Neon Pothos Complete Care Guide

Epipremnum Aureum ‘Neon’ or just Neon Pothos is one of the best plant to start your plant parenting journey. The name is pretty self-explanatory, neon green leaves and great vibes.

Scientific name: Epipremnum Aureum ‘Neon’

Also called: Neon Pothos, Devil’s Ivy, Money Plant

Family: ARACEAE

If you are into video content more, here is the care guide for Neon Pothos:

care meter: 9/10

Neon Pothos is very easy to care for and we would definitely recommend this plant for beginners.

light

Neon Pothos needs a bit more light than it’s sibling Golden Pothos. The lighter the leaf color, usually the more light it needs. Bright indirect light is the way to go.

I tried growing it with medium light, and the leaf change color (totally forgot to mention that on video). So the leaves will turn more regular green, instead of that radiant neon color we are used to. It’s great if you can help your plant with artificial lights if your home is too dark.

watering

Water your Neon Pothos once a week during summer and once every 10-14 days during winter. If your home is colder, you should water less in general.

Just to be sure, check the soil every time before watering. The top 3-4 cm should feel dry, and during winter, you can even let the substrate dry out completely.

temperature

Neon Pothos likes it average. Any temperature between 20-26°C or a bit higher is great. Don’t let your plant in cold drafts. Anything below 15°C could damage the foliage, the roots and the plant altogether.

humidity

Average home humidity is good enough for Neon Pothos to be happy. If you can go higher than 50% is great, but you don’t have to do anything special. This plant will grow pretty much everywhere.

example of a healthy Neon Pothos

fertilizer

You can feed your Neon Pothos once a month during growing season. If the plant is going through dormancy during winter, there is no need to fertilize. However, if your plant is still growing, you can still feed it (With a more diluted solution and a bit less often, maybe once every two months).

I use an NPK of 10-10-10 because I like to stay consistent, but I tried different ratios in the past and if you have something richer in Nitrogen (the “N” in NPK), that should be fine. Nitrogen helps with leaf development and will promote faster growth.

substrate

Because the Neon Pothos is more light-colored than the regular Golden Pothos, I would recommend a very lightweight mix. Something containing coco coir, perlite and pine barks is great. I exaggerate with pine barks because winter are harsh here, but if your home is very warm, I wouldn’t worry that much.

Another mix you can make is with regular potting soil, some peat moss and perlite (in equal quantities). Regular potting soil alone is not recommended, because is usually too heavy on the roots. It can lead to root rot, especially if you like to water your plants.

plastic versus terracotta

You can grow Neon Pothos in both plastic or terracotta. Keep in mind that terracotta is porous and helps water evaporate faster, so that’s the only big difference.

repotting

The best sign to look for, is the roots going through the drainage holes. Neon Pothos grows quite rapidly if it gets proper light and could need repotting once in a while.

Choose a pot slightly bigger than the old one, add your favorite lightweight mix and there you go. It’s great if you can repot your plant during growing season because the roots will recover faster from damage. (It’s not 100% necessary, if your plant is growing like crazy during winter, you can repot it no problem)

propagation

If you’re just starting out with propagation, the safest way is by node cuttings. Cut your Neon Pothos into segments containing at least one node, place them in water and wait. In a couple of weeks you’ll start to notice new roots.

Another way is by leafless node cuttings, and this method is great to use if your Neon Pothos grew leggy and you want to do a plant makeover.

You can propagate this plant with cuttings directly into soil or by air layering, but more on that on another very detailed article.

pests

I had problems regarding spider mites and thrips on Neon Pothos. The earlier you spot them, the greater the chances of recovery. A massive infestation is not only time consuming, but also nerve wracking so the best advice is to check your plant every time you water it.

toxicity

Unfortunately, the Neon Pothos is not pet friendly. Please take care if your pet likes to chew on things.

sport variegation on Neon Pothos

other tips and tricks to consider:

It’s possible to notice small dark variegation on some Neon Pothos leaves. It is called sport variegation and it’s random. I suspect it can be caused by some mutation or by lack of light.

I know some people prefer to have just regular Neon Pothos leaves, I don’t mind the variegation and I thought this is a very cool thing to know.

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