Houseplants forum: Blackening leaves on pothos

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Name: Jane

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jlout
Apr 13, 2018 7:31 PM CST

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Hi everyone!
I bought this pothos plant about 2 weeks ago, about a week ago I got caught up in my classes and forgot to water it and it began drooping pretty badly. After I watered it perked back up but now the edges of the plant are turning black. Is this because I over watered it? or is it damaged from my forgetfulness? or could it be a pest or bacterial problem?
It seems to be happening on new leaves and old leaves in the back of the plant that don't get as much light.

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I'm pretty new to houseplants and I wasn't able to find a clear answer with my own research.
Thanks!
Name: Will Creed
NYC
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WillC
Apr 14, 2018 6:44 AM CST
Jane - Your Pothos is reacting belatedly to its having gotten too dry while your attention was elsewhere. In the future, as long as you water it thoroughly as soon as the top half-inch of soil is dry, then new leaves should be fine.

The discolored leaves will never get green again, so it is best to just trim them all off.
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plantladylin
Apr 14, 2018 7:06 AM CST
Hi jlout, Welcome!

From what I can see in your photo, the soil of your Pothos (Epipremnum aureum) looks extremely dry. It should be watered thoroughly and not watered again until the top inch or so of the soil is dry. Be sure that excess water is not accumulating in the tray, or if the plastic nursery pot is sitting in a more decorative container for appearance, be sure to empty the excess water from the outer container so that water is not accumulating around the plants roots.

Pothos is a very popular house plant and in their natural habitat they grow up into the trees and as they get higher into the tree canopy, the leaves grow huge and form splits.

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Name: Jane

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jlout
Apr 14, 2018 9:47 AM CST

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Wow! Thank you both so much for the help!
I'll be sure to pay better attention to watering it, I have a pretty bad track record with plants but I'm determined to keep this one alive! Big Grin

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