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May 20, 2020 2:27 PM CST
Denver Colorado
Hello, I have an indoor climbing vine plant that I was accused of under-watering at one stage (by my housemate). I subsequently watered it more and now some of the leaves near the base are yellowing, I also notice some tiny black dots on other leaves. I have since stopped watering it since I don't want to over-water, but how do I diagnose what type of moisture stress the plant is under?
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May 20, 2020 3:36 PM CST
Name: Lynda Horn
Arkansas (Zone 7b)
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Welcome! your plant goes by the common name of pothos, and they can sometimes be picky about watering. Your pot seems rather large for the size of the plant, so it would be easy to overwater, which is what I'm thinking is happening now. I have done this with mine, too. Let it totally dry out before you water again, I would say at least 2" down into the dirt. Make sure the pot has good drainage.
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May 20, 2020 3:42 PM CST
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Hi tv1000, Welcome!

I agree with gardenfish, it appears your Pothos (Epipremnum aureum) is growing in a pot that is larger than necessary for the size of the plant, which will make proper watering a bit difficult. You will need to allow the soil to dry longer between watering.
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May 20, 2020 5:28 PM CST
Denver Colorado
Thank you for the advice and info on the plant name! After googling and seeing the types of pots other people use I'm hopeful I can recover this guy back to normal. Thank you both again Acorn Acorn
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May 21, 2020 12:37 AM CST
Name: Lynda Horn
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I'm sure you can! All in all, these are tough, and forgiving plants. Here's a pic of mine back when it looked good. It doesn't look good now, it's recovering from overwatering! Hilarious!
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