How to Care for Glacier Pothos – 9 Great Hints

Like a frozen masterpiece thawing in your living room, the Glacier Pothos bursts onto the scene as a living testament to Mother Nature’s artistic prowess. Set on a mission to turn your home into botanical brilliance.

Those elegant green tendrils had me too. Let’s be honest; nurturing it isn’t just a task but a journey of connection with the evergreen wonders of our world.

This Pothos loves a little sun but shies away from direct sunlight that might scorch its tender leaves. When watering, let the soil dry out before swooping in with a drink. Trust me – the hydration tango keeps its tender leaves looking as fabulous as ever.

Let’s dig into the nitty-gritty of pampering this evergreen wonder so it can flaunt its leafy fabulousness.

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Does Glacier Pothos Need Bright Light?

The Glacier Pothos is a sun-lover who’s a bit picky. It thrives under bright, indirect light – the kind that’s not blinding but keeps things well-lit.

If your plant starts stretching and reaching out, this is a sign it’s feeling a bit light-deprived. On the other hand, if you notice the leaves turning brown or yellow, it’s like the plant’s way of telling you it’s too much!

The light intensity can vary with the seasons, so watch how your plant responds. When light levels dip in winter, you should bring your Glacier Pothos a tad closer to the window. If your plant doesn’t receive enough light, it might revert to producing more green leaves to maximize photosynthesis. 

sun coming through window on plants

Pothos plants love a bit of variety, too. Give your Pothos Glacier a little twist every few weeks to ensure all sides get a fair share of light.

I’d recommend a spot with bright, filtered light – maybe near a window where a curtain softens the sun’s rays. I’ve found success by putting mine on a shelf by a window facing east. It gets that gentle morning sun – not too strong, but just right.

How Often Should I Water?

This plant has its own hydration preferences, and getting it right will keep those leaves looking lush and happy. It’s not a fan of soggy feet, so the soil should be moist but not waterlogged to avoid root rot. Wait for the top inch or so of the soil to dry out before you bring out the watering can.

If you overdo the watering, your plant might show you it’s not thrilled. Those leaves could start turning yellow, and the soil may smell funky.

Conversely, if you’re too cautious with the watering, your Glacier Pothos might give you some severe drooping.

water spraying plants from watering can

Let the top part of the soil dry out before you water. Also when you do water, give it a good soak until you see water coming out of the drainage holes.

If you are one for accuracy when growing plants, the magic of a moisture meter can be like a mini soil detective, giving you insights into the moisture level deep down where the roots reside.

When you stick the moisture meter into the soil, it gives you a reading. It’s a game-changer because Glacier Pothos prefers slightly moist but not soggy soil. With a moisture meter, you’re avoiding the classic “poke your finger into the soil” method (which can sometimes be deceiving) and ensuring you water your plant only when it really needs it.

I’ve found success by checking the soil every week or so and adjusting my watering based on how it feels.

Does It Require Special Soil?

Glacier Pothos prefers well-draining soil, which basically means it doesn’t want its roots to feel like they’re in a soggy marsh. A good potting mix is one formulated for houseplants or a mix of peat moss, perlite, and a bit of bark. Aim for a slightly acidic to neutral pH range of 6.0 to 7.0.

If you want to create your own soil mix, you totally can.

You can mix equal parts of peat moss, perlite, bark, and well-balanced potting soil. This combo will give your Glacier Pothos the ideal environment for root growth and moisture control.

Let’s break down these soil elements and their roles in keeping your Glacier Pothos content:

  • Peat Moss: This fluffy, moisture-retaining material helps create a well-aerated root environment. It holds onto water without suffocating the roots, keeping them consistently hydrated.
  • Perlite: Think of perlite as the air-pocket creator in the soil mix. It enhances drainage and prevents the soil from compacting, allowing oxygen to reach the roots.
  • Bark: Bark pieces add texture to the soil mix, promoting even more airflow and preventing compaction leading to root rot.

The wrong soil can lead to poor drainage, root rot, and unhappy leaves. Grab a pH testing kit from your local garden center – they are easy to use and tell you if your soil is suitable.

If you find your pH is off, you can amend it. For example, if it’s too alkaline, you can add a bit of sulfur to make it more acidic. If the soil is too acidic for instance, you can raise the pH by adding lime to the soil according to package instructions.

What Temperature Does It Need to Thrive?

Keep the environment between 65°F to 80°F (18°C to 27°C) during the day, and try not to let it drop below 50°F (10°C) at night.

Your trusty thermostat is your best friend if you have central heating and cooling. Set it to keep your indoor climate within the ideal range. Space heaters can help warm up chilly spots, while fans can distribute cooler air. Just ensure they’re not blasting directly at your plant – moderation is vital.

Keep your Glacier Pothos away from drafts and heating sources. Drafts from windows, doors, or air vents can make it feel like it’s caught in a climate roller coaster. Heating sources can dry out the air around your tropical plants, causing stress and potential moisture loss.

To give my Glacier Pothos the ultimate comfort, I’ve found that placing it a few feet away from windows or vents works like a charm. It’s far enough to dodge any intense heat or drafts, keeping those variegated leaves happy and stress-free.

glacier pothos ariel view

Is the Glacier Pothos a Humid-Lover?

These tropical plants don’t demand rainforest-level humidity but appreciate extra moisture in the air.

Aim for a relative humidity of around 40% to 60%. If your home tends to be on the drier side, especially during winter when indoor heating is cranked up, your Glacier Pothos might appreciate a little extra TLC.

Here’s how you can give it the humidity boost it deserves:

  • Misting: A gentle misting every few days can create a humid microclimate around your plant.
  • Trays of Water: Placing a tray of water near your tropical plants (but not directly under it) can help increase humidity as the water evaporates.
  • Humidifier Buddy: Investing in a small room humidifier can work wonders, especially if you have a bunch of plant pals who appreciate a humid atmosphere.
  • Group Hug: Grouping your plants together can create a humid microenvironment between them.

I decided to turn my bathroom into a mini-plant paradise and brought in my Glacier Pothos. Thanks to all the natural humidity from my post-shower steam sessions, it started growing like it was in a race!

person misting houseplants

What Fertilizer Can I Use for Glacier Pothos?

During the growing season, typically spring and summer, your plant appreciates a boost of nutrients. You can use a balanced liquid fertilizer with an N-P-K ratio of 10-10-10 or 20-20-20.

Liquid nutrients are readily available for the plant’s roots to absorb, while granulated fertilizer needs time to break down in the soil before your Glacier Pothos can enjoy its feast. So, with liquid fertilizer, your Glacier Pothos gets a fast track to plant nourishment, leading to healthier, happier growth.

Here’s how to do it:

  • Frequency: Feed your Glacier Pothos every 4-6 weeks during the growing season. You don’t want to overfeed – it’s like avoiding a plant food overload.
  • Dilution: Dilute the fertilizer to half the recommended strength on the package. Stronger isn’t always better – moderation is vital.
  • Water First: Always water your plant before fertilizing. You want the roots to be well-hydrated before they receive their nutrient boost.
  • Application: Pour the diluted fertilizer over the soil until you see some water coming out of the drainage holes.
  • No-Fertilizer Zone: During the winter months, your Glacier Pothos enters a rest period. No fertilizer is necessary during this time.

glacier pothos in decorative pot by window

Overfeeding can lead to nutrient imbalances or even burn the roots. So go easy and stick to the recommended guidelines. With the proper nutrition, your Glacier Pothos will be the envy of the plant world!

How Do I Propagate It?

Propagating plants is like hitting the “copy” button on nature’s beauty. It’s creating new, beautiful plants from existing ones through cuttings, seeds, or other methods. It lets you share your plant love with friends and is a budget-friendly way to expand your green family and witness the magic of growth firsthand.

pothos growing in different jars

Here’s a step-by-step guide on propagating the Glacier pothos via stem cuttings:

1. Choose a Healthy Vine: First select a healthy and well-established vine from your Glacier Pothos. Look for one with a few nodes (the points where leaves and roots grow).

2. Trim and Prepare: Cut the vine just below a node using clean scissors or pruning shears. Nodes are like little growth hubs, so this is where roots will sprout.

3. Remove Lower Leaves: Trim away the leaves from the lower half of the stem cuttings, leaving a few leaves at the top intact. It’s like giving the stem cuttings a leafy haircut.

4. Water Dip: Then dip the cut end of the vine in water to give it a bit of moisture.

5. Potting or Water Propagation: Now, you have two choices:

a. Potting: You can either plant the cutting in a small pot with a well-draining potting mix. Bury the node (where you removed the lower leaves) in the soil. Keep the soil lightly moist but not soggy.

b. Water Propagation: Or you could place the cutting in a jar or glass of water, making sure the node is submerged. Change the water every few days to prevent it from getting stagnant.

6. Place in Indirect Light: Next put your cutting in a spot with bright, indirect light, whether potting or water propagating. Avoid direct sunlight, as it can stress out the baby roots.

7. Wait and Watch: Roots should start forming over the next few weeks. Once the cutting has a good amount of roots (usually an inch or so), you can transplant it into a larger pot if you were water propagating or let it grow further in the pot if you started with potting.

8. Care for Your New Plant: In the end treat your new Glacier Pothos with the same care as your mature plant. Water it when the top inch of soil feels dry, and feed it diluted fertilizer during the growing season.

What Are Some Pests and Diseases?

mealybugs on a stalk

This Pothos variety is not exactly prone to pests and diseases, however be wary of the usual suspects:

  • Mealybugs
  • Spider mites
  • Thrips
  • Scale

Is the Glacier Pothos Toxic?

Regarding pets and curious little ones, knowing that the Glacier Pothos is considered toxic if ingested is essential. While its lush leaves add charm to your space, keep them out of reach from pets and children who might be tempted to take a nibble.

The plant contains compounds (insoluble calcium oxalates) that can lead to mild irritation, such as stomach upset, if ingested. When chewed or consumed, they can cause irritation and discomfort in the mouth, throat, and stomach. The plant’s natural defense mechanism is to discourage animals and curious humans from snacking on its leaves.

So, it’s like having a “hands-off” policy in place to ensure everyone’s safety. If you suspect someone or something has come into contact with the plant, seeking medical advice is always a good idea, especially for pets.

epipremnum aureum glacier on moss pole

About Glacier Pothos

The Glacier Pothos, scientifically known as Epipremnum aureum ‘Glacier,’ is a charming and popular cultivar of the classic Devil’s Ivy or Pothos plant. With its enchanting variegated leaves, the Glacier Pothos has quickly become a favorite among plant lovers and interior decorators.

The standout feature of the Glacier Pothos is its stunning variegation. Its heart-shaped delicate leaves are adorned with splashes and streaks of creamy white and silvery green, creating a visually captivating effect.

The size of a fully grown Glacier Pothos can vary depending on its growing conditions. However  on average, it can reach a length of around 6 to 10 feet (1.8 to 3 meters) or more.

While the Glacier Pothos is known for its striking variegated leaves, it’s relatively rare for Pothos plants, including the Glacier variety, to produce flowers indoors. Even if they do flower, the blooms are typically small, inconspicuous, and don’t have a significant visual impact. Most Pothos enthusiasts enjoy these plants for their lush foliage rather than flowers.

The Glacier Pothos retains the reputation for being a low-maintenance and forgiving houseplant. It’s ideal for beginners and experienced plant enthusiasts who appreciate its ability to thrive with minimal attention. Like many other Pothos varieties, the Glacier Pothos is known for its air-purifying qualities. It can help remove indoor air pollutants, creating a healthier living environment.


Is the glacier pothos real?

The Glacier Pothos (Epipremnum aureum ‘Glacier’) is a real plant. It’s a cultivar of the classic Pothos plant, known for its variegated leaves with white and silvery green splashes.

What is the difference between NJOY and glacier pothos?

The Glacier Pothos has larger white sections on its leaves, while the NJOY Pothos features smaller, more irregular variegation.

What is the origin of the glacier pothos?

The origin of the Glacier Pothos cultivar might not be widely documented, but it’s a result of natural or intentional mutation from the classic Pothos plant (Epipremnum aureum). Cultivators noticed and propagated its unique variegation to create the Glacier Pothos we know today.

Can pothos live 20 years?

With proper care, Pothos plants, including the Glacier Pothos, can live for 20 years or even longer. Their longevity depends on care, environment, and maintenance.

What is the rarest pothos?

One of the rarest Pothos varieties is the Variegated Monstera Pothos (Epipremnum aureum ‘Manjula’). It has marbled variegation resembling the Monstera deliciosa.

Glacier Pothos: Where Leafy Elegance Meets Frosty Finesse!

The Glacier Pothos stands as a living masterpiece, an epitome of nature’s artistry that adorns our homes with elegance and grace. We’ve explored its care, characteristics, and unique allure. Its easy going nature and air-purifying abilities make it an excellent companion for novice and seasoned plant enthusiasts, fostering a sense of tranquility and harmony. 

As we admire its growth, propagate its cuttings, and witness its enduring beauty, the Glacier Pothos becomes more than mere decoration – it becomes a part of our lives. Sharing in our daily rhythms and weaving a connection with the living world outside our doors.

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