Neon Pothos is a fabulous plant that’s a must-have for any houseplant enthusiast that likes trailing plants, and super-bright leaves that almost look like they should be radioactive.
This plant is very easy to grow, like all in the Pothos genus, and holds its own among any houseplant collection with its tumbling vines and nearly luminous leaves.
Not sure if the Neon Pothos is for you? Here’s everything you should know about this plant.
How To Grow Neon Pothos
A Bright Position
Pothos plants tend to do well in low levels of light, but if you want the absolute best out of Neon Pothos, give it a bright position.
If it’s in a place that is too dark, the plant’s leaves will become darker to help it survive, so it will lose its characteristic look, which is something you want to avoid!
While dim light will wash out the intensity of the leaves, this plant can cope with around half a day of direct sunlight, making it perfect for sunny windows.
Preferably choose a Western or Eastern-facing window over a Southern-facing window, as you need a balance between bright light and far too much direct sunlight.
Frustratingly, too much sun will result in the brilliant color fading from the leaves.
It is also worth knowing that Neon Pothos plants have much brighter new growth, as mature leaves will deepen in color.
In terms of temperature and humidity, it’s worth knowing that these plants need a warm position. If they don’t get temperatures that are at least 68°F (or 20°C), the growth will take an age.
If you’re okay with that, aim to at least have nighttime temperatures at 60°F (or 16°C).
Temperature is more important than humidity with this plant. However, if you can put your Neon Pothos in a room that has higher levels of humidity, it will definitely benefit!
Ideal Soil: Damp But Well-Draining
Neon Pothos plants need compost with plenty of goodness, that drains well but doesn’t dry out too quickly.
It can sound complicated, but this is fairly easy to achieve, and you don’t need specially-formulated compost mixes to do it.
For most leafy tropical plants including Pothos, you can use a ready-made houseplant mix, and if you throw in a couple of handfuls of perlite, this will give the plant everything it needs in terms of nutrients and drainage.
Watering Neon Pothos: Allow The Top Inch Of Soil To Dry Out
When it comes to watering, you can treat Neon Pothos like any other Pothos plant (you can even grow Pothos in just water. See also How To Grow Pothos In Water).
Allow the top inch of compost to dry out in between watering, which helps make sure that water does not pool at the roots for too long.
Make sure you soak all the surface of the soil, and allow any water that runs through the soil to drain away, tipping out any excess that collects at the bottom of the pot.
Check every week or so to see if the soil is dry. If it’s damp to the touch, hold off on watering it, but don’t let the soil dry out completely.
Neon Pothos, or any Pothos for that matter, will not thank you for it. These plants cannot cope with long and dry periods!
You may notice that I haven’t given you a definite schedule on when to water your plant. Always be wary of any site that claims that you should water x a week or every few weeks.
There are a lot of things that contribute to how long the soil stays wet for, and it will be a unique combination, made up of all the different growing conditions in your home.
When To Feed Neon Pothos
While the soil will have plenty of nutrients to begin with, as time goes on you will need to replenish them by feeding your plants.
Neon Pothos is no different. To help keep the plant healthy, feed it every fourth watering or so during the growing season.
Use a balanced feed specifically formulated for houseplants, making sure that whichever one you choose, it is urea-free, and that you follow the dosage instructions on the label.
Remember that fertilizer can only fix one problem: a lack of nutrition. If your plant looks sick, you’ll need to investigate first and figure out what the cause is, fixing it before you feed the plant.
Feeding a stressed plant is a recipe for disaster, and often, the plant cannot cope with the influx of nutrients if it isn’t healthy.
Repotting Neon Pothos
I probably don’t need to say it, but I will. Make sure every plant pot you have has drainage holes.
If you have a plant in a pot without drainage holes, sooner or later that plant will die. No matter how careful you are when it comes to watering it. It’s a mistake you don’t need to make!
When you need to repot your plant, only choose one size upwards from the current pot when it comes to repotting Neon Pothos. This will help avoid root rot.
Once you take it out of its pot, make sure you tease some of the root system away from the old soil.
Break the edges of the roots out of the pot shape so that the plant grows into the new soil, instead of continuing to grow into the same shape, not using the fresh compost at all.
How To Propagate Neon Pothos
Pothos plants are very easy to propagate, and Neon Pothos is no different! While this plant roots easily, it’s worth taking more cuttings than you think you need, just in case some of them don’t make it.
To create a plant that is fuller from the start, pot up several cuttings into the same container, and the roots will form one system.
If you prefer, you could use each cutting to create a single plant or put the cuttings back into the container with the original plant to make it denser.
Put your cuttings into soil or water, whichever you find easier, and wait for them to root. If you’re propagating using water, once the new plants have roots that are about an inch long, it’s time to transfer them into compost.
Can A Normal Neon Pothos Turn Into A Variegated One?
Yes. A solid-green Neon Pothos plant can become variegated by producing a sport. But this isn’t something that you can encourage, the plant has to do it on its own.
If you do prefer the look of a variegated Neon Pothos, your best bet is to find one from a specialist seller, though they can be rather pricey.
Things To Consider When Growing Neon Pothos
Neon Pothos is not difficult to care for, but there are a few things to keep in mind when it comes to growing it.
A Note On Toxicity
It’s worth noting that all plants within the Pothos genus contain calcium oxalate crystals. These are very harmful to humans and pets, so keep any Pothos plants well out of reach to avoid disaster.
Growth Rate And Eventual Size
While Neon Pothos is slow to grow in conditions that aren’t ideal, these plants can grow fairly rapidly if they are given the right light, warm temperatures, and a consistent watering schedule.
The vines are capable of reaching more than 2 feet long, and you may need to trim yours back so that it doesn’t drag on the floor! Just something to keep in mind when you’re wondering where you can put this plant.
How To Keep The Leaves Vibrant
To keep the leaves of Neon Pothos as bright as possible, you must give the plant plenty of light. Without it, the plant will produce more chlorophyll to help it survive, which darkens the leaves.
Why You Shouldn’t Mist Neon Pothos
Misting is not a good way to increase humidity. The only time you should mist your plants, including Pothos, is to clear the leaves of dust with a damp cloth.
Otherwise, put that mister down. Your plant will not thank you if the water sits on the leaves for too long.
It also increases the risk of fungal problems, especially if you do it at night when the warmth and light of the day cannot evaporate the excess water. It is inviting trouble.
Neon Pothos Leaves Turning Yellow
If the beautiful foliage on your Neon Pothos plant is turning yellow instead of the fabulous bright green, this is the plant telling you that something is wrong.
The most common cause of yellowing leaves in a Pothos plant is a moisture imbalance. Usually, this is when the soil has either been too wet or too dry for too long, so check the soil to make sure.
Neon Pothos can also start turning yellow when you’re giving the plant more direct sunlight than it can cope with.
Neon Pothos is a gorgeous trailing plant, and as long as you provide it with enough warmth and light, it will grow quickly, but make sure that it is well away from any sources of heat or drafts.