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nikkik
Apr 3, 2018 8:40 PM CST
I have had a pothos for two months and I have recently noticed that some of the leaves were turning yellow. At first I thought: This shouldn't be a problem; they are just making room for more leaves. I disinfected some scissors and cut them off. But now I fear that the pothos is forming a little "bald spot". The front, part that is facing the window, is growing many new leaves. I'm not sure if it's not getting enough sun or if there is a fungal infection.
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Christine
Apr 4, 2018 7:55 AM CST
How often and how much water do you use? The one picture that shows soil looks very dry. Is your pothos getting south sun?

I just read your other post re:Ivy
Check your pothos for spider mites also, check any plants you have.Will gave you great advice
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WillC
Apr 4, 2018 1:58 PM CST
Leaf yellowing can be caused by either improper light or watering. Overall, yours looks to be in pretty good shape and not in need of any major changes. Yellow leaves can be removed by hand or with scissors. No need to sterilize the scissors.

Pothos do best in very bright, but indirect sunlight. Make sure the sun's rays don't fall directly on the leaves during the day.

Allow the top half-inch of soil to dry before watering thoroughly. It should reach that level of dryness again in about a week.

It is best to periodically trim back long vines to keep the plant full and bushy.
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sallyg
Apr 4, 2018 5:24 PM CST
I have never had spider mites or aphids get to my pothos while they have been on other plants. Not impossible,but not the most prone to them either.
It's a pretty large amount of leaf for the size pot, so I'd suspect it's drying too fast.
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WillC
Apr 5, 2018 6:56 PM CST
Pothos can sometimes attract spider mites, but there is no evidence of mite damage here. Spider mites give the leaves a mottled rather than an all-yellow appearance.
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nikkik
Apr 6, 2018 7:21 AM CST
Thank you for your responses. I'm not sure which way the window is facing. I live in a dorm so my light access is limited for now.
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WillC
Apr 7, 2018 8:05 AM CST
Any window exposure is fine, as long as the sun doesn't shine directly on the leaves. If it does, then move the plant back from or to the side of the window.
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DerErlkoenig
Apr 10, 2018 10:34 PM CST
As for figuring out which direction your window faces, find where the sun comes up OR you can use the compass on your phone! As for the yellowing: It is possible that a draft or a hot spot is hurting those leaves, in addition to a lack of light: this has happened to some of my plants in the past. Is it near an AC unit or a heater, by any chance?
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Frenchy21
Apr 10, 2018 11:04 PM CST
Hello and welcome @nikkik! Smiling You might try turning your plant a 1/4 turn every 2 weeks so all sides of the plant receive equal light. It' s a really pretty pothos. Green Grin!
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nikkik
Apr 11, 2018 5:36 PM CST
DerErlkoenig the vent is on the other side of my room. But I will be sure to use the compass on my phone to find the direction of the window.
Frenchy21 thank you so much I will be sure to turn my pothos.
WillC Thank you I will be sure to move it back from the window.

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