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Watering is essential for every plant. However, you may have made some mistakes, and now you have to deal with your overwatered pothos. Many gardeners have the same problem. Luckily, the signs of overwatering are easy to notice. You can also take immediate action to save your plant. This guide will show you how to save overwatered pothos. Let’s follow us and learn the best treatment your pothos plant needs!
There are many signs of overwatered pothos, including root rot, soggy soil, browning or yellowing leaves, and fungal issues. Overwatering is a common problem in Pothos, and it can be fatal to the plant if not caught early.
Although root rot is difficult to detect with the naked eye, it will happen if the pothos stay in overwatered soil. If you can’t fix root rot soon, it will kill your plants. Root rot is the most common and severe consequence caused by overwatering. Hence, you need to check the following signs to spot the problem:
Overwatered Pothos may get water blisters. They appear when cells in the pothos leaves break because the roots absorb too much water for the leaves to handle.
Pothos crammed with water may sometimes form discoloured or dark spots on the leaves top or bottom. These discolorations, which will look limp and squishy, signify that your pothos plant has bacterial leaf spots.
An overwatered Pothos will start to lose its new and old leaves. Before dropping, they often turn different colours, such as yellowing and browning leaves.
Overwatering pothos causes extreme plant stress, making them more prone to pests because they have become weaker.
Mold and mildew growing on the plant’s soil surface indicate that you have been overwatering your pothos. This fungus growth may cover the entire topsoil or may just be restricted to a small area. It could even start to sprout at the pothos stem’s base.
Fungus gnats like overwatered plants. If you see these pests in your pothos plant, check for other signs to confirm.
Prevention is better than cure. Please check out these tips to avoid exposing your plant to the risk of overwatering.
It could be good to water pothos plants every one or two weeks. However, the quantity and timing of watering these plants ultimately depend on the soil, humidity, light, and growing season. Generally, warmer conditions often demand more regular watering, while colder, winter-growing environments need less irrigation. Instead of worrying about the precise watering schedule, you may check the moisture content of pothos plants by using a “finger test.”
Insert your finger three to four inches into the soil close to the pothos plant’s bottom to see whether it needs water. If your finger is dry and clean, it means that your pothos plant needs water. And if your skin seems dirty with soil left on it, your plant still has some moisture and doesn’t require irrigation. However, if your finger turns muddy after touching the soil, your pothos plant may feel suffocated because of overwatering.
Bottom watering is a good method to ensure that pothos plants are getting enough water. It takes some time to complete, but your plant can absorb the right amount of water it requires, avoiding wasting water.
The instructions for bottom watering are as follows:
If you have accidentally let your potted plants suffer from overwatering, do not worry too much. Here is what you can do to save an overwatered pothos.
First, check for how much damage there is to the overwatered plant. This step will determine what actions you need to take next.
Ensure that the drainage holes are performing as expected. You can poke the holes with a stick to drain excess water. This step offers a quick solution for you, particularly if you just irrigated and the soil felt too wet.
Do not add more water when there is too much water and your plant’s roots are suffocating. Instead, expose the potting soil to sunlight to encourage it to dry. Evaporation may happen more quickly.
Repotting is sometimes the only way to keep an overwatered plant alive. You need to remove the plant from its pot, get rid of the rotten roots, and put it in another pot with fresh soil. Repotting is also a good idea to clean your plant and encourage healthy roots. It can also prevent the disease from spreading, especially if the plant is root-bound.
Remove any Pothos leaves that have become yellow or brown. Cutting them now is preferable; otherwise, they will rot and affect other healthy parts of your plant. Keep your eyes on the healthy leaves to see how they react to the interventions you have made for your troubled pothos. It indicates that you are doing well if the leaves don’t turn yellow or brown.
Overwatered pothos plants will display noticeable signs. Once you spot them, treat them properly. Then, you can save the damaged pothos and give them a new life. Hopefully, you will find this guide helpful. If you know any tips for fixing overwatering faults, please share them with us. Thank you for reading!
Can root rot be reversed?
Yes. To give the remaining roots a new start, treating rotten roots entails eliminating decaying roots or leaves and repotting your plant in new potting soil.
Can an overwatered pothos recover itself?
No. Overwatered plants can only be revived if you take action against them. The first thing you should do is remove the affected parts.
What is the difference between overwatering and underwatering?
Underwatering plants have dry leaves, leaf drops, curls, and brown tips. You will also see dry soil, but your plant can grow better after irrigation. On the other hand, overwatering leads to brown tips, wilting leaves, and yellowing tips. When root rot has started, other signs of underwatering will also happen to your overwatered pothos.