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Help for a sick houseplant!

Posted Sunday, June 19, 2011, at 11:42 AM

EEkk, I messed up this poor thing..
Well, I got over enthusiastic with watering my Golden Pothos and got the roots too wet. I have re-potted it. What expert advice do ya'll have to ressurrect this poor thing??

I need some wisdom.

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Well... there is good new and bad news. You already know most of the bad news, but the last of the bad news is the base root system may be too far gone to salvage.

But, there is good news and some of that is this plant is tough. There appears to be enough good stem that if all else fails, you can get new roots started from it.

I would suggest trimming all yellowing and dried leaves. If the several green leaves respond to potting, then the base plant DOES have enough to start again.

This may have happened from over-watering, but don't go overboard the other way either. There are few roots to take up moisture, so until new roots form, I would keep the soil moist.

A plastic tent will also help keep the humidity up around the plant and it can absorb some mositure through the plant itself. The little nodules you see on the healthy stem will actually form "air-roots" which can be directed to soil.

If the green leaves continue to be wilted, it might be better to make a few cuttings and put them in water to root. Leave at least one leaf per cutting and change the water weekly to avoid rot.

At least one or two of the nodules mention previously need to be under water. No need for plant food at this point.

They do not need direct sunlight, as you probably know. The leaves may all be solid green for a while but when the plant has recovered, bring it back to strong, indirect or filtered light if you want the "gold" coloration to return.

If you can make our garden club meeting this Friday, bring it with you and we will be happy to help. If I know you will be there, I will also make a cutting of my golden and a solid green pothos as a back-up plan.

If course, this is all free advice so don't hesitate to seek other help.

-- Posted by stevemills on Sun, Jun 19, 2011, at 12:54 PM

By the way, I don't know if that was expert advice or wisdom, but I built my indoor plants from cuttings and rescuing severely damaged plants from the "box" stores at discounted prices, so I have seen this stuff before.

Most survived, but sometimes ......

-- Posted by stevemills on Sun, Jun 19, 2011, at 12:56 PM

DUDE: you are the man!! /What a guru of information.. thanks so much!! I have to be in texas on friday due to my mom.. but.. i have that my husband will care for this poor thing while i am gone.. I will leave him with your advice.

wish me and the plant luck.

-- Posted by 4fabfelines on Sun, Jun 19, 2011, at 1:07 PM

Speaking of dudes, your hubby is welcome at the meetings as well.

Have a safe and rewarding trip home. We pray that the peace you mentioned in your other post not only goes with you, but spreads to all you visit.

-- Posted by stevemills on Sun, Jun 19, 2011, at 1:36 PM

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Lesa Cox has owned a cleaning service and a bookstore; now, she repairs and maintains computers for the elderly and others on a fixed income. She enjoys animals, gardening, books and fixing old cars. She and her husband have one son, who suffers from Asperger's syndrome.