Why Are My Pothos Leaves Curling? 11 Causes & Easy Solutions



Finding curling leaves on your pothos plant can be disheartening. If you’re a beginner houseplant parent, you’ll probably ask yourself: ‘What am I doing wrong? Is my pothos dying?’.

With a bit of care, curled leaves can go back to normal. And once you identify what the issue is, fixing the problem is often a piece of cake.

Your Pothos Is  Thirsty

The most common reason for pothos leaves curling downwards, and inward is underwatering. When the plant is thirsty, it will try to reduce water loss through transpiration by decreasing the surface area of its leaves. In simple terms, the plant will start curling its leaves.


Root Rot

Root rot and overwatering go hand in hand. If the soil in the pot is waterlogged or has poor drainage, it can harbor pathogens like Rhizoctonia and Phytophthora, which will kill your plant’s roots.


Low Humidity

Pothos can tolerate humidity levels as low as 40%. But if the air in your home is too dry, its leaves will start curling inwards in an attempt to preserve moisture.


Hot Drafts

During the colder months, indoor heating can increase the temperature around the plant while also lowering humidity. If your pothos is sitting too close to a radiator or heating vent, hot drafts can cause the leaves to curl.


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