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May 2, 2020 12:09 PM CST
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Name: Karen
Long Beach, CA
Hello! I have a money tree I received as a gift back in December that has been doing really well and growing lots of huge new leaves, but it is located right next to a window that does get some direct sun for a couple hours in the morning (even though the blinds are closed). I noticed some of the older bottom leaves near the windows are turning yellow but in a strange pattern I've never seen before. Is this sunburn? The soil is really well draining and I make sure never to overwater because I've killed one before haha. Thank you!

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May 2, 2020 2:56 PM CST
Name: Will Creed
Prof. plant consultant & educator
Welcome! No, its not sunburn. Your Money Tree is doing fine.

Money trees are somewhat unruly plants that will periodically lose many leaves all at once even with the best of care. It grows fast always adding new leaves only at the tip ends of each stem. But indoors it can only support a limited number of leaves at one time, so when they max out they will shed older, lower leaves.

This leaf shedding does not usually mean the plan is unhealthy; it is just the way it grows. Poor light or improper watering can aggravate the problem, but that does not seem to be the case with yours. Overwatering is rarely a problem with this plant.

The only solution to this is to prune back leggy stems as they become tall and leafless at the bottom. Any stem can be pruned back to any height. New growth will emerge subsequently starting just below where you make the pruning cut and continue to grow upward from there.

Once any stem reaches your preferred height, you can simply regularly pinch off new leaves as they emerge on that stem thereby keeping it from getting any taller.
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May 2, 2020 4:02 PM CST
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Name: Karen
Long Beach, CA
Thanks for the help, I really appreciate it. I believe I killed my old one by overwatering it but only because it was in a very large thick pot with not a lot of light/airflow and poor got terrible root rot and didn't survive. I am happy to know the leaves turning yellow and dropping is normal, because I noticed it was occurring mostly to the bottom ones.
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