Pathos Plant Dying?

I've had this plant for over a year and a half and through a cross continental move without any issues. All of a sudden, after repotting for the first time, all of its leaves are turning yellow and falling off. Even the green leaves are curling. This makes me so sad. I've tried moving it to different parts of the apartment, watering and not watering, and even pouring on coffee grounds as it supposedly likes the acid.


Today I was inspecting it and noticed some white bugs in the dirt! Initially I was thinking a spider mite, but they don't usually just hang out below ground, right?

Thank you in advance for any help! Things are getting dire over here :(

By Ashley

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March 23, 20150 found this helpful

I think you should first take a cutting of your Pothos and put it in a glass recipient filled with water where it will grow roots just in case you can't save the mother plant. If your plant's problem appeared suddenly and spread quickly with many leaves turning yellow and falling off it has to be overwatering as a parasite problem would not be so spectacular.


So if your plant is not recovering take it out of its pot, get rid of all the soil until all the roots are free of any soil then repot it in the most basic soil and do not water it, the soil you buy in the shop is moist enough. Repot in the evening so that the plant is not in full activity and do not put it in full light until after a day or two and of course without direct sun always behind a curtain.

Do not water the plant untill you can strongly press your finger on the soil and none of it stays stuck to you finger. Repotting is a stress for a plant so it is not the good time to give it a fertilizer. I have stopped putting coffee ground in the soil of my plants and prefer to give them a little bit of light tea once a month. I had a very bad experience with coffee ground nearly killing a 20 years old plant with it.

When I decided to quickly change its soil I discovered the coffee ground all gluey, stinking and so soaked that the roots were actually drowning so I don't use coffee ground anymore. Coffee ground is very slow to degrades and to start providing the plant with azote in the meantime I am not sure it is a real benefit for the plant. If you want to make yourself an opinion about the benefit of the adding of coffee ground to the soil make a test with three pots of tomatoes put 50% coffee ground 50% soil in one of the pot, put 25% coffee ground 75 % soil in the second pot and 100% soil in the third pot, watch them grow and compare. Pothos are strong plants so i think you will save it but a plant is quick to regress and very slow to recover. Hope this helps!

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August 29, 20180 found this helpful

Taking care of our garden is very important. It keeps our plantation healthy and blooming. Caring must also include pests prevention techniques.

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