Pothos Leaves Turning White: What To Do

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If you spot white leaves on your Pothos, well, it can be due to different factors. Here are all of them explained in detail.

Pothos is a fantastic pick with its vibrant green or variegated leaves and lush tropical vibes. While generally easy to grow, you might face challenges, like pothos leaves turning pale yellow or white. Don’t panic! White leaves are a common issue, and most times, you can rescue your plant.

Look at these tips to increase variegation in Pothos

Pothos Leaves Turning White

1. Variegated Varieties

Variegated Pothos

Before you get into the confusion, let’s make it clear that some Pothos naturally have white or pale patches on their leaves – ‘Marble Queen,’ ‘Manjula,’ and ‘N’Joy’ are some of the varieties with white hues on the foliage.

2. Low Light Levels

Low light may not exactly turn the leaves into a shade of white, but will surely make them appear dull. For a healthy and greener foliage, make sure the plant gets bright and indirect light all day long.

3. Overwatering or Root Rot

Overwatering leads to waterlogged soil, depriving roots of oxygen and nutrients, which results in discolored or pale leaves.

Solution: Trim brown and mushy leaves to help the plant focus its energy on healthy growth. Water only when the topsoil feels a little dry to the touch.

4. Nutrient Deficiency

Chlorosis, or yellowing/whitening of leaves, can occur due to lack of essential nutrients like nitrogen, potassium, magnesium, or molybdenum.

Solution: Use a balanced liquid feed, once in 3-4 weeks, after diluting it to half of its strength. 

5. Powdery Mildew or Spider Mites

Powdery Mildew Pothos Leaves

Powdery mildew, a common fungal infection, can lead to white or grey, powder-like spots on the leaves. As you know, it thrives in high-humidity environments.

The fine webs of the spider mites can also make the leaves appear white from a distance.

Solution: To prevent spread, discard affected plant parts and improve air circulation. Apply organic fungicides like neem oil – following label instructions.

6. Hard Water Spots

Pothos Leaves Turning White

Excessive hard water spots can deposit over each other, over time, making the leaves look like they have turned white.

Solution: Let the water sit overnight in a bucket, or use RO water. Also, avoid wetting the foliage while watering and do not spray-moisten the foliage. 

7. Natural Process

Some Pothos might also show a white band or spot on the leaves out of nowhere – don’t worry! It happens sometimes genetically – just enjoy the unique looking leaf!

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