Why is my Satin Pothos turning yellow?

The silver and green leaves of the Satin Pothos are the defining and striking feature of the plant, so it's always such a shame when they start to lose their contrast and vibrancy due to yellowing.

Why is my Satin Pothos turning yellow?

We’ve looked into all of the key causes of leaf yellowing for the Satin Pothos and have put together this quick guide to solving the problem and getting your plant back to full health in no time at all.


The most likely cause of yellowing in your Satin Pothos (or any Pothos variety) is overwatering. You should only be watering your plant when it absolutely needs watering. To check if it needs a little top-up you can press your finger into the soil a couple of inches, if your finger is coming out dry and clean then you likely need to water again.

It can be a little tricky to nail down the perfect watering schedule for your plants, especially as the seasons and conditions of your home change. Just make sure to water a little less in the winter as natural evaporation will be low and your Pothos won’t be taking in quite as much. We have a complete guide to watering your houseplants available for free here if you’d like some more information.

Low Humidity

If you’re confident that you’re keeping your watering habits in check, then low humidity could be the cause of your Satin Pothos’ leaf yellowing. You’ll notice that the leaves will likely start to droop and possibly turn brown at the tips before they yellow if humidity is the problem. There are a variety of easy ways to increase the humidity for your plant — the simplest of which is to mist it down every now and then with a good spray bottle.

Do take note of any environmental changes where your Satin Pothos is placed, as equipment such as air conditioners can dry out the air for your plants very quickly. If you’re struggling to keep the humidity up for your houseplants, check out our humidity guide.

Low Light

The Satin Pothos will be happiest in bright to indirect light conditions. When the light level is too low they can start to develop some yellowing in their leaves. If your Pothos is currently in a dimmer area of your home, try moving it into a brighter spot. Do take care not to place it straight into direct light however as the foliage is prone to burning if it is exposed for too long.

Natural Growth

As with most species of houseplants, your Satin Pothos will always try to send the most energy to the newest and youngest foliage. This means that you could find some of the older starting to yellow just with the natural growth and development of the plant itself. There’s unfortunately no quick fix to this process, however, you can always prune these leaves back if they’re looking a bit unsightly as you Pothos should already be developing healthier new growth.

If you run through this post and try out all of the hints and tips that we’ve shared you should have a great chance of fixing the yellowing in the leaves of your Satin Pothos. It will be back to looking happy and healthy again in no time at all.

If you would like to learn more about your Satin Pothos do take a look at our free dedicated species guide. This will tell you everything you need to know to care for your plant, and also includes some great tips for some of the most common issues we run into whilst caring for them.

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