry. Then, it is safe for you to water your Marble Queen. 

The same goes for Snow Queen pothos. They prefer their soil to be on the drier side. If the soil is completely dry, your Snow Queen is ready for watering.

A universal rule for all pothos plants is that you should water them more during summer. During winter, frequent watering is not necessary.

Fertilizer

Marble and Snow Queen pothos need barely any fertilizer. According to some, they can live just fine without you ever using any additives.

However, if you choose to fertilize them, there are a couple of options. For Marble Queen pothos, it is best to fertilize it monthly during the growing season.

Since their growth is a bit slower, fertilizing them during the season would give them a boost. Using a regular diluted houseplant fertilizer would be just enough for them.

For Snow Queen, a slow-release option would be a good one. Organic fertilizers such as worm castings or seaweed solution would be a great additive for these plants.

Overall, you shouldn’t worry yourself too much with fertilizers. Both Snow Queen and Marble Queen are a great option for people who don’t have a lot of time to spend on plant care. 

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Pruning

Snow Queen and Marble Queen both respond well to pruning. Since they are wild and vigorous, pruning them helps you keep them under control.

Since Marble Queen is growing a bit slower than Snow Queen, I prefer to keep them bushy. Trimming the longer stems in spring will help you achieve that.

If there are dead and damaged leaves on your plant, you don’t need to wait for spring to trim them. Any time of the year would be just fine. If you want to make your plant bushier, trimming new growth will eventually lead to a fuller plant.

Not much is different when it comes to Snow Queen pothos. Trim the yellowing and dying leaves regularly. If you want your Snow Queen to be bushy as well, prune the vines before your plant becomes too leggy.   

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Final Words

Overall, rules for one pothos plant usually apply to most of the other varieties in the family. The main difference between them is a different type of variegation. 

Snow Queen pothos, as the name suggests it, grows leaves which are more white than green. That is the main difference between Snow and Marble Queen. It is also the easiest way to differentiate between these two plants.

Leaves on Marble Queen are a bit more green and the lighter color is more creamy than white. While leaves on Snow Queen are usually more white than green, that is not the case when it comes to Marble Queen.

Moreover, Marble Queen is a bit slower when it comes to growing. Because of that, this type of pothos is usually kept bushy. 

Although fertilizing is not a necessity, fertilizing your Marble Queen during the growing season could give your plant a bit of boost. For Snow Queen, slow-release organic fertilizers would be enough. However, applying the same technique on both of these plants would not be a mistake.

All in all, these plants are very similar and there are few differences between them. The main difference is the color and that would be the easiest way for you to recognize them. 

Arifur Rahman

I'm the owner of gardenforindoor.com. After completing my bachelor of science in agriculture, I'm serving as a civil service officer at the Department of Agricultural Extension, Bangladesh. I started Garden For Indoor to make your indoor gardening journey easy and enjoyable.

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