You might be wondering why your Pothos plant is dripping little tears and crying. Was I that mean to it that I made it cry? Perhaps it’s sweating? Let’s find out why this is happening.
Your Pothos is dripping water due to overwatering, or it’s a sign the weather is humid. This happens when the plant’s normal process of transpiring water shuts down and tries to rid itself of excess moisture. The technical term for this is guttation.
The cause of guttation is due to an abundance of water in the soil seeping into the roots in excess, which forces the excess water out of the plants’ tips and some of the sap from the plant. This is more likely to happen if humid conditions prevent normal evaporation.
Guttation is different from the dew that forms from the moisture in the cool night air on plants and evaporates in the morning sun.
A lot of the water we give our indoor plants evaporates from their leaves. This is why in the wild, you will feel a sense of coolness under large trees, not only from the shade but also from the evaporation from the leaves, which creates an ideal environment for mushrooms and fungi to grow.
During the night, most plants go into hibernation, where the pores of the leaves (called stomas) close. This is when guttation sweating is more likely to occur with excess water in the soil.
Other issues your Pothos plant might face and how to overcome them
Even though Pothos plants are considered among the few beginner-proof plants and almost impossible to kill, they are susceptible to a few other possible issues. However, they’re all reasonably easy to solve when caught early so long as you know how to manage the issue.
Why is my Pothos leaves going yellow?
Some leaves on your Pothos can turn yellow and fall off. This is common lower down on the plant as it is putting energy into producing new growth and new leaves. This is natural and occurs with many plants.
However, it is an issue if a lot of the leaves are going yellow over a short period of time. This could be for a range of reasons such as over or under fertilizing, low temperature, over-watering, and root rot.
Why is my Pothos drooping?
This can mean your Pothos needs to be repotted; however, more likely, it is being underwatered.
Don’t go to the opposite extreme of underwatering your Pothos, as it will cause drooping, wilting leaves, and shrivelling. If this happens, increase the water but don’t overdo it.
How much sun does my Pothos plant need?
As Pothos is originally from the rainforest, it receives filter light under the canopy of large trees. While it can tolerate low light, it will perform better in more light. Try replicating this in your home by placing it in a bright spot out of direct sunlight.
Pothos can grow near windows; however, be cautioned that they can burn the closer they are to the glass.
Signs of too little sunlight
Pothos can tolerate lower light conditions but be careful that there is not too little light as they will soon start to show signs of growth trouble, such as:
- Weakening, flimsy leaves
- Loss of Variegation in Leaves
- Nodes on the stem will grow further apart
- Slow growth
- Soil stays wet for more extended periods after watering
If you start to see the above indications, move your Pothos to a brighter area of your home, remembering they should sit in bright, indirect light.
How often should I water my Pothos?
You should moderately water your Pothos about once a week. The soil should not be saturated and allowed to become slightly dry on the top. Set up a watering schedule for your indoor plants, so you don’t forget.
You can also put your Pothos into a self-watering pot. Self-watering pots have a water reservoir at the bottom and a small area where the soil can draw water up from a wick as needed.
This creates an ideal watering situation as the plant’s roots are not sitting in water, causing root rot, and the perfect water amount of water is available for the plant.
This option is great if you are worried about getting the watering amount right as you only fill the reservoir at the bottom of the pot and know to fill it up when it is near empty.
Can Pothos leaves get wet?
Pothos leaves can get wet without having any adverse effects. It originates from the rainforests of Asia and the Pacific, where these environments are warm and very humid with lots of water but not soggy like a swamp.
Should you spray Pothos leaves?
You can mist your Pothos plant to replicate a rainforest environment so long as you don’t overwater the soil.
Can I bottom water Pothos?
Yes, you can! You can bottom water your Pothos plant by putting the pot with the drainage holes into a dish of water and allowing the soil to draw up the water. Bottom watering is best if done about every two weeks.
How to save my Pothos root rot?
Root rot is prevalent for indoor plants because it is easy to overwater them. If you do not get on top of your Pothos sweating by reducing how much you water it, it is likely to cause root rot.
If your Pothos is sitting in soggy soil, it will cause root rot, and you will have to act quickly to save it.
To save your Pothos, re-pot into a pot that has drainage and add perlite, rocks, or some sand to the soil or into a self-watering pot. If you use rocks, make sure they do not block the drainage holes of your pots and don’t put too many in, which can prevent your plant from having enough room.
You can also re-pot your Pothos into a good quality premium potting mix designed for potted plants and has good drainage. These can be found at your local gardening supplies store.
If in doubt, ask the staff at the gardening store who will be more than happy to help.
Can Pothos recover from overwatering?
Absolutely! If you see that you have overwatered your Pothos, you can do one of the following; remove any excess water from the soil, place it in a warm, sunnier spot and wait for it to dry. This will generally sort out any overwatering.
If you want to go a step further, you can remove as much soil as you can from the roots and repot your Pothos. Be sure not to harm the roots.
How often should I fertilize Pothos?
Pothos doesn’t need a lot of fertilizing. A very mild solution of water-soluble indoor plant fertilizer or seaweed solution is most beneficial every 6-8 weeks. Reduce the timeframe to about once every 10 weeks in the colder months.
Alternative fertilizer solutions that can be used are a cooled cup of brewed tea leaves, worm farm “wee“, a very diluted bokashi juice tea, or adding a tiny amount of coffee grounds to the soil. Like all things, don’t overdo it.
Pothos is an easy and beautiful indoor plant as long as you don’t overwater it. The first sign to spot overwatering will be guttation (tiny drops of water on the leaves).
If you see this, be sure to reduce the amount of water you are giving to your Pothos. In dire cases, gently repot your Pothos into a new pot of soil.