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Deedee111
Sep 17, 2019 2:55 PM CST
The lady before me had it in a green house and I want to know Is this all normal for my Pachira aquatica or am I being a helicopter plant mom, I have had it 2 weeks and all I did was prune the top so it would fit in my house, watered it twice and cut off zip ties and bread ties that was super tight around the branches, thanks in advance. I have been reading and watching ever vedio that I can get ahold of
I want to cut it down so its shorter but I dont know if September is a good time to do so or if I should wait till may, june or july next year

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DaisyI
Sep 17, 2019 3:17 PM CST
Welcome!

Can you post some photos?
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plantladylin
Sep 17, 2019 3:21 PM CST
Yes, if you can upload a couple of photos of your Money Tree (Pachira aquatica) that would be helpful.
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Deedee111
Sep 17, 2019 3:28 PM CST
plantladylin said:Yes, if you can upload a couple of photos of your Money Tree (Pachira aquatica) that would be helpful.


I posted as many pictures I thought would help, the dark ones is when my flash was on
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Deedee111
Sep 17, 2019 3:29 PM CST
DaisyI said: Welcome!

Can you post some photos?


I posted some pics let me know if you need anymore up close or anything, thanks for the help
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Deedee111
Sep 17, 2019 3:33 PM CST
Deedee111 said:


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The bread tie is braided in so I clipped as much as I could
Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Sep 17, 2019 3:55 PM CST
The bread tie is now on the inside of the stem. There's not much you can do about it.

I would cut all the tall branches down to just below the height of the shortest branch. New branches will grow just below the cuts so keep that in mind when you prune. Its okay to do it now.

Stick the cuttings back into the pot to grow more plants.
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Deedee111
Sep 17, 2019 4:10 PM CST
Ok thank you so much, I didnt want to kill it by cutting to much off at 1 time, the pictures are from the 1st time I cut on it 2 weeks ago
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Deedee111
Sep 17, 2019 4:25 PM CST



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Trim this 1 back as well even though it doesn't have any leaves on it
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Deedee111
Sep 17, 2019 4:26 PM CST
DaisyI said:The bread tie is now on the inside of the stem. There's not much you can do about it.

I would cut all the tall branches down to just below the height of the shortest branch. New branches will grow just below the cuts so keep that in mind when you prune. Its okay to do it now.

Stick the cuttings back into the pot to grow more plants.

I want to get a shorter fuller tree
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Mardel
Sep 17, 2019 5:10 PM CST
I have not been able to keep this plant alive, good luck I know you will succeed.
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DaisyI
Sep 17, 2019 5:19 PM CST
Yes, especially the stems with no leaves. Any stems you cut back will branch on the nodes just below the cut. Visualize how tall and where you want branches and cut the stems at that height.

If you cut the stems at different heights, the plant will branch at different heights and the plant will look fuller. You can also add some of your cuttings to this pot (it is large enough for quite a few), that will make it even fuller.
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Deedee111
Sep 17, 2019 5:36 PM CST
DaisyI said:Yes, especially the stems with no leaves. Any stems you cut back will branch on the nodes just below the cut. Visualize how tall and where you want branches and cut the stems at that height.

If you cut the stems at different heights, the plant will branch at different heights and the plant will look fuller. You can also add some of your cuttings to this pot (it is large enough for quite a few), that will make it even fuller.
ok thanks so much, your a big help on this

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DaisyI
Sep 17, 2019 6:24 PM CST
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WillC
Sep 18, 2019 11:59 AM CST
Give your Pachira more light closer to the window for better results. You may also need to give it more water.
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Deedee111
Sep 18, 2019 1:16 PM CST
WillC said:Give your Pachira more light closer to the window for better results. You may also need to give it more water.

Ok in 2 weeks (2 8 ox cups)I have watered it twice but I will definitely move it in front of the window when I get home thanks
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DaisyI
Sep 18, 2019 1:38 PM CST
When the soil feels dry about an inch down, water until water comes out the bottom of the pot. Then wait until the soil is dry an inch down before watering again. In a large pot, it could take a couple weeks to dry.
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Deedee111
Sep 18, 2019 4:34 PM CST
DaisyI said:When the soil feels dry about an inch down, water until water comes out the bottom of the pot. Then wait until the soil is dry an inch down before watering again. In a large pot, it could take a couple weeks to dry.


Thank you, that's what I thought too, the top of the soil is damn but not soggy... I'm worried about down under(lol) where I cant see and touch.... a week ago I notice little flys so I stopped watering and they went away in a couple days
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Deedee111
Sep 18, 2019 4:36 PM CST
DaisyI said:When the soil feels dry about an inch down, water until water comes out the bottom of the pot. Then wait until the soil is dry an inch down before watering again. In a large pot, it could take a couple weeks to dry.


Also noticed new growth at the bottom
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Deedee111
Sep 18, 2019 4:59 PM CST
DaisyI said:When the soil feels dry about an inch down, water until water comes out the bottom of the pot. Then wait until the soil is dry an inch down before watering again. In a large pot, it could take a couple weeks to dry.



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This is what it looked like 2 weeks ago when I brought it home

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