Money Tree - Knowledgebase Question

Silver Spring, Ma
Question by katieliyeh
February 9, 2010
I have a plant, I think it's call money tree, about 4 feet tall. Recently I noticed the leaves are slowly turning brown. Some of the edges of the leaves look like they are burned. One by one the leaves come off. Can you help me out? Thank much!

Answer from NGA
February 9, 2010


Your money tree plant (Pachira Aquatica) needs soil with adequate drainage, bright light to full sunshine and water when the top of the soil begins to dry out. Browning leaf edges can indicate over fertilization or using water with fluoride or chlorine. I'd used bottled water to eliminate the chemicals, or at least let the tap water sit out overnight before using it on your plant. When you feed your money tree, use a half strength dilution of a water soluable fertilizer to avoid salt burn on the leaf margins. Dry air can also cause browning leaf edges so try misting your plant every day during the winter months when you have the heat on. Hope this information helps!

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