The Pothos N Joy is a beautiful house plant that is also known as Epipremnum Aureum N Joy.
This plant is known for its heart shaped leaves.
These leaves are green in the center of the leaf and have cream and white spots on the edges of the leaf.
This plant is fairly new to the house plant world, only coming into circulation in around 2013.
It is very popular now, featuring in hanging baskets around the house or on tall shelves as it hangs down in a vine-like way.
These plant vines have the potential to grow up to 10 feet long.
The Pothos N Joy originates from tropical forests. These are usually found in Australia, Asia and the West Indies.
For this reason, this plant loves warm temperatures and can’t thrive in any temperatures below room temperature.
So, if you are interested in learning more about the Pothos N Joy plant then you have come to the right place!
This article will arm you with a detailed care guide.
Summary Of Care
The Pothos N Joy plant is very easy to care for and it doesn’t have very specific or difficult needs.
It requires indirect sunlight, a soil mix that is well-draining and around 30-50 percent humidity.
The plant thrives in warmer temperatures of around 60-80 degrees fahrenheit, or 18-30 degrees celsius.
Like most other Pothos plants, the N Joy requires a moderate amount of light.
This means that it likes indirect sunlight but it likes a lot of bright light. If the plant gets the correct amount of light, it will look green and healthy.
Having said this, the plant does not require this level of light in order to grow.
If the plant is placed in a dark spot with artificial lights, then it will still grow very well.
In these conditions, though, the plant may lose some of its brightness in its leaves which are usually very vivid green.
If you place the plant in direct sunlight, such as at a South facing window, the plant will also continue to grow well.
However, in this case, the sunlight may damage the leaves, causing sunburn and ultimately resulting in the plants withering.
If you want to know if your plant is getting a good amount of sunlight, you should consider how green the plant is.
The greener, the healthier. As well as this, you can tell how good the levels of light are through the amount of white spots on the leaves.
When the plant has a lot of white, this means that there is less chlorophyll present in the plant’s leaves.
Chlorophyll is what the plant uses to make food with, with the help of sunlight.
The Pothos N Joy enjoys being watered a lot in one go, and then having a long break before the next watering.
In the time in between watering, the N Joy likes to be left to become quite dry.
The best way to water this plant is to water the plant until the water begins to fall out of the drainage holes.
When this happens, you should remove any of the extra water from the tray/pot to ensure that the roots don’t stay damp and experience rot.
A good indicator for when the plant requires more water is by testing if the top 1 inch of soil is dry.
Do this by putting your finger into the soil up to the knuckle and seeing if the soil is dry. If it is wet, it will stick to your finger.
In this instance, you shouldn’t give the plant any more water until it is dry.
In the winter months, this plant will only need to be watered around once every 10 days.
In the summer, this changes to once every 5 days due to the heat drying out the soil. If the temperature is high, the plant will need more water.
If you are not watering your Pothos N Joy correctly, then your plant will indicate this to you.
If you are overwatering your plant then the leaves will often turn brown or yellow.
This should indicate to you that there is an excess amount of water being given to the plant.
In the case of overwatering, the extra water in the soil can cause the roots to begin to rot, which is a surefire way to kill off your N Joy!
If you suspect that you have overwatered your plant, you should cease watering immediately and allow it to dry out.
Leave it until the soil is dry before you resume your watering habits.
Underwatering is often suspected as the cause of a plant’s death. However, in the majority of cases, a plant will die due to overwatering.
However, this does not mean that you shouldn’t be careful when it comes to underwatering.
We understand that sometimes watering your plants is not high on your agenda for the day, however, it is important to remember to do it.
If you haven’t watered your plant in a long time, the leaves of the plant may curl up.
The leaves may then begin to fall off the plant. If this happens (or preferably before), you should give the plant a good watering.
The N Joy requires a good drainage system, as it suffers a lot if it is left to sit in wet soil.
It is a good idea to use a pre-made well-draining soil, or mix your own using perlite.
This plant is not a fast grower, and due to its vine-like growth, it does not need to be repotted as often as some other house plants.
Once every 2 or 3 years should do the job.
If you notice that the roots of your plant are poking through the bottom of the pot, then it is time to consider repotting the plant.
When you are repotting your N Joy, you should ensure that you use a pot with a good amount of drainage holes.
This plant is very sensitive to being overwatered and these draining holes will help with this problem, stopping root rot.
As a caretaker of the Pothos N Joy, you should bear in mind that the plant likes to be fertilized about once a month during the summer seasons.
You don’t need to worry about fertilizing the plant when it is not in the growing season. You also don’t need to fertilize too often.
When you do this, you should make sure to follow the instructions as overfertilizing houseplants can kill them.
Moderate humidity levels work well for the Pothos N Joy. Around 30-50 percent humidity is great.
However, because the plant is native to tropical areas, the more humidity there is, the quicker the plant will grow.
While this is great if you are looking to grow your N Joy, there is no other health benefit to growing your plant in higher humidities.
If the humidity levels are below 30 percent, then you could try misting your plant.
If you spray the plant with a mister about 2 or 3 times a week, this should improve the humidity levels.
Another way to increase the humidity levels is by using a humidifier every now and again to improve the humidity levels for your plant.
Common Problems With The Pothos N Joy
The most common pests that affect the Pothos N Joy are:
- Mealybugs: Insects that gather on the plant and clump together in white masses. These bugs don’t have wings.
- Spider mites: Very small spiders that make webs on and underneath the leaves of the plant.
These pests thrive in moist places, and so are encouraged if you have overwatered your plant.
Letting the plants dry out in between each water will reduce your Pothos N Joy’s chances of getting pests.
If you see one of these pests on your plant, you don’t need to worry too much.
You can just spray a pesticide on the plant and it should clear up the problem.
It is always better if you identify the pests earlier on so that they don’t cause irreversible damage to the plant.
Changes To The Color Of The Spots
If the white spots on the pathos turn yellow, you don’t have to worry too much about your plant.
It is quite normal that the N Joy’s colors can change over time, and if the color changes but there is nothing wrong with the way that you are caring for the plant, then there is little you can do about the color changes.
However, if it is not just the spots that are turning yellow, and the entire leaf is affected, then this can be more problematic.
This can be caused by underwatering the plant.
If this happens, try giving the plant some water and seeing if the leaves recover over time.
If the leaves turn brown, then you may be overwatering or underwatering your plant.
If your plant is receiving too much sun, this can also cause brown leaves.
In this case, make sure that you are caring for the plant in the right way, following all of the instructions laid out in this care plan.
Drooping leaves are often an indication that you are underwatering your plant.
If you don’t start giving your plant water, the leaves will eventually wilt and fall off.
Try to ensure that you are watering the plants when the top inch is dried out. It is also important to maintain reliable watering habits.
How To Propagate The Plant?
Pothos N Joy are fairly easy to propagate.
All that needs to be done is that you take a small cutting off of the stem of the plant and plant it in another pot.
When you are choosing the stem to use, you should choose a stem that looks healthy. Green stems are much better.
In order to take a stem cutting from your N Joy, follow the steps below:
- Take some shears and cut around 0.5 inches under the first node at the end of the vine of leaves. When you are propagating the plant, the cutting must have one node and a minimum of one leaf.
- Next, place these cuttings in a vase of water and leave them for 3-4 weeks. Make sure to change the water every now and again, and put the cuttings in indirect light.
- The roots of the cuttings should begin to grow, and when they reach 2 inches long, plant the cuttings in pots. Use a potting mix that drains well.
- Keep the cuttings well watered at first, giving them water every day for a week. After the initial week, stop watering as much.
The Pothos N Joy can grow up to 10 feet as a houseplant. In the wild, it has been known to grow to over 50 feet.
In order to encourage your plant to grow as much as possible, you should ensure that the plant is getting good care.
The color of the leaves will also be affected by this.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)
Is The Pothos N Joy Toxic?
If animals and pets come into contact with the calcium oxalates that are present in this plant, it can be toxic to them.
Specifically, it is toxic to cats and dogs. If you opt to have these plants in your house with pets, make sure that they can’t be eaten by them.
If your pet does eat some of this plant, the symptoms may include vomiting and oral irritation in your pets.
These plants are also toxic to humans, although they are not too damaging. They can cause eczema or swelling in sensitive areas.
It is a good idea to use gloves when you are dealing with this plant or tending to it. Especially if you are pruning the plant.
Which Pot Should I Use To Grow N Joy?
The N Joy can be grown in any type of pot, but you should ensure that the pot you choose to plant it in has good drainage.
This is to ensure that the plant does not drown and the roots don’t rot due to overwatering.
The size of the pot is also important as you want the plant to have the best chance of growing well.
If you are hoping to add this house plant to your collection, it is a very good choice!
It doesn’t require much care and it looks great in the home.
Ensure you follow the care instructions and you should have no problems with keeping your Pothos N Joy alive and healthy.
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