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Jan 4, 2018 5:15 PM CST
Please help me identify the problem. I tried repotting but they seem to have gotten worse.
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Name: Will Creed
Professional indoor plant consultan
Jan 4, 2018 6:08 PM CST
You have made things difficult for yourself (and your Pothos) by moving it into a pot that is too large and by using what appears to be a potting mix that is too dense. Somewhat counterintuitively, most plants do best when they are moderately potbound. Overpotting means adding excess soil that tends to stay moist for too long and deprive the roots of essential oxygen that comes only when the soil is both porous and allowed to dry out sufficiently between waterings.

That's the background information. Rather than repotting again, which is likely to cause even more damage, I recommend that you simply allow the soil to dry about an inch deep into the pot. Then, add a small amount of water or just enough so that the top inch of soil dries out again in about a week. Changing the soil, repotting and fertilizer will not help; just patience and judicious watering.

Will the plant recover? Probably, but it depends on how damaged the roots are so far.

Good luck!
Will Creed
Horticultural Help, NYC
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