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Glacier Pothos- Ultimate Care & Growing Guide

I have not seen a more beautiful variegated plant than Glacier Pothos in my life. I mean, look at those beautiful stripes.

These plants look amazing, with creamy white streaks in the green leaves. With proper care, these plants can add to their beauty.

Generally, Glacier Pothos prefers bright indirect sunlight with a temperature range of 60-90°F and humidity between 50-70%. It likes a standard potting mix and fertilizer once every two weeks.

Pothos has different species, and Glacier Pothos may be the most decorative and beautiful plants.

Read more to find out the best care tips for your beloved Glacier Pothos.

Overview of Glacier Pothos

Glacier Pothos is a variegated climber who likes outdoor conditions rather than indoors and will grow to the fullest if allowed to ascend.

Scientific nameEpipremnum Aureum 'Glacier'
Common nameGlacier Pothos
NativeSouthease Asia
USDAZone 10-11
Plant typeEvergreen
Growth size6 to 8 feet
Spread3 to 4 feet
Leaf sizeSmaller compared to other pothos
Bloom timePeak time ranges from December to May
ToxicityToxic to humans and pets if ingested

Glacier Pothos- Ultimate Care & Growing Guide

Caring for Glacier Pothos is not a hard job if you are properly dedicated.

Let’s look at the quick care guide in optimal parameters of Glacier Pothos.

FactorsOptimal Conditions
TemperatureMaintain a temperature of 60-90°F
SunlightProvide bright and indirect sunlight
Soil ConditionPrefers standard potting mix as long as there is good drainage
HumidityMaintain the humidity between 50-70%
WateringAbout 2 inch water every 7-9 days
Water less during winter
FertilizingUse organic fertilizer once every two weeks
PruningPrune occasionally to remove dead foliage
RepottingRepot during spring and summer
Pot Size2 inch larger pot for repotting
PropagationStem cutting and seeds
Common PestsScales, Mealybugs, Spider mites, Thrips
Common diseasesPythium Root Rot, Rhizoctonia Leaf Blight and Bacterial Leaf Spot

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1. Adequate Sunlight and Proper Location

Enough sunlight is a necessity for almost every household plant.

Glacier Pothos flourish well in medium to bright sunlight unless the sun doesn’t fall directly on the plant’s foliage.

The plant will thrive in 10-12 hours of indirect sunlight. They can do well in less sunlight, but that may hamper their ability to grow to their fullest.

They have considerably irregular variegation, white stripes atop green leaves. The white part of this plant’s leaves does not require much sunlight.

The plant uses chlorophyll to perform photosynthesis and prepare food for itself. Chlorophyll provides plants with the signature green color.

Beautiful Foliage of Glacier Pothos
Beautiful Foliage of Glacier Pothos (Source: Etsy)

The white part in the leaves of Glacier Pothos signifies the absence of chlorophyll.

So, they thrive in bright indirect sunlight, unlike their green counterpart, which requires more light.

The more variegated the plant is, the more sunlight it requires.

Signs that Indicates Inadequate Sunlight

  • The variegation shows significant changes depending on how much light the plant gets. The white part starts turning green if the light is not enough. The plant does this to collect enough light.
  • The plant growth rate significantly drops if not getting enough sunlight.
  • A significant reduction in the size of leaves

Too much sunlight can sunburn the leaves of the plant, and alas! The sunburn will be permanent.

Tips for Maintaining Adequate Sunlight

  • Do not put the plant in the path of direct sunlight. If your plant is on the northern side, make sure it gets enough light.
  • Rotate the plant occasionally to make sure every side of the foliage gets enough light.
  • Place the plant a few inches away from the sunny window so that the plant doesn’t get unnecessary bright light.
  • During winter, when the sunlight is scarce, place the plant near the southern window so that it gets every ounce of the sun it can.
  • I used artificial grow lights on my plant when they showed some signs of lack of light.
GroDrow 150 LED Grow Light
GroDrow 150 LED Grow Light (Source: Amazon)

Read more about Pothos’s light requirement in our article “Do Pothos Like Direct Sunlight?

2. Watering Requirement

Glacier Pothos are drought-resistance, i.e., they can survive the lack of water.

Generally, Glacier Pothos do not need much watering, but you can water them 2 inches every 7-9 days when they are in their growing phase.

Remember to occasionally check the soil by the old finger testing method and water if the soil is too dry.

It would be best if you cut on your watering schedule during the plant’s dormant period.

Underwatering will cause the plant to droop, and the plant will look sluggish. The leaves will start to look dry and withered.

On the other hand, overwatering always invites a common problem for the plants: root rot. In Glacier Pothos, the leaves start to turn yellow.

Watering the plants
Properly watering the plant is necessary (source: Maxpixel)

Save an Overwatered Glacier Pothos

  • Try moving your plant to an area with ample heat and light. It helps the soil to evaporate the excess water.
  • Check the drainage to see if that is blocked or obstructed by something.
  • Ensure the humidity in the area is low. High humidity will not let the soil dry out completely.
  • Check for the root rots and remove the damaged roots to avoid spreading root rots.
  • Repot the plant to a new pot with standard potting mix after cleaning the roots.

Save an Underwatered Glacier Pothos

  • Immediately water the plant once you see the symptoms of underwatering.
  • Do not overwater the plant to save it from underwatering.
  • Fill a basin with water and soak your plant completely. Let the plant dry after that.
  • Remove the dead leaves.
  • Place the plant in an area with high humidity. Use a room humidifier.

Tips for Properly Watering Glacier Pothos

  • Glacier Pothos prefers dry conditions. Keep track of your watering schedules and make sure not to make the plants waterlogged.
  • Water the plant only if the 2 inches of topsoil is dry. Check for dryness by sticking your finger inside the soil.
  • Alternatively, use a moisture meter to check the moisture of water before watering your plant.
  • Pout the water slowly and stop only when the excess water just starts to leak out of the drainage hole.
  • Pay extra attention to the plant on dry and hot days when the soil loses most of its water to evaporation.
  • Choose a soil with some organic materials. Some soil drain too quickly to let the plant lose water fast.

3. Moderate Temperature

You’re lucky in this aspect. Glacier Pothos can survive a varying range of temperatures.

The ideal temperature for Glacier Pothos ranges from 60°F to 90°F, but it can survive anything lower than 50°F as well.

This plant may be easiest to take care of if you consider temperature. If the temperature is suitable for you, it is ideal for the plant.

That being said, this plant is not resistant to frosty conditions. If you keep the plant unchecked on the chilling months of the calendar, you may be a plant murderer.

It is also entirely okay for the plant to go a few degrees above and below the temperature comfort zone.

In USDA hardiness zones 9-11b, this plant can be grown outdoors in a shaded patio as well. But, the extreme temperature may hinder the plant’s ability to grow and damage the foliage.

Experts at Colorado State University Extension explain that the photosynthesis and respiration in plants increase with increase in temperature.

But when the temperature increases excessively, these two phenomenons become imbalanced.

Temperature in relation to plant's growth
The temperature in relation to plant’s growth (Source: ResearchGate)

Tips for Maintaining Ideal Temperature

  • Grow the plant in a container to make it easier for you to move the plants outdoors during warm conditions. Make sure to bring them inside during winter.
  • Keep the plant away from drafts from Air conditioners, vents, windows, and heaters.
  • Use heating pads on your plant to keep them safe from freezing temperatures.
  • Cover your plants with plastic bags or blankets to create a warm air pocket.
  • Arrange the provision for a greenhouse to keep your plant warm during cold weather artificially.

4. Average Humidity

Glacier Pothos does exceptionally well in average home conditions in terms of humidity.

They require 50% to 70% humidity however they do well in normal home humidity conditions, generally 40% to 50%.

You should make sure that the air in your house is not too dry. Plants like Glacier Pothos prefers high humidity because low humidity conditions reduce transpiration in plants.

Tips for Maintaining Ideal humidity

  • Use a humidifier to maintain the room’s humidity levels.
  • Occasionally mist the plant but remember not to keep the leaves full of water droplets for longer.
  • Keep a pebble-tray near or at the bottom of the plant to maintain the humidity of water.
  • Group a cluster of plants to create a humidity-sharing environment. But, make sure the plants are free from pests and diseases.
Room humidifier for plants
Room humidifier (source: Amazon)

5. Well-draining Standard Potting Soil

Glacier Pothos prefers a standard potting mix with proper drainage provision. Along with that, this plant requires soil with a pH ranging from 5.0 to 7.5.

A soil with no proper drainage can lead to severe diseases like root rot which can ultimately cause the plant’s demise.

Glacier Pothos is a tropical, drought-resistance plant that doesn’t like standing on very soggy soil.

potting mixture
hands full of potting mixture (source: Unsplash)

You can prepare your potting mix for soil. Use the following combination to prepare the potting mix.

  • One part shredded bark
  • One part vermiculite or sand
  • Two parts of perlite
  • Four-part coco coir or peat moss

You can buy commercial potting mix on Amazon. Here are some of them.

Pothos Air Cleaning Plant Soil
Pothos Air Cleaning Plant Soil
Potting mix 3 for pothos
Miracle-Gro Indoor Potting Mix
Devils Ivy Plant Planting Soil
Devils Ivy Plant Planting Soil
Potting mix 4 for Pothos
rePotme Houseplant and Tropical Potting Mix

6. Proper Fertilization

Glacier Pothos is not heavy feeder, so they don’t need much fertilizer to flourish.

Provide the Glacier Pothos plant with extra nutrition by using organic fertilizer once every two weeks during spring and summer.

Some nurseries sell this plant with fertilizers already in the soil. The amount of fertilizer in soil may differ from one nursery to another.

If you use compost, you may not need to feed your plant with fertilizers as these natural components fulfill the need for nutrients in the soil.

Another reason to avoid fertilizer is that they leave salt residue on the soil. The salt residue can hinder the transpiration of water to the plat’s foliage.

Signs your Glacier Pothos Needs Fertilization

  • Fading of variegated leaves
  • Stunted growth
  • Drooping plant
  • No strength in roots

Problems Due to Over Fertilization

  • Brown spots
  • Burned leaf margins
  • Stunted growth
  • Wilting of the plant

Tips to Properly Fertilize Glacier Pothos

  • Fertilize your plant when you notice it is not growing well and looks gloomy and fragile.
  • Use weak liquid fertilizer (NPK ratio 5-5-5), or you can use fish emulsion too.
  • Dilute your fertilizer to half strength before feeding your plant with it.
  • Do not need to apply the fertilizer during fall and winter.

Following are the commercial fertilizer for Pothos on Amazon.

Pothos Fertilizer 1
Pothos Fertilizer
Pothos Fertilizer 2
Indoor Plant Food

Want to know more about pothos fertilizers? Read our article on “Pothos Fertilizer: Everything You Need to Know“.

7. Growth Habits

Glacier Pothos can grow up to 6 to 8 feet tall and spread to 3 to 4 feet in width. These plants take up to 1 to 3 years to grow fully. It depends on the living conditions of the plant.

They are variegated plants with strangely beautiful leaves. The leaves are green with white striations on the top of them.

Glacier Pothos
Glacier Pothos (source: Alpha Creations)

This plant can grow big if ample space for climbing is provided. You can attach bamboo canes or moss poles to the plant to support it.

The plant is usually grown for its young phase, and the flower does not form in cultivation but only during the mature phase.

8. Potting and Repotting

Young Glacier Pothos might not need a big pot at first.

Glacier Pothos usually can start with a container-sized pot, and you should find a pot 2 inches larger than the root ball after it outgrows the current pot.

Choose a pot that is 2 inches bigger than your current pot. Use 4 inches bigger pot if the plant is pot bound.

Prepare a well-drained potting mix and check if it contains fertilizer or not.

The pot should contain a drainage hole to let the excess water flow efficiently. If you are inclined to hang the plant, you should choose the right basket.

Immediately prepare for repotting if you find the signs of root rot in the plant. Root rot can be very dangerous for plants if not discovered in time.

The best time for repotting a Glacier Pothos is during spring or summer.

Here’s when you should consider repotting the plant.

  • When the plant’s roots poke outside the pot, it is in. The roots are looking for more space for growth.
  • The plant’s growth will appear to be stunted because of the congested containers.
  • The soil in the pot will tend to go dry faster even if you water the same amount.
Rootbound in Plant
Rootbound in Plant (Source: Pexels)

Steps to Repot Glacier Pothos

  • Water the plant a few days before repotting.
  • Take the plant out of the container. Make sure you don’t damage the plant foliage and root in the process.
  • Check the root ball for any possible root rots. Trim them off, if any.
  • Fill 1/3 of the new pot with fresh and standard potting mix.
  • Gently push down the plant’s root ball into the mix and fill the remaining part with the soil.
  • Water the plant thoroughly. Do not fertilize the plant for some time after the repotting.

9. Pruning Glacier Pothos

Pruning is necessary for almost every plant for better development and a healthy fresh look.

You can prune the plant about 2 inches. You may choose lighter pruning, trim the dead leaves, or heavier pruning, which can encourage new growth.

The best time for pruning Glacier Pothos is during spring when the plant grows. That way, it can recover quickly.

Never prune the plant when the temperature is too hot or during its dormant period.

Pruning equipments
Arrangements for pruning (Source: Unsplash)

Tips to Properly Prune Glacier Pothos

  • Remove the damaged, dead, and discolored leaves from the plant’s foliage.
  • Always prune above the leaf node so that the stem branches out and makes way for fresh new growth.
  • Choose the pruning day wisely. Prune on a sunny or warm day so that the plant can recover its damage.
  • Pay special attention to the tender buds. Do not remove any part of them.
  • Use properly sterilized tools while performing the repotting process.

Toxicity of Glacier Pothos

Toxic or not, you should not eat houseplants. I know you wouldn’t, but kids and pets do try to ingest them.

Glacier Pothos can be toxic to humans and animals, especially kids and pets.

These plants contain insoluble calcium oxalate crystals inside their leaves and stem. They are like shards of glass and will tear or shred the skin.

Make sure to keep the pot outside the reach of children and pets to prevent any mishappening.

Read more about pothos toxicity in our article “Are Pothos Toxic to Pets?

Propagation Methods for Glacier Pothos

There are two methods of propagation for this plant.

1. Propagation Through Stem Cutting

Stem cutting is the easiest propagation method for Glacier Pothos. You should take the cuttings during spring.

Prepare Stem Cutting

  • Choose a healthy stem and cut 4-6 inches below the root node. Make sure the stem has at least four leaves and two growth nodes.
  • Remove the leaves at the bottom end of the stem.

Water Propagation

  • Choose a healthy stem from the plant and put the plant in a jar of water.
  • You can directly plant the stem in the soil but rooting in water is faster. It also increases the success rate of propagation.
  • Keep changing the water every 3 to 4 days as the water gets dirty.
  • Remove the stem from the plant when you see the stem develop some roots from the cutting nodes.
  • Plant the stem in an appropriate well-draining potting mix.

Soil Propagation

  • Leafy plant like Pothos does not need calluses for successful propagation. Callousinng your cutting may kill the plant.
  • Prepare a fresh, well-draining potting mix of half peat moss and half perlite.
  • Place the stem 2-3 inches deep into the pot and cover the base well.
  • You’ll see the roots form in a month.
Glacier Pothos 3
Glacier Pothos has unique variegations (source: Etsy)

2. Propagation Through Seeds

This is not a common method of propagation of Glacier Pothos.

  • The hardest part about propagating through this medium is getting Pothos seed.
  • Prepare a healthy seed for propagation by soaking it in water for 12 hours. Anything more than that will cause the seed to rot.
  • Use tiny containers or starter pots for the process. Make sure they have good drainage.
  • Prepare a potting soil suitable for the seed.
  • Plant the seed and place the container anywhere that has no direct light or heat.
  • Water the seeds with a spray bottle to keep the soil moist all the time.
  • You will see a sapling in three weeks.

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Common Problems with Glacier Pothos

1. Common Pests

Glacier Pothos doesn’t attract many pests and bugs, maybe because the stripes look kind of strange.

Bugs like scales, mealybugs, spider mites, and thrips pose common threats to Glacier Pothos.

The intensity of pest attacks is affected by climate, soil, plant stages, and plant management practices.

Thrips in the leaf of the plant
Thrips in the leaf of the plant. (Source: Wikimedia Commons)

You should look for the signs and symptoms of pests on the plant and remove them in time to prevent any damage.

PestsDamage Management Strategy
ScalesThey leave rust colored spots on the leaves.A light, ideal oil/insecticide mixture can control the scales.
MealybugsThey can suck the nutrients from leaves of plantsDestroy any nearby ant population.
ThripsThey suck on the sap and leave silvery-flecked leaf surface.Remove the weeds nearby and mulch around the plant.
Spider MitesThey leave yellowish halo on the leaves and the plant wilts.Use granular insecticides.

Wash with warm water adding mild dishwasher soap.

Horticultural Neem oil works wonders against pests in these plants. Make sure to separate the plant from other plants to avoid the spread of pests.

Know more about bugs on Pothos. Read “Do Pothos Plants Attract Bugs?

2. Diseases in Glacier Pothos

This plant can suffer from diseases due to different environmental factors but can be treated if diagnosed in time.

Pythium Root RotThe root turns rotten brown and the foliage stunts.Wash the roots in running water and remove the rotten roots to stop spreading.
Rhizoctonia Leaf BlightLeaves show brown spots and a yellow halo.Remove infected leaves and dead twigs.
Bacterial Leaf SpotSpots on the foliage.
Size and color of spots may differ.
Spray with a light solution of baking soda.

Sad Note: There is no known treatment for the plant infected with Bacterial Leaf Spot. However, you may follow some preventive measures.

Preventive Measures

  • Make sure you don’t overwater the plant in your watering schedule. Overwatering is the prime cause of most diseases.
  • Avoid overhead watering.
  • User sterilized cutting and pruning tools while removing the infected parts.
  • Avoid misting or watering the plant at night as the water takes longer to evaporate.

3. Longer and Leggy Vines

A lack of light usually causes longer and leggy vines.

Glacier Pothos prefer bright light on them, and when the light is not abundant, the vines tend to be leggy.

The vines search for the light source and get attracted to the available source. This phenomenon causes the vines to be long and hence turn leggy.

pothos like direct sunlight
Long vines of  Pothos beside a bright window (Source: Unsplash)

When the plant is not getting the required light, you’ll notice its stem grows unconditionally in length and will not produce many leaves.

You can repot or relocate your Pothos to a place with bright light to fix this.

Frequently Asked Questions About Glacier Pothos

What is the Difference Between Glacier Pothos and N’Joy Pothos?

Glacier and N’Joy Pothos are both parts of the Pothos family and strike the same resemblance.

The main difference is that the N’Joy pothos has bigger and pointy leaves than Glacier Pothos. Glacier is famous for its smaller leaves.

Glacier vs NJoy
Glacier and NJoy pathos are different (source: lovethatleaf)

Read the difference between Snow Queen Vs. Marbel Pothos.

Is Glacier Pothos Rare?

Glacier Pothos is not as rare as some other Pothos, but it is still pretty uncommon.

Although other Pothos species like Pearls and Jade and N’Joy look similar to Glacier Pothos, looking for this specific species can be tedious.

How Long does Glacier Pothos Live?

Pothos plants usually have a similar life span relative to the care and treatment provided.

Glacier Pothos is no different. These plants can live up to 10 years if the conditions like environment, soil, humidity, temperature, etc., are favorable.

Phew, that’s a long time.

Want to read more about this? Read “How Long can a Pothos Plant Live?


Glacier Pothos is a rare must-have plant if you are an avid plant lover.

They can fully flourish with proper care and better conditions and give your house a substantial embellishing component.

Get yourself lost in those beautiful variegations!

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