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Mikeymilla12
Nov 7, 2017 9:39 AM CST
Hi all,

My wife and I love this plant but it always dies starting from the middle (in the pot). It turns yellow and eventually entire shoots are gone and it looks terrible. We can salvage stems and make starters. What do we need to do care for it properly??
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Name: Will Creed
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WillC
Nov 7, 2017 9:53 AM CST
As with most hanging or vining plants, the key to keeping them full and compact is regular pruning. When individual stems get very long, they will lose some of the older leaves. If left unchecked, you may end up with long, bare, stringy vines with foliage only at the tip ends.

Before that happens, it is best to select a few long stems and prune them back to about 2-3 inches from the soil. New growth will then emerge on those pruned stems at that point and keep the plant full in the center.

I have many Pothos that I care for and each week. I prune back two or three of the longest stems on each plant every week. They stay nice and full, albeit not as dramatically long.
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Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Nov 7, 2017 9:57 AM CST
That's not a Pothos, its a Tradescantia.
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WillC
Nov 7, 2017 12:54 PM CST
I know that, Daisy. I was simply making a general point about keeping all vining plants pruned back. Sorry if I confused you.
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DaisyI
Nov 7, 2017 1:07 PM CST
It wasn't me I was worried about. Smiling
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Name: Laurie b
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lauriebasler
Nov 10, 2017 3:11 AM CST
Your plant needs to be pruned back about every year. It's normal for them to become leggy, but will grow back prettier and bushier than before. They are fast growing and once you get use to chopping all the stems beck and are rewarded with a brand new healthy plant you will do it every year with ease. There are a lot of vining plants that benefit from being cut back often.

You can learn about the best times for pruning and other care information by googling the name,. I have not grown one for years now, so hopefully someone with recent expertise will come with their best
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purpleinopp
Nov 10, 2017 5:33 AM CST
Hi & welcome, Mikey! For an older, potted specimen, your plant looks very nice.

Laurie, that article has a picture of T. zebrina but calls it T. pallid (which is spelled pallida.) That website's accuracy about so many things (spelling, punctuation, content) is questionable at best. I wouldn't waste my time clicking on it at all in the future (except in cases like this, when pasted as a resource.) As a proper noun, Jew should always be capitalized.

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