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Neon Pothos is already a striking plant, but did you know that there is also a variegated Neon Pothos? The care is just about the same, except variegated Neon Pothos will be a bit harder to find! Keep reading to learn all about variegated Neon Pothos care and propagation.
VARIEGATED NEON POTHOS CARE
The bright yellow variegation is truly beautiful, but it will fade a bit and darken up a bit as the foliage ages. Part of the fun of a variegated plant is that each leaf is unique and you never know what you will get.
The variegated version of Neon Pothos most often arises as a sport of Neon Pothos, and it is thought that the variegation is the result of a genetic mutation.
Although all Pothos varieties will tolerate lower light, I recommend giving your variegated Neon Pothos brighter light in order to maintain the beautiful variegation.
Position your plant immediately in front of a window that gets mostly indirect light, and up to half a day of direct sun.
If you live in the northern hemisphere, an unobstructed northern window would work well. If you are in the southern hemisphere, a southern window would be the equivalent.
Some direct sun is also beneficial. Eastern facing windows with morning sun would work beautifully, as would Western facing windows that get afternoon sun.
Any windows with sun all day is probably not ideal, but you can diffuse the sun with a sheer curtain or blinds.
This will give a mix that drains well, but still provides good enough moisture retention.
Here are some tips on repotting your variegated Neon Pothos:
- Only repot when your plant is root bound.
- When you take your plant out of the pot, be sure to loosen the roots a bit. This makes it easier for your plant’s roots to grow into the new soil in the larger pot.
- Only go up 1 pot size and make sure it has a drainage hole. For example, if your plant is in a 4 inch diameter pot, only go up to a 6 inch diameter pot.
I recommend allowing the top inch of your potting mix to dry out before you water again.
Your variegated Neon Pothos will not like drying out completely, so try and avoid this, but at the same time, you still want at least the top inch of your soil to dry out.
When you water, always water thoroughly and allow excess water to escape the drainage hole.
Never allow your plant to sit in water for extended periods of time (whether in the saucer below the pot or if you have your nursery pot slipped into a decorative pot with no drainage hole). This is an invitation for root rot.
I fertilize all my Pothos with Dyna-Gro Grow. It’s an amazing, complete fertilizer with all the macro and micro nutrients that are necessary for plant growth, and it’s urea-free so it won’t burn your plants.
I’ve noticed a huge difference with regular use of this fertilizer, and I know you will love it too!
Your variegated Neon Pothos likes it warm, so try and keep the minimum night time temperature no lower than 60°F (15.5°C), and max temperatures up to about 85°F (about 24°C).
This plant is not too fussy with humidity and will be fine in average indoor humidity. However, it will enjoy higher humidity, especially during the months that you’re running forced air heat indoors if you live in a cold weather climate.
Increasing humidity is always a good idea if you run forced air heating.
Propagating Pothos is very simple. Here are some quick steps to propagate your variegated Neon Pothos.
- Maximize your propagation efforts by making a single node cutting. You’re simply going to cut on either side of the node (where the leaf and petiole meet the vine), just like in the photo below.
- Next, place your cuttings in water so that the node is below water.
- Place your cuttings in a bright spot, and one that has either no direct sun or 2-3 hours of sun at the most.
- After a few weeks, your cuttings should have some roots.
- Pot up the cuttings once the roots are about an inch long or so.
You can use the same process for any Pothos. If you’d like to check out a more detailed guide on propagating Pothos, check out my blog post, Where to Cut Pothos to Propagate – Simple Steps with Pictures.
COMMONLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Is variegated Neon Pothos rare?
Yes. The plain Neon Pothos is much more common, but the variegated Neon Pothos is much more uncommon. Your best bet to purchase is to look online.
Is variegated Neon Pothos toxic?
Yes. Like any aroid, it contains calcium oxalate crystals and is toxic to pets according to the ASCPA.
How do I get more variegation in Neon Pothos?
Variegation is always unpredictable, but making sure to have your plant in an optimal location with respect to light will encourage your plant to be more variegated. Do not place your plant in a dim spot.