Why Are My Pothos Leaves Curling?

Ed Wike
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The Pothos plant is one plant that can grow in a variety of soil and weather conditions, so if you notice your Pothos plant leaves curling perhaps you need some tips on how to care for your Pothos plant

You’re Under-Watering

Pothos (Epipremnum aureum) is one of the least demanding plants you can have in terms of care, and it’s very commonly found in people's homes because it’s so easy to care for.

However, sometimes your plant could simply be lacking water. Underwatering happens because people don’t water the plant properly or forget to water it for a long period of time. In most of these cases, all you have to do is stick to a correct watering schedule, and the plant should quickly return to its original shape. The rule of thumb is to water the plant only when the soil is dry. While this seems hard to know, the Pothos leaves shows you that it is in need of water by appearing limp. Quenching the thirst of the limp plant will restore the leaves back to its original form. You rather monitor your plant for signs of limp leaves else you will under-water the plant and end up with a plant with yellow leaves. This is worst as the yellow leaves cannot change to green again.

The plant also gets curly leaves when it’s overwatered, so make sure that the water doesn’t pool at the bottom of the pot. Instead, keep the potting soil moist but don’t allow it to become too soggy.

You’re Overwatering

Topped with lush, attractive, heart-shaped leaves, Pothos is a popular houseplant. Like many indoor plants, the Pothos plant thrives when potting soil is kept moist. In fact, over-watering is the primary reason for drooping leaves on Pothos plants. These plants enjoy warm, humid environments,so they usually grow well in bathrooms, kitchens, and other indoor spaces that are warmed by heat vents, furnaces, and other factors. Since the Pothos plants do grow well in these conditions, they are susceptible to over-watering if the temperature and humidity are not maintained.

To prevent over-watering of your Pothos plant, check the soil frequently by inserting your finger to the second knuckle. If there is too much water in the pot, none of the oxygen is getting to the plant's root.

If there is excess water in the pot plant, try moving it to a sunny region. Sunlight will trap some of the plan't moistutre allowing it to dry.

It’s Too Hot

Early morning sun on cold days can cause the leaves to develop slight, permanent curls, but this leaf curl is rarely permanent. Excessive heat can also permanently damage the leaf. This is one type of plant that prefers all weather conditions even darker weather conditions so try to keep it await from direct sunlight expossure.

A plant’s tolerance of heat is a combination of the environment in which it is growing and the nature of the plant. Pothos does not like high heat and dryness. Always be sure to give your Pothos plant plenty of space and good air circulation.

Other factors that affect the health of pothos are:

  • temperature shock
  • air that is too dry
  • air that is too wet
  • over fertilizing

These factors tend to similarly affect all indoor plants

Too Little or Too Much Light

One of the most common problems with Pothos plants is that they wilt slightly when they get either too little or too much light. Pothos plants like sunlight. If you don’t have a place with bright indirect light, you can place the Pothos near a sunny window or by a light box (never directly in front of a sunny window). Be careful not to place the Pothos too near the window or near any heat sources, such as a radiator. Placing the plant too close to such a heat source will cause the leaves to turn black and fall off.

If there is too much light, your Pothos plant will start to grow tall and thin with long and narrow leaves. You can prune the Pothos back to keep it from growing out of control. Pruning and pinching back the Pothos lightly with your fingernail or thumb is desirable.


There you have it! If the Pothos has been given too much water, the leaves will start to curl. To make the Pothos take on a straighter and healthier look, you can place the plant in a warm room. However, don’t place it in direct sunlight, as Pothos plants need indirect light. You can help your Pothos plant recover by clipping off the affected leaves and allowing the plant to dry out for a couple of weeks before watering. Pothos plants can go several weeks without water but this is never desirable if you want to have a lush green healthy looking plant.