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Name: Demi Elder
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DemiArianna
Jun 12, 2020 8:27 AM CST
I bought this pothos from a shop almost 3 weeks ago. Today I noticed a leaf that fell right off in my hand, detached at the base of the stem. The stem itself had become soft and squishy, in fact when it came off there were thin strands of sticky stuff that pulled away last. The place on the leaf where it attaches to the stem is brown.

I repotted it shortly after getting it, as it was in a small 4 inch pot and seemed to want more room. It lives in my west-facing window behind a sheer curtain. I haven't fertilized it but I don't know if they did at the shop. I've been letting it dry out 1.5 inches before watering.

There's another leaf with a brown spot like this, where the stem is attached to the leaf. The stem is still strong on that one.

Any idea what's going on here? Root issue? Perhaps over-fertilized or over-watered prior to moving in with me?
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Name: Will Creed
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WillC
Jun 12, 2020 10:19 AM CST
When you repotted, how much of the original soil did you remove? What did you replace it with?

Does the new pot have a drain hole?
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Name: Demi Elder
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DemiArianna
Jun 12, 2020 2:11 PM CST
WillC said:When you repotted, how much of the original soil did you remove? What did you replace it with?

Does the new pot have a drain hole?


I didn't remove any of the original soil, and used Hoffman Purely Organic potting mix. The new pot does have a drain hole, it's one of those super common terracotta pots.
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oneeyeluke
Jun 12, 2020 11:42 PM CST
The sol is staying too wet and causing browning.
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Name: Will Creed
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WillC
Jun 13, 2020 9:12 AM CST
If the original rootball is still intact, then you should be able to undo the repotting that you did. Gently remove all of the soil you added and put your plant with its original rootball back into its original pot or one of similar size with little or no added soil.

Getting it back into a smaller pot with no extra soil will allow the soil around the roots to dry out sooner.
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Name: Demi Elder
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DemiArianna
Jun 13, 2020 4:44 PM CST
WillC said:If the original rootball is still intact, then you should be able to undo the repotting that you did. Gently remove all of the soil you added and put your plant with its original rootball back into its original pot or one of similar size with little or no added soil.

Getting it back into a smaller pot with no extra soil will allow the soil around the roots to dry out sooner.


Ah okay! so it's looking like an overwatering issue?
Name: Will Creed
NYC
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WillC
Jun 14, 2020 8:16 AM CST
Yes, the soil has been staying too wet for too long.
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Name: Demi Elder
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DemiArianna
Jun 15, 2020 3:25 PM CST
WillC said:Yes, the soil has been staying too wet for too long.


Alright thank you!

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