The Q&A Archives: Bonsai plants - Panchira

Question: How can I revive a panchira that is dying? What food or fertilzer can I give to the plant and where can I fin it?

Answer: Pachira or money tree usually does best in a very bright location with indirect light or morning sun. Water sparingly in winter when its growth is slow due to the short days. Try to increase the humidity level around it using a humidifier or a pebble and water tray. (Use a shallow tray and fill it with pebbles, add water to just below the top of the pebbles. Place the pachira pot on the pebbles. Make sure the bottom of the pot is above the water. Add more water to the tray as needed to replace what is lost to evaporation.) Also protect the plant from both hot and cold drafts. When a plant does poorly, it is usually due to lack of light or overly dry winter air and sometimes to over or under watering.

It is not usually a good idea to fertilize a plant that is not doing well. In the spring, when the tree starts to grow again in response to the longer days, you can use a water soluble fertilizer formulated for foliage houseplants with an analysis of 10-10-10 plus micronutrients. Use it at the weakest strength listed on the label. Fertilize monthly from about March to October. Water soluble fertilizers are sold at garden centers and nurseries and where houseplants are sold.

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