How to Grow and Care for Neon Pothos
Neon Pothos specifically is one of the most popular pothos varieties of Epripremnum aureum plant. These plants have vibrant lime green leaves that give the plant its name.
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Pothos also called devil’s ivy is a versatile houseplant with a lush appearance and vining growth habit that can reach up to 60 feet in length when climbing trees, 20 feet in non tropical outdoors, and up to 6-10 feet indoors.
They can be grown as a trailing vine out of a hanging basket, climbing up a moss poss, a trellis, or a wall, or left to grow as a groundcover. Because pothos is so adaptable and easy to grow, it’s one of the top recommendations for beginning indoor gardeners.
Neon Pothos (Epipremnum aureum 'Neon') specifically is one of the most popular pothos varieties of Epripremnum aureum plant. These plants have vibrant lime green leaves that give the plant its name. Unlike other indoor plants that display dark green leaves, Neon Pothos leaves offer more of a fluorescent highlighter green/yellow color.
And since they’re easy to find in nurseries and online shops like Neverland year-round, it’s an excellent choice if you’re just starting out in the world of houseplants!
What is a Neon Pothos?
Neon Pothos is a hardy variety of the pothos plant known as Epipremnum aureum ‘neon’ that has brightly colored leaves. Pothos plants have been cultivated since the 1800s and originally come from Southeast Asia, specifically French Polynesia. Their wide, heart-shaped leaves are known to be one of the most eye-catching bright green colors out there.
While many of the Neon Pothos’ cousins are variegated varieties, this one is one bright solid chartreuse color - though leaves themselves can tend to vary in the shade of green depending on their age and various environmental factors. They make for great plants to grow in hanging baskets or placed on shelves and windowsills.
Pothos vines can grow up to 10 feet long indoors which makes them a unique addition to any space as a vine can sometimes extend end to end in a given room. They have a relatively speedy growth rate making them great hanging plants as well. Neon Pothos is a member of the Araceae family of plants that contain other aroids such as philodendrons.
Unfortunately, these stunning plants are toxic to pets and humans so make sure to keep them away from your furry friends.
Neon Pothos Care Guide
Epipremnum aureum ‘neon’
Neon Pothos, Devil’s Ivy
Moderate to Fast
Moderate - 1-2x a week during growing season or in arid environments.
Well-draining, houseplant soil mix
From stem cuttings
Window Locations (Ideal)
South, west or east facing. They can tolerate low light so north-facing is also okay.
USDA Hardiness Zones
Monstera, Philodendron, Anthuriums
Toxic to pets and humans
Mealybugs, Spider Mites
Root rot, wilt, yellow and brown leaves
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Neon Pothos in Space
Ok, so Neon Pothos hasn’t actually been to space - that we know of. However, we can tell you the folks at NASA have likely thought about it. In a study to figure out which houseplants would be best to filter the air from harmful compounds, Pothos was shown to be one of the more effective houseplants tested, and NASA included Epipremnum aureum on their list of published findings.
If you really want to get things going in your home, you could start your own pothos collection with Neon Pothos and add to it along the way. There are plenty of varieties to choose from including Jade pothos (dark green), Marble queen pothos (a variegated variety), and Manjula pothos. Spicing up your decor and purifying your home at the same time.
Neon Pothos Plant Care Guide
Pothos plants are often grown as houseplants, and are renowned for their simple care.The Neon variety is also easy to care for. They can thrive in most rooms and environments.
We will discuss neon pothos care instructions in-depth later in our plant guide, but as long as you don't try to grow them in total darkness, you should have success with Neon Pothos.
🏡 Growing outside
While growing Neon Pothos outdoors is less common, it can be done. However, it’s important to note that the plant is only hardy to USDA hardiness zones 11 and 12. This means if you want to grow your Neon Pothos plants year-round outside of these hardiness zones, you’ll have to bring them indoors during the colder months.
Often, when used outdoors Neon pothos are used in similar situations as sweet potato vine, as an accent in mixed containers, or as a hanging basket or potted plant.
💧 Water Needs
Like most other houseplants, Neon Pothos enjoys a regular watering schedule. In a lot of cases, this could be once a week (if it’s a dry environment) to once every two weeks. Even though it would prefer the environment to be moist with water readily available, it can also handle things a little on the dry side.
This means if you’re afraid of overwatering things you can let this one dry out fully between waterings. The soil should be moist but not soggy.
Pro tip: Let topsoil dry between waterings!
Overwatering is one of the most common mistakes people make when they are growing plants indoors
To make sure you are watering your plant properly, use this simple rule of thumb: water when the first two inches of soil are dry.
Overwatering is one of the most common mistakes people make when they are growing plants indoors. Prevent this by routinely feeling your soil, so you can get a much better feel for if your plant needs water from touching the soil than just looking at it.
Plants that have been overwatered often have stunted root systems because they don’t have enough air. Roots do need to “breathe”. Excess water is one of the leading causes of root rot.
☀️ Sunlight Requirements: Bright indirect light
Pothos plants prefer bright indirect light for at least 4-6 hours everyday. They will thrive in a south- or west-facing window, though they may need some shade in the summer. If your pothos plant is receiving too much direct sunlight, it may develop brown or burnt leaves.
If you notice your pothos plant is receiving too little light, you may see yellow leaves - which can be trickier to spot on Neon Pothos because the leaves themselves are a lime green color. If you’re unsure, feel the leaves and make sure they seem firm and of good health. If this is the case, move it to a brighter location.
Getting enough light usually isn’t a concern for Neon Pothos plants, so you can easily grow them indoors year-round, and have been known to do well in low-light environments that other indoor plants would not tolerate making them very low-maintenance. If you’re growing them outside, they prefer some shade.
🌡️ Temperature and Humidity Requirements
These tropical plants prefer temperatures between 65 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit. They can tolerate temperatures as low as 55 degrees but may grow more slowly during colder periods. Although pothos are tropical plants, they are houseplant favorites because they do not necessarily need to be kept in high-humidity environments in the home.
In some drier regions, humidity may play a larger role in keeping these plants healthy. If your indoor climate is particularly dry, you can add humidity by placing your pothos plant on a tray filled with pebbles and water placing it near a humidifier, or by misting them occasionally.
Pothos plants can even thrive in commonly humid areas of the house like the kitchen, the bathroom, or the laundry room.
🌱 Best Soil for Your Neon Pothos
Since Neon pothos plants are not picky about their soil, growing them in a commercial houseplant potting mix works well. When choosing a soil mix, it’s wise to choose a mix designed for houseplants with plenty of perlite.
Perlite keeps the soil from drying out too quickly, but also keeps the soil from becoming too waterlogged.
Pothos plants prefer loose, nutrient-rich soil. Whichever soil you select, it’s important to use a pot with plenty of drainage holes. This will help prevent root rot.
How to Propagate Neon Pothos
Pothos Propagation is fairly easy. If you buy one Neon Pothos, you can add new plants to your home quickly by propagating it via stem cuttings. To do so follow these steps:
Take a 4-inch piece below leaf nodes from the stem and strip off the bottom leaves.
Place the stem in water making sure that the leaves are above the water level, and wait for it to sprout roots.
Once the roots grow, plant it in potting mix designed for seedlings or houseplants.
Because Pothos vines can reach extensive lengths, you can often take multiple stem cuttings at a time and grow your collection quickly. Propagation with most pothos varieties is primarily done via vegetative stem cuttings. You should be seeing new growth on our new plants in no time.
Repotting Neon Pothos
You shouldn’t need to be repotting Neon Pothos often, but you can do so when the plant becomes root-bound. To check if your plant is root-bound, take it out of the pot, and look at the roots.
If they are growing out of the bottom of the pot and circling the inside, then it is time to repot your plant. If you are growing this plant indoors, repot it every 2 years.
When you repot your Neon Pothos use well-draining soil. Make sure that the soil is not waterlogged. Using a potting mix with plenty of perlite can be helpful for drainage as well as water retention.
Clean the desired destination pot with a diluted bleach solution, vinegar, or hydrogen peroxide and thoroughly rinse afterwards.
Remove your Neon Pothos from its current home and inspect the roots to make sure they are healthy and not getting waterlogged - this is a great time to look for signs of root rot.
Fill your new pot 30-40% full of potting mix with peat moss.
Place your Neon Pothos in the new pot and cover with potting soil to fill in the spaces. Do not press down too hard on the soil as to compact it.
Water in your pothos to a level where the soil is moist but not soggy.
Common Neon Pothos Pests and Diseases
There are two common pests that feed on Neon Pothos plants: mealybugs and spider mites.
- Spider mites - These pests are green or red and are visible to the naked eye. They feed on the leaves of your plant, and they produce a fine webbing. To control this pest, use insecticidal soap or neem oil. You can read an in-depth guide for how to prevent and treat spider mites here.
- Mealybugs - These pests look like white or greyish specks and feed on the roots. They can be difficult to control and often come in large numbers, however, they affect the plant slowly and if treated with a rubbing alcohol solution, you can remedy the situation.
- Root Rot - Pothos plants are also susceptible to root rot if they’re overwatered. If your pothos plant begins to wilt or droop, check the soil to see if it’s too wet. If the roots look unhealthy, it may be time to dry things out and consider repotting. Read our in-depth guide about how to treat root rot here.
📚 Top Care Tips for Beginners
- Neon pothos plants are easy to grow, so you should be able to identify pests or diseases right away if they show up in your pot.
- If you find your pothos plant is wilting, check the soil to see if it’s too wet. If your pothos plant is receiving too much light, you can move it to a shadier location. If it’s receiving too little light, move it to a brighter area.
- If your neon pothos plant is drooping, look at the soil to see if it’s too wet. If it’s not, then it may be receiving too little water.
- Neon pothos plants can be propagated from cuttings.
- Neon pothos plants do well in most indoor environments.
Where to Buy Neon Pothos
If you’re looking for a colorful houseplant, neon pothos is a great choice. This variety grows long, trailing vines with heart-shaped leaves that are a vivid lemon-lime green color. Neon pothos plants like to be kept moist, but they don’t need to be watered that often.
They also prefer bright light but can tolerate some shade. If you’re a beginner trying to grow your first pothos plant, you can’t go wrong with this variety. You can find neon pothos from vetted houseplant merchants on Neverland.
Common FAQ for Neon Pothos
Are Neon Pothos easy to care for?
Neon Pothos is one of the most popular houseplants for beginners because the requirements to grow this plant are easy to provide.
What do I do if my Pothos has root rot?
First, it needs to dry out a bit. Root rot is commonly caused by overwatering. After that a repotting is in order to mitigate some of the fungal growth and excess water. You can read our in-depth guide on how to treat root rot here.
How often should I water Neon Pothos?
We have found that watering pothos once a week in dry environments or once every two weeks elsewhere should be sufficient, but it depends on many factors and the best way to know when to water is to feel the soil. If the top few inches feel dusty and dry, it’s time to give it a drink!
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