Epipremnum (ep-ih-PREM-num), known as Pothos plants are one of the few successful genera enjoyed in homes and offices.
Hailing from the Araceae family, these beautiful perennials resemble philodendrons in many ways. Several types of Pothos cultivars have been marketed. This includes the beautiful Epipremnum Pothos ‘NJoy’ with its unique capitalization.
The cultivar originates from the Marble Queen Pothos. Its name is spelled ‘NJoy’ but has numerous variations. The alternate botanical name is Epipremnum aureum ‘ N-Joy.
Pothos originates in parts of Australia and Southeast Asia. Many cultivars originate in the United States.
Pothos NJoy Care
Size & Growth
Pothos can grow to 50′ feet or more in the wild, but NJoy is far more compact. NJoy reaches a height of 6″ to 9″ inches and can trail or climb up to 10′ feet.
The trailing stems of heart shaped leaves will root when they come into contact with soil.
‘NJoy’ has intense green color with cream to yellow variegation. It has smaller leaves than most pothos plants.
The amount of variegation changes depending on the amount of light. Plants grown in darker conditions fade to straight green. Brighter conditions produce more prominent variegated leaves.
Flowering and Fragrance
As with other pothos plants, ‘N-Joy’ is prized for its foliage. Blooms are rare.
Light Conditions & Temperature
As with other Pothos plants, ‘NJoy’ prefers a bright, indirect light to partial shade.
Direct sunlight will damage the leaves. Low light will cause the variegation to fade.
It will grow well under a fluorescent light source, making it an excellent choice for offices.
These plants come from tropical areas and cannot handle temperatures below 55° degrees Fahrenheit.
While mainly grown indoors, ‘N-Joy’ can grow in gardens within USDA hardiness zones 10-11.
Watering and Feeding
Pothos N’joy plant needs very little water to survive.
It’s best to water when the soil is dry down to about 1″ inch deep. Reduce watering in winter.
Be very careful not to overwater any pothos. They can easily suffer root rot.
Misting or placing the plant in higher humidity benefit your ‘NJoy’, and reduce how often it needs watering.
‘NJoy’ is a light feeder. A liquid balanced fertilizer once per month can work wonders for your Pothos.
Related: Choosing a Pothos Fertilizer
Potting Soil & Transplanting
‘N Joy’ enjoys any well-drained potting mix. Make your own using equal parts of peat and perlite.
Repot when the plants become rootbound. Be careful not to damage the small root ball.
NOTE: Always use a type of pot with drainage holes
If your Pothos NJoy was grown in water, and you want to transfer to soil, things are a little more complicated.
Move the plant to fresh potting soil while the roots are still small. The ability for roots to adapt to a new medium decreases as the root system develops.
Grooming And Maintenance
Pothos’ NJoy’ requires very little maintenance. Prune back when it becomes leggy or kept at a desired size.
It is also a good idea to wipe the leaves down with neem oil or rubbing alcohol monthly to remove any dust and reduce the risk of pests infestations.
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How To Propagate ‘NJoy’ Pothos
As ‘NJoy’ doesn’t flower (often), the primary method of propagation is through cuttings by licensed growers.
Read our article for Tips on How To Propagate Pothos
Take Pothos cuttings from healthy stems with the amount of variegation you prefer. Take cuttings at a node far enough down that there are at least four leaves present.
Place the cutting in either nutrient-infused water or moist soil until roots form. Do not let the soil dry out.
Roots generally take about 2 weeks to begin forming. You will need to decide whether to keep the rooted cutting in water or move to soil.
Pothos N’Joy Pests or Diseases
‘NJoy’ is resistant to most pests, with mealybugs and aphids being the primary threat.
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Pothos can become infested with other household pests such as plant scale, and whiteflies when exposed to other infested plants.
Root rot is the biggest disease ‘NJoy’ faces, although it can grow hydroponically.
Due to the presence of calcium oxalate crystals within all parts of this plant, Pothos is considered toxic to both humans and pets.
In some sensitive individuals, the plant may also cause skin irritation. Wear gloves when handling if you suspect you may have a reaction.
Suggested Pothos N Joy Uses
Pothos plants are among those recognized by NASA for their ability to clean air. ‘NJoy’ helps create oxygen while removing toxic benzene and formaldehyde fumes.
The ability for ‘NJoy’ to thrive under fluorescent lighting makes it perfect for homes, offices and dorm rooms.
The plant is well-suited for both totems and hanging baskets.
One odd feature of Pothos: It can thrive when grown in water without the risk of root rot as long as it was propagated in water, and nutrients are added. This allows for even more display options.