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Helicopterplantmum
Jun 1, 2020 7:50 AM CST
Hello everybody!

Apologies if this has been asked before and I just haven't seen it but I worry about my golden pothos.
I bought a staked golden pothos two weeks ago from a garden centre and I've noticed brown patches on the variegation. I took pictures to see if they grow bigger, which they did.
The patches grew after I took the plant home, they were not visible when I bought it.
Should I remove the leaves? Can this spread from leaf to leaf? What is it caused by?

Here is a picture from about a week ago:
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and a picture from today, showing the progression on the upper leaf:

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It was stapled to the pole with rusty staples, all of which I removed and replaced with twine, but they have left orange marks and/or strangled the plant and have grown into the stems a bit, leaving wounds. Will these wounds cause further issues? Should I try to clean the orange marks?
(I pointed it out to a person working at the garden centre but they suggested to remove them and staple it with clean ones I could purchase there too Thinking )

Pictures here:

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Also, all four leaves that unfurled since have brown rims on one side. I noticed they only appeared on the side of the leaf that was curled up, not the "outer" side. The brown edge turned crispy and is prone to tearing. Does anybody know why this happened? Maybe because I relocated it (from the garden centre to my home)?

Picture here:

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I'm unsure whether these issues stem from its time in the garden centre or whether I provide it with the wrong care.
It is about 5-6 feet from a south-west facing window and does not get direct sunlight. I mist it usually once a day and if the soil feels dry and light, I water it thoroughly and let it soak for about 15 minutes, before draining. I wiped down the leaves when I first got it. It is growing a new leaf at the moment and starts to get a slight bit rootbound but from what I've read this is actually something pothos like?

I know I've only had it for two weeks but I want to make sure I'm doing this right because I love this plant already!

Thanks for any advice in advance



Name: Will Creed
NYC
Prof. plant consultant & educator
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WillC
Jun 1, 2020 8:10 AM CST
The leaf spots are not a symptom of a disease that will spread. Less than perfect watering will cause some leaf spotting that may spread over the leave and ultimately cause that leaf to die. Any leaf that looks unsightly can be trimmed off.

Are the new leaves remaining healthy?

Is it still potted in its original nursery pot?

How deep down does the soil get dry just before you water?

(The staples were not causing any harm.)
Will Creed
Horticultural Help, NYC
www.HorticulturalHelp.com
Contact me directly at [email protected]
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Germany
Region: Europe
Helicopterplantmum
Jun 1, 2020 8:28 AM CST
The new leaves have not shown any major other issues, just the one-sided brown rim and some very small brown spots/holes on the other side of the leaf. The brown rim tore when the leaf grew bigger. Here's a picture of the leaf now:

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It is still in its original pot and I don't plan on repotting it anytime soon.

I let the top 1.5-2 inches dry up before watering.


Name: Will Creed
NYC
Prof. plant consultant & educator
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WillC
Jun 2, 2020 7:20 AM CST
I don't think there are any serious concerns. You may be letting it get a bit too dry. Because it is tightly potted in its nursery pot, overwatering is much less likely. A thorough watering as soon as the top half to three-quarters -inch of soil gets dry to the touch might be better and help prevent further leaf browning.
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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