NJoy pothos plants make wonderful houseplants because they are easy to grow. They also add beauty to the home or office because of their variegated leaves. Most growers call them pothos, and the species’ name is Epipremnum aureum “NJoy”.
A member of the Araceae family, the plants look like philodendrons because they climb and have similarly shaped leaves. The leaves are smaller compared to other pothos plants.
Their variegation can alter based on the amount of light they get. NJoys will turn completely green, growing them in dark conditions. Brighter conditions bring out the well-recognized marbled leaves.
People grow them as climbers or shape them as bushy plants. Under the right conditions, the NJoy pothos plants can grow up to 10 feet long and nine inches wide. Follow these growing guidelines and reap the benefits of having these plants in the home or office.
|Botanical Name||Epipremnum aureum|
|Common Name||N’Joy Pothos, Pothos N’Joy|
|Size||6 to 9 inches high and 10 feet long|
|Pet Friendly||Toxic to pets|
NJoy Pothos Origin
These plants originate from the marble queen pothos grown in parts of Southeast Asia and Australia. Many tropical plant growers and distributors cultivate them in the United States.
Part of the Epipremnum aureum species, they arrived on the market in 2013 making a name for themselves since they look beautiful in a hanging basket, on a desk, on a bookshelf or shelf.
How to Care for NJoy Pothos
NJoy Pothos plants are one of those eye-catching indoor plants that make most interiors look stunning without taking too much time or care, unlike other indoor plants. Keeping these beauties happy and thriving requires knowing the basics of caring for the pothos plants.
Light and Temperature
Like the majority of pothos plants, NJoys are the ideal house guests. They will not fuss about the lighting conditions growers provide for them. Plant owners can keep their beauty by growing them in moderate indirect light, ensuring maximum growth potential.
In fact, the amount of light affects the variegation of the leaves. Dim surroundings will prevent the variegated leaves, though the plant will survive with only dark, green foliage.
On the contrary, direct sunlight will damage the heart-shaped leaves, causing them to wither. That also means keeping them from touching the windows because the glass magnifies the heat and will burn the leaves immediately.
These pothos plants find 65 to 85 degrees Fahrenheit, most accommodating as tropical plants. Temperatures going below 55 degrees will make their survival potential more difficult. Ideally, keep NJoys away from extreme temperatures, too cold or too hot.
It’s also sensible to keep them from heating and air condition vents. Nothing irritates a houseplant more than having hot air or cold air blowing on them constantly. When you see yellowing of the leaves or no growth happening, check the indoor temperatures or any drafts coming from the central air vents.
Most serious houseplant growers use a humidifier to keep their plants under the ideal conditions to thrive. NJoys are no different, and they love the abundance of moisture in the air.
Even placing a bowl of water near the plants helps keep the humidity level reasonable. Some growers will bunch indoor plants together to create a “tropical climate” when the air becomes uncomfortably dry.
The added benefit of humidity is that it prevents unhealthy conditions for houseplants like susceptibility to pests and diseases.
Nothing irritates a houseplant more than living in soggy or arid soil. NJoy pothos plants are no different. Though they may put up with it for a while, eventually, they’ll suffer like the rest.
Avoid overwatering these plants since they require little water to thrive. The finger test works best as an indicator. Place the index finger no more than an inch deep in the potting mix to test the soil. If it’s dry, then water.
If the top layer of the potting mix is wet, it’s a sign of overwatering. Cut back on the watering right away. If the soil is super dry, water the plant, adjusting the watering schedule accordingly.
Avoid watering all the plants on the same schedule because some plants may consume water faster than others. And indoor areas fluctuate temperature-wise, which influences water evaporation.
Growing healthy NJoy plants requires adding fertilizer to their regime. Though growing them without fertilizer will not hurt them in general. It just keeps them from thriving and looking healthy.
Add a well-balanced fertilizer to their diet, such as a 1-3-1 ratio with high nitrogen for leafy, green houseplants like pothos plants. Every other month is optimum during the spring and summer months — the growing season.
Pothos plants do not flower when grown in a home or office. Flowering only occurs in the wild, where they produce several erect flower stalks with a cream spathe speckled with purple enclosing the spadix.
If these plants grow outside, it takes considerable time and effort to get them to flower. To bear flowers, the pothos plants need to grow in the ground to the size of 35 feet or higher.
Older leaves turn yellow and naturally fall off, ending with other dead leaves under the foliage. Cutting leaves off before they drop off is fine and keeps them looking pretty.
NJoys are slow growers compared to other pothos plants. Prune the plants systematically to keep their shape and size. The process helps growers control how their plants look while encouraging new growth. New foliage makes these plants look fuller.
Using sterilized pruning shears or sharp scissors, cut below the node because nodes are where the stem and leaves cross each other. At these points, go down a quarter to half and inch, cutting there.
Though these pothos plants are slow growers, eventually, they will outgrow their pots. Noticing roots growing out of their drainage holes is the true sign they need a new home.
Repotting means getting your plants a bigger planter, about one to three inches larger. Any larger, these pothos plants will drown. NJoy pothos plants are smaller and have a shallow root system. If they have too much room, the soil will remain wet too long, causing root rot.
Drainage holes are necessary, so excess water flows easily into the saucer. Use well-draining soil. Some growers use the cactus mix because it drains very well.
Repot during the growing months, spring and summer. If the temperatures are high and very hot during the summer months, then repot when the weather is cooler.
One reason pothos are so popular is their resistance to pests. Of course, giving them the proper care has a lot to do with it. Still, the potential of NJoy pothos plants having bugs is low.
If they get an infestation, it’s usually aphids, spider mites and scale. Being watchful and inspecting your plants regularly is the best prevention. Check underneath the leaves and around the stems.
If one plant has pests, separate it from the rest to isolate the infestation. Then, treat the plant immediately. Use neem oil or insecticidal soap and treat because it takes a week or more to get rid of the buggers. Getting rid of them takes consistent treatment until there are no more pests.
The NJoy pothos plants hold up well and rarely show signs of disease. Overwatering and moisture-related problems are the leading cause of diseases like root rot or fungal difficulties.
Therefore, avoid overwatering and getting the foliage wet. Good air circulation helps the leaves dry quickly, preventing fungal issues.
Root rot symptoms include nonexistent or brown roots. When plants have this disease, it’s almost impossible to cure. Try letting the soil dry out and even consider changing the plant to another pot of fresh, dry soil.
Blackening along the ends of the leaves is another sign of overwatering or too much fertilizer, which builds up salts in the potting mix.
How to Propagate NJoy Pothos
Pothos plants, in general, are the ideal houseplant to propagate. Thus, the process has its rewards because these plants are so agreeable, keeping it simple.
When a NJoy pothos has grown large and bushy is a good time to propagate. It’s an excellent way to reduce the size of the plant and to make new ones. Stem cuttings is the most optimum way to start new NJoys when done in the spring or summer months.
- Look over the plant and find a healthy stem at least four to six inches long with a few leaves.
- Using sterilized, sharp pruning shears or scissors, cut the stem below its node, about a quarter to half an inch. This is where the stem connects to the leaf.
- Place the cutting in a glass container (jar, vase, cup) of water. Now, wait for the roots to form, about two to three weeks.
- After the roots have developed, move the cutting to a planter with a new potting mix. It’s a new home until it needs repotting.
- Water the soil while keeping the NJoy plant warm in humid air with bright and indirect sunlight.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do NJoy Pothos grow fast?
No. They are one of the slowest growing pothos. In fact, growers claim the more variegated these plants are the slower they grow.
What is the difference between NJoy Pothos and Pearls and Jade Pothos?
These NJoy and Pearls and Jade pothos are hard to differentiate because they come from the Marble Queen Pothos. However, growers can still tell the differences but comparing them side-by-side:
- The NJoys feature white variegation with green shades, while the Pearls and Jade feature green leaves and white variegation.
- Both require a well-drained potting mix.
- The NJoys lose variegation in the shade or dim surroundings. Yet, the Pearls and Jade will not lose their variegation in low light.
- The NJoys have medium-sized leaves, while the Pearls of Jade are compact and small.
- Place in bright, indirect light for the NJoys and moderate, indirect light for the Pearls and Jade.
Is NJoy and Manjula the same?
No. Both the NJoy and Manjula are descendants of the Marble Queen Pothos. Manjula has larger leaves compared to the NJoy, with a bushier appearance. The NJoys are more inclined to grow like a vine or climber than a Manjula.
How do you identify an NJoy Pothos?
Some growers get the different pothos plants mixed up because they look similar. But, inspecting the NJoy, they have lush, green foliage with heavily variegated foliage. Their leaves are compact, and the plants like to climb more than their cousins. The newer varieties of NJoys have two or more shades of green with solid green stems to hold the variegated leaves. Each leaf has a unique pattern with small internodes, the space between two nodes.
Is NJoy Pothos toxic to pets?
Yes. If eaten by humans or animals, the reaction comprises irritation of the mouth and throat, stomach aches, nausea and vomiting. Keep the NJoy pothos plants away from pets and children.
Njoy pothos plants, like all pothos, are easy to grow, making them an excellent choice for beginners. They require a well-drained potting mix, bright and indirect light, warm temperatures, humidity and moderate watering.
Growers appreciate these beauties because they add an essence of life to any indoor setting. Place them on a desk, bookshelf or dresser. Even hang them in baskets as they are true climbers.
Like all pothos, these NJoys clean the air of toxins, giving owners a breath of fresh air 24/7.
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