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Help! My Devil’s Ivy (Pothos) Plant’s Leaves Are Turning Yellow

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I water my plant every 2 weeks, when the soil is dry, but not completely dry. My plant, at first, was so beautiful; then when it started to turn cold. It became wilted and yellowing, then brown… I always baby my plants, and I do talk to them… I mist them all daily, but not a lot… I have it sitting in a low light area… no sun or direct sun, just a low light area. Can you tell me what I’m doing wrong? – Carol

Yellowing Devils Ivy

Flower Shop Network Plant Expert Reply:

Carol,

  • Was the plant left outside as the temperatures turned cold? If so, this could be a case of cold damage. Remove any of the brown or yellow leaves, and make sure the plant is in a warm environment. You should be able to continue with your normal care procedures.
  • If the plant has been in the spot and not moved, check the air vent flow in the room. If the air flow blows directly on the plant, and you recently turned your heat on, the hot air might have damaged the plant. In this case move the plant out of the air flow and remove the damaged leaves.  Once you have done this simply continue with your normal care procedures.
  • If neither of the above cases fit, it may be time to re-pot or trim your plant.  Re-pot the plant if it looks as if there are more roots than soil. Your new container should be 1 1/2 times larger than the current one. As you re-pot the plant, make sure the top of the current root-ball is not covered with soil in the new container. It should still be the top of the potted plant.

Trim the plant if the tendrils are long and sparse. This encourages new growth, and allows for a better concentration of nutrients. Hope this information was helpful. Please let me know if I can help with anything else.

Comments

  1. Thank you for your information…yes I did have my running devils ivy near a vent…yes I moved it near a window with a shear curtain…as for the one ivy in a pot sitting on my counter…its not neat a vent or anything…it just looks sad…but I will repot it.

  2. I have a very long my Devil’s Ivy in my office it must be over 50 feet long. it was doing very well for the past 6 years. But recently the leaves have been turning yellow ant first then brown. What do you think the problem may be? Help!!

  3. Bill,
    Check to see if there has been a change to the normal temperature. If you don’t think that has changed much, it may be time to re-pot or trim your plant. Re-pot the plant if it looks as if there are more roots than soil. Your new container should be 1 1/2 times larger than the current one. As you re-pot the plant, make sure the top of the current root-ball is not covered with soil in the new container. It should still be the top of the potted plant. Trim the plant if the tendrils are long and sparse. This encourages new growth, and allows for a better concentration of nutrients

  4. Help! My pothos is in a sunny window, but as yet there is no heat. Is it getting too much sun? A few leaves are yellow, am worried about more. Just moved it inside from shady outdoor porch, where it was fine.

  5. Faith,

    For Pothos natural but bright indirect light would be my preference. You don’t want Pothos leaves sitting in direct sun – a northern exposure with sunlight coming through fully opened blinds will serve the plant well. Here is an excellent article on Pothos Plant Care. I suggest reading it to learn further growing instructions and conditions. I hope this information helps!

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