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How To Save An Underwatered Pothos? Tricks You Should Know

Your pothos looks unhappy. If you see drooping vines and yellow leaves on your plant, it must be suffering from underwatering. How to save an underwater Pothos? This article will show you the best ways to fix this issue. You can also learn some tips to prevent it.

Let’s jump into the details! 

How To Save Your Pothos From Underwatering?

There are six ways to save a Pothos from being underwater. The following tips will help you save it. 

Remove the affected vines and leaves

First, minimize the stress your dying Pothos is experiencing. It may occasionally be using excessive energy trying to repair its affected parts. Hence, you should remove the damaged leaves and dead vines from your plant. This step will prevent those parts from affecting the whole plant and encourage new vines and leaves to grow. 

Before pruning your plant, wipe the cutting tools with alcohol. Dirty scissors or pruning shears will hurt the healthy parts of the plant. 

Increase watering

To revive a dying Pothos, give it what it needs. With an underwater plant, you should water it more than you used to. Pothos plants love watering every one to two weeks. Yet, while dealing with underwatering, remember that indoor plants don’t like overwatering either.

An overwatered pothos will encounter tons of problems, such as root rot, wilting leaves, and stunted growth. Among them, root rot is a terrible case you want to avoid at all costs. To water your plant correctly, we recommend checking the topsoil. If it feels dry, give your plant water. If it doesn’t, then wait until it does for the next watering.

Move your plant to a shadier spot

It serves no purpose to expose your Pothos to the sun, as it is already stressed from underwatering. The soil will dry up much more quickly there. So, relocate your plant to a shadier spot where direct sunlight doesn’t reach. This tip will help it cool down. 

Place the plant on a tray of pebbles

To increase the humidity around your underwater Pothos plant, place it on a tray of pebbles. By doing this, you can maintain its well-being and safeguard its leaves. 

Use liquid fertilizer

When your plants recover from near-death experiences, they have already drained every last ounce of nutrition from the soil. But you can revive a dying pothos plant with some liquid fertilizer. A liquid fertilizer will give your dying plant what it needs to recover. Make sure you follow the package guidelines carefully and start feeding your plant slowly to avoid fertilizer burn. 


You should spritz your dying plant every few days to nourish the leaves and improve water uptake. Giving the leaves the ideal environment helps them recover faster. Spray your sick pothos two to three times weekly with a spill-proof spray bottle using filtered or tap water until it restores its vigor, and the leaves look healthy.

Save Your Pothos From Underwatering

Signs Of Underwatered Pothos 

It’s important to first determine if underwatering is the case. An underwater pothos will display these three symptoms: 

Drooping vines

Water aids in the leaves and vines’ resilience and upright posture. You can see watering as the process of distributing nutrients and promoting health. Your pothos plant’s vines will look droopy when the roots dramatically dry out. You can blame the lack of water in its cellular system for this problem.

Yellow leaves and brown tips 

The discolouration suggests that the leaf’s chlorophyll is disappearing. The green-to-yellow transition is a warning for dehydration, and you may also see brown leaves then. Yellow or brown leaves will become droopy and wilted because the roots fail to transfer water to the leaves. After a while, these drooping leaves will fall off.

Stunted growth

Any problem with your plant will inhibit its growth, and underwatering is among the most common causes. As discussed earlier, water plays a vital role in transferring nutrients and moisture to nurture the whole plant. Without enough water, your plant will dry out, and the roots can’t perform their task of distributing living resources.

Dry soil

Is your plant dying due to a lack of water? You can answer this question by checking the soil’s dryness. If it dries out too fast between waterings, underwatering must be your problem. Dry soil pulling away inside the pot also means that your pothos plant doesn’t receive enough water. The soil may be too dry if you see the space between the pot and the soil. This could also be a sign that the plant is root-bound.

It's important to first determine if underwatering is the case

How To Keep Your Pothos Healthy? 

Indoor plants like pothos require optimal conditions to thrive. To keep your pothos healthy, please keep in mind these tips:

Avoid direct sunlight

Pothos plants love bright, indirect sunlight. Overexposing them to the sun will dry them out, slowing down the transmission of nutrients.

Water appropriately 

Your plant’s watering routine may vary with the seasons. Plan to water those potted plants less throughout the winter and more in the spring and summer. 

Increase humidity

It’s a good idea to raise the humidity in the house where you grow your houseplants. As the plant draws moisture from the surrounding air, you won’t have to water it much.  


Is your pothos plant fading because of thirst? After checking for signs such as yellow and brown leaves or poor soil, treat your plant immediately so it can recover soon. It’s important to water the plant regularly while keeping other conditions ideal. Hopefully, this guide can help you save your plant from drowning. If you need more information to deal with the case, don’t hesitate to contact us. 

This video will help you have a better understanding of watering pothos:


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Kelly Lawrence

Kelly Lawrence

Kelly Lawrence is the CEO of Swipe Garden. Over 10 years in the writing and passion for gardening, she brings a wealth of expertise and creativity to the world of gardening. Kelly Lawrence has cultivated a community of plant lovers, making gardening accessible and enjoyable for all.