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Question: I have been growing a money tree in my living room for about 1 1/2 years now. While the tree - trunk - itself is growing, the leaves have begun to wither and die. Most of then have turned a pale yellow and have fallen off of their own accord. Will you please give me some pointers on how to make my tree thrive again? Thank you, Cara Jaffe

Answer: Pachira, or money tree, is a very hardy plant so if yours is experiencing problems, they are likely due to over watering or too much full sunlight. Pachira trees need only moderately moist soil and moderate (morning sunlight). While these plants can survive with varying degrees of sunlight, they do best with a few hours of sunlight and a few hours of shade. They should be watered often enough to keep the soil moist but not soggy wet. If the leaves are turning yellow, I suspect the soil is not draining well enough. When the roots remain in saturated soils they can suffocate because excess water drives out the oxygen in the soil. So, try watering less frequently and prune your plant back a little to encourage healthy new growth. If the roots are still healthy it will sprout healthy new leaves in a few short weeks.

Hope your plant recovers soon!

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