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Neon pothos

Neon Pothos are tropical vining plants that are best known for the beautiful bright neon green foliage. Generally, they are pretty fast growers and enjoy trailing around the home. Many plant parents fall in love with the neon pothos because of its natural aesthetics and that they're generally easy to care for!

An eye-catcher in any home, the Neon Pothos grows wild florescent neon green leaves. They tend to need more light than other Pothos plants in order to maintain their beautiful color and are sensitive to cooler temperatures and low light environments. If this does happen, you'll find that their leaves loose color and/or become smaller in size. Also, be careful not to put your Neon Pothos in direct sun because that cause damage to their leaves and other health problems. Many display these as a hanging plant.

Did you know the neon pothos plant grows great in just water? We prefer that due soil due to the simplicity. You don't have to deal with fungus gnats, never have to question if it needs water or not and its fun to look at the roots. All pothos plants including the neon pothos have done spectacular with water propagation and long term living in water, a favorite indoor plant.

Neon Pothos plant overview


Native to the Society Islands of French Polynesia

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Other common names

The botanical name for the neon pothos is Epipremnum aureum. Some other names for pothos are devil’s ivy, devil’s vine, and money plant.

other varieties

The list of other pothos plants is endless! Here are some of the popular types: Pothos Exotica, or silver pothos, Snow queen pothos, Jade pothos, N Joy, Marble queen pothos, Golden pothos, Silver pothos, Neon Pothos, Pearl and jade pothos, Glacier pothos, Manjula pothos, Cebu blue pothos, Hawaiian pothos, Neon Pothos, Epipremnum Aureum Jessenia pothos, and Trebi pothos.


Neon pothos can be mildly toxic to pets and humans if consumed.

growing your neon pothos in water

replacing water

For healthy neon pothos plants, we recommend that you add water to the glass every 1-2 weeks (or if you see that water levels have lowered) to replenish the water that evaporated or absorbed from the plants. Then, replace the water every 2-4 weeks.

Most tap water works great but distilled or filtered waters are recommended if available. 


We recommend adding 1-2 of liquid nutrients to your neon pothos'water every month. To further encourage and support leaf growth, we recommend adding an additional drop of nutrients if you see a new leaf forming. 


We learned that this variety doesn't photosynthesize as well as others like Golden or Marble Queen Pothos. For a happy and healthy plant, we recommend that you place your Neon pothos where it would get a lot of bright, indirect light to maintain its gorgeous hue.

Dimmer lighting or cooler temperatures can slow the growth rate of your neon pothos and lead to health problems over a prolonged time.


For neon pothos, and other tropical plants, Ideal temperatures are from 65-85 degrees Fahrenheit. A general rule of thumb for many houseplants is that if you are comfortable, then they will be comfortable too!


Neon Pothos prefer moderate to high humidity, but can do well in most home settings regardless of humidity level.

Leaf care & pruning

  • Cleaning the neon pothos heart shaped leaves will promote better light absorption for photosynthesis. Simply use a damp towel or cloth and wipe them down.
  • Yellowing or brown leaves can be removed at the base of the plant, immediately above the node, using a sharp, sterile knife. It is recommended to leave 1-2 leaves because a single node will often shoot off new leaves on its own. 

Propagation tips

Neon Pothos, a great hanging plant is common to propagate because they tend to do so at a very high rate, are a fairly common house plant to find in stores, and are easy to care for. Propagating pothos generally entails stem cuttings removing one or two nodes, with attached leaves and submerging those nodes in water. Make sure you use a sharp tool and sanitize with rubbing alcohol to ensure the plant doesn't get an infection. Many people have them displayed in hanging baskets with potting soil as they are a trailing plant. This offers plenty of opportunities to propagate neon pothos. Given proper temperatures and lighting, most pothos will begin shooting roots within a few weeks any only continue growing from there. Propagate your neon pothos, especially if you have a potted plant, you'll have fun getting free plants and seeing them develop.

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Care tips for growing pothos in water

Neon Pothos Common issues & care info

Leaves Begin Turning Brown Or Dying

Identification: Brown or mushy neon pothos leaves.

Cause: If the leaf is crispy, this is most likely a sign that the air is too dry. On the other hand, a lack of oxygen in the water can cause newer leaves to grow in brown and soft. It is also natural for older leaves (closer to the roots) to turn brown or die because it simply outgrown its natural cycle.

How to treat:First, remove any brown or dying leaves from the pothos plant using sterile scissors or knife. If the cause for this issue is a dry environment, make sure your plant is not too close to any AC vents, heaters, or an open window. Also, mist your neon pothos regularly if the environment is usually very dry. If the cause is a lack of oxygen, simply replace the water for the plant. After, continue to replace the water every 2-4 weeks. 

Root Rot

Identification: Brown or mushy roots on your neon pothos.

Cause: Root rot has two main causes, lack of oxygen or a fungal infection.

How to treat:First, remove plant and wash the roots off in the sink. Pull off any brown or mushy roots, any roots that are hard to remove, leave on. Give the neon pothos plant fresh water, ideally reverse osmosis or filtered water. We then recommend adding a few drops of nutrients

Leaves Begin to curl or droop

Identification: Your neon pothos leaves are curling at the ends or dropping 

Cause: There are multiple causes for this issue, it can happen to any pothos plant. One, the air in your environment is too dry. Two, your neon pothos plant is not receiving enough oxygen from the water. And three, your plant is experiencing extremely cold temperatures.

How to treat:To fix this issue, move your plant away from any AC vents, heaters, or open windows. Also, mist regularly if your environment is usually very dry. If the cause is a lack of oxygen, simply replace the water for the plant and then continue on a 2-4 week water replacement schedule. 

Loss Of Color Variegation

Identification: Color patterns in the leaves of your neon pothos are fading, leaves becoming a solid green color

Cause: When your neon pothos is creating solid green leaves, this means that it is reverting back to its parent plant. This is caused by not receiving enough light.

How to treat: Move your neon pothos to an area where it would be exposed to more bright indirect light and wait for the leaves to recover their color. For newer leaves, you don't have to worry because they will gain their markings as they age. This issue is common with the golden pothos plant as well.

Growth Tips

Neon Pothos grow well in both soil and water, however our preferred method is to grow in water due to the simplicity and it being low maintenance. To support the largest and most vibrant leaves, incorporate a moss pole and a proper houseplant fertilizer. You'll see new growth develop, wether you display your plant on the wall (our favorite) in a hanging basket or a nice corner in your home. Overall, neon pothos grow well and are an easy care plant, so just start experimenting and have fun.

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