Neon Pothos Complete Guide To Grow And Care

Neon pothos is one of the most well-liked and striking types of pothos. It has a vining growth pattern and heart-shaped, neon green leaves. This low-maintenance houseplant does best in normal to high humidity levels, moist but well-draining soil, and bright, indirect light.

Remember that neon pothos are poisonous to both humans and animals.

Neon Pothos Plant Overview

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Common Name Neon pothos
Botanical Name Epipremnum aureum ‘Neon’
Family Araceae
Plant Type Perennial, vine
Mature Size 6-8 in. tall, 13-40 ft. wide
Sun Exposure Partial, shade
Soil Type Moist but well-drained
Soil pH Acidic
Hardiness Zones 10-12 (USDA)
Native Area Australia
Toxicity Toxic to people, pets

Neon Pothos Care

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These vibrant pothos plants require little care and upkeep. The following are the primary care needs for neonatal pothos:

  • Select an area that receives indirect, bright light.

     

  • Plant in well-draining, loamy soil.

     

  • Even though neon pothos can withstand some drought, water them quite frequently.

     

  • Try to maintain an average to high humidity level for the plant, and use a humidifier if necessary.

Light Requirements

Pothos Neon are tolerant of a wide range of partial illumination situations and naturally develop as understory plants in forests. Having stated that, lanky growth should be avoided and vivid leaves should be maintained by bright indirect light.

Soil & Potting

Neon pothos are generally not particular about soil as long as it is loamy, moist, and well-draining. For these low-maintenance plants, standard houseplant soil works well. Alternatively, you may make a slightly airier mixture by mixing one part houseplant soil, one part perlite, and one part orchid bark. Your pothos will appreciate this chunky, organic soil mix.

Watering

After letting the top two to three inches of soil dry out in between waterings, thoroughly water the area. Neon pothos are prone to root rot if their roots are left lying in water, so make sure the pot has enough drainage to prevent the roots from becoming wet.

Temperature and Environment

Neon pothos thrive in warm, humid climates in their natural habitat, which makes them excellent houseplants for indoor growth. Your neon pothos will be content as long as the temperature stays between 55 and 90 degrees Fahrenheit (15 and 35 degrees Celsius). For these pothos, average home humidity is also sufficient; however, adding more humidity (with a humidifier or pebble tray) will promote faster development.

Fertilization

Pothos don’t require fertilizer, particularly if the soil is high in organic matter, but consistent fertilization during the active growing season can support robust, healthy development. A balanced liquid fertilizer can be applied once a month, if you’d like, from early spring to late summer.

Pruning Pothos Neon

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Pothos Neon are tropical vines that may grow up to 10 feet long when cultivated inside. While pruning isn’t required for these plants, you might want to trim the vines periodically to keep their size in check. When you start to notice an increase in growth in the early spring, that’s the ideal time to prune neon pothos. When pruning, always use sharp, clean scissors.

Propagating Neon Pothos

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Neon pothos are simple to produce using stem cuttings, just as other pothos kinds. Reusing cuttings from pruning is an excellent method as it allows you to build a more robust-looking plant by replanting the cuttings in their original pot. Alternatively, you can grow fresh plants from the cuttings and give them to friends. To multiply your neon pothos via stem cuttings, adhere to the following instructions:

  1. Take stem cuttings from an established plant with at least four to five nodes per cutting.

     

  2. Every cutting should have at least two leaves at the top, so remove the bottom two to three leaves from each cutting.

     

  3. Water should be added to a small glass or jar, and the cuttings should be submerged in the water with the leaves remaining above the water’s surface.

     

  4. To keep the water fresh, swap out the cuttings’ water once a week and place them in an area that receives medium to brilliant indirect light.
  5. It should take about a week for roots to start growing. The cuttings can be returned to the soil once the roots are at least one inch long. After taking the cuttings out of the water, carefully pot them in a soil mixture that has been well-drained and pre-moistened.

     

  6. Repot the recently potted cuttings in the same spot. For the first one to two weeks following repotting, keep the soil continually moist to aid in the roots’ acclimatization.

     

  7. Following roughly two weeks, the cuttings can be restored to a regular watering regimen and treated like established neon pothos.

Potting and Repotting Neon Pothos

Depending on how quickly it grows, neon pothos will require repotting on a regular basis. It might be time to repot if you notice that the plant requires a lot of watering or if roots are emerging from the bottom of the pot.

Select a pot with a drainage hole that is just one size larger when repotting. It’s also a fantastic idea to trim the plant now. A few weeks prior to repotting, trim your neon pothos and root the cuttings in water. This will allow you to transplant the rooted cuttings into your freshly repotted plant, giving it a bushier appearance.

Common Pests 

Neon pothos are not particularly susceptible to any specific pests or illnesses, but you should watch out for a few common bugs that affect houseplants and could become a problem if your plant becomes infected. Take precautions against sap-sucking pests, which are common among most houseplants and include mealybugs, scale, and spider mites.

Common Problems With Neon Pothos

Neon pothos are easy-care indoor plants that rarely cause issues. However, there are a few frequent issues that might arise from inadequate lighting and irrigation.

Drooping Leaves

This indicates that your plant needs to be given a good drink because it is thirsty. Water your neon pothos, and you should see a return of vibrant foliage.

Brown Tips

Brown tips on your neon pothos leaves might be caused by underwatering or very dry conditions. Aim to water your plant more frequently, and keep your neon pothos away from windows or drafty vents.

Leggy Growth

More light is needed for your neon pothos plant if it is beginning to appear scraggly and has long vines with few leaves. Consider shifting your pothos to a more well-lit area.

Also Read: N Joy Pothos Complete Guide To Grow And Care

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