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Welcome to this article that will be talking about why a pothos plant might start to turn black. The reason is unfortunately often caused by the roots of the plant drawing from being overwatered.

We have seen this become a pretty common issue among a lot of newer gardeners. Getting the right proportions right when watering can be tricky. But thankfully the plant will quickly show you when something is wrong.

Follow along in this article and we will be discussing this issue even further. With all this said, however, we still believe the pothos plant to be one of the best beginner-friendly houseplants you could have.

Pothos Plant Leaves In The Sun

Pothos Black Stems

Just like we said at the beginning of this article here, the pothos plant will quickly be showing you when something is wrong with it. In this case when the stem is starting to turn black then the plant is having its roots start to rot because of being overwatered. 

This is one of the worst things that could happen to the plant. Since the roots are starting to rot then and will have a very hard time recovering and growing back again. So we need to act very quickly when this happens.

As soon as you see the plant turning black you need to feel the soil. Is it almost soggy in texture? Then you will quickly have to place the plant in a sunny spot. This will hopefully make the soil dry out a little bit quicker and might save the plant.

What we want to happen is to get the roots to a stage where they can once again get energy from the soil and not be in a place of gasping for air. Overwatered soil will make it a lot harder for soil to travel through the soil. 

Just like oxygen is vital for us, it’s as important for the plant’s roots as well. It will keep the soil healthy and full of nutrients

We have mentioned what the texture of over-watered soil might look like, but what is a good or even ideal one then? Well, in our experience growing the photos, we will want the soil to be kept damp. It should be damp or semi-wet to the touch. This has proven to be the best condition for the plant to successfully grow in.

Is your pothos plant starting to have holes in the leaves? In this article, we will be talking more in-depth about this issue, Holes In Pothos Leaves.

Pothos Plant Growing In The Sun

Why Are My Pothos Stems Rotting

The reason your pothos stems are starting to rot is because of the soil actually. Like we have mentioned in this article before, soil is very important for the overall health of the plant. Since we aren’t using any weird fertilizers that will make the plant able to grow in the most unnatural environments we need the soil to be healthy.

This means keeping it both nutrient-rich and above all, well-watered. We find that keeping the soil slightly damp or semi-wet to the touch will make for the best environment for the pothos to be growing in. 

If the soil is being overwatered for a long time this will cause issues like having the roots rot or even making the stem of the plant start to rot. At this point, there is not a lot we can do because the damage has already been caused.

But placing the plant in a very sunny spot might cause the soil to dry out quickly enough to save some of the roots. Then we will have to hope for the best and maybe we will have the plant recover eventually.

Are you wondering how many pothos plants you should be keeping in the same pot? In this article we will talk about just that, How Many Pothos In One Pot.

Pothos Plant Leaves

Why Are My New Pothos Leaves Turning Black

The reason why our new pothos plants’ leaves turn black is often caused by the health of the soil not being great. If the soil is very overrated then the roots will start to rot.

This will then show up by having the leaves and even the stem of the pothos plant start to turn black in color. We find this to be a real issue if we want a plant that can stand the test of time.

Pothos Plant Growing Inside