Do you have a Hawaiian Pothos, and noticed yellow leaves on it? Yellow leaves can indicate a problem with your plant, but it’s not always a sign of a serious issue. In this article, we’ll explore the possible causes of Hawaiian Pothos yellow leaves and what you can do to address the problem.
Why Are My Hawaiian Pothos Leaves Turning Yellow?
If you notice that your Hawaiian Pothos leaves are turning yellow, it could indicate an underlying issue. Below are some possible reasons why your Hawaiian Pothos leaves may be turning yellow.
Overwatering is one of the most common reasons for yellowing leaves in Hawaiian Pothos. When you water your plant too frequently and don’t allow the soil to dry out, the roots can get mushy and brown, which causes root rot to happen. As a result, the leaves will start turning yellow and eventually fall off. To prevent overwatering, make sure to allow the soil to dry out until it is dry to the touch between watering sessions.
On the other hand, underwatering can also cause the leaves of your Hawaiian Pothos to turn yellow. I know, it can be tricky to understand what is happening and how to diagnose. But if your plants soil is pulling in from the sides of the pot, it is underwatered. Be sure to water your plant regularly and check the soil moisture level frequently.
Lack of Light
Hawaiian Pothos require bright, indirect light to thrive. If your plant is not getting enough light, the leaves may start turning yellow. To fix this issue, move your plant to a brighter location or consider providing artificial light.
If your Hawaiian Pothos is not receiving enough nutrients, it can also lead to yellowing leaves. Make sure to fertilize your plant regularly with a balanced fertilizer to provide it with the necessary nutrients. I like to use Foliage Pro and use it every other time I water.
How to Treat Yellow Leaves
If you notice yellow leaves on your Hawaiian Pothos plant, you can try a few different things to deal with the issue.
Check for Overwatering
Overwatering is a common cause of yellow leaves on Hawaiian Pothos plants. The best way to check the soil moisture level is by putting your finger into the soil, about an inch or so down. If it feels really wet, this could be why the leaves are turning yellow. Allow the soil to dry out up to a few weeks, if needed. Feel the soil before watering to make sure it’s dry and needs water.
If your plant is getting too much direct sunlight, it may cause yellowing of the leaves. Move the plant to a location with indirect, bright light, or use a sheer curtain to filter the light. This could also mean the plant is too close to a grow light, so consider moving it a few more inches away from the light source.
Pests like spider mites and mealybugs can cause yellowing of the leaves. Inspect the plant thoroughly and treat it with an appropriate insecticide if necessary.
Lack of nutrients can also cause yellowing of the leaves. Use a balanced fertilizer every 2-3 weeks during the growing season so the plant can receive and absorb all the essential nutrients it needs.
How to Prevent Yellow Leaves In Hawaiian Pothos
Now that you know why your plant is turning yellow, here’s how to prevent yellow leaves from happening on your Hawaiian Pothos.
Overwatering or underwatering can cause yellow leaves in Hawaiian Pothos. Make sure to water your plant only when the top inch of soil is dry. Also, always remove water from drip trays.
Too much or too little light can also cause yellow leaves in Hawaiian Pothos. Make sure to place your plant in a location with bright, indirect light. Avoid direct sunlight, as this can scorch the leaves.
Hawaiian Pothos prefer average to high humidity levels. If your home has lower humidity levels, you can increase humidity by providing the plant with a humidifier or by placing a tray of water near the plant.
Proper fertilization can help prevent yellow leaves in Hawaiian Pothos. Use a balanced, water-soluble fertilizer every 2-3 weeks when the plant is actively growing.