Ask a Question forum: Money Tree (Pachira) and Fiddle-leaf Fig problems

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Lodz, Poland
Feb 19, 2019 12:00 PM CST

This is our first post here so we'd like to say hello to everyone:)

We have no experience at taking care about plants - our apartment seemed to be a bit "empty" place so we decided to change it.
I realize that probably we made and will do many mistakes, but maybe you can help us to prevent further damage by sharing some thoughts with us.

I admit that when placing plant we mostly considered how it will look than how plant will feel Smiling

First, our Money Tree.
The windows are facing South-East.
Unfortunately recently some leaves turned yellow, some have partially dried and some have light discolored (dried?) spots.
Now in Poland sun is not very strong so we keep windows shutters open.

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Second, Fiddle-leaf Fig.
It is located next to North-West window.
Aas you can see, without direct sunlight. Probably this is bad decision. Problem we have you can see on photos: brown spots on leaves, especially visible on the youngest leaf. Also we worry about this deformation of leaf presented on photo (second and third) is natural or also sign of some problem. This is visible mainly on leaves closer to the ground.

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Third, we have Ficus Ginseng, also located on North-West side. It lost a lot of leaves on the beginning, but now there is many new ones so we hope it will survive. We would like to place some other big plant in the left corner of this room (marked ? on photo) but, considering that it will be really shady corder , we don't know what to choose

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Sorry for a bit long post, and thanks in advance for help:)

Anna and Blazej

Name: Will Creed
Professional indoor plant consultan
Feb 19, 2019 1:59 PM CST
Welcome! This is a good place to learn. If you search randomly on the internet you will find a lot of poor information about indoor plants.

I suggest that you switch the locations of the Pachira and the Fiddle-leafed Fig (Lyrata). The latter requires more light than the former.

Small leaf spots on leaves are blemishes and indicate nothing more than nothing in nature is perfect. Occasional yellowing and dying back of a few older lower leaves is also inevitable. If your plants don't get enough light or are not watered properly, you will get more dying lower leaves than normal. So far, yours appear to be okay.

New leaves that emerge on a Lyrata do so with those reddish mottling. The new leaves will gradually turn all green as they mature.

Your Ginseng will lose some older leaves - more than your other plants - as it adapts to its new home. Its location there is fine.

In the corner location, the only larger plant that will do well there is a Dracaena 'Lisa.'

Some unsolicited advice. Keep all your plants in their plastic nursery pots as they are now. Resist the temptation to make the plants grow faster by putting them in larger pots. Water your plants thoroughly until some water trickle through their drain holes. Water the Pachira as soon as the top half-inch of soil is dry. Water the Lyrata and Ginseng as soon as the surface of the soil feels almost dry.

Have fun!
Will Creed
Horticultural Help, NYC
Contact me directly at [email protected]
I now have a book available on indoor plant care

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