The Neon Pothos is among the most stunning house plants because of its bright neon color, as the name suggests. And as far as indoor plants go, the Neon Pothos is also one of the easiest to care for as it is adaptable to many lighting and watering environments.
If you’re looking for a beautiful pop of color to add to your home and an easy plant care guide to go along with it, the Neon Pothos is just the plant for you. We have the tips and tricks you need to keep this vining ivy as happy as possible and troubleshoot the few issues that may arise.
Neon Pothos Plants Details
There is conflicting information about the Neon Pothos relation to the Golden Pothos, or the “Devil’s Ivy.” Some say they are synonyms of one another, while others classify them as entirely different species. However, the Neon Pothos is a subspecies, or cultivar, of the Golden Pothos. To clarify, this means that all Neon Pothos are also Golden Pothos, but not all Golden Pothos are also Neon Pothos. It would be imprecise then to consider the Neon Pothos “Devil’s Ivy,” as it is more like its nephew. The two are similar, but Neon is unique in its own right!
- Scientific/Common Name: Epipremnum Aureum ‘Neon’ Pothos
- Genus: Epipremnum
- Scientific Family: Araceae
- Origin: Indigenous to the Solomon Islands of the South Pacific
- Mature Length: 6 to 10 feet
- Distinguishing Features: Neon Chartreuse Leaves, Trailing Vines
- Home Placement: Away from a Window, Hanging in a Basket
- Growth Speed: Moderate
- Light Requirements: Medium, Indirect
- Watering Requirements: Moist Soil, Dry Out between Waterings
- Soil Requirements: Average, Well-Draining Potting Mix
- Temperature: 60º to 80ºF (15º – 26ºC)
- Fertilizer: Balanced, Water-Soluble Houseplant Fertilizer
- Humidity: Medium to High
- Flowering: Does Not Flower
- Pruning: Prune Dead or Dying Leaves, or to Control Shape and Size
- Propagation: Propagate a Stem with Four Healthy Leaves
- Repotting: Repot every 2 to 3 Years
- Diseases and Pests: Phytophthora Root Rot and Mealy Bugs
- Toxicity: Can be Fatal to Children and Pets
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Neon Pothos: Family & Origin
The Neon Pothos is a subspecies–– or cultivar–– of the Epipremnum Aureum species (synonym: Scindapsus aureus) in the Araceae family, similar to the Jade Pothos. This vining grower’s broader species goes by many names, such as the Golden Pothos, Marble Queen, and Money Plant, though several species hold the lattermost title. But Neon is unique in its own right! It is indigenous to the Solomon Islands of the South Pacific and loves the tropical climate found there, though it will adapt well to any home environment. Many plant stores often mislabel Pothos as a philodendron, but the neon chartreuse leaves of this cultivar should clarify any confusion.
How Do You Care for Neon Pothos?
The Neon Pothos is one of the easiest houseplants to care for, and with its distinctive chartreuse leaves, it should be at the top of your wish-list. They thrive in hanging baskets, anyplace their trailing vines can fall freely or climb a trellis. Neon Pothos are resilient in low-light and under-watered environments, making them a perfect fit for almost any home. Their root systems do well in small pots, and while their vines are ever-growing, you only need to repot Neon Pothos every few years. And the neon leaves aren’t just for looks: if it lacks nutrients required from sunlight or watering, it will lose its variegated (multicolored) shading, signaling to you that love is needed!
What Soil is Best for Neon Pothos?
When potting your Neon Pothos, make sure to use potting mix rather than potting soil. Potting or garden soil will be far too dense and will retain too much moisture, choking and drowning your plant. Avoiding a dense potting medium is best for almost every houseplant. Choose a loamy (well-aerated) potting mix rich in organic material mixed with just a bit of sand; this will encourage sufficient drainage. No matter the specifications, don’t expect the Neon Pothos to produce flowers.
Since the Neon Pothos is such a hardy houseplant, fertilizer is often unnecessary. However, if you want to maximize its growth as quickly as possible, a standard, balanced (20-20-20) indoor plant fertilizer will work well if applied every other month. Even without fertilizer, expect your pothos to grow more than six feet long!
If you want to propagate Neon Pothos into more plants, cut off a healthy stem with about four healthy leaves on it. Make sure to use very sharp, sterilized kitchen shears to mitigate damage done to the original plant. You can soak the cut side in a glass of water for a couple of days until shoots emerge or plant the new cutting directly into some soil. Keep the water moist, and roots should develop within a few weeks!
How Much Light Do Neon Pothos Need?
Neon Pothos is adaptable to several light conditions, though moderate exposure to bright light is ideal. Low light is sufficient and can be supplemented with fluorescent light if needed. A new plant will need some time to adjust to the lighting conditions in your home, so don’t be discouraged if your Neon Pothos drops a couple of leaves within the first few weeks. Ensure the Neon Pothos is away from any hot windows as the leaves may burn–– east and north-facing windows are best. Otherwise, a temperature of 60º to 80ºF (15º – 26ºC) is perfect. If you notice the leaves are losing their variegated details, the Neon Pothos is likely not receiving enough sunlight.
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Do Pothos Plants Need Direct Sunlight?
If you suspect your Neon Pothos isn’t getting enough light, don’t overcorrect! Direct sunlight is too intense for this plant and will burn the leaves. If the neon leaves get dull, it’s likely a result of too much sunlight. Bright indirect light is ideal and will give Neon Pothos all the sun-derived nutrients it needs. Hanging baskets set a few feet back from a sunny window is an excellent set-up to see these plants thrive.
How Often Should You Water a Neon Pothos?
One of the perks of owning a Neon Pothos at home is that it will usually tell you when it needs watering. Like most houseplants, overwatering is a more significant threat to the Neon Pothos’ health than underwatering is. Let the soil dry out entirely between waterings, about every other week. The variegation on the green leaves will become less vibrant, signaling that it could use a drink. Don’t worry about a missed watering! The Neon Pothos is resilient to neglect and may even prefer it. Situate one of these hanging plants a few feet back from a sunny window and moisten the soil when needed. Damp soil is better than soggy soil.
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Do Neon Pothos Like to be Misted?
Another easy-care tip for the Neon Pothos involves misting the plant semi-regularly rather than subjecting it to a thorough watering. However, some people claim that misting this natural air purifier is unnecessary. While it is far from required, misting the Neon Pothos can help simulate higher humidity levels and distribute moisture more gently. You can even dilute houseplant fertilizer into a spray bottle and mist the plant for a gentle and balanced feeding. And since the vining trail can grow up to ten feet long, misting the entire plant will ensure the whole plant receives moisture quickly.
If possible in your home environment, the Neon Pothos does love high humidity, 60% or higher. Since this houseplant is native to tropical regions, simulating its natural ecosystem is ideal, and implementing a humidifier into your set-up is a worthwhile investment. However, the Neon Pothos will gladly adapt to your home, regardless of humidity levels.
Why Does My Neon Pothos Have Brown Tips?
The bright chartreuse leaves of the Neon Pothos can develop brown leaf tips for several reasons. The most likely reason is that your houseplant is receiving too much direct light or heat. Direct sunlight and hot window glass will dry out Neon Pothos too quickly, causing the leaves to die and turn brown. The heat will also scorch the leaves, showing visible signs of burning. If you catch brown leaf tips on your Neon Pothos, prune the dead leaves and move the plant away from the light. Bright filtered light a few feet from a window will be perfect for the Neon Pothos.
Another cause of browning leaves can be pests or diseases. Mealybugs are uncommon on the Neon Pothos but can be fatal to your houseplant. If you notice white fuzzy creatures on the Neon Pothos leaves’ undersides, wipe them off with rubbing alcohol. Spray the plant with neem oil to prevent any more pests.
Brown leaf tips may also be the result of root rot. If you overwater your plant or do not have sufficient drainage, the roots can grow mold and mildew. Make sure the soil dries out between watering to avoid waterlogged soil. If your plant develops root rot and remains unchecked for too long, the leaves will start to brown and die. Let the roots dry out and consider adding more substantial drainage holes.
Should I Cut Yellow Leaves Off Neon Pothos?
The Neon Pothos is one of the most low-maintenance houseplants you could add to your home. However, it still deserves your time and attention! If you notice yellow leaves on the Neon Pothos, it may be the beginning stages of browning leaf tips. Ensure your plant is not receiving too much direct light or heat, and yellow leaves are often a sign of underwatering. While the Neon Pothos is resilient to underwatering, it will need to drink eventually.
Check for mealybugs or root rot and respond accordingly, either by wiping off the pests with rubbing alcohol or drying out the soggy roots. Fertilizing your plant might also help prevent yellow leaves by introducing more nutrients into its diet. Only fertilize Neon Pothos once every other month, if at all.
Similarly, Phytophthora is a plant-damaging bacteria that can ruin your houseplants or at least cause leaf discoloration and death. Applying a 3% solution of household hydrogen peroxide to your soil will remove pathogens and diseases like Phytophthora. Use a mixture of 1 part peroxide to 3 parts water and allow it to soak into the dirt before resuming regular watering.
Where Can I Buy a Neon Pothos?
Neon Pothos are not the most common houseplants available at a local nursery or garden section, but we think they should be! Home improvement stores like Lowes or Home Depot may carry them, but a local nursery or garden store is more likely. However, many plant stores often mislabel Pothos as a philodendron, but the neon chartreuse leaves of this cultivar should clarify any confusion. So double-check the store’s selection for mislabeling before going home empty-handed! Online retailers like Etsy and Amazon also have a wide selection of Neon Pothos for sale:
Although we think the Neon Pothos is a great option for your home garden, there are plenty of other options as well. The Pothos genus has many varieties, most marked by the trailing and climbing green vines. The Monstera Deliciosa is a bit more ubiquitous to indoor gardening, so you should be able to find it easily at a local nursery. The Sansevieria Trifasciata, or Snake Plant, is another excellent low-maintenance option. And if flowers are what you’re into, consider the low-maintenance orchid. Whichever you end up with, we’ve got several other guides to getting the most out of your houseplants. Here’s to the flourishing of your Neon Pothos.