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Jun 29, 2021 3:25 PM CST
Name: Anna
Massachusetts (Zone 6b)
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My plant is all yellow and it has thickened. It used to be a beautiful wispy green with slight white. I was told my plant is called a Devil Two Tone plant, so some white is typical, but not yellow.

I took a book called How Not To Kill Your Houseplant out from the library. It says it's a virus that probably came with the plant. I have had it for one year with no issue. It did splendidly during the Massachusetts winter.

I have moved it into lesser light, just in case it's a light issue - however, it has done well for a whole year where it was. It is very hot, like 90-95 degrees this week. I water it twice per week as always and it has not been an issue.

Do you think something is wrong with it? I am worried it has a virus because I have other plants and I don't want them to be affected. Should I throw it out?

I left my spider plant outside in the hot sun one day after I watered it. I never abandon my plants, but I had a chore to do. At night, I brought my spider plant in. My spider plant wilted. Then, this Devil Two Tone plant wilted. The spider plant improved. This did not improve. I am not sure if a virus got into both plants from outdoors when I water them I let them drip on the porch - not for long. I only left the spider plant out by mistake that once. Do you think something happened?

Sounds silly, but I really love this plant. I had a plant like it a long time ago, although I don't think it was a Devil Two Tone. It is a terrible name, Devil Two Tone. I just liked the way it looked - when it was green.

Should I throw it out?

Thanks for any input.
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Jun 30, 2021 7:02 AM CST
Name: Will Creed
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Your Pothos is fine. It does not have a virus and the yellow coloration is normal for a Golden Pothos. There are other Pothos varieties that are green and white and others that are all green. Lin will jump in and post photos of the different Pothos varieties.

Return that book to the library and don't refer to it anymore!
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Jun 30, 2021 7:39 AM CST
Name: Tiffany purpleinopp
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Agree, your plant is beautiful and looks robustly healthy!

I think the book was referring to that type of variegation as being caused by a virus. There are various causes of variegation, one of them being virus. It is not the type of virus that other plants can "catch" or that would negatively affect the health of your plant.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/... (see "pathological")
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Jun 30, 2021 7:41 AM CST
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I agree, your Pothos (Epipremnum aureum) doesn't appear to have a virus. Leaf coloration can be variable with all sorts of green, yellow and white variegation and the ones with variegated leaves will sometimes revert to a solid green color.

There are many different cultivars of Epipremnum aureum, one with dark green leaves, another with light lime-green leaves and others with the golden-yellow variegated leaves, while still others have variable green and white splotches.




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Jun 30, 2021 7:55 AM CST
Name: Anna
Massachusetts (Zone 6b)
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WillC said:Your Pothos is fine. It does not have a virus and the yellow coloration is normal for a Golden Pothos. There are other Pothos varieties that are green and white and others that are all green. Lin will jump in and post photos of the different Pothos varieties.

Return that book to the library and don't refer to it anymore!


Thanks for your reply. I am so glad I found this forum as I have a ton of questions that have been answered. I appreciate this information. I had no idea and wanted to throw it out. Thanks again.
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Jun 30, 2021 7:58 AM CST
Name: Anna
Massachusetts (Zone 6b)
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purpleinopp said:Agree, your plant is beautiful and looks robustly healthy!

I think the book was referring to that type of variegation as being caused by a virus. There are various causes of variegation, one of them being virus. It is not the type of virus that other plants can "catch" or that would negatively affect the health of your plant.



Thank you. That is good to know that it is beautiful and healthy. I try to take care of my plants with timed, regular feedings and regular waterings. I am even keeping a plant journal. I am so glad to know it's thriving. Glad I didn't throw it out. Thanks again. 🙂
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Jun 30, 2021 8:02 AM CST
Name: Anna
Massachusetts (Zone 6b)
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plantladylin said:I agree, your Pothos (Epipremnum aureum) doesn't appear to have a virus. Leaf coloration can be variable with all sorts of green, yellow and white variegation and the ones with variegated leaves will sometimes revert to a solid green color.

There are many different cultivars of Epipremnum aureum, one with dark green leaves, another with light lime-green leaves and others with the golden-yellow variegated leaves, while still others have variable green and


Thank you. I am so glad to have found this forum, as so many of my questions have been answered. I was going to throw it out. I have to admit, I am not thrilled to see the yellow, but I have a place for the plant, so I will keep it and see how much bigger and yellower it grows, I suppose. I haven't got the heart to get rid of it. Where would it go? I would have preferred a philodendron, but I can't find any in the stores. I had hoped it would be like a philodendron. Thanks again. Smiling
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Jun 30, 2021 8:05 AM CST
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My pleasure! Enjoy your lovely plant!
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Jun 30, 2021 8:21 AM CST
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The Jade Pothos looks more like a Philodendron because it is all-green. Pothos are more popular because they are easier to care for than the Philodendron you mentioned.
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Jun 30, 2021 8:42 AM CST
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Anna, your Pothos plant (a/k/a Devil's Ivy) is related to Philodendron, they are in the same family. The Pothos has thicker leaves and may be easier to care for than some Philodendron. I just remembered to enlarge your photos and I notice a couple of the vining stems appear to be quite yellow in color (or it could be my old eyes) but I'd advise to be watchful that you don't overwater. I find Pothos to be fairly drought tolerant and depending on the type of soil in use, it may not dry out very quickly.
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Jun 30, 2021 11:05 AM CST
Name: Anna
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plantladylin said:Anna, your Pothos plant (a/k/a Devil's Ivy) is related to Philodendron, they are in the same family. The Pothos has thicker leaves and may be easier to care for than some Philodendron. I just remembered to enlarge your photos and I notice a couple of the vining stems appear to be quite yellow in color (or it could be my old eyes) but I'd advise to be watchful that you don't overwater. I find Pothos to be fairly drought tolerant and depending on the type of soil in use, it may not dry out very quickly.


Yes, the stems are very yellow! I will not water it as much and see what happens.

Oh okay, thanks. I can't find a philodendron anywhere. I had one as a child, so I wanted to buy one and got this one. It does look a little like a philodendron - or it used to. When it was new, it was a rich green. Thanks for your help.
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Jun 30, 2021 11:08 AM CST
Name: Anna
Massachusetts (Zone 6b)
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WillC said:The Jade Pothos looks more like a Philodendron because it is all-green. Pothos are more popular because they are easier to care for than the Philodendron you mentioned.


Thanks, maybe I will look for a Jade Pothos next time I'm at the plant shop. Smiling
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Jun 30, 2021 11:42 AM CST
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There are many types of Philodendrons and I know for years the Heart Leaf Philodendron (Philodendron hederaceum var. oxycardium) was a very popular houseplant but nowadays it seems to be out of fashion for some reason.

I have seen the Philodendron (Philodendron hederaceum var. oxycardium 'Brasil') at Home Depot and Lowes garden centers on occasion; it seems quite popular nowadays, possibly due to the variegated leaves. I have one out under a tree in my yard but I think it's lost most of the variegation.

The philodendron related Scindapsus is another that has become quite popular in recent years: Satin Pothos (Scindapsus pictus 'Argyraeus') and it can sometimes be found for sale at HD and Lowes garden centers.
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Jun 30, 2021 12:36 PM CST
Name: Anna
Massachusetts (Zone 6b)
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plantladylin said:There are many types of Philodendrons and I know for years the Heart Leaf Philodendron (Philodendron hederaceum var. oxycardium) was a very popular houseplant but nowadays it seems to be out of fashion for some reason.

I have seen the Philodendron (Philodendron hederaceum var. oxycardium 'Brasil') at Home Depot and Lowes garden centers on occasion; it seems quite popular nowadays, possibly due to the variegated leaves. I have one out under a tree in my yard but I think it's lost most of the variegation.

The philodendron related Scindapsus is another that has become quite popular in recent years: Satin Pothos (Scindapsus pictus 'Argyraeus') and it can sometimes be found for sale at HD and Lowes garden centers.


Thanks. I like the Heart Leaf one. I will look for it. Maybe it will find its way on a shelf.
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Jun 30, 2021 12:38 PM CST
Name: Anna
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Not sure if anyone is reading this, but one of the large yellow stems broke off just now. I don't know what this means. It looked dead. It was large, swollen, and yellowed. I cut the plant down because the vine was all over the place. I'll see how it does. Any ideas what the stem coming off or falling off could mean?
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Jun 30, 2021 3:17 PM CST
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Hmm...! Does this pot have the drain hole recessed about 1/2" above the actual bottom of the pot? How long have you had this? How long after it was forgotten outside did you take the pics?
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Jun 30, 2021 5:07 PM CST
Name: Anna
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purpleinopp said:Hmm...! Does this pot have the drain hole recessed about 1/2" above the actual bottom of the pot? How long have you had this? How long after it was forgotten outside did you take the pics?


I've had it for one year. I did not leave it outside. I left the other one outside, which was a spider plant. The spider plant was unhappy and got weird and wilted. Next, this one wilted. They were nearby each other, so I figured they picked up a plant flu.

The spider plant improved when I repotted it.

There are drainholes.

All of my other plants are doing splendidly.

This plant, I noticed had a small little fly and two leaf with bites underneath all the leaves.

I think I might toss it, because I'm afraid now that it broke off. I have too much to lose with all of my other plants. What do you think?

Thanks for helping me with this mystery.
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Jun 30, 2021 5:19 PM CST
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You sound like such a good caring plant mom. Smiling

Plants dont typically have short term illnesses like you might imagine a plant flu. There isn't much risk of plants catching disease from their neighbors per se. (They cannot sneeze on each other Smiling )

Most of plant health or illness happens very gradually, from effects of things happening to the roots, or the leaves. And a few little bug bites is usually no more harmful than you or I getting a paper cut.

I would only toss plants that I see severely affected by LOTS of bugs, or covered in mildew.
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Jul 1, 2021 8:43 AM CST
Name: Mo
Virginia (Zone 6b)
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Your pothos might've done that because of too much sun, but being a hardy plant it can still survive. Usually, a pothos will produce those yellow leaves and stems due to overwatering, but if your plant's soil seems dry, then it's doing that because of too much sun intake.

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Jul 1, 2021 9:12 AM CST
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Sometimes a stem or two get pinched, or twisted in some way that damages them in a way we don't see. Those stems may then get sickly and die off, yet the rest of the plant remains healthy and other new stems grow and fill in. Do you think that may be what happened with your plant?
Perhaps you can post a couple of closeup pix of the undersides of any leaves that look bitten by bugs?
Are you still putting the plant inside and outside?- i would only do that as a seasonal thing and with caution, not by changing the location back and forth inside/outside multiple times a week. Plants don't usually like abrupt changes, even if we humans think they might benefit from 'sun bathing'.

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