Neon Pothos plants are stunning houseplants that are easy to care for, making them great beginner plants. They grow well in low-light conditions like bathrooms, bedrooms, and office desks—perfect for those who don’t have a sunny spot for demanding plants! With bright neon green leaves, this exotic-looking houseplant is something truly unique that will easily brighten up any space it’s given.
This guide covers everything you need to know to get these gorgeous vines to thrive in your home or office.
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About Neon Pothos
Neon Pothos, also known as Epipremnum aureum’ Neon’, is an easy-care evergreen vine that makes a great addition to any home or office. Its beautiful foliage adds the wow factor, and with just a little sunlight, water, and care, you can create your own little green jungle plant.
Native to the Solomon Islands, Neon Pothos is a rare and exotic houseplant, usually grown indoors. It can be grown both as a potted houseplant and as a vine. If left to their own devices, these plants can get up to 10 feet in length, making for a glossy, neon-green backdrop.
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Neon Pothos Care
Despite its exotic looks, it is incredibly easy to handle and doesn’t require much beyond basic upkeep. As a result, gardeners of all skill levels can easily cultivate this species in their homes.
The best place to grow this vine is in a spot with plenty of indirect sunlight. If you have a room or area that gets a lot of direct sunlight, you will want to move it elsewhere so as not to burn the leaves.
Low light conditions are not ideal as the plant may develop leggy growth over time.
The best soil for this species drains well but has enough moisture to keep the roots hydrated. You can add perlite to your potting mix if you have sandy soil, which will help improve drainage.
Water your Neon Pothos regularly to keep the soil moist, but don’t allow it to sit in water. This will cause root rot.
Allow water to drain after a watering session to prevent standing water in the pot. Again, prevention is the best way to avoid overwatering.
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Temperature and Humidity
The ideal temperature range for this Pothos is between 60 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit. Pothos can tolerate temperatures up to 85 degrees but grow slower in higher temperatures.
Humidity should be around 50 percent or more. These are tropical plants and appreciate excess moisture in the atmosphere.
Neon Pothos does not need fertilizer. However, when it is actively growing, it will benefit from a little liquid fertilizer and slow-release pellets added to the soil every couple of months.
Don’t fertilize in winter so that you don’t encourage growth during a time when it’s not natural for the plant to be active.
Neon Pothos is a vine that can easily be trained to climb. The vines need to be pruned every few months but don’t cut them back unless you want the plant to start limiting itself to its container again. Instead, remove just one or two of the long shoots at each node, leaving some for continued growth.
If grown as a potted plant, you can prune it as desired. Pinching back new growth can sometimes promote a bushier growth habit and a more compact houseplant.
Potting and Repotting Neon Pothos
Neon Pothos can be repotted at any time. Of course, it’s best to do this in the spring or summer, but you can do it year-round if you keep your plant indoors.
Use a standard houseplant potting soil that drains well and is light and fluffy, not damp or dense. If using a commercial mix, choose one without peat moss, as this will cause the plant to rot at the roots.
Only repot if the plant is overgrowing its current pot. It will take at minimum a couple of years for this to happen.
How to Repot (Step-by-Step)
- Remove the plant from its current pot.
- Check for roots that are growing out of the bottom. If you see any, trim them off with pruning shears.
- Place a few inches of soil in your new container and place the root ball in it.
- Add more soil if necessary until the plant is at its original height, then pack down lightly with your hands or trowel.
- Water thoroughly and place it back into its original location.
Propagating Neon Pothos by Cuttings (Step-by-Step)
Like most Pothos, cuttings are the preferred method of propagation for the Neon Pothos. You can take stem cuttings from adult plants without fuss. You can even save the stems you cut back during a pruning session and propagate with them. Here’s what you do.
- Select a healthy, mature stem that is at least 6 inches long and has several leaves on it.
- Trim off the bottom two or three sets of leaves with pruning shears.
- Dip the cutting in the rooting hormone, then plant it in a pot of well-draining soil.
- Water the soil until it begins draining from the pot’s bottom.
- Place in bright, indirect light away from direct sun for two weeks.
- Water about once a week unless the soil is dry.
Early on, you can grow your cuttings in water instead of a soil-based medium. This is a feature common in almost all Pothos. However, if you’re planning on growing this plant in water, remember that it will have slightly increased care requirements and will need a more hands-on approach.
Related: How to Propagate Pothos Plants
Neon Pothos does not produce flowers when grown indoors. It is used as an ornamental plant and grown for its colorful foliage.
Neon Pothos is toxic to dogs, cats, and humans. Ingestion of the plant will result in vomiting and diarrhea. Take the necessary precautions if you suspect your cat or dog might have ingested a poisonous substance.
NOTE: This page is not intended as a substitute for veterinary advice. The toxicity of an ingested substance varies depending on the amount ingested, the animal’s weight, and its sensitivity to specific allergens. Contact your veterinarian or local animal poison control center immediately if you think your pet may have ingested a toxic substance.
- Placing under harsh sunlight
- Using poorly drained potting mediums
- Fertilizing during dormancy
If your Pothos leaves are wilting, it’s because the plant is thirsty for some water. Pour some water in the potting soil and watch these leaves perk right back up over the next hour or so.
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If your Pothos plant’s leaves are turning brown, it may be due to underwatering or low humidity. Water more often, but make sure you allow the soil to dry out between waterings. If your plant is in a room with low humidity, you can increase the humidity by using a humidifier or placing a shallow tray filled with water near your Pothos.
If your Pothos has lost its perk, it may be because your plant is in search of more sunlight. Move it to a brighter location, and you should see firmer growth in the future.