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#375864 Aug 25th, 2013 at 09:31 AM
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Earlier today I watered my Pothos. I proceeded to water it again about 5 hours later forgetting that I watered it before. I realized this and stopped. Will it be okay

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hopefully it will be okay,, next time and always check the soil before watering teach


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I took it out of the pot only to find a small amount of rotting roots! I trimmed the off the rotting roots I could see and put it in new soil. I took it out right after the second watering so It couldn't be from that. Is it normal for some roots to rot away?

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no not really, sounds like you have been over watering. Lets hope it doesn't go into shock like your other plant. Roots are sensitive when re potting some plants more than others. Best to always check the soil before watering to avoid situations like this.


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Anything further that i should do?

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Should I dip in a solution of water and root hormone(with fungicide)?

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I would seriously leave it alone for right now. IF you have super thrive I will give it a dose of that next watering in about a week or so depending if it needs watering even then.


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really Diane is right. A pothos will survive on neglect far faster than it will on over-attention. You have just repotted it, so I assume that you watered it in well when you did that. give it some time to sit and adjust. I would not water it for say at least 10 days, then do not water it much at each time. Feel down about 2 inches for moisture before watering. You could use one of those watering worms to gauge when it needs water if you like.

FYI: I have several pothos plants that all orginate from a single plant I got when my daughter was born 33 years ago. I know for a fact they went for a month or more between waterings when I was raising my girls.


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Well now the problem is is that it has root rot.

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well I thought I understood that you cut off the bad roots when you repotted it...if you did that, then let it go for a few weeks to see how it does
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that or you can take the plant out of the soil, gently wash it off & then put it in a container of fresh room temp water until it grows new roots. OR you can cut off all the roots & put the remaining plant in a container of room temperature water. Pothos root fairly easily.

just watch that all the water does not evaporate---replace the water as needed. ( replace water to the same water level as roots can form on the stem where ever it touches the water water). I have some in water now that has been in water for about a year. It is thriving.


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I did cut off the bad roots I just don't want it to come back.

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If all the bad roots are gone, my advice would be just to let it go for say 15 days. then water sparingly as I said up above-and to water even less would not hurt...


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So pretty much starve the plant of water to the point of severe wilting? 15 days in really dry soil seems like it would kill it.

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I have a pothos on my refrigerator. I sometimes pour some water in it when I have extra water in my glass walking past it to refill my water glass. Sometimes it doesn't get watered for 2 weeks. It is beautiful...about 20 feet long...I have the vines hung up over things I have on the walls to keep the cats from getting to it.
Trust me...they thrive on very little water.


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It is currently in a mix of Espoma Organic potting Mix, Miracle Grow Potting mix, and some added perlite.

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Dryair,,, Carol was not suggesting you water starve your pothos. She was suggesting you hold off on the water until it needs it. She also said to check down two inches in the soil for dryness before you water again. She had a pothos she didn't water for a month or more and it was fine, as was her experience.
IF you chose not to repot it you can place the roots in a jar of water, provided you change the water out every 3-4 days so the water doesn't smell or get cloudy.
IF you choose to repot it in new dry soil water it in,, then make your self a schedule and stick to it teach ~ always check down 2 inches for dryness before you rewater a plant ( day/time of day)(I check my plants on Saturday mornings after breakfast).
Your pothos is very saveable grin if you follow instructions and don't over water again.thumbup

sounds like you have an awesome soil mixture grin


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DRYAIRFOLIAGE -
Sorry to be late to the party, but I haven't stopped by here lately. Thought I'd toss in a couple of ideas on your problem, might help someone along the line. It takes longer than a few hours for roots to rot, if I understand your 2nd comment correctly. It takes several weeks at least. You do understand that the cause of rotting roots in soil that stays wet too long, right? You don't want to use fungicide, you want to learn to water correctly.

Check the soil moisture before watering. But not just the moisture on the top couple of inches - you need to check the moisture all the way to the bottom of the pot. That's where the roots are. (Or should be if they haven't rotted away) In this video I'm trying to show you how you can test the soil.



It can take a long time for a plant's soil to dry out if it's too wet - I've seen plants stay damp for 6 weeks without being watered. So you don't want to go by a period of time, only by how the soil feels near the bottom of the pot. When that finally feels almost dry, water the plant again, watering enough to get a run off from the drainage holes, then don't water again until the soil is almost dry. And so on.

Some things you can do to help a plant recover from too much moisture. Move it to higher light (not direct sun if the plant's not used to it); set up a fan to blow gently over the soil until the extra moisture is gone; even remove the plant from the pot entirely and set it on a pile of newspaper, which will soak up water.

Pothos are about the toughest plant there is. If you can allow it to almost dry between waterings, it should grow new roots and return to health.

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Originally Posted by theficuswrangler
DRYAIRFOLIAGE -
It takes longer than a few hours for roots to rot, if I understand your 2nd comment correctly. It takes several weeks at least. You do understand that the cause of rotting roots in soil that stays wet too long, right? You don't want to use fungicide, you want to learn to water correctly.



I only got the plant like a week ago so I don't think I caused this problem.

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In that case, you are absolutely right, you didn't cause it. But you should be able to fix it, which is sometimes even more fun than having no problem in the first place.

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I have heard of no :MENTION of Drainage holes in you flower pots. That corrects most over water plants.

over watering wont happen if you drain them ..
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Oh there's drainage holes!

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When growing pothos in water do i have to cut off the existing root system? I decided growing in water is the way to go.

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It will work either way. if you cut them off, they will grow new roots... That is how I start new cuttings. I snap a piece off then put it in water.


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And should I ever add fertilizer to the water?

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I rarely fertilize my plant in water--if/when I do, what i do is, I take the type of liquid fertilizer that one can add every time they water, I make it 1/2 strength & when i am adding some water, I will add some of that fertilized water to the exsisting water....again, doing less for these plants is the thing that will help most.

I have also read where some people have added say 1 ball of that time released fertilizer to the water--but then only like say 1 or 2 times a year...

cheange the water when you notice it is going stagnant--say every 7 to 10 days. Check the stems/roots of your plants. You may want to consider gently rinsing off each one to keep it healthy.

and if when you tend to notice that the plant is just sitting there not growing, it might be time to consider planting the rooted pieces into soil.

this thread should help you do that successfully.

You can always start new cuttings & start over.


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