How to Grow and Care for N’Joy Pothos (Epipremnum aureum ‘N’Joy’)

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Epipremnum aureum ‘N’Joy’ has an almost marble-looking variegation pattern. They get this gorgeous foliage from the marble queen variety. This type is a very popular small-leaf pothos!

Even though they are smaller than many other varieties, they are actually one of the fastest and tallest growers. Because of this, N’joy pothos is a great option for those wanting to hang vines across their ceiling or walls. With the right amount of care and love, your N’joy will grow into an immensely pretty vine!

How to Plant and Grow N’Joy 

Planting and growing this variety of Epipremnum aureum requires minimal effort. This is amazing news for those who may be overwhelmed with their new plant care responsibilities!

Pothos can very easily be propagated, repotted, and grown in many different ways. Although they are most frequently grown indoors in simple pots, they can live in water, against walls, and even outside given you live in USDA hardiness zones 11 and 12. 

How to Propagate NJoy Pothos

Luckily, the N’Joy variety can be propagated just as easily as any other variety of Epipremnum aureum. It only takes 5 steps to have an endless supply of these stunning vines. If your plant is overgrown or you want to give away pothos to yourself, your friends, or your family, propagating your N’Joy is a wonderful idea.

Step One

The first step is finding all of your supplies! Go around your house and look for a glass filled with water, sterilized kitchen scissors or garden shears, your main plant, and some paper towel for cleaning up.

Step Two

Grab your main plant and take a look at any overgrown but healthy-looking stems. Find one with up to six leaves on it and cut back right to the base of the mother plant.

Step Three

Next, locate each leaf’s node. A leaf node looks like a brown bump and can be found where the leaf branch meets the stem. The roots will slowly start to grow out of these nodes. You can either cut off each individual leaf (with the node still attached) or keep a few leaves together. 

Step Four

Now that you have your cuttings, place them into your glass that is filled with water. You can use a kitchen glass, a vase, an empty bottle, or any other glass container. If you have a freshwater fish tank, you can even propagate your cuttings there. 

Step Five

Change the water every few days to ensure the roots stay healthy. It should take about two weeks to see the roots form. Once they are 1 to 2 inches long, you can pot your pothos in soil or let them permanently live in the water.

Repotting

When your pothos becomes rootbound, they will have an extremely difficult time growing. If your plant becomes too constricted for a long period of time, its roots may even grow out of the topsoil. This is a sign your NJoy pothos needs to be repotted. 

Your ivy should be repotted in a container once every 2 to 3 years depending on its growth rate. The new pot should be 1 to 2 inches larger than its previous one. While terracotta pots work the best, plastic is much more affordable and accessible. In both cases, make sure the pot has drainage holes to prevent root rot.

Carefully remove your N’Joy from its pot and place it into the new one. Top off the newly potted plant with fresh soil medium and pack it down tightly. 

Care and Maintenance

With the right soil, water, fertilizer, and sunlight, your pothos N’ Joy will flourish! Use these guidelines for the best results and healthiest growth. 

Here’s how to take care of pothos:

Soil 

Epipremnum aureum needs to live in a neutral to slightly acidic soil medium. Any pH level from 6.1 to 6.5 is perfect. Many pothos owners choose an African violet mix or create their own potting mix with 1 part perlite and 2 parts peat moss. The soil should be well-draining and loamy to help fight against root rot and fungus gnats.

Water

Water your ivy roughly every two to three weeks. Check the moisture of your N’Joy each week by gently feeling the top inch of its soil with your finger. Overwatering is a common issue with pothos which can be avoided by these weekly checks. The soil should be damp after watering but never soggy. If the soil does become soggy, you’ll need to repot with new soil.

Fertilizer 

There are two perfectly acceptable methods of fertilizing Epipremnum aureum. The most common way is using a balanced 20-20-20 liquid fertilizer once or twice a month during the growing season. The second method is placing slow-release pellets into your plant once a year at the beginning of spring.

Pruning 

Prune your vine during the springtime. Whether it’s overgrown, the stems are damaged, or you’d like to have your vine at a more compact size, pruning is your answer!

Grab a pair of sterilized kitchen scissors or gardening shears and cut back any unwanted stems. Cut close to the base of the plant and watch new, healthier, and fuller stems grow back.

Sunlight 

N’Joy is a heavily variegated variety and therefore requires more light compared to varieties such as the golden pothos and the silver pothos. Place your N’Joy in a room with bright, indirect sunlight so that it doesn’t lose any of its colour. 

Humidity and Temperature 

Keep your N’Joy in a warm and humid environment. Temperatures ranging from 60 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit are perfectly acceptable. The best temperature is around 70; however, your plant will be completely fine anywhere in the previously stated range.

Because Epipremnum aureum’s natural habitat is tropical, your N’Joy will thrive off of humidity. Occasional misting combined with a humidifier greatly helps. Another technique to improve humidity is grouping a few of your plants together. If your pothos is looking droopy, turning brown, or wilting, this could be an indicator you need to increase the humidity in your home.

Pests and Diseases 

Pests and diseases, if left untreated, can cause detrimental damage to your plant’s overall health. White and black spots on your N’Joy’s foliage are signs that your vines are under attack. Don’t fret! Annoying mealybugs, scales, and fungus gnats can be taken care of quickly.

Grab your plant and rinse off its foliage with room temperature water in the sink (make sure not to accidentally soak the soil). If this doesn’t work, find a clean cloth or paper towel and wipe off each leaf with rubbing alcohol or pesticide. 

Fungus gnats are a little bit more difficult to get rid of compared with mealybugs and scales. They attack the soil which can hurt your pothos roots and stop growth altogether. If you notice this happening, you can either dry out the soil or remove your plant from its pot, get rid of the larvae, and plant your pothos into a clean container with fresh potting mix.  

Toxicity

Pothos N Joy contains oxalate crystals which are poisonous to humans and animals. This makes pothos fall under the toxic classification of houseplants. While pothos poisoning is usually not fatal, it will cause unpleasant symptoms including vomiting, major skin irritation, and swelling of the mouth and throat.

It is advised to keep this type of indoor plant away from small children and pets. If you suspect pothos poisoning, call your local vet or poison control immediately.

Uses of N’ Joy Pothos

These types of plants are frequently used as decorations and can even enhance your office space. N’Joy pothos has an almost sculpturesque appearance making it wonderful as a living room or dining room statement piece. 

Studies show that having pothos around your home or office can improve your mental health and reduce stress! They are even known to remove harmful toxins from the air which can help with headaches and allergies. 

Conclusion

With its unique, bold, and elegant variegation, your N’Joy will definitely live up to its name and bring you so much joy!

The next time you’re at your local nursery or garden centre, take a look around for this special variety of pothos. If you fall in love with it, follow these instructions to ensure your new plant lives a fantastic life!

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