Pothos Leaves Turning Brown or Black: 11 Causes & How to Fix Them



Are the leaves of your pothos plant turning brown, black, or developing dry, crispy edges? Or perhaps you found brown spots on the leaves, and you’re not sure what they mean?

Let’s look at the  eleven most common causes, starting with the most likely culprit.

Watering Issues

Inconsistent watering will stress and weaken your plant. When combined with poor-draining soil, it also creates an environment that is inviting to various species of fungi and bacteria.


Phytophthora Root Rot

The most common problem for all pothos plants is root rot caused by a fungus-like organism called black shank (Phytophthora nicotianae). This soil-borne fungal disease thrives in warm temperatures and moist soil. 


Rhizoctonia Root Rot

Rhizoctonia root rot is another fungal disease that can kill your pothos plants. This disease spreads quickly, especially in warm, humid environments.


Bacterial Wilt

Bacterial wit disease is caused by several species of bacteria, such as Ralstonia solanacearum and Erwinia tracheiphila


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