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Posted 1M ago by @Serpentari

My fav pothos queen is lookin a little rough ๐Ÿ˜ญ

I guess I've been a little less needy with her lately and I feel so bad, at this rate I have no idea what the issue is

Brown and yellowing spots within leaves, brown edges, and some malnourished leaves due to me not fertilizing her ๐Ÿ˜ฎโ€๐Ÿ’จ #pothospack
4ft to light, indirect
10โ€ pot with drainage
Last watered 1 month ago
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I can see youโ€™re watering her every 7 days, but sheโ€™s in a 10โ€ pot; that may be too often, so the soil isnโ€™t drying out enough between waterings.

The speckled spotting that is yellow and then turns brown is typically a watering/drainage issue that can or has turned into a fungus. Just in case, check the back of all your leaves to make sure there is no insect activity (chances are it is a drainage/water/fungus issue). This could range from overwatering, the water not draining fast enough, not letting the soil dry out enough between waterings even just in the center, or the soil is staying too wet for too long and needs more drainage (twice, my soil was staying too wet in the center of the pot where I couldnโ€™t feel it with the tip of my finger, cause one was I didnโ€™t mix my soil well enough or the ratio was slightly different in the center and it stayed too wet; cause two was a piece of bark partially blocking the drainage hole ๐Ÿคฆ๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿคท๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธ).

The spots that have already browned and are no longer yellow have scarred and are healed, the still yellow spots turning brown (as long as the yellow isnโ€™t spreading) are healing areas that will then scar.

If itโ€™s turned into fungus, when you water her next (or if you think you can slightly water her now, without overdoing it) you can water her with a peroxide/water solution: 1 part 6% hydrogen peroxide to 3-4 parts water. This will kill the fungus, give her extra oxygen, and increase her ability to work through any excess water in her system. If the soil is too wet at the moment, and you want to use the peroxide solution now, you can pull excess water from the soil by inserting a single tampon (or a few if your pot is big enough) into the soil. Keep changing them out until no more water can be pulled from the soil; then you can water with the peroxide solution.

Since itโ€™s been about 5 days since you watered, now is a great time to dig a bit into the soil and see how wet the center and bottom 2/3 of the potโ€™s soil is, damp or moist is good and wet is not (think damp towel, not soaked). Those larger pots have a higher chance of this happening, I like to add 1-2 inches of perlite to the bottom of the pot before adding soil, so any excess water at the bottom is used like a self watering pot reservoir, instead of the soil and roots sitting in standing water at the bottom. A coco coir/perlite soil is great at staying damp, but not wet; this helps you go longer in between waterings without water logging the roots. I find this works better in those big pots, especially where it has so much room for too much water. peat moss based soil has a tendency to compress and hold too much water.

After youโ€™ve treated with peroxide and the water/fungus/drainage issues have been addressed, you can add fertilizer to your next watering.

Good luck.
Mine looks the exact same way, is that from not fertilizing it? Cuz I haven't fertilized mine in a very long time
@PioneerEggplant lol yeah I'm thinking that's my main issue, haven't fertilized this plant since last summer๐Ÿ’€
Me either, I think the last time I fertilized mine was last April LOL
@EZLennyLance thank u so much, I had these suspicions and didn't know what to even start with lol, I'm definitely using your advice to get her back on track!๐Ÿค—
@Serpentari I hope youโ€™re able to pinpoint the issue.

Confession: I can be heavy handed with watering and Iโ€™m only recently recovering! Itโ€™s taken me too much time to figure it out; so I add about 1/3-1/2 perlite to all my soil ratios. ๐Ÿ˜‚ It protects me fromโ€ฆ ME!
@EZLennyLance that's too funny lol! Everything dries out so fast where I live I'm used to watering them up as well๐Ÿ˜†
@Serpentari I live in Utah and now with the ac and fans on, same! Trying to troubleshoot tropical plants in a desert can be rough. In my trial and error and research, Iโ€™ve discovered I really like coco coir, I like how it holds water, it is not soggy and doesnโ€™t compact down too tight. I have Hoyas, if planted in only coco coir and perlite, I only have to water them every 4-6 weeks ๐Ÿ˜ณ!
@EZLennyLance that's crazy! I have some plants in only peat and perlite which surprisingly works well๐Ÿ‘€ only water every 2-3 weeks. I've been getting into chunkier bark substrates for my rhizome-y guys and it just dries out so fast! ๐Ÿ’€