Even though all pothos plants, except for Epipremnum and Scindapsus, are easy to grow, most plant owners will run into at least one problem. People often have trouble with their pothos leaves curling.
Find out why the leaves on your pothos curl, what you can do to help the plant get better quickly, and how to keep the leaves from curling again.
All types of pothos are hardy plants, and when the leaves start to curl, it’s usually a sign that something is wrong, but your plant will probably be okay. The sooner you take action, the more likely it is that you will get better.
Why are Your Pothos Leaves Curling?
If you take good care of your pothos, you can avoid this problem. If you haven’t already, read our care guide to learn everything you need to know about taking care of your pothos.
There are a few things that could cause the leaves of a pothos plant to curl, but water is usually the cause (in one way or another). When leaves don’t get enough water, they curl because water is escaping.
1. Underwatering is the most Common Cause for Pothos leaves Curling
That was not a good idea. Even though some plants don’t need as much water as others, it’s important to water them regularly and in the right way to keep them healthy.
If you always water your plants too much, the leaves will curl as they lose water.
How do you know if this is why the leaves on your pothos are curling?
When the leaves curl up, the plant may have droopy leaves and look like it’s dying.
The ground will be dry. If it’s very dry, it might shrink and fall out of the pot. Soak the soil in water to loosen it up, especially if the water from watering your plant flows through the pot.
If the soil is dry, put the plant in water for 30 minutes, then drain off the extra water and look at the soil. If it still looks too small, repeat the steps. You could poke the dirt with a toothpick or a fork to get it to move.
The ground should drain well. If you water your plant, and days later you can still feel dampness on the top of the soil, this is also not good for the plant and will lead to overwatering. You might want to move your plant to a pot with better soil.
Wait a few minutes after watering your plant to make sure the soil is dry before you water it again. Water shouldn’t collect in the bottom of the pot, and if your pothos is growing in soil, it shouldn’t sit in water.
If you give your plant water, it should get better quickly. Make it a habit to water your pothos plant more often.
2. Overwatering – Root Rot
This is the first likely cause you should probably rule out. The most common reason for pothos leaves to curl is that they don’t get enough water. However, if you give your plant too much water, it may die much faster.
If the pot is too big for the plant, the soil will hold much more water than the plant needs, which will cause it to get too much water.
Check out the dirt. If your plant is still moist days after you water it, you are giving it too much water. Let the ground dry out before you water it again.
If you have been giving your plant too much water for a long time, the roots are likely to rot. When the roots are rotten, they can’t do their job well and can’t get nutrients and water to the leaves. This makes the leaves curl, turn yellow, and eventually die.
If it’s just getting started, just let the soil dry out and water it less often in the future.
If the problem has gotten too bad, you will need to gently pull the plant out of the ground and look at the roots.
Check for roots that are dark, soft, or smell bad, and pull them out with clean tools. Plant in new soil, and if you’re going to use the same pot, don’t forget to clean it.
3. Too much fertilizer
Pothos plants don’t need fertilizer very often, so if you’ve been fertilizing them often and in large amounts, this could be why the leaves are curling.
The leaves may start to curl, but there are other signs to look out for. The leaves’ margins may be stained. Mineral accumulation may be seen as a white crust growing on top of the soil. Growth may also be slowed.
Too much fertilizer will harm the roots and make the soil around them unfriendly. As a result, the roots will not adequately feed the plant with nutrients and water (water again!).
If you suspect overfertilization, cleanse the soil to reduce mineral accumulation. Allow a minute for the water to pass through the soil (gently, since you don’t want to lose soil via the drainage holes). When you’re finished, be sure to drain all of the extra water.
Avoid fertilizing throughout this season and fertilize less regularly next year. It is simpler to overfertilize a plant than to underfertilize it.
Repotting in new soil is another alternative, although it adds extra stress to the plant. Repotting should only be attempted as a last resort.
4. Too Much Light direct (leaf dehydration)
Too much direct sunlight causes soil water to evaporate quicker and causes leaves to lose water faster than they can regain it.
Pothos like indirect light, but it should be bright. If your plant is in direct sunlight and your watering regimen is satisfactory, relocate it to a less-lit spot.
5. High temperatures
Temperatures that are too high, like too much light, may cause the soil to dry out quicker and cause water loss in the leaves.
Adjust your watering schedule and, if feasible, relocate your pothos to a cooler location.
6. Low humidity
Low humidity is seldom the only cause of pothos leaf curling, so explore other factors as well.
Pest infestations may generate a variety of problems. While bugs aren’t as prevalent as drowning, it’s always a good idea to examine your plant for symptoms of an infestation if it’s ailing.
Pests may cause mechanical harm to the leaves, even cutting off the nutrition and water supply. Some may also harm the roots.
If the infestation is serious enough, your plant may die. not to mention how quickly bugs may spread from plant to plant. Check for pests at all times.
Examine the stems and beneath the leaves. Some pests, such as spider mites, are difficult to notice without a magnifying glass (you can purchase one with an LED light, which is really useful) (you can purchase one with an LED light, which is really useful).
There are several methods for dealing with pests, so choose whichever approach works best for you to eradicate bugs from your home.
8. Old Leaves Dying
The leaves perish as they mature. If your plant is producing a lot of new growth, it may sacrifice some of its old leaves in order to concentrate its energy on new development.
9. New Growth
It is natural for new growth to be coiled up, but if your plant is healthy, it should totally uncurl.
Something is wrong if you find fresh leaves that remain curled. Any of the above factors (old leaves excepted) might be producing this, and the young leaves are the first to display it. Most of the time, however, the leaves do not uncurl owing to under-watering.