Epipremnum Aureum N’Joy Complete Care Guide

Epipremnum Aureum N’Joy or N’Joy Pothos is a great option for a cheap, beautiful, variegated plant. And it grows really fast with the right amount of light.

Scientific name: Epipremnum Aureum ‘N’Joy’

Also called: N’Joy Pothos

Family: ARACEAE

care meter: 9/10

N’Joy Pothos is super easy care and I highly recommend it if you’re just starting out on your plant journey.

light

Epipremnum N’Joy really enjoys that bright indirect light 😉. Variegated plants need a bit more light than green plants in general. But be mindful not to place it in direct sun, this will cause burns on the leaves.

Medium light is not ideal for this plant, so if your place is not very bright, you can help your pothos with some grow lights. We tested it, and it works. More light, even if it’s artificial, is always a good idea.

watering

N’Joy Pothos can be watered once a week during warmer periods of time, and once every 10-14 days during winter. Because my place is a bit cooler, I let the substrate dry out almost completely before watering again.

It’s best not to overwater this plant, because you will deal with root rot later. And root rot is not pretty, but we’ll have a different article about that soon enough.

temperature

Average temperature is great for your N’Joy Pothos. Anything between 20-26°C will do. I would advise not to let it drop below 15°C because it will most likely cause a lot of damage (even though it will not show up immediately).

humidity

Average to high humidity is great for this plant. If you can provide 50% or more, your plant will be happy. Chances are, your average home humidity is good enough, so I would not stress out about a humidifier.

fertilizer

Fertilize your Epipremnum N’Joy once a month during growing season, and during winter you can take a break. Cooler temperature, usually mean dormancy for most plants, and during this time, your plant doesn’t need feeding.

If your N’Joy Pothos is still growing during winter, you can still feed it. I encourage you to dilute the fertilizer a bit more, and to use it less frequently (like once every two months or so).

I use a NPK ratio of 10-10-10 because I like to stay consistent, but I fertilized with other ratios in the past and the plant was okay. If you have something richer in Nitrogen, that would promote leaf development, so that’s a great NPK option as well.

substrate

I like a lightweight mix for any houseplant, and for N’Joy Pothos I use a mix based on coco coir, perlite and pine barks. You can never fail with this mix, especially if you like to water your plants.

You can also use a mix based on 50% regular potting soil and 50% perlite. I wouldn’t use just plain potting soil because it’s usually too heavy on the roots. Also, it will retain water for longer periods of time, and chances of root rot will be enhanced.

plastic versus terracotta

N’Joy Pothos does great in both types of pots. Other than aesthetics, the only major difference is that terracotta is porous and helps water evaporate faster than plastic. You might adjust your watering schedule if you switch to terracotta.

repotting

It’s best to repot only if it’s super necessary. If roots are showing on the bottom of the pot, or if you gently pull the plant and it comes off easily, with visible massive roots, then it’s time to move out.

Try to repot only when the plant needs it. Disturbing the roots frequently, will cause stress on the plant, and also some root damage.

When it’s time to repot, choose a pot slightly bigger and add your favorite lightweight soil mix. It’s great if you can repot your N’Joy Pothos during summer, but it’s not 100% required. Warmer periods of time can help your roots recover faster.

N’Joy Pothos growing in a ceramic pot

propagation

N’Joy Pothos can be propagated best by cuttings in water. This method is very safe for beginners and it’s also fun to see those roots develop under water. You can also place the cuttings directly in soil, even though I’m not really into this method, especially during winter.

Another way is by wet sticks (leafless stem cuttings), placed in clean containers in a zip bag. And the last (easy) method is by air layering, more on that later.

pests

The only time I think I spotted a problem on my N’Joy Pothos, it was caused by spider mites. I said “I think” because the tiny spider web I saw, could easily be mistaken by plain dust.

It’s best to check the plant every time you water it. If you spot dust, shower your plant. If it’s actually spider mites, do the treatment. If you are not sure, still do the treatment. Better to be safe than sorry.

toxicity

N’Joy Pothos is not pet friendly, it can cause irritation and we advise you to keep it away from pets.

other things to consider:

N’Joy Pothos can be mistaken with Glacier Pothos, Pearls & Jade Pothos or even Manjula Pothos (even though, the last one is the most different). The Glacier Pothos and Pearls & Jade Pothos are more common in the US, and here in Europe, the N’Joy Pothos is the most popular.

Because the first three are so similar and hard to differentiate, you could easily buy a pot labeled as “N’Joy Pothos” and to actually receive a pot with a mix of Pothos which is pretty cool 💚

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