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Nashville, TN
May 17, 2020 8:47 AM CST
I need help reviving my pothos. It's very bare and wasn't experiencing new growth so I trimmed it to try and help. Now where I trimmed the vines that had no leaves they just look dried out at the ends. I want to save it and help it however I can. Thank you for any advice!
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Name: Will Creed
Prof. plant consultant & educator
May 17, 2020 9:04 AM CST
Welcome! The browning of the cut ends is a normal part of the stems healing over.

The lack of new growth is due to the unnecessarily large pot that it is in. Somewhat counter-intuitively, large pots actually slow growth rather than increase it. However, disturbing the roots by moving it to a smaller pot now would likely do more harm than good.

Because the large pot has excess soil, you have to very careful not to overwater it inadvertently. I suggest that you let the top half-inch of soil get dry to the touch. Then lightly water over the entire surface applying just enough so that it reaches that same level of dryness again in about a week. It won't be easy because there is little margin for error. Be patient and look for new leaves to slowly emerge at the ends of the stems.
Will Creed
Horticultural Help, NYC
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