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Marble Queen Pothos vs. Snow Queen Pothos: 5 Key Differences

The universe is truly amazing in its variety! This is especially true when we talk about variegated pothos. Today, I’m excited to share with you two fantastic varieties that are gaining popularity each year.

The Snow Queen Pothos and Marble Queen Pothos have similar green and white colors in their leaves, but the Snow Queen has more white. The Marble Queen’s white parts tend to look more like cream. Meanwhile, the Snow Queen features bright white variegation and its green areas are lighter.

Snow Queen Pothos vs Marble Queen Pothos Leaves

Snow Queen Pothos vs Marble Queen Pothos Leaves

Snow Queen Pothos Marble Queen Pothos
Temperature 18-23°C (65– 75°F) 18-23°C (65– 75°F)
Mature height 6′ (1.8 m) 6′ (1.8 m)
Mature width 2′ (0.6 m) 2′ (0.6 m)
Shape vine vine
Growth rate slow medium
Leaves variegated, white 80%, green 20% variegated, white 50%, green 50%
Sunlight exposure indirect, very bright indirect, bright
Soil loose, well-drained loose, well-drained
Soil pH 6.0-6.5 6.0-6.5
Watering once every 10 days once every 7 days
Diseases fungus fungus
Pests insects insects

1. Leaves

Both these plants have similarly sized leaves with a heart shape and sharp tips. The Snow Queen’s tips are a bit more pointed than those of the Marble Queen.

The key difference lies in their leaf variegation. Initially, the leaves of both varieties are green. As they grow, they develop variegated patterns in different ways.

Snow Queen’s leaves have less chlorophyll, meaning 70-80% of each leaf is white, with green spots scattered throughout. Its green is lighter, and the white is more vivid, sometimes even slightly transparent.

Marble Queen, on the other hand, has a roughly equal green to white ratio. Its variegation shows up as large green patches on a creamy white base. The green here is darker and richer, and the white has a hint of gray, giving a creamy look. These leaves are completely opaque.

Both plants have a slightly waxy, glossy look to their leaves, which are not perfectly smooth but have some texture, adding to their appeal.

2. Growth Rate

The Marble Queen pothos is known for its quick and robust growth, thanks to having more chlorophyll in its leaves. In the right conditions, it can stretch up to six feet long.

In comparison, the Snow Queen pothos also reaches a similar size but grows slower. So, if you prefer a more compact plant, the Snow Queen could be your go-to.

Both varieties share a climbing growth pattern, meaning they naturally attach to wood and climb upwards. You can choose to plant them in hanging pots for a cascading look. But they truly shine when draped around a low support, giving off a more natural vibe.

snow queen vs marble queen pothos

Snow Queen Pothos and Marble Queen Pothos

3. Pot Size

The Marble Queen pothos, being a more robust grower, requires more soil to support its root development. On the other hand, the Snow Queen can thrive in a lesser amount of soil for a considerable time.

To facilitate normal growth, the Marble Queen should be placed in a container that’s at least 8 inches in both width and depth. For the Snow Queen, a pot measuring 6 by 6 inches will suffice. You can opt for a larger pot if you’re aiming for a bigger plant. However, keep in mind that the Snow Queen’s pot should be about 30% smaller than that of the Marble Queen.

In addition to needing more soil and a larger pot, the Marble Queen also requires soil that’s slightly more nutrient-rich to cater to its faster growth rate.

4. Light Requirements

The Marble Queen thrives best with plenty of light. It’s ideal to place it near a window facing east or west, ensuring it gets indirect sunlight rather than direct rays.

The Snow Queen, while slower in growth, requires equal or even more light. This is because ample light enhances its leaf variegation.

If the Snow Queen is kept in lower light, like in a north-facing room, its leaves will turn greener and it might grow slightly faster. However, this can lead to elongated, softer leaves and stems, making the plant more prone to diseases.

So, position the Marble Queen beside an east or west-facing window. For the Snow Queen, a spot next to a south-facing window works best. This way, the Marble Queen will grow quickly, while the Snow Queen will showcase striking variegation.

5. Disease Resistance

Since the leaves have less green pigment, the plant not only grows more slowly but also has a higher risk of disease, particularly fungal infections.

The Snow Queen is especially prone to damage from fungal spores, often seen as brown spots on its leaves. Various pathogens can cause these fungal diseases.

To reduce the risk, ensure the Snow Queen is placed in an area with good air circulation. There should be no objects or plants within 1 foot of it that might obstruct airflow. Also, the room where the Snow Queen is growing should have proper ventilation.

It’s important to avoid over-watering the plant. Additionally, be prepared to treat any diseases promptly if they do affect your plant.