Neon pothos plant is a very hardy indoor plant that is very easy to grow and take care of. This type of pothos plant is durable, and its glowing neon-green foliage makes it even more appealing. It makes perfect greenery for those who are busy but want to have some verdures in their apartment or home. Treat them right, and your indoor neon pothos plants will stay attractive and delightful with their bright green neon leaves. If you are new to neon pothos plants and want to know how to take care of them, this is the place. I am going to share some useful tips on how to grow these beautiful plants indoors, so check them out.
1. Neon Pothos Care
Plants need food just like us, and fertilizer is the food that your neon pothos needs. The only difference between them and us is that they don’t need this special food every day. You can simply fertilize your neon pothos plants once every two or three months, and that will do the job. The perfect time to give fertilizer to them is during the growth period. When they receive the fertilizer that they need, their growth is also fast and healthy. In fact, fertilizer is not compulsory if you trust that your soil has a perfect quality for its growth. But things are even better with some extra fertilizer once in a while, so I definitely recommend adding some.
The useful thing about fertilizer is that it provides nutrients that may be missing in the soil. High-quality fertilizer contains all the components and nutrients that your neon pothos plants need to grow and thrive. Many people prefer organic fertilizer, but inorganic fertilizers also offer a significant nutrient enhancement to the soil. Organic fertilizer can take time to enhance plant growth while inorganic fertilizer can stimulate plant growth almost instantly. Either way, make sure you give them the proper amount of fertilizer that your plants need. There are always details on the package that tells you what you need to know, so don’t worry.
By light, I refer to the amount of sunlight that your neon pothos plants receive each day. The nice thing about pothos plants is that they can adapt and survive in indirect and low light. However, giving them sufficient sunlight is also a good thing to aid their healthy growth. You need to notice that too much sunlight can be very intense for them. The best way to provide your neon pothos with the proper amount of light is to position them near the window. Pick a location where the sunlight is bright yet indirect so that the plants get just what they need. Too little sunlight will cause the leaves to turn pale green and smaller while too much sunlight can burn the leaves. Sunlight is very important for your neon pothos plants, so make sure to do it right.
Another important thing that you should know about neon pothos care is pruning which means removing unnecessary parts. As the plant grows, the leaf will join the vine which is known as a node. This is when you need to prune your pothos plants with a simple cutting method. Make sure that there are no leafless vines on your pothos plants by pruning them as often as possible. This is because the plant will send out new vines to the areas that you pruned. Repeating the pruning process, and the final results will be absolutely pleasant to look at. Healthy Houseplants have some pruning tips that can be useful for you, so take a look.
When your neon pothos plants grow bigger, it is time to move them to a larger pot. This is usually around 2 or 3 years when the roots of the plants grow larger. Water your neon pothos plants a few days before repotting them to prevent stress during the process. When repotting, place the plant on its side and press down the pot to remove the root ball. Then fill the growing pot with the mixture to make the top of the root ball even or below the top of the growing pot. Get a larger pot with drain holes so that the excess water can leave the soil which prevents the diseases. Here is a quick video on how to repot neon pothos plants that you might want to check out.
Neon pothos plants require efficient and moist soil to grow healthily, both indoor and outdoor. You want to make sure that the soil for your neon pothos is well-drained, and you want to do that regularly. At the same time, you have to choose well-draining potting soil to ensure proper growth for the plant. When you pick the perfect and right soil from the beginning, your neon pothos will surely flourish as it grows bigger. The special thing about high-quality and well-drained soil is that it helps to accelerate the growth of the plant. Along with that, make sure that the soil pH for your neon pothos is between 6.1 to 6.5. With proper nutrients in the pots, your pothos plants will sprout beautifully every day.
Sunlight is one vital thing, and temperature is another important factor that you should also consider. Where neon pothos plants come from, the humidity and temperatures in those areas are between 70 and 90 degrees Fahrenheit. This is also the range that you want your apartment or room to have for the plants. The right temperatures do not only provide them the good conditions to survive but also to grow faster. Although neon pothos plants can tolerate temperatures as low as 55 degrees Fahrenheit, it is not advisable to do so. Inconvenient temperatures can stun the growth of the plants or turn the leaves black, making them look very unattractive.
Things are the same with the humidity because these tropical plants enjoy being in places with high humidity. The appropriate areas with the right humidity that you can put them are either the bathroom or kitchen. If you want them in your bedroom or living room, make sure that there is sufficient humidity within the room. Do so by lowering the heat and leave the window open for flowing air and heat to the space. When there is not enough humidity or if the area is too dry, you will see the brown leaf tips. You can also mist once or twice a week to improve humidity for your neon pothos plants.
I understand that the first thing that you want to do in the morning is watering your gorgeous pothos plants. However, you have to control your enthusiasm and organize a proper watering schedule instead. Plants like neon pothos will die or wilt when you overwater them, and you don’t want that for your first plants. What you have to do is water your neon pothos just enough to keep the soil moist. Overwatering can result in wilted and yellow leaves, and it can risk the plants becoming susceptible to root rot.
Avoid watering it too many times or too much water to the point that the soil is saturated or soggy. Your watering schedules should also follow the changes in season and temperatures. Also, make sure that the topsoil dries out and let the plant drain before watering again. At the same time, underwater the plants can lead to curling and lifeless leaves before they drop off. Neon pothos plants need watering at least once a week in the summer months. If the weather is hot and the water evaporates fast, you will need to water the plants more often.
1.8. Extra Tips For Growing Neon Pothos
- Water more often on hot days and summer, but water the plants less on cold days or in winter.
- You can add coffee grounds to the soil once in a while to enrich it with acidic materials for the plant.
- Add some water if you notice that the leaves starting to drop, it will get better within hours.
- Do not water your plants with cold water, make sure that the water for the plants is at room temperature.
- With proper care without the presence of bacteria, fungi, or insects, neon pothos plants can live up to 10 years.
- Always choose the pot with efficient draining no matter what plants you grow. The new pot should not be more than 2 inches bigger than the old pot.
- If you are new to plants and don’t know which fertilizer is best, look for peat moss. It provides perfect nutrients while lightening the soil so that the roots stay moist.
- Lack of variegation means too little light while pale leaves mean too much light. Simply adjust the location to change the amount of light that the plants receive.
2. Neon Pothos Plant Common Problems
No matter how much you care for your plants, it is natural for some diseases and problems to occur. I want to make sure you are ready for what may come, and this is why I include this segment. Below are some of the common diseases and plights that your neon pothos plants are likely to experience. I also include the solution to each of the issues so that you can deal with them right away.
2.1. Bacterial Wilt Disease
This disease often develops at a single node rooting point, causing the leaves to wilt and the veins to turn black. The bacteria that causes the disease infects through root hairs and wounds, mostly during the handling and propagation. When infected, the symptoms of the disease are severe during warm periods of the year. There are no bactericides to treat this disease, and you will have to remove the plants and throw them away. Note that this problem is rather common in commercial production, so it is rare to occur to houseplants.
2.2. Ethylene Damage
Although it does not kill your plants instantly, ethylene damage can stunt their growth of the plants. This is a common problem that is likely to occur in fall and winter, resulting from inadequate ventilation or malfunctioning heaters. When this happens, the foliage of your neon pothos plants will turn yellow before becoming tan then light brown. It can also result in leaves shattering or shedding if the problems are serious. Sometimes plant owners think this color changing is due to the soil or underwater. But if this occurs in fall and winter, chances are they suffer from ethylene damage. You can prevent this by maintaining the humidity and temperature in the room so that your plants can grow healthily. It sounds so simple, but that does not mean it is not serious so don’t overlook this part.
2.3. Manganese Toxicity
As for this one, it is more common in older pothos plants used to supply cutting materials. The causes of the diseases are not by bacterial, fungal, or viral organisms at all while the symptoms resemble diseases. You may see yellow flecking or spot on your old neon pothos plants, and the leaves may drop prematurely. Such conditions are also very common in stock plants, and the main cause is too much manganese that the plants absorb. This substance comes from excess micronutrient fertilization, and you must discontinue fertilization with the element manganese in fertilizer formulations. Some fungicides also contain manganese like mancozeb or maneb which you should also stop using as well. You can apply lime to raise soil pH to a range between 6.0 to 6.5 to solve this problem.
These are one of the most common pests that attack houseplants, and neon pothos plants are among the victims. You can tell that your neon pothos is under the infestation of mealybugs by the white spots on their leaves. Mealybugs feed and destroy the plants that result in defoliation, foliar yellowing, and rotting before death without treatment on time. You have to examine your plants daily to check for any signs of bugs or insects. In case things are already too late, My City Plants can help you out with her tips in the video below.
2.5. Phytophthora Root Rot
According to Crop Watch, phytophthora root rot is a soil-borne fungal disease that develops in damp soil. Another cause of the disease is a water mold that infects the plants via contamination in the water. It is also a common disease for neon pothos that can cause the plant leaves to turn dark brown or black. Unfortunately, the only way to control this disease is by discarding the plants that exhibit the symptoms. This is to save the transmission in case you have other plants nearby, especially in a large collection.
2.6. Southern Blight
For those who live in the south, warm climates can cause this disease on your neon pothos plants. The symptoms of southern blight are visible strands of fungus, following by white feathery strands along the soil surface. This fungus produces cellulolytic enzymes, oxalic acid, and pectolytic enzymes which dissolve the cell walls of the pothos plants. To prevent this, you should not store your potting mixes directly on the ground. If your plants get southern blight, discard them and do not reuse the pots. Treat the remaining pothos plants with a fungicide drench that contains flutolanil or pentachloronitrobenzene (PCNB).
3. Variegated Neon Pothos
Variegated plants are very trendy these days, and this is why many plant owners want to achieve variegated plants. A variegated neon pothos has different colors and shapes on various zones including its leaves and stems. Variegation in neon pothos plants can vary from light yellow to yellow and white, and green is also probable. There are also plant owners who want their neon pothos plants to stay neon-green without variegation. So we are going to discuss the causes of variegation in neon pothos and how to fix them below.
3.1. What Cause Variegation On Neon Pothos?
While most plants need direct sunlight to conduct photosynthesis to remain green, neon pothos plants do things differently. Too much light exposure can turn the leaves of your pothos yellow, leaving a variegated appearance. Leafy Place said that direct sunlight bleaches the lime-green leaves of neon pothos which creates pale or yellow spots. Sometimes variegation is also visible on the stems of the plants in golden yellow, green, light yellow, or white colors. You can place your neon pothos plants in direct sunlight for an hour or two each day to achieve variegation. In case you don’t want that to occur, simply position the plants in areas with indirect sunlight.
3.2. Important Notes
Neon pothos plants are beautiful, but they are poisonous which means they are toxic to pets like cats and dogs. Oral contact can result in burning mouth, drooling, and tongue swelling while consumption can lead to difficulty swallowing and vomiting. If your pets suddenly show signs and symptoms like these, it is possible that the pothos plants are the causes. Bring them to the vet immediately so that they can treat your pets from those problems.
Neon pothos plants are pretty indoor greeneries that you can easily care for even if you are a beginner. Plus with the tips and tricks that I shared above, I am sure that you will get a grip of them. The awesome part is that you can grow them in a basket, pot, and pretty much any container you like. Neon pothos plants make amazing room decorations while improving the air quality. If you are new to indoor plants and don’t know which one to choose, neon pothos should be on the list.