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bmumford
May 10, 2020 9:11 AM CST
Hi all,

First post! I have had this large 6ft (Jade?) Pothos for about two months now and it has continued to grow in length. As you can see, I have given placed it in spot that gets a lot of indirect sunlight. I give it a good soak of water in the bathtub every 3-4 weeks or when the leaves look droopy.

I've noticed a pattern every time I water: leaves in the middle of the limbs end up yellowing, while those at the top and bottom of the plant spring back to life and look healthy and green to me. Any ideas on how to prevent this "middle death" from occurring? I want this guy to be lush but those middle leaves seem to just keep yellowing after watering. Any help is much appreciated – thanks!

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Name: Sally
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sallyg
May 10, 2020 9:17 AM CST
Hello and Welcome!
I think 3-4 weeks is a long time between watering.
I think the yellow leaves are not happening directly due to the watering but by the plant gettting too dry between.
All pothos vines will grow at the tips only. As they add new tip leaves, they may drop older ones. They can only keep ALL leaves if they are in great (non typical home) conditions.

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Name: Will Creed
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WillC
May 10, 2020 9:36 AM CST
I agree with Sally. Your Pothos will need a thorough watering at least every 7-10 days or as soon as the top half-inch of soil fees dry. If you wait until it droops, you have waited too long. The yellow leaves are a delayed reaction to the soil getting too dry.

The vines that have lost many leaves are good candidates for pruning back to a length of a few inches. That is the only way to eliminate the bare sections. As Sally mentioned, new growth only comes in at the tip ends of each vine. Regular pruning is the only way to keep it lush and full.
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New York City
bmumford
May 10, 2020 11:30 AM CST
@sallyg & @WillC – Thank you both for your responses! It seems like the "delayed reaction" to yellow leaves gets accelerated immediately after watering (noticeably more yellowing 1-2 days after soak). Having seen that my first thought was possible "over" watering. Bummer - so there's no chance of new leaves sprouting from the bare parts of the vine? #sad. Would you recommend trying to propagate from pruned sections?

I'll try watering every 1-2 weeks and see how that goes. My fear is that could result in overwatering but I'll give this a shot and repost with results!
Name: Will Creed
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WillC
May 10, 2020 2:54 PM CST
Your Pothos can be just as easily under-watered as overwatered. I think that even two weeks is too long. Water as needed by checking the soil moisture regularly rather than by a predetermined calendar schedule.

Stem tip cuttings with 3-5 leaves are good candidates to propagate.
Will Creed
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