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coreydes
Mar 29, 2015 4:22 PM CST
Hi, I have a money tree that was doing very well in the summer near a balcony door on an outside wall. In the winter it started to look pretty bad. Most of the leaves have fallen off and I have a stem from one of the stalks that still has life. There is also some new leaves sprouting at the base of one of the stalks. When I started to realize that the leaves were falling I moved the tree to the opposite wall but it still gets plenty of indirect sunlight. The leaves are still turning brown though. The leaves at the base are pretty green. The last standing branch is resting one of the dead stalks to support it. I watered it once a week in the summer and was doing about the same in the winter. It's pretty cold inside... anywhere from 47 degrees to 70 when the heat is on. I decided to water it fully until the water was coming out at the bottom...that was a few weeks ago and the soil is still pretty moist. I gave it a cup of water today. Any ideas what's going on and can I salvage this? Picture attached. Thanks so much! This tree was doing so great in the summer that I had to trim it back.
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dyzzypyxxy
Mar 29, 2015 5:25 PM CST
Hi, and welcome to ATP Welcome!

What you have there is a tree that was growing more slowly because of winter temperatures. You probably should have eased back on watering it through the winter. Even though it's indoors all the time, it's surely colder at night in winter than summer and definitely getting less intense light, too. That will make your tree want to slow down and maybe even go dormant.

The fact that you have new leaves growing is encouraging. I'd say you may want to re-pot it into a slightly larger pot, give it a light dose of timed release fertilizer (or use potting soil with fertilizer in it) and bring it towards the window again as the weather warms up. Then let us see a picture of how it's doing in, say May or so?
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drdawg
Mar 30, 2015 6:36 AM CST
Welcome! to ATP.

I agree with Elaine. I sounds to me like you are drowning the plant's roots, both from too frequent watering and perhaps a water-retentive potting mix. This is a good time to re-pot. Purchase a good quality potting mix, but to give better drainage, either add a cup of coarse perlite or orchid mix to every gallon of potting mix. Slow release fertilizer is a handy way to fertilize, and I use a lot of that. I still fertilize quite frequently with a diluted, soluble fertilizer from spring till fall. Since I grow so many other tropical plants, I am always fertilizing something. Sighing! I use 1/2 the rate (1/2 tsp./gal.) during the spring and summer months and 1/4 the rate during fall and winter months. Remember this phrase: "Weakly-Weekly".

Also, be sure you dump the water out of the saucer after every watering.
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greene
Mar 30, 2015 6:56 AM CST
Hello and welcome to ATP. Welcome!
Is this the same plant as was discussed in this thread:
Allthingsplants.com/thread/view/32258/Sick-Money-Tree/#new_post
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coreydes
Mar 31, 2015 6:44 PM CST
Ken & Elaine, thank you so much for your suggestions. I have repotted the plant/tree in a bigger pot and have added some of the stick fertilizers. I watered it and will not water it again. When I was repotting the bottom of the trunks were wet, in fact soaked, but the base where the roots were seemed to be okay. I live near the ocean so I think the humidity here keeps the soil pretty damp and therefore I don't need to water it much. The pot I got is a clay pot so I can see the water since the clay gets wet - hopefully this won't keep it too wet. I will let you know how it works out and perhaps I should try another type of fertilizer like Ken suggested... but I'll see how this goes and then keep trying.

I'll post some pictures in a month or so and hopefully it will be looking much better

Thanks again, you were both VERY helpful. I am not a gardener or planter; I just bought this tree in Home Depot one day because I liked it and I am realizing all the work that it needs.

Corey
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drdawg
Mar 31, 2015 8:15 PM CST
Clay is better than plastic. The clay breathes and wicks the moisture away. Good luck.
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