Why Pothos Plant Gets Yellow Leaves

Why are the leaves on my pothos plant turning yellow? How can I fix this?

Why a pothos plant gets yellow leaves: Yellow leaves on a pothos plant are usually the result of a watering problem. If there are both yellow and brown discoloration on the same leaf, it is likely due to overwatering. If there are bright yellow leaves, as well as crispy, brown spotting on other leaves, then it could be underwatering. Plants can be saved if under watered but over-watering is the main reason a pothos plant dies. Water well and then allow the top 50% of the soil to dry out before watering again.

How to care for an over -watered pothos plant: Your plant looks like it is over- watered. Get rid of all the wet soil and allow the plant to sit out bare root over- night. Using fresh, loose soil,  re-pot in a small container with drip holes in the bottom. The container should only be 1″-2″ larger than the rootball of the plant. Place your pothos plant in medium light and don’t water until the leaves become soft and droop a little.

You can read all my care tips for a pothos plant in the Popular Houseplant section of the website.


These plants are considered poisonous and should be kept away from pets and children. Read more about common houseplants that are poisonous in Don’t Feed Me To Your Cat! A Guide to Poisonous Houseplants