Pothos N’Joy or Epipremnum aureum ‘N’ Joy is a lovely Pothos variety if you’re after something variegated that looks beautiful and is easy to care for.
Variegated Pothos varieties often get confused with each other, but a trick to distinguish NJoy apart from others such as Marble Queen and Pearls & Jade is that NJoy does not have the tiny flecks of green that the other two do.
Here’s everything you should know about growing Pothos NJoy, including what kind of light it needs, when to water it, and how to propagate it.
Where To Put A Pothos NJoy
As a variegated variety, Pothos NJoy needs a good source of light to keep the variegation bold and striking (for another variegated Pothos, you might choose Variegated Neon Pothos).
In too low light levels, the variegation will fade, and can even revert to a solid green if the plant struggles to provide itself with the energy it needs.
Ideally, if you have a windowsill that’s bright all day, and gets some direct sunlight for a couple of hours, this will help give your plant a boost.
It will grow fine in a bright spot without direct sunlight, but the growth will be better and the variegation brighter in a lighter spot.
If your home is very dark, you could use a full spectrum grow light to help support the plant’s growth.
Humidity And Temperature Needs
Pothos plants are a little fussy when it comes to temperatures, and won’t do well in anything under 65°F (or 18°C) during the day, as temperatures lower than this can damage the plant.
As this is a variety that doesn’t grow very fast, it’s worth putting this plant somewhere that’s on the warmer side to support its growth rate.
Avoid sources of heat and drafts, as this will dry out the air around the plant, and cause other problems you don’t need.
In terms of humidity, Pothos plants aren’t as demanding, and average household levels will do.
If you can increase the humidity to some degree, this will give the plant a boost, but make sure that the air can still circulate freely.
Pothos Soil Mix
You could use whatever houseplant soil mix you have to hand, and while there is nothing wrong with this, you can make it better with one simple adjustment: add one part perlite to three parts compost.
This makes a world of difference when it comes to root health, as the soil will drain faster, diverting what would be too much water away from the roots, while helping to keep the root system oxygenated.
Watering Pothos NJoy
Most Pothos plants like partially drying out in between watering, but they won’t stand dry periods for long.
To achieve a happy medium, allow the top quarter of the compost to dry out before you water the plant, and don’t wait any longer than this.
If the soil gets too dry for too long, the beautiful leaves will crisp up, some will turn yellow, and drop off the plant entirely.
You also want to avoid letting the plant sit in water, whether that’s on purpose through bottom watering, or by accident when the water has nowhere to go once it is out of the drainage holes, as it can kill the roots.
Always throw away any water that trickles through the drainage holes.
Should You Feed Pothos NJoy?
A good way of making sure that your Pothos NJoy is happy and healthy is to feed it occasionally during the growing season.
For Pothos plants, grab a good-quality, balanced liquid houseplant feed, and always follow the dosage instructions. Feed every couple of waterings during the growing season.
Allow a break in between to help prevent fertilizer from building up in the soil and unbalancing the growth or burning the roots.
Scale it back in the fall, never fertilizing the plant in winter. Wait until spring when the plant is putting out active growth.
How To Propagate Pothos
Pothos plants are very easy to propagate, and the method is the same no matter which variety you grow.
Using clean scissors, remove a vine from the plant, making sure that it has at least one leaf and one growth node.
It is easier to choose a vine with several nodes, and then you can split this into more than one cutting. Never take a single cutting as this lowers your chances of success.
It’s much easier to make each node into one cutting, and this way you can grow many Pothos plants from a single vine.
Place the cuttings immediately in a clean jar of fresh water, making sure that the growth node is submerged, but no leaves touch the water.
Within a few weeks, you will see roots growing from the ends of the cuttings, and once they are about half an inch long, you can transfer them into soil to continue growing.
Other Things To Consider When Growing Pothos NJoy
While Pothos NJoy is an easy plant to grow, it is not without its problems. Here are some things to consider, and some warning signs you should watch out for when growing this plant.
A Note On Toxicity
Pothos plants, like all their relatives that hail from the Araceae plant family, are dangerous if ingested.
As these plants contain calcium oxalates, it’s best to keep them well out of reach of pets and children.
If the leaves on your Pothos NJoy are turning yellow, this is a sign of plant stress. The plant is letting you know that something in the growing conditions is not right.
Most of the time, yellowing leaves mean that the plant is suffering from conditions that are too wet or too dry for a while, and this is something you should not ignore.
Aim to let the top quarter of the compost dry out in between watering, and this will help stop any other leaves from going yellow.
Leaves Turning Brown And Crispy
If the leaves on your Pothos NJoy are turning brown and crispy (see also 6 Causes Of Leaves Turning Brown), this is usually a sign that the compost is too dry, and has been for far too long, damaging the growth of the plant. Give it a drink, and quickly.
You may have to water it several times, as the first time you water very dry soil it will just escape through the drainage holes without doing much.
Don’t be afraid of overwatering, as you do need to rehydrate the soil at this point for your plant to recover.
You will need to throw away any water that drains through the holes, so be mindful to check the outer pot or saucer after you’re done, and then maybe another hour afterward.
Pothos NJoy Wilting
A Pothos NJoy wilting usually means that the plant is suffering from extreme moisture levels: there is either too much water pooling around the roots or none at all.
Check the soil mix. If the compost is boggy and has been for a while, it may be too late to save your plant.
Propagate the healthy growth, and move the plant somewhere warmer, or try to repot it into drier soil, chopping off any mushy roots.
If the soil is doing its best desert impression, time to thoroughly soak it a couple of times to rehydrate it.
Pothos NJoy Not Growing
If it looks like your Pothos NJoy is not growing at all, this is probably due to improper light. It’s worth mentioning that you’ve grown Golden Pothos before, this variety grows much more slowly, and you may be expecting too much at once.
Pothos NJoy Only Producing Small Leaves
If your Pothos NJoy is only unfurling small leaves, this suggests that the plant doesn’t have the energy it needs for proper growth.
This could be in terms of light or nutrients, but it can also mean that the pot is too small now, and the plant has run out of space.
Pothos NJoy is a stunningly variegated pothos, but it is not a plant for the impatient. It grows quite slowly, especially when compared to Golden Pothos.
Keep this plant in a bright position, where the variegation will not fade, and this will also help the plant in that it won’t have to try too hard to get the energy it needs, as variegated forms can struggle in lower light levels.