Hawaiian Pothos Care Guide

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Quality One

Distinctive foliage

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Air-purifying qualities

If you’re a gardening enthusiast, looking to add a vibrant and tropical touch to your green collection? Look no further than popular Pothos.


These vining plants are associated with resilience, versatility, and adaptability. 

From Golden Pothos to Marble Queen Pothos, you’ll get lost trying to find which pothos variety resonates most with you.


If you’re seeking a tropical, and exotic vibe, you won’t go wrong with Huwaiian Pothos (Epipremnum aureum ‘Hawaiian’).


Glossy heart-shaped leaves with a distinctive variegation, boasting creamier yellow flecks against a backdrop of deeper green, this plant has a genuine tropical aura, particularly, when smartly arranged. 


As a vining variety, Hawaiian Pothos care can be hung on shelves, or hanging planters so that its leaves can fall and trail, or, trained to climb trellises and poles.


Like the parent plant, Hawaiian Pothos is resilient and adaptable to different conditions. It has striking air purification qualities which makes it a perfect choice for indoor spaces.


Just ensure you keep it out of reach of curious cats and dogs; Hawaiian Pothos is toxic to pets.

Hawaiian Pothos Origin

Hawaiian Pothos, also known as, (Epipremnum aureum ‘Hawaiian’) is a vine native to French Polynesia. It earned it name due to the resemblance of its leaves to the traditional Hawaiian skirt, the hula.


As a member of the Araceae family, the Hawaiian Pothos shares its family with other popular indoor plants like the peace lily and philodendron. 


It inherits many of the qualities that have made its Araceae relatives so popular among indoor gardeners. 


Its resilience, adaptability to different lighting conditions, and relatively low maintenance makes it thrive in a range of indoor conditions.

How Can You Tell If a Pothos Is Hawaiian?

In the middle of a rich garden, spotting a Hawaiian Pothos can feel like a plant detective game.


Here are a few clues that might help.


  • Look for the heart-shaped leaves.
  • The colors on Hawaiian Pothos leaves can be pretty bold, and glossy, with a mix of green and creamy white or yellow.
  • This vine grows up to a feet long.
  • Use some online plant snapping tools, or compare photos You can do some online plant snooping! Look at pictures of Hawaiian Pothos and compare them to your plant. The leaves should give you some hints.

Benefits of Growing Hawaiian Pothos

Growing Hawaiian Pothos, or a Marble Queen Pothos, can actually bring some cool perks. 

It’s like a natural air cleaner that helps purify air and eliminate toxins. 

And the best part? It’s not a diva plant; it’s super chill to take care of. You don’t need to be a gardening guru to keep it happy.

Just like its botanical family, the Hawaiian Pothos is renowned for being a low-maintenance plant that thrives effortlessly across various environments.

So, don’t worry if you’re not the best plant parent. These plants are resilient. They can handle a bit of neglect and still bounce back.

Interestingly, this tropical vine is versatile and can show up in various suits – a hanging plant, climber or trailing vines, all depending on how you want it to grow.

How to grow and care for Hawaiian Pothos?

Although Hawaiian Pothos is generally low-maintenance, achieving the best variegation on its leaves requires a bit of care and attention to its environment.


Note: Make sure to give its trailing vines a shake every now and then, to ensure that the leaves are getting enough air circulation. 


The Epipremnum aureum Hawaiian loves light which protects its variegation, but not harsh sunlight.

Think of it like enjoying a sunny bath through a curtain.


It’s that, back in its natural home in the tropical forests, the Pothos is used to the leafy canopy of trees and plants above, which keeps it away from direct sunlight.


So, it’s important to find a spot that offers a gentle and consistent light ensuring the plant gets the right amount for healthy growth. 


Look for windows that face north or east as they receive less direct sunlight.


This plant’s tropical origin explains it all.


Hawaiian Pothos, is called Hawaiian for a reason, it loves warmth, but not too hot to handle.


They flourish in temperatures between 65 and 75 degrees Fahrenheit.


So, normal room temps could be perfect.

  • Temperatures under 60 degrees might stress and cause leaves discoloration and droopiness.
  • Temperatures above 75 degrees, can pressure the plant and lead to browned or yellowed wilted leaves.


These tropical vines aren’t comfortable around dry air.

It’s best to keep it 50 to 70% humid. If not possible, keep your plant near a humidifier or get crafty with a pebble tray filled with water and place it beneath the plant.

It’s like giving your plant a little spa treatment.


Understanding Hawaiian Pothos’ psychology helps provide proper growth conditions.

Overwatering could be the biggest threat to this plant. It will cause root rot that will kill the plant.

At the same time, consistent underwatering can slow its growth process and affect its variegation.

The best watering moment is when around 2 inches of the soil is dry. 

Stick your finger into the soil, if it feels dry, it’s time to water.

If you forget now and then, no worries this plant is forgiving!

The best watering method is to let the water filtrate the soil and flow out of the pot’s drainage. It enables water to reach the plant’s roots without logging into the soil.

Soil and Fertilizer

  • Growing a Hawaiian Pothos requires choosing a well-draining soil. This plant hates getting waterlogged.

Ordinary potting soil will work, just make sure it’s slightly on the acidic side (a pH between 6.1 and 6.8)

To improve drainage, consider adding some perlite, coconut coir, or peat moss. 

These soil amendments keep your Hawaiian Pothos adequately moist between watering.

  • It is recommended to fertilize your plant every 2-4 weeks during the growing season with a balanced, water-soluble fertilizer. This will help promote healthy growth and vibrant foliage.

Pruning Your Hawaiian Pothos

To keep your Hawaiian Pothos looking neat and tidy, occasional pruning is necessary. 

If the vines start stretching out more than you’d like, gently trim any yellow or worn-out leaves, giving room for fresh growth to shine.


How to Propagate Hawaiian Pothos?

If you’re a fan of this tropical vine, and you want to share it with some loved ones, you can propagate your Hawaiian Pothos via stem cuttings. You can do it in soil or in water. Here’s exactly how!


Propagating Hawaiian Pothos in water 

  • Choose a healthy vine with at least 3 leaves, and cut it just below a leaf node.
  • Remove lower leaves from the cutting and allow it to air dry for a while.
  • Place the cutting in a container with water ensuring nodes are submerged while leaves are above water.
  • Keep your water container exposed to gentle, indirect light.
  • Always make sure that you change water every now and then.
  • Once the roots are a few inches long, transfer the cutting to a pot filled with well-draining soil and watch it grow!

Propagating Hawaiian Pothos in soil


Repeat the same process explained above, but instead do it in the soil.


  • Insert your cutting in a well-draining potting soil, while submerging nodes and keeping leaves above the soil.
  • Keep an eye on adequate watering and sufficient amounts of indirect sunlight.
  • After a while, gently tug on the stem, if it holds tight, it’s a sign your Hawaiian Pothos have settled in nicely.

Both of the propagation methods can be successful, but if you enjoy observing root growth and want a simpler transition for the plant, water propagation might be more appealing. 

Hawaiian Pothos vs. Golden Pothos: what’s the difference?

It’s a common mix-up, especially for those new indoor gardening enthusiasts, to get a bit tangled between the Hawaiian Pothos and the Golden Pothos.


Both of these Pothos varieties have some overlap, particularly in their appearance and care routine. But they are not exactly identical.


  • Difference in Leaves’ Color

The Golden Pothos, as you can relate from its name, has yellow patches and specks all over its leafy pals.

However, the Hawaiian Pothos rocks not just yellow but also creamy white in its leaves.


  • Difference in Size

The Golden Pothos is way taller and can stretch to reach 10 feet. 

On the other side, the Hawaiian Pothos is way more compact and packed together.

Troubleshooting Common Issues With Hawaiian Pothos


Hawaiian Pothos is relatively resistant to pests.

However, by overwatering or overfeeding your vine, you can expose it to mealybugs, spider mites, or aphids. 


In case it happens, combat these critters by gently washing the leaves with an insecticidal soap solution or using an organic pesticide.

Why Do My Hawaiian Pothos Have Brown tips?

Brown tips can indicate underwatering. Even though Hawaiian Pothos is drought tolerant and can resist a bit of dryness, it can signify that it needs water by turning the edges of its leaves brown.

Why Do My Hawaiian Pothos Have Yellow Leaves?

Yellow leaves can indicate overwatering or lack of light.


Adjust your watering schedule accordingly and consider moving your plant to a brighter location while avoiding direct sunlight.

Why Do My Hawaiian Pothos Have Black Spots?

Overwatering can also cause the appearance of black spots on the leaves of your vine, which indicates the risk of root rot. 


In this case, you may want to let your plant dry out considerably before your next watering.

Root Rot

Overwatering can lead to root rot, which presents as a foul smell, mushy roots, and wilting foliage. 


If you suspect root rot, take immediate action by cutting away affected roots and repotting your Hawaiian Pothos in fresh, well-draining soil.


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