Asked on Mar 03, 2020

What’s happening to my pothos plant?

Tikva Morrow
by Tikva Morrow

I’ve had this plant for about a year and he’s been happy and healthy sitting in a window that gets sunlight for a few hours in the afternoon. But recently he’s been getting some yellow leaves and some spots.

The soil had seemed too wet a few weeks ago so I waited for it to dry up and now I’ve just watered it again.

The affected leaves feel thinner and the yellowing leaves are falling off. It started about two months ago- just as yellowing leaves here and there- now it’s much more yellow, and has those spots on it.


  14 answers
  • Kathy Gunter Law Kathy Gunter Law on Mar 03, 2020

    It looks like too much water. Try sprinkling and add a micro nutrient.

  • Craft Invaders Craft Invaders on Mar 03, 2020

    Mine does this if I overwater as well

  • Joanie Joanie on Mar 03, 2020

    The plant leaves look very healthy. I see NEW growth. I would say you over watered her and she is letting you know you're drownin' her. She is wavin' her hands at you. Leave me alone. If it isn't she in a cold area?

  • Kay Kay on Mar 03, 2020

    Your plant appears to have fungus. I would pinch off the leaves with the spots and brown edges, let it dry out completely, and then water sparingly. Plants do not need as much water during winter months. If the top of the soil appears to be yellowed or whitish in color, scrape all of that off as well so you don't end up with fungus gnats because they are very difficult to deal with. If you do have gnats, I suggest you replace the soil. Pothos are generally hardy plants and your leaves should grow back just fine. Good luck.

  • Chloe Crabtree Chloe Crabtree on Mar 03, 2020

    It looks like overwatering to me. The soil down inside may still be damp. You might want to repot the plant in fresh soil and then make sure you don't over water again.

  • Kaelin Murphy Kaelin Murphy on Mar 03, 2020

    Try growing the pothos without soil. It will grow just fine in water.

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  • Jan Clark Jan Clark on Mar 03, 2020

    Have you fed it lately??? Many plants get yellow leaves due to lack of iron and other nutrients. Definitely less water - it will allow unwanted fungus to grow in the soil - which is another cause of yellowing. Temperature fluctuations like we've been having everywhere are no help, either, so ask yourself: is it being blown on by your heating system?

  • Em Em on Mar 03, 2020

    Over watering will cause the leaves to yellow. Pothos like water more than some houseplants but let the soil dry out thoroughly inbetween waterings. Stick you finger in the soil if it is damp do not water until you feel it is completely dry. You can also cut the stems off and reroot new plant so easily. Just stick in water at a length you want for new plant and it a few weeks you will have tons of roots on the cuttings. Make sure you cut all leave off below the water line. If the ones in the original pot become too spindly due to dropped leaves plant you new cuttings in the original plant by gently making a hole in the soil and make sure all of the roots of the cutting are in the hole. Cover back up and the new cutting should soon take hold. These are one of the easiest plants to take cutting from.

  • Brenda William Brenda William on Mar 03, 2020

    Have you checked the roots? Maybe it could use repotting. I would repot in a soil mixture of 1/3 potting soil, 1/3 perlite, and 1/3 succulent soil.

  • Vimarhonor Vimarhonor on Mar 03, 2020


    Pothos Leaves that go yellow can be 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.

  • Rymea Rymea on Mar 04, 2020

    Put some pebbles in the saucer to make sure it isn't sitting in water and give it houseplant food once a month.

  • Pat Pat on Mar 04, 2020

    I am guessing too much light. Too wet will cause leaves to drop but thinness could be from the sun. I have one that only gets lamp light and is growing beautifully.