Treat Pothos Root Rot Like a Pro: 5 Ridiculously Easy Steps



In the right conditions, pothos grows prolifically and can live up to ten years indoors. But like many houseplants, pothos can often suffer from root rot. Untreated, root rot is almost always deadly.

Let’s take a look at what causes pothos root rot, how to treat it, and how to prevent it in the first place.

What Causes Pothos Root Rot?

- Overwatering: Overwatering reduces the availability of oxygen in the soil, making it difficult for plants to perform this necessary function. - Fungal Infection: Overly moist or waterlogged soil also creates the perfect habitat for soil fungus.

Rotted Roots vs. Healthy Pothos Roots

Healthy Roots – Appearance: white, tan, white tips – Texture: firm, succulent – Smell: earthy Rotted Roots – Appearance: brown or black, sometimes with dark lesions – Texture: sagging, slimy, mushy, – Smell: decay, rotten egg

5 Steps to Treat Pothos Root Rot Like a Pro

- Remove Pothos From Its Pot. - Prune the Infected Areas. - Remove Excess Soil. - Disinfect the Roots. - Re-Pot the Pothos.

Hydroponic Pothos Root Rot in Water

If your hydroponic pothos develops root rot, immediately remove the plant from the water. Prune the infected roots and foliage. Sterilize the container and fill it with fresh water. Soak the trimmed roots in fungicide, then return them to the water.

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