Neon Pothos: Plant Care 101

Neon Pothos is such a vibrant plant, mostly cultivated for its beautiful chartreuse, trailing foliage. It adds a striking pop of color amongst darker plants and is relatively simple to care for. This has made it a popular indoor plant, but still one of the rarer pothos to see.

Neon Pothos Care
Neon Pothos

Growth Habits

It’s trailing foliage can reach up to 30 feet indoors but is typically 6-10 feet at maturity. If you want a bushy plant instead of a trailing plant, simply pinch off the ends of the vines to encourage fuller growth.

If given a moss pole, the aerial roots will attach and climb. By doing this, you will encourage your leaves will grow bigger and bigger as they would naturally if growing up a tree.

Light

Pothos (scientific name – Epipremnum aureum) is native to the subtropical forests of the Pacific. Where it grows up trees, clinging to the bark with its aerial roots until it reaches the canopy above. Neon Pothos prefer bright indirect light but can also adapt easily to darker corners of your home. Notice, I did not say pitch black corners. You have to give it some natural light in order for it to thrive. So no pothos green walls in the back of your closet.

Signs of Too Much Light

You can tell your pothos is getting too much light if you are developing extra pale yellow leaves. This can be a little difficult to identify on the Neon Pothos since its leaves are already a yellow green. So look for leaves that are much lighter in color and possibly even developing brown crispy spots or tips.

Signs of Too Little Light

When you have too little light, your foliage will lose its nice bright chartreuse coloring and will instead be more of a springy green color. The vines will also get very leggy, with the leaves developing further and further apart.

Water

The Neon Pothos does not appreciate soggy soil, but it also doesn’t like to dry out completely. Allow the top 2 inches of soil to dry out in between waterings. I typically have to water mine every 7-10 days. Your days in-between may differ from mine because of indoor temperature, lighting, soil type, and pot type.

Over-Watered Neon Pothos Signs

Sometimes it’s hard to tell if you have been over-watering until it is too late. Over-watering is the #1 killer of plants. The leaves will turn yellow and develop soft brown spots. If it is progressing into root rot territory, then your Neon Pothos leaves and stem will look shriveled even after giving it a good drink.

Under-Watered Neon Pothos Signs

An under-watered pothos is going to be wilted but perk right up within about an hour after watering. If you have made a habit of under-watering, then you will notice crispy brown tips and edges on it’s leaves. If you notice this, adjust your watering schedule to slightly more frequently. Remember to still allow the top 2 inches of soil to dry out between waterings, but don’t allow the entire pot to become bone dry.

Soil

Neon Pothos will appreciate a fast draining soil with moderate moisture retention. I will typically use a coco coir and worm castings blend for mine which it seems to love. Pothos grow naturally in a very nutrient dense soil that is fast-draining, so your plant will perform best when you replicate this. Make sure that your pot also has drainage holes. This will allow the roots and soil to breathe properly. If your pot doesn’t have drainage, check out this post.

Neon Pothos with Golden Pothos
Neon Pothos on left compared to Golden Pothos on right

Fertilizer for Neon Pothos

You should fertilize your pothos about twice a month with a water-soluble organic fertilizer (my current favorite is Joyful Dirt). If you notice that in the winter months, your plant growth slows or stops completely, then you should fertilize only once per month. The beauty of an organic fertilizer though, is that you don’t have to worry about burning your plant!

Temperature

Like most Pothos, this one prefers your typical indoor temperature between 60 and 85 degrees Fahrenheit or 15 to 30 degrees Celsius. The warmer your temperatures, the more you will probably have to water and fertilize.

Humidity

Neon Pothos are not picky when it comes to humidity. Normal indoor humidity levels should be fine, so somewhere between 35 and 50 percent.

Neon Pothos Toxicity

This plant is toxic to both cats and dogs, so make sure you keep it out of reach. The leaves contain insoluble calcium oxalates, which can cause intense oral irritation. It looks great as a hanging basket or high on a shelf. I know my cat loves to chew on pothos leaves, so I keep mine up high and out of reach.

Propagation

Neon Pothos Propagation
Neon Pothos cutting ready for propagating

You can propagate your Neon Pothos via stem cuttings that are rooted in water or directly in soil. I have had the best luck propagating in water; rot tends to be more of an issue when rooting in soil for me. Cuttings can take anywhere from 2 weeks to 2 months to root.

Neon Pothos FAQ

Is Neon Pothos Rare?

Technically no. Since Neon Pothos is pretty readily available at most nurseries, online and big box stores, it is not considered to be rare. It is however a very highly sought after Pothos variety so it may be hard to find locally in your area.

How can I make my Neon Pothos look more neon?

Highlighters. Just kidding. If your Neon Pothos is not receiving enough light, then its leaves will grow small and darker green. In order to get those nice bright neon leaves, you will need to give it plenty of bright light.

How can I get my Neon Pothos to grow faster?

If you want your Neon Pothos to grow quickly, you need to make sure that you are meeting its care requirements.

  1. Provide very bright but indirect light. It can take a couple of hours of morning sun.
  2. Fertilize it regularly with a good quality balanced fertilizer.
  3. Don’t let it dry out completely in between waterings.
  4. Don’t overwater. This will damage the roots and if you have damaged roots, then they are not able to uptake water and nutrients as easily.
  5. Keep your Neon Pothos between 65ºF and 85ºF. The closer to 85ºF you keep it, the faster it will grow.

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