Houseplants forum→HELP! new purchase, soggy soil

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thenichole
May 29, 2020 8:12 AM CST
hello! I am new to the plant game. I just bought a pothos n'joy at the local nursery. I thought I checked the plant before buying, but I still need to be more diligent. When I got home, I stuck my finger in the soil and it felt wet and mushy. I have other plants, so I know what wet soil feels like, and this was such a weird soggy texture that I am freaking out.

The plant is very bushy, so it is hard to get a good look at the soil. The soil line looks really low compared to where the plant is. I am really hesitant to take it out of its pot to get a closer look because it is so wet. And even if it was just over watered, that is freaking me out too, because I know that is a big killer of plants.

I bought this as a houseplant, but i am thinking about putting it outside (it is warm and sunny outside and my house has really low light), until the soil dries up so I can check if it has root rot or something. Any advice?
Name: Will Creed
NYC
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WillC
May 29, 2020 9:56 AM CST
No need to panic, especially if the foliage appears to be firm and healthy. And no need to try to inspect the roots as that often leads to misdiagnosis anyway.

It may be that your plant was watered just prior to your purchase. Let the soil dry out naturally and it may take a week but it should be fine.

Your plant is a low light plant that must be kept in deep shade at all times when outside. It will burn up easily if exposed to the outdoor sun and high temps. It also needs temps above 60 degrees F. Personally, I think you will have more success with it if you keep it inside and out of the elements.
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[Last edited by WillC - May 30, 2020 7:16 AM (+)]
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thenichole
May 29, 2020 4:25 PM CST
I was going to put under a shaded patio, but i feel better knowing that i can just keep it inside and it isn't that big of a deal. Thank you for the advice!

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