Yellow Leaves on Pothos – Full Guide

Pothos – scientifically known as Epipremnum aureum, Pothos aureus, Scindapsus aureus, or Rhaphidophora aurea – is a climbing vine widely used as a houseplant for its decorative, bright green leaves and long hanging stems. Learn all about yellow leaves on pothos in this guide.

Yellow Leaves on Pothos: Information

It is a tropical plant that, in its natural habitat, grows under the crowns of jungle trees, among the vegetation. For this reason, pothos grows so well indoors, in a bright room, as it is in a place quite similar to their natural habitat.

The basic thing to know about the care of this plant is that it should not be placed in full sun, but in rooms where natural light enters. It will also not need to be watered every week, but only every 10-15 days, or every 5-10 days in very hot summers.

Below we teach you all about yellow leaves on pothos.

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Yellow Leaves on Pothos

Yellow leaves on pothos can be due to several factors, so it is advisable to evaluate the general appearance of the plant or observe other details to find out what type of affectation is involved:

yellow leaves on pothos

Pothos Spider Mite:

It develops during the summer, in very dry environments, and is mainly located on the underside of the leaves. To avoid this we can get used to spraying the leaves on the underside and, if possible, use humidifiers, so that the degree of humidity in the environment is correct. A natural method is to clean the leaves with the liquid resulting from the infusion of dried nettle or horsetail leaves.

Lack of Watering:

If the substrate is dry, the plant is watered less than once every ten days or is in a very dry environment, it may need to be watered more frequently. In this case, we will observe that the whole plant presents a rather wilted general aspect. We can try to water it more, for example, once a week, to see if the appearance of its leaves improves.

Lack of Natural Light:

When some leaves turn yellow and others lose their variegated coloration to become completely green, it may be that the pothos is lacking natural light. We will place it in a luminous environment, but without direct light (do not place it in full sun).

Lack of Iron:

 If the previous options are discarded, it may be convenient to fertilize with iron chelates in case of yellowing of the leaves due to lack of iron (iron chlorosis).

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