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Name: Amber
Ontario (Zone 5b)
sunniekid
Jul 24, 2021 9:19 PM CST
Hello! I posted recently about my marble queen pothos getting dark black / brown spots and I wasn't sure if it was due to underwatering. Now I'm concerned about pests! I've included pictures below of the whole plant as well as close ups of little black specks on the leaves. A Google search is making me think thrips but I haven't seen any actual bugs on the plant and now I'm terrified if it is thrips because I heard they're hard to get rid of and don't want them spreading to other plants 😭

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Name: Will Creed
NYC
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WillC
Jul 25, 2021 10:22 AM CST
Your Pothos looks wilted and that is more serious than any pests, although I don't think there are are thrips. When did you lst repot it and how did you go about it? I am concerned about possible root damage.
Will Creed
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Name: Amber
Ontario (Zone 5b)
sunniekid
Jul 25, 2021 11:15 AM CST
Thanks for your response! When I got the cuttings from someone else, that was the first time I potted it into the pot in the photo. There are rocks at the bottom of the pot as well for some drainage. Should I repot?

plantaholic77
Jul 26, 2021 8:04 AM CST
Is the soil well draining? How often do you water it. This kinda looks like root rot.
Name: Will Creed
NYC
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WillC
Jul 26, 2021 8:31 AM CST
It is not easy to move cuttings into soil. Did the cuttings have roots on them already? If so, were they water-grown roots? Can you post a photo from above the pot that shows how it is potted?
Will Creed
Horticultural Help, NYC
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Contact me directly at wcreed@HorticulturalHelp.com
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Name: Amber
Ontario (Zone 5b)
sunniekid
Jul 26, 2021 2:32 PM CST
I water it once a week and I believe it's just in regular potting soil like my other pothos are in.

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Here's a picture from above (it's in my tub just in case I thought it could have pests). There were roots that I thought were long enough when moved from water to soil. Since being planted it has recently grown that new sprout in the photo but that even has some darkness on it as well.
Name: Omie
New York state (Zone 5b)
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Omie
Jul 26, 2021 5:03 PM CST
Does that pot have a drainage hole?
Name: Amber
Ontario (Zone 5b)
sunniekid
Jul 26, 2021 8:39 PM CST
No it doesn't, there are just a layer of rocks at the bottom of the pot beneath the soil
Name: Will Creed
NYC
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WillC
Jul 27, 2021 12:50 PM CST
Do your best to water only when the top half-inch of soil feels dry and then add just enough water so that it dries out similarly again in about a week. Your goal is to provide the newly forming roots with just the right amount of water and oxygen from drying appropriately. Not easy, but do your best.
Will Creed
Horticultural Help, NYC
www.HorticulturalHelp.com
Contact me directly at wcreed@HorticulturalHelp.com
I now have a book available on indoor plant care

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