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YMarie
Jun 2, 2020 8:19 AM CST
I watered my pothos like two weeks ago or even a little bit more. I watered her when she was really dry. When I went to check her I noticed that her soil is still moist. I got my hygrometer and it says that the soil is wet. She is on a pot with a drainage hole and when I water her I let the excess water leave. I don't know what's wrong! Then I realized that one stem had a little bit of fungus so I applied some cinnamon. Am I overwatering?
Name: Will Creed
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WillC
Jun 2, 2020 8:25 AM CST
There are several possibilities. One is that the moisture meter may be misleading you because they are often inaccurate in certain potting mixes. Another possibility is that you are expecting the soil to dry too deep into the pot. A third possibility is that your Pothos was repotted into a larger pot with added soil that is retaining moisture for too long.

Please post a photo of your plant and its pot.
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Orlando, FL
YMarie
Jun 2, 2020 8:30 AM CST
WillC said:There are several possibilities. One is that the moisture meter may be misleading you because they are often inaccurate in certain potting mixes. Another possibility is that you are expecting the soil to dry too deep into the pot. A third possibility is that your Pothos was repotted into a larger pot with added soil that is retaining moisture for too long.

Please post a photo of your plant and its pot.



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Name: Will Creed
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WillC
Jun 2, 2020 8:35 AM CST
Thanks for the photos. The pot size is fine. The soil is a bit dense, so it may take longer than usual to dry out.

Use your finger to determine when the top half-inch of soil feels dry before watering it, regardless of what the meter reads. Soil deeper than that should remain damp.

There is no evidence of a fungus so the cinnamon is unnecessary.
Will Creed
Horticultural Help, NYC
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Contact me directly at [email protected]
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Orlando, FL
YMarie
Jun 2, 2020 8:40 AM CST
WillC said:Thanks for the photos. The pot size is fine. The soil is a bit dense, so it may take longer than usual to dry out.

Use your finger to determine when the top half-inch of soil feels dry before watering it, regardless of what the meter reads. Soil deeper than that should remain damp.

There is no evidence of a fungus so the cinnamon is unnecessary.



Thank you so much! I am deeply scared of root rot so I let my plants soil dry.
The top soil felt moist that's why I was worried
So I should check the top two inches of the soil and if it's dry I should water it? And it doesn't matter that the bottom is moist?
Thank you so much for your help!

Name: Will Creed
NYC
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WillC
Jun 2, 2020 8:49 AM CST
Many folks are overly concerned about overwatering. The top half-inch of soil should dry before you water. If you let the soil dry much deeper than that, you are dehydrating the roots. The soil in the lower portion of the pot should always remain damp or wet. Just monitor the upper half-inch or so of soil and ignore the rest.
Will Creed
Horticultural Help, NYC
www.HorticulturalHelp.com
Contact me directly at [email protected]
I now have a book available on indoor plant care
Orlando, FL
YMarie
Jun 2, 2020 8:56 AM CST
WillC said:Many folks are overly concerned about overwatering. The top half-inch of soil should dry before you water. If you let the soil dry much deeper than that, you are dehydrating the roots. The soil in the lower portion of the pot should always remain damp or wet. Just monitor the upper half-inch or so of soil and ignore the rest.

Thank you so much Will! I really don't know what I would do without you! Smiling

Name: Will Creed
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WillC
Jun 2, 2020 9:02 AM CST
Thanks for the compliment, but I'm sure you would do just fine! Hilarious!
Will Creed
Horticultural Help, NYC
www.HorticulturalHelp.com
Contact me directly at [email protected]
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