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Do I need to add epsons salts to this plant? It dried out and then I watered it and let it drain. I did give it some peter's special when I watered it. It is in the same window it has been in for the last 7 years. Help please on how to save my plant!! Thanks so much
The leaves yellowing and dropping off is probably a sign of a watering issue, not a nutritional deficiency. Since you say you let it dry out it could be from too little water, but too much water can also cause those symptoms so if you've been watering it too much in an attempt to make up for it drying out that could cause those problems too. All you can really do is get on track with giving it an appropriate amount of water and hopefully it should bounce back and put out some new leaves. Epsom salts won't do anything to cure symptoms caused by a cultural issue like watering. I also wouldn't fertilize until the plant bounces back a bit more (not sure what peter's special is--is it fertilizer? If so I wouldn't give it any more for a while)
Does the pot have a drain hole? These plants are easier to re-start from cuttings than to try to fix a root problem. As a vine, it intends to creep away and find a tree to climb. It's not at all concerned with maintaining all of its' juvenile leaves, and its' roots need a lot of air. In a natural setting, the roots would be in the air for great distances, clinging to a tree with very little root material actually in the soil, having outgrown and discarded its' juvenile leaves. Since we in temperate locations must keep them in a pot, it's critical to not overwater, and to use a soil that's able to maintain tiny air pockets within the pot.
The bumps you see along the stem are aerial root nubs. Are you familiar with how to propagate a piece of this plant?
The sticky at the top of this forum is very helpful and worth reading.