Growing and caring for N’Joy Pothos: the full guide

The N’joy Pothos plant is by now one of the most popular house and office plants, known for its small and delightfully variegated leaves, its air-purifying qualities, and for being one of the easiest plants to care for and grow at home.

The N’Joy Pothos is beginner-friendly and its needs are fairly easy to cater to. This variety is a more compact kind of the Epipremnum aureum (or Queen Marble Pothos) is native to many parts of French Polynesia and is popular as a houseplant in most regions with a temperate climate. Yet, it has also been naturalized in several tropical and subtropical regions.

In this article, we’ll be taking an in-depth look at the Pothos N’Joy plant, how to care for it, and what makes it perfect as an indoor plant.

What is the Njoy Pothos?

N'joy pothos plant

The NJoy Pothos plant, or Pothos N’Joy, is a variegated variety of the Epipremnum aureum, a cultivar that was produced from a breeding program in 2007 (there is even a US Patent for the N’Joy Pothos variety). This plant was essentially cultivated for brighter variegation and improved plant form. The N’Joy Pothos differs from its parent plant with a very distinct variegation pattern, and smaller leaves.

The plant itself is known by several common names like Hunter’s Robe or Devil’s Ivy, and it’s often mistakenly labeled as Philodendron in many plant stores. One of its eccentricities is that it’s almost impossible to kill, even when kept in inadequate conditions. Nonetheless, for a healthy and maturing Pothos N’Joy plant, there are some guidelines and conditions that would provide the plant with the perfect environment to fully grow.

Pothos Plant Care: A Few Things Good To Know

Growth rate and size

Njoy pothos growth & size

Although the parent Pothos plant can naturally grow up to 50 feet (15 meters), the N Joy Pothos is a more compact variety, which usually grows up to 9 inches (23 cm) with a trail of up to 10 feet (3 meters). The leaves of Pothos N Joy plants tend to be smaller in size, compared to other Pothos plants. Although, in some conditions, the stems can grow tall without producing any leaves. This can often weaken the stems, as they would not be able to maintain an upright position. The N’joy Pothos plant is characterized by rapid growth and can take about 5 months to fully mature.

The degree and pattern of variegation depend on several conditions during the plant’s growth, notably lighting. Areas with low light can often produce a faded to bright green variegation, whereas bright lights can produce brighter variegation patterns.

Watering

watering Njoy pothos

The N’Joy Pothos is characterized by its ease of care, and may not always require very specific conditions for growth. Like most plants, the optimal watering conditions for a Pothos N joy are moderate, that is it should not be over water, otherwise, the root will begin to rot, nor does it fare well in dry soil or potting mix. Always check the top of the soil. The plant should be watered when the top of the soil becomes dry.

The leaves will also indicate when the plant is not watered properly. If the plant is underwatered or overwatered, the leaves will turn brown and crisp. In that case, you should check the top inch or 1,5 inches of the soil (the top 4 cm). Dry soil indicates underwatering and vice versa. Most Pothos N joy plants are placed in pots with a drainage hole, that way; the excess water does not affect the plant.

Temperature & humidity

The Pothos N Joy plant, and the Epipremnum aureum plant family in general, is native to regions with a temperate climate, as well as tropical and sub-tropical regions. As such, this plant fares better in temperatures ranging between 65 to 85 Fahrenheit (18 to 29 Celsius). This is generally room temperature, so the plant should be kept away from any appliances or elements that would affect the temperature. Likewise, as the plant originates from a humid environment, it fares better in a 50 % to 70 % humidity range.

Although the Pothos N Joy plant can also grow in temperatures below the above-mentioned range, the more optimal conditions would yield better results. For humidity, it’s preferable to provide the best conditions possible, as this is still a tropical plant. Use a humidifier if the humidity is very low.

How much light does N’Joy Pothos need?

Njoy pothos light requirements

Pothos N joy plants grow better in areas with moderate indirect light or partial shade. The plant would survive in low light, but this will often hinder its growth and variegation. The plant will often show several signs that would indicate the quality of the lighting conditions. If the leaves turn bright green, it shows that the plant receives adequate light. However, if they turn pale or yellow, it could mean that the plant is receiving too much light. You can always change the plant’s position to improve results.

N’Joy Pothos are considered perfect for indoor usage as they can grow safely under fluorescent lights. However, for outdoor usage, make sure to shield the plant from direct sunlight, as the UV rays will scorch the leaves.

Substrate / Soil

Njoy Pothos soil requirements

Pothos plants are generally not very demanding in terms of substrate choice. The best soil or potting mix for a Pothos N Joy plant should balance between water drainage and retention, to match the plant’s needs. Most potting mixes for the Pothos N Joy plant usually consist of equal parts peat and perlite.

Peat moss is also commonly used as it retains moisture and the necessary nutrients for the plant. You can also use other materials like coco coir or orchid bark. As long as the plant is provided with a substrate that holds reasonable moisture, in a pot with good drainage, these are generally optimal conditions. The N’Joy Pothos is considered a light feeder plant, as it doesn’t require a significant amount of nutrients to grow. As such, fertilizers are not necessary.

Pruning and maintenance

Njoy pothos maintenance

Pothos plants generally require very little maintenance, even though they can often have a rapid growth rate when provided with optimal conditions. Although the plant is small, it can grow up to 10 feet tall, which is a significant height for indoor usage. Also, this growth can often weaken the stems, as they can no longer maintain an upright position. Pruning a Pothos is quite common, and is usually done to keep the plant at a desirable size.

To start, examine the stems, and locate the exact point where the leaves are attached. This is known as a leaf scar. Use sharp scissors, or preferably clean gardening shears, to cut just above the leaf scar. This will keep the plant at an even growth rate and will result in a bushier plant.

Make sure to constantly keep the plant in adequate conditions for better results. This also includes cleaning the leaves regularly to avoid clusters of dust. You can also rub the leaves with neem oil or rubbing alcohol, but this should be applied monthly at most.

Climbing and Support

growing Njoy pothos

Pothos plants are light feeder plants and tend to grow at a rapid rate. In essence, this plant is a climber, as it can grow to a considerable height without sprouting leaves. This is a very common issue with the N’Joy Pothos plants, as the stems are likely to weaken under the weight and bend.

In most usages, the stems would be attached to an upright moss pole, or any similar support to maintain the plant’s upright position. This is what makes the N’Joy Poths perfect for climbing. It can be grown to be a hanging plant, by climbing a moss pole.

Potting Soil & Transplanting

caring for Njoy Pothos

As with most houseplants, N’Joy Pothos too can become pot-bound. This is when the plant outgrows the pot, and the latter has no room for the plant’s roots to expand. This is usually indicated by wilted leaves. If you water your plant properly, and the leaves still seem wilted, it has likely become pot-bound. To check, simply slip the plant partially out of the pot. Clustered roots are a sign of the plant becoming pot-bound.

Repotting N’Joy Pothos plants is a simple process. Remove the plant from the pot, and place it in a new and bigger one, with a drainage hole. As the plant matures, it will require more space to grow bigger roots. Most plants will go through a period of stunted growth after repotting, as they need time to adapt to a new environment. For a better result, repot the plant preferably during spring or summer (the growing season).

FAQs about N’Joy Pothos plants

How to use Pothos?

Pothos plants can have many uses. In temperate regions, it is mostly used as a houseplant or decorative plant. Its ease of care and aesthetically pleasing shape make the Pothos plant perfect for decoration in both indoor and outdoor environments. The Pothos is also known for its air-purifying qualities, as it can remove many pollutants like formaldehyde and xylene. In some cases, a Pothos plants are even grown on top of aquariums, as the nitrate is quite beneficial for the plant

What is the best container for growing NJoy Pothos?

Pothos Njoy plants are best grown in pots with drainage holes. This is a plant that requires a balance between water retention and drainage, as too much water can cause root rot. Although the N’Joy Pothos can grow in less than ideal conditions, terra cotta pots are most often used to grow this plant.

Do pothos like being misted?

Pothos plants generally require a humidity range between 50 and 70 %. Depending on the conditions, misting a Pothos plant can be beneficial. However, if the humidity level is already high, misting the plant can cause rot or increase the risk of fungal disease. The N’Joy Pothos can be misted, sparingly, to clean the leaves. Make sure you only do this occasionally.

Where to Buy the Njoy Pothos?

The N’Joy Pothos is one of the most popular houseplants and can fare in most climates, which makes them quite available. Most gardening and plants stores will probably have Pothos plants. Otherwise, there are many online marketplaces for houseplants, which usually have Pothos plants in stock.

How can I make my NJoy Pothos grow faster?

As with most houseplants, providing the best conditions will yield the best results and make the plant grow faster. The Njoy Pothos is a light feeder climbing plant, which does not require a large amount of nutrients to grow. A perfect balance of conditions will keep the plant at a healthy growth rate.

What is the difference between Pothos N Joy vs Pearls & Jade, Glacier Pothos, Harlequin, Marble Queen, and others?

All of these plants are descended from the same parent plant; Marble Queen or Epipremnum aureum. While they share similar characteristics like growth rate, needs, and shape, these plants differ mainly in terms of coloring and variegation degree, and pattern.