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Is my 25yr old Pothos potentially dying?



Hi all, I need your help! 

I recently reshaped my mums 25 year Pothos around 4 bamboo poles. Because the plant has been grown from just 1 vine, I had to take time untangling and then wind it back round the bamboo to train. 

While doing so, I was devastated when I heard what I felt was a slight snap, quite low down on the vine. I could see the vine had slightly cut, but not completely snapped. 

Long story, I continued to wind around, hoping the strength and age of the plant would mean it would "resew" itself together from any potential damage caused.  

A week later and as you can see, the majority of the vine is wilting. Pic 1 is the part that are wilting despite being watered just enough not too much. 

Pic 2 is the bottom of the plant before the snap where I can see new growth. 

The soil, watering etc has been the same for 2 years where I have got lots and lots of growth from it so I know that over watering is not an issue. After I disturbed the plant, we had a hot weekend last week and it's possible it could have got a little dehydrated but has been watered since. 

My question is what shall I do? How long shall I wait, hoping the vine will be restored vs cutting it off and propagating back into the main pot what I can save?

Any advice would be appreciated, I'm gutted to see I might lose alot of the years my mum put in in terms of its growth! 

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  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 77,496
    If the stem has snapped then it’s likely that all
    the growth above the break is dying ☹️ 

    The silver lining is that what remains of the plant may well put out more side shoots and re-clothe its climbing frame more quickly the second time around. 😊 

    Id leave it as it is for a few days just to see if it recovers, but if the leaves start turning yellow I’d find the broken stem and cut off and remove all growth above the break.

    Neaten the break just above a leaf node with a sharp blade so there’s no torn ragged tissue where infection might set in, and wait and see what happens. 

    Don't feed until it’s made quite a bit of growth and be careful not to overwater as less foliage will need much less water. 

    Ill cross my fingers for you and your plant 🤞 
    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh







  • Thank you for the advice and wishes! :)

    I'm thinking the same, over the last week I've been watching closely for yellow and half hoping I'll come down and see new shoots from the top. 

    Today though, I'm beginning to see the leaves turning yellow and the new shoot buds at the top have turned black, so not hopeful. 

    You're right thank goodness it wasn't the whole vine and I've got most of the bottom 40% left! 

    Do you think I'll have any luck propagating some of the broken stem? There's so much of it, it seems a shame to let it all go.  :'(
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 77,496
    I think it’s obvious that the top part has started to deteriorate ... it’s unlikely to make good cuttings material. Sorry 😞 
    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh







  • You're right, I'm just having a hard time coming to terms with this one!  :(
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 77,496
    Treat yourself to something nice to cheer yourself up ... it was a mistake ... you’re not a murderer 😊 
    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh







  • madpenguinmadpenguin Isle of WightPosts: 2,422
    My daughter had one of these growing down from a shelf,so hanging rather than trained upwards.
    Every time it got about 4ft long she would chop off about 3ft and off it went again!
    “Every day is ordinary, until it isn't.” - Bernard Cornwell-Death of Kings
  • My daughter had one of these growing down from a shelf,so hanging rather than trained upwards.
    Every time it got about 4ft long she would chop off about 3ft and off it went again!
    That is super encouraging to know, thank you! 🙏🏽
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