Houseplants forum→Help My Houseplant .... Leaves very far away from root?

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LaurenJardinera
May 12, 2020 7:29 PM CST
Hi there! I'm recovering from a years-long black thumb situation. I'd like to get some help figuring out what's wrong with my plant (see photos). I believe it is a Golden Pothos or Devil's Ivy (are those the same things?)

My chief concerns:
1. Some leaves are turning black at the edges.
2. There are many stems that are completely bare but have leaves way down at the end. And some stems are completely bare.
3. There are brown nobs all over the stems. Idk if that's normal or not.

For context: I water the plant about once a week. It stays near a window that gets indirect light for most of the day. I have otherwise been rather negligent about this plant — i.e. I don't remember when it started deteriorating, etc.

Am eager to become a better plant mom with the help of this community. Please advise!
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Name: Will Creed
NYC
Prof. plant consultant & educator
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WillC
May 13, 2020 8:06 AM CST
Welcome! Lauren. The bumps along the bare vines are called nodes. That is where leaf stems were previously attached and where new roots might emerge under the right conditions.

It appears that your Pothos (Epipremnum) has suffered from some irregular watering.

Start by cutting back the long, mostly leafless vines to a length of just a few inches so there are only one or two bare nodes remaining. With subsequent good care, new leaves will emerge from those nodes close to the pot and fill out the plant. Those shortened vines will continue to slowly grow longer and hold onto their leaves if good care is provided.

Bright indirect light is fine. Keep it in its existing pot. Let the top 2 cm of soil get dry before watering it thoroughly. Always let the soil get that dry before adding any water.
Will Creed
Horticultural Help, NYC
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Contact me directly at [email protected]
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LaurenJardinera
May 13, 2020 6:59 PM CST
Thank you so much! Will take your advice. Appreciate it!
Name: Will Creed
NYC
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WillC
May 14, 2020 8:23 AM CST
Good luck with it!
Will Creed
Horticultural Help, NYC
www.HorticulturalHelp.com
Contact me directly at [email protected]
I now have a book available on indoor plant care

LaurenJardinera
May 17, 2020 9:17 AM CST
WillC said:Good luck with it!



Hi again! As I'm taking your advice, I noticed something odd about two of my leafless vines that I was cutting back. A few of my leafless vines have "rooted" else where in the soil *in addition to* their stem — meaning, they seem to be anchored in the soil at the stem, but then also further down the vine. I'm not sure how well this picture captures it but I tried to take pictures of the base root, the second place it is rooted in the soil, and the end of the vine (where I've cut it back).

Basically, my question is: Is this a problem?

Thank you!



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Name: Will Creed
NYC
Prof. plant consultant & educator
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WillC
May 17, 2020 1:14 PM CST
Not a problem; actually a good thing. The nodes where the leaf stems attach to the vines will produce new roots if they are kept in contact with damp soil. The nodes are also where new leaves emerge. In fact, some are visible clearly in the first photo.
Will Creed
Horticultural Help, NYC
www.HorticulturalHelp.com
Contact me directly at [email protected]
I now have a book available on indoor plant care

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