Yellow Leaves On Pothos

//Yellow Leaves On Pothos

The yellowing of older leaves is pretty common on most houseplants as they occasionally shed the old while growing new foliage. So if the leaves that are turning yellow are the oldest ones, near the bottom of the stems not the ends, it might just be this natural process. If the yellowing leaves are more numerous and are happening over the entire plant the first thing to consider is the watering. Plants will shed more of the older growth if they are drying up in between soakings. When water isn’t abundant the plant sheds some of the leaves in order to preserve the new growth.

Leaves that go yellow are also a sign of over-watering or poor drainage, however. Pothos do best when allowed to go slightly dry (but not wilting) between waterings. If your soil has been kept constantly wet that causes root rot which leads to yellowing leaves.

The other thing that can affect indoor plants at this time of year is cold drafts from being too close to a cold window, and hot drafts from a heating unit too near the plant.

To figure things out the first thing to do is to tip the plant out of the pot. If the plant has white roots that means it probably isn’t root rot in that rotting roots are tan and brown. If the plant is very root bound, with congested roots that circle around and around in the pot, it’s time to put the plant in a new pot with new soil. (Note: don’t put any rocks or shards at the bottom of the pot – it’s the holes in a pot that are for drainage and other debris is bad for plants!)

If the roots are healthy and not too crowded, decide if you’ve been watering well enough – soak the entire root ball well every time you water but don’t let the plant sit in a saucer of water after it has gotten well hydrated. Don’t bother “misting” the plant – that does little to raise humidity and causes leaf-spot fungi.

Pick off the worst of your yellow leaves so you can monitor if the problem is continuing. You can fertilize the plant sometime in March when the days are getting longer – use fertilizer according to directions.

By | 2015-12-13T06:48:00-08:00 December 13th, 2015|House Plants|5 Comments

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  1. Joy January 26, 2017 at 11:27 am - Reply

    Please help. I purchased a pothos that was in a glass far with water. It’s how it’s “supposed” to stay but months later it’s starting to get yellow leaves and they eventually fall off. I thought it was ok for them to live in water. The other pothos I bought at the same time is doing just fine in its water glass jar.

  2. Ryder Wilshire April 24, 2017 at 10:12 pm - Reply

    Hello, Your blog is really amazing. You write the thing very well and interestingly. Thank you for sharing. I also readed some blog on Pothos Leaves Turning Yellow: What To Do For Yellow Leaves On Pothos hope you like it.

  3. james January 4, 2018 at 9:51 am - Reply

    hello my pothos has brown tips at the end of the leaves, whats causing this?

  4. Ines Woodward March 15, 2018 at 12:03 pm - Reply

    Ines 15 March 12 pm
    I have a Ivy plant under artificial light in a apartment hall. Was beautiful, but now is getting jellow leaves and the leaves at the botton of the plant are getting small and small . Please what I should do with my plant.
    Thank you, Ines

  5. Alka June 20, 2021 at 2:36 pm - Reply

    Hi my pothos leave are turning yellow suddenly. We are in Christchurch and pothos is in water since almost a year and was very happy. Please help

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