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Why is my pothos dropping leaves and how to solve it

by Plants for all Seasons 10 Mar 2023 0 Comments

Pothos plants are generally easy to care for and can tolerate a range of growing conditions. However, leaf dropping can be a sign of stress or problems with the plant's environment. Here are some possible reasons why your Pothos may be dropping leaves and how to solve the issue:

  1. Overwatering: Overwatering can cause the roots to rot and the plant to drop leaves. Make sure the soil is well-draining and allow it to dry out slightly between waterings. Also, avoid letting the plant sit in standing water for extended periods.

  2. Underwatering: Pothos plants prefer consistently moist soil, and underwatering can cause the leaves to wilt and drop. Make sure to water your Pothos regularly, and check the soil moisture level frequently.

  3. Lack of light: Pothos plants require bright, indirect light to thrive. If your plant is not receiving enough light, it may drop leaves. Move your Pothos to a brighter location, but avoid direct sunlight, which can burn the leaves.

  4. Temperature extremes: Pothos plants prefer temperatures between 60-85°F (15-29°C). Exposure to extreme temperatures, such as drafts or cold air, can cause leaf drop. Move your plant away from any vents or drafts.

  5. Pest infestations: Pests such as spider mites, mealybugs, or scale insects can weaken the plant and cause it to drop leaves. Check your plant regularly for signs of pests and treat any infestations promptly.

  6. Nutrient deficiency: Pothos plants require nutrients to thrive. A lack of nutrients, such as nitrogen or iron, can cause the leaves to turn yellow and drop. Fertilize your plant regularly with a balanced, water-soluble fertilizer.

In summary, leaf dropping in Pothos plants can be caused by overwatering, underwatering, lack of light, temperature extremes, pest infestations, or nutrient deficiency. Carefully evaluate your plant's environment and adjust watering, lighting, and other conditions as needed to help your Pothos thrive and prevent further leaf dropping.

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