Pothos plants are one of the most popular houseplants because they’re easy to care for and don’t require a lot of time or attention. They can also be grown in pretty much any type of container, which is really convenient.
However, there may come a time when you notice that your pothos plant leaves start drooping and sagging down instead of standing upright like they used to. Let’s find out why…
Why Are My Pothos Leaves Drooping?
The most likely reason why your pothos plant is drooping is due to underwatering. Pothos plants need moist soil at all times. If the soil is allowed to dry out, even for just a little while, your pothos will start drooping.
If you have been giving your pothos plant enough water, it’s important to make sure the water is actually reaching the center of the soil. You may even have to immerse the plant into a bucket of water to soak the soil thoroughly.
Another common reason for the pothos plant leaves drooping is due to a lack of sunlight. Pothos plants need bright, indirect sunlight to grow and thrive. If they don’t get enough light, the leaves will start drooping down and looking sad.
How to Stop Pothos Plant Drooping?
You need to take action by making sure the soil is moist and the plant is getting enough sunlight. This will revive the leaves and get them standing upright again.
1) More water
If your pothos plant is drooping due to underwatering, make sure you water it thoroughly from top to bottom until all of the soil has been wetted through. If you suspect that there may be a drainage issue with your pot or saucer, remove any excess water immediately after watering so it doesn’t sit in the container for too long.
Pothos typically need water every week or so, depending on the indoor temperature and humidity in your home. They enjoy moist soil, so don’t let the soil dry out between waterings. They will start drooping if they’re too dry, so you’ll need to keep a close eye on your plant and increase or decrease watering as needed.
The easiest way to tell if the pot needs more water is by sticking your finger into the top inch of dirt. If your finger comes out dry, then you know to give your pothos more water.
The type of water matters too! For optimal growth, use water that is around room temperature or a little bit warm. If the plant gets cold from being watered with cold water, it may start dropping leaves in response to the shock!
2) More sunlight
If your pothos plant has been drooping because it doesn’t get enough sunlight, make sure the area where you place the plant is receiving bright indirect sunlight. If possible, avoid placing your pothos in a room with little to no natural light as this will not be good for their health and well-being.
I like keeping my pothos in the brightest room in the house, where I allow the plant to climb over my furniture, giving it a more natural and “wild” look that I love.
LED grow lights (Amazon link) are a lifesaver for those who cannot give enough natural light. They allow you to grow healthier, more vibrant houseplants without having to worry about them getting the proper amount of sunlight.
Full-spectrum lights are the best as they do the best job at mimicking the natural rays of the sun.
Droopy Pothos FAQs
There’s a good chance you have a lot of questions. If that’s the case, I’ll go ahead and answer some of the most frequently asked questions.
Will droopy pothos leaves kill my plant?
No, it is not going to kill your pothos. Drooping leaves are a natural response from the plant when they’re either lacking water or sunlight. It’s just their way of saying “Hey! I need something!”
While pothos plants are very hardy, you shouldn’t just let them sit with droopy leaves. Your pothos may not die for a while, but they eventually will if no action is taken.
Do I need to re-pot a drooping pothos plant?
There’s no need to re-pot a drooping pothos plant enough you suspect root rot or a drainage problem. However, if you’re worried about a rootbound pothos plant or the container is just too small, re-potting into a larger container will help solve these problems and revive your plants!
What if the problem keeps coming back?
If your pothos keeps dropping leaves and you can’t figure out why this keeps happening, you should consider moving it to a different location. This problem is often due to either too much or not enough water or sunlight.
Why are my pothos plant leaves drooping after watering?
You may have shocked your pothos with water that was too cold or hot. Always use room temperature water when watering pothos plants.
Why are my pothos plant leaves drooping after repotting?
Pothos dropping leaves after repotting is a result of your pothos being stressed by the procedure. The plant will perk up once it adjusts to its new surroundings and gets used to the temperature of the soil again.
In conclusion, the most likely reason why your pothos plant is drooping is due to underwatering. Pothos plants need moist soil at all times, and if the soil dries out even for a little while it will start drooping.
If you have been giving your pothos enough water but notice that the leaves are still dropping down, then check whether or not your pothos has received enough sunlight.
I hope you have found this blog post helpful, and I hope your drooping pothos plant is now standing upright again!
Tim is an avid gardener from the UK. He was the founder of PlantCarer.com from 2021 to Sep 2023. He sold PlantCarer.com to Aaron. He has since started his own business called Seed To Supper, which provides new gardeners all the materials you need in a box (pots, seeds, compost and instructions) to grow your own delicious and nutritious vegetables and herbs from start to finish – no garden required.