The Neon Pothos plant is Exuberantly colorful and showy. Bright Chartreuse heart shaped leaves characterize this pretty vine. Neon Pothos care is simple.
How do your care for a Neon Pothos? Neon Pothos is a very easy to please plant. It can take some neglect and less than ideal conditions. Follow our suggestions for proper lighting and other care tips in this post to get the very best growth and color from this plant.
This neon variety of Pothos vine is usually easily sourced at your local garden shops. If you prefer to shop online it is always available on Etsy. This vine is inexpensive and makes a wonderful plant gift.
This Pothos neon color is the big draw. This chartreuse Pothos is grown for its cheerfully bright electric green foliage. The eye popping foliage commands attention and lift the spirits.
This is one of my FAVORITE foliage plants. It’s sits quietly wherever it’s happy and commands the eye. “Look at me. I’m amazing!” …Indeed.
The Neon Pothos Glows in its white hobnail pot.
Pothos plants filter the Air, add beautiful decor and life to your home. What’s your favorite variety of Pothos Vine?
Quick Care And Info Table:
|Familiar Names:||Neon Pothos, Goldilocks Pothos,|
|Scientific Name:||Epipremnum Aureum|
|Care Difficulty:||Neon Pothos are easy care vines well suited to beginners.|
|Temperature||Neon Pothos enjoy a temperature range of 65 to 85 degrees F.|
|Watering||Water Neon Pothos when the soil is dry into the root zone.|
|Soil||Neon Pothos require a light, well draining soil suited to aroids.|
|Lighting||To maintain the bright chartreuse color this plant is noted for, place Neon Pothos in bright indirect light. Lower light levels will darken the color.|
|Growth||Neon Pothos grows well as either a trailing vine or up a trellis or Moss Pole. Expect this plant to grow 6 to 12 inches per month in the growing season.|
Neon Pothos Popular Care Questions:
Do Neon Pothos Grow Fast?
Neon Pothos is considered a moderate grower. Lower light and cooler temperatures will reduce the growth speed and length of this Pothos vine.
How Big Does The Neon Pothos Get?
The leaf size of the Neon is from 3 to 5 inches as a houseplant. The leaves will run smaller if plant care is not ideal. Neon Pothos vine length is 8 to 10 feet long in most home conditions.
For optimum growth speed, leaf color and vine length provide the Neon with best conditions. Read our detailed printable care guide and video for more.
How Much Light Do Neon Pothos Need?
Neon Pothos needs bright indirect light to produce the bright Chartreuse leaf color it is renowned for. The Neon will grow well in moderate light conditions and even tolerate low light. But the leaves will darken.
Leaf Photosynthesis requires more light or more chlorophyll in the leaves. However, DIRECT strong light will fade or burn the Neon Pothos leaves.
Where Do You Hang Neon Pothos?
- To attain the best color for this vine, hang Neon Pothos in a window with good North Eastern or protected South Eastern INDIRECT light.
- Hang your neon away from areas with strong drafts.
- Avoid placing this vine in area with extreme temperature changes like doorway entries.
- Hang your Pothos vine away from children and pets.
- Avoid hanging your Neon Pothos in high traffic areas where it can be damaged.
- Keep the pot accessible for watering. Be sure the pot has a good drainage hole with a deep plate and you can reach it to water from the bottom. Bottom watering is easiest and best practice for hanging Pothos.
- Hang your Pothos where you can easily take it down if watering from the top.
- Place the goldilocks Pothos where you can easily prune it.
- Hang the Neon Pothos where you can keep the light on all sides of it for evenly bright foliage. Corner windows are great of this. Or occasionally turn the plant to provide even lighting.
Left alone to grow unpruned Pothos will trail heart shaped leaves over the edge of its pot and down the sides. Trim off long trailers for even growth.
Growing Pothos as a Trailing Vine:
Plant it in hanging pots or open shelves that allow its long trailers to spill out. This creates quite a show of glorious yellow green color.
If you wish you can train a pothos UP a trellis as well. You may have to tie it to the trellis or stake to get it started.
As a tabletop Potted plant.
If you prefer a more upright presentation for a table top plant. Prune off the trailers as they grow over the pot.
The plant pot will infill with new growth and get bushier. You can replant the trailer ends (discussed in the propagation section).
How Do You Take Care Of Neon Pothos?:
The ‘The Goldilocks’ has only a few basic requirements to remain a happy durable plant. If you see pothos yellow leaves (not Bright green) that is a sign your plant is having trouble .
Overwatering is the single biggest mistake most goldilocks pothos owners make. When pothos leaves start turning yellow they are overwatered and in danger of getting root rot.
Our care guide discusses potting soil, light conditions and most everything you need to know to keep this easy care plant happy. Please comment below if you have questions for us.
Neon Pothos Care Guide
The Neon pothos (Epipremnum Aureum) has only a few basic requirements to remain a happy durable plant.
This lovely vine is a perfect beginner houseplant.
- This aroid requires a light soil.
- A mix of potting soil and perlite will keep the roots happiest.
- Our mix for this pothos is 40 % potting mix to 60% perlite.
- A heavy soil potting mix is not recommended for aroids.
Pot Size and Type:
- Pothos vines can be grown in relatively small pots since they are fairly slow growers.
- If you want to encourage faster growth choose a pot about 2 inches wider in diameter than the current pot.
- Any well drained pot can be used. It MUST have drainage.
- Repot every second year or when roots come out the drainage holes on the pot bottom To the next pot size up.
- Don't jump to a huge pot from a small one unless you wish to encourage faster growth. Just go to the next size up pot.
- The neon enjoys bright indirect or dappled light.
It will tolerate lower indirect light it if has some brighter moments in the day. However, brighter indirect lighting encourages the best color for this pothos vine.
- Some filtered sunlight from a window will be appreciated.
- Shield this aroid from strong direct light in summer south and west sunny windows. The leaves will burn.
- Tip: Window sheers or blinds can offset some brief periods of high direct light.
- Water your Epipremnum Aureum when the soil is dry down an inch or so. Aroids do not like to be overly wet. Try a watering schedule of every other week.
- Watering is best done on a regular schedule so the plant is not over or under watered. Both can cause stress on the plant.
- This tropical plant enjoys humidity. In dry climates this Pothos will thrive with a humidifier nearby. or set it in your kitchen or bathroom. For a really dry climate frequent misting will help.
- In dormant winter months reduce watering to when the soil is dry down halfway .
- Never let this plant get wet feet. If the soil is compacted the bottom of the soil can remain wet which encourages root rot and fungus gnats. If you see yellow leaves on pothos you are probably overwatering.
How to Fertilize Neon Pothos:
- Apply a good quality fertilizer (linked in materials) monthly through Spring and summer.
- Decrease feedings by late Fall and allow the pothos to rest through the winter months.
- Look for brown spots on the leaves of your plants. This may indicate an over concentration of salts in the roots from over feeding. It can burn the leaves.
Temperature Range For Neon Pothos:
- Keep Neon pothos at a low of 65 Degrees F. to upward of 85 Degrees F. It enjoys warmth and humidity.
Pruning and Training Neon Pothos:
- Pruning will give you a fuller plant with more even growth. Unpruned pothos will trail.
- Sharp Hand pruners are preferred for pruning. They will give a clean cut that will heal quickly.
Table Top Training:
- It’s easy to prune and shape these plants to whatever length and fullness you desire.
- As a table top plant cut the trailers back evenly all around the pot. If you want the pot fuller add more starts of the neon.
Neon Pothos Pests:
- The Neon Pothos is not fussy and resists pests. However all plants can get attacked by pests.
- Stress by longterm overwatering, poor light, extreme temperatures and soil conditions are contributors to plant stress..
- Read out post on the 7 most common plant pests and what to do about them. Spider mites, mealy bugs, scale, thrips and whitefly are the most common houseplant pests you will see.
- Read our post on How to get rid of aphids and other pests with our homemade pesticide soap recipe or neems oil.
- To minimize the possibility of pests be sure to check all nursery plants before bringing them home.
- Quarantine all new plants until you are sure no pests live in them.
How to Propagate Neon Pothos:
- Propagation is easily done through leaf node stem cuttings. Read our post on How to Propagate a pothos here.
- You need a 3 to 6 inch leaf stem with a couple of nodes and healthy growth.
- Place the node into a jar with water. Use tap water that has settled 24 hours in the jar to dissipate chemicals harmful to the neon.
- Set the jar in a well lit area.
- After several weeks roots will grow. Allow the roots to get an inch or more in length.
- Plant gently and firmly into pot with proper soil mix.
- Make sure to keep the soil moist until the roots begin to set into the soil.
Watch our video for a demonstration of propagating the neon pothos. It also includes a discussion of the care for Neon pothos.
All Pothos, including the Neon, are moderately toxic to humans and pets.
- The Pothos plant (devils Ivy) is listed as toxic to cats and dogs by the ASPCA. Insoluble raphides.
- Please ensure the plant parts are not chewed by pets.
- Symptoms may include oral irritation, vomiting, and difficulty in swallowing.
- Pothos also contain Calcium oxalate which can be mildly toxic to humans as well.
- Possible side effects from the consumption of E. aureum are atopic dermatitis (eczema).
- Burning and/or swelling of the region inside of and surrounding the mouth.
- Excessive contact with the plant can also lead to general skin irritation or contact dermatitis.
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Thursday 18th of May 2023
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