Pothos - Knowledgebase Question

Toronto, ON
Question by veggie2
February 27, 1999
I bought two pots of Epipremnum about 7 months ago and placed them indoors on two stands about 3 1/2' above the floor, where they get some morning sun. The plants were only about 5 inches, but now floor). During the past 6 months the leaves were green and shiny. Suddenly, about 3 or 4 weeks ago, many leaves became curled, soft, and changed to yellow before they dried out. I examined the yellow leaves but cannot find any insects. How can I save my plants?

Answer from NGA
February 27, 1999


Pothos (Epipremnum) are a popular species of plant for indoor growing. The common name is Devil's Ivy. Pothos are relatively easy to grow. Give your plants average household warmth and a well-lit but sunless spot. Water liberally from spring to autumn but let the soil dry out slightly between waterings in the winter months. Mist the leaves frequently to increase air humidity during the winter, and keep the plants out of drafts. If the leaves of your plants are suddenly curling and yellowing, it's an indication that you've been overwatering them. Pothos cannot tolerate soggy soil. You may be able to save your plants by unpotting them, cutting away any dead or decomposing roots, and repotting in fresh potting soil. Examine the roots carefully, cutting into one or two to check for live tissue. The roots should be a creamy white on the inside. If they're brown, they're dead and should be removed. Keep cutting until you find live tissue. After cleaning the root area of all decomposing roots and sour potting soil, replant in fresh soil, water well, allow excess water to thoroughly drain, and then put the pots back on the plant stands. If the plants are getting direct sunshine, move them away from the window so that they get bright light, but not direct sunshine. Correcting the amount of water you supply during the winter months should help restore the health of your plants.

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