Neon pothos are a hardy and easy to look after houseplant, just give them plenty of light to keep the color in those leaves. The key is to give it plenty of light to encourage those colors, but not too much that the color burns or bleaches out.
Neon Pothos Care Summary
|Light needs:||The Neon Pothos needs a good amount of indirect sunlight to maintain it’s brilliant color.|
|Watering needs:||Let the plant dry out between waterings then soak it.|
|Fertilizer:||It is not necessary to feed it, but if you like tou can fertilize once a month or so in the growing season, but don’t in winter.|
|Soil:||Rich, well draining|
|Humidity:||These plants do well across the normal household humidity range.|
|Temperature:||Normal household temperature range, just don’t let them get cold or drafty in summer.|
|Where to buy:||Try our list of Rare Plant Shops.|
|Other names:||Epipremnum neon|
|Common issues:||The bright neon color can fade if not given enough light.|
Neon Pothos Care
The neon pothos is a bright and vibrant plant that adds a beautiful light green glow to your space, it is one of my favorites and let’s face it this is an amazing plant! The great news is that it is not fussy and relatively easy to care for. We cover everything you need to know in our Neon Pothos Care Guide..
Neon Pothos Light Needs
The Neon Pothos needs a good amount of indirect sunlight to maintain it’s brilliant color. Be careful of direct sunlight though as this pothos can burn easily, it needs a lot of light but not too much! Off to the side of a bright window is a great place for them.
Tip: give them as much light as you can without any direct sun as they can burn in direct, but will close their color if they don’t get enough. Off of the side of a south facing window is a great spot for them.
Neon Pothos Design/Display Tips
The plant is such a great color, it just needs to show it off. I take cuttings of mine and put them in water around the kitchen, it looks great against our grey kitchen surfaces.
How Often to Water Neon Pothos
Let the plant dry out between waterings then soak it. This should be about once a week in hotter months and probably every 10 days in colder ones. Check it once a week with your finger.
I hardly ever fertilize mine, it is such a low maintenance plant, and I just let it get on with itself to be honest! You can fertilize neon pothos once a month or so in the growing season, but don’t in winter. Use a multipurpose house plant fertilizer but dilute it more than normal with a bit too much water as pothos can be sensitive to fertilizer burn.
Technical, Trend and Price Info
Habitat And General Info
Genus/Species: Genus: Epipremnum. Species: E. aureum (source).
Natural Habitat: The Solomon Islands (source).
Zones: 9-11 (source).
Max Size and Spread (and time to get to that size): Ultimate height 4-8 meters. Ultimate spread 1-1.5 meters. Time to ultimate height 10-20 years (source) .
Are they toxic to pets?: Toxic to dogs and cats (source).
Taken September 2021, showing the last 5 years of worldwide Google search traffic.
Europe: 20 Euros. USA: 25-30 USD.
(Prices taken from Etsy and Ebay sellers, September 2021, for a full plant).
Instagram Trend: 58215 uses of tag #neonpothos.
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Neon Pothos Soil
Neon pothos like a well-draining mix. They do not want to get water logged which leads to root rot. You can always add some perlite for drainage if you like.
These plants do well in dry households and humid ones, across the normal humidity range. You can give them a misting when you water them if you like, but it is better to give them ambient humidity by keeping them with other plants, or in a humid room.
Neon Pothos Temperature
Normal household temperature is fine for neon pothos plants. Just don’t let it burn in the sun or get a really cold draft on it for too long.
How to Propagate a Neon Pothos
A neon pothos can be propagated easily by taking a cutting that includes a node and placing it in room temperature water until the roots look healthy. Then it can be potted up into a standard well draining soil. See our Pothos Propagation article too.
Neon Pothos USDA Zone
They should be ok outside if you live in zones 10-12.
Where To Buy A Neon Pothos
Other Names for Neon Pothos
The scientific name for the neon pothos is epipremnum aureum neon, they are also know simply as neon pothos plant, aswell as epipremnum neon.
Neon Pothos Vs Neon Philodendron
The best way to tell the difference is that the philodendron has heart shaped leaves.
Neon Pothos FAQs and Common Issues
As part of this neon pothos care guide I’ll cover some common issues with the neon pothos are over watering, and leaves losing brightness due to not enough light. You can always get a grow light over winter if you need, there are some really inexpensive ones about at the moment.
Just be careful not to give it too much light, if it gets lots of midday sun it can burn the leaves or discolor them slightly.
Are Neon Pothos Toxic To Cats?
Neon pothos is toxic to both dogs and cats if ingested. Seek vets advice.
Why Is My Neon Pothos Turning Yellow?
Neon pothos can fade if not given enough light, but can also be sunburned which can burn the leaves into a yellow color. So check the light levels – make sure it is getting plenty of indirect sunlight, but no direct.
Why Is My Neon Pothos Turning Green?
If the neon color is fading and new foliage is a greener color, move your plant so it gets more light (but no direct sunlight).
Do Neon Pothos Like To Be Root Bound?
They do not like to be root bound, but will tolerate it. They will grow much better if given plenty of root space.
Do Neon Pothos Have Variegation?
They are not variegated, the beautiful neon color is not variegation, it is it’s normal leaf coloring. You can get sport variegation on a neon pothos though, mine have some darker green patches on them. So the neon color is not variegation, but they can be variegated.
Can Neon Pothos Become Variegated?
Yes, they can get a dark green sport variegation, here’s a picture of one of mine.
Why Do Neon Pothos Revert?
Neon pothos lose their color when given too much or too little light. Don’t give them direct sunlight, but give the as much indirect sunlight as you can.
Why Are The Leaf Tips Turning Brown?
Leaf tips can brown due to too much fertilizer, or due to really hard water. They can be sensitive, so be careful, use filtered water and dilute fertilizer down.
Why Is It Losing It’s Neon Colour?
A neon pothos can lose it’s color if it is not getting enough light. If it is going slightly pale, then give it more indirect sunlight.
Can Neon Pothos Grow In Water? ?
Yes, neon pothos can grow in water, you can take a cuttings and it will survive in water alone. Make sure there are no leaves under the water surface which can rot and cause the water to go cloudy and the plant to die.
You can repot a neon pothos every few years to keep it growing bigger. A plant pot 5 cm or so bigger should be fine. Pro tip(!): I take some cuttings a few weeks before and then plant them back in with the main plant when I repot it, to keep the plant bushy. The same if the plant is becoming leggy or getting too long, just cut the stems back and use them for propagations too
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