Houseplants forum→Struggling money tree plant! Please Help!

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LIGL
May 3, 2020 8:30 AM CST
Hi guys!

I've had this money tree plant for about 2 years now. Originally, it stayed at my office but then I changed jobs so I brought it home. My Boston home is cold in the winter because I turn the heat down when I'm out, and I know that it doesn't like the cold, so I brought it to NJ because my parents keep a more constant temperature throughout the day. It's been there about half a year now and is not doing well.

I can't really tell what's going on. I used to water it 2 times a week at the office and about 1.5 ice cubes of water each time and it was fine. I'll do a deep watering too every once in a while. And it seemed to be fine.

But now I just can't tell what it needs. Here are some pics my dad took this morning. It keeps getting taller but the leaves aren't growing back correctly.

I really want to save it...help!!
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Name: Will Creed
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WillC
May 3, 2020 8:38 AM CST
Using ice cubes is not a reliable way to water a plant. It is best to water your plant as soon as the top surface of the soil feels dry. Then give it just enough water so that the top surface feels dry again in about one week. This is a plant that is hard to overwater.

I also suggest that you may want to prune back some of the tall stems because new growth always comes in only at the tip ends of the stems, never lower down.
Will Creed
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LIGL
May 3, 2020 9:08 AM CST
Where would you prune it? All the way down to the top of the stem? So the leaves looking like that is due to underwatering? I can't tell if the leave to the right are brown or yellow...it looks brown...

WillC said:Using ice cubes is not a reliable way to water a plant. It is best to water your plant as soon as the top surface of the soil feels dry. Then give it just enough water so that the top surface feels dry again in about one week. This is a plant that is hard to overwater.

I also suggest that you may want to prune back some of the tall stems because new growth always comes in only at the tip ends of the stems, never lower down.


Name: Will Creed
NYC
Prof. plant consultant & educator
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WillC
May 3, 2020 1:14 PM CST
I suggest pruning the stems 2-3 inches above the top of the braids.

Yes, I suspect too little water and maybe too little light is the reason it has lost so many leaves.
Will Creed
Horticultural Help, NYC
www.HorticulturalHelp.com
Contact me directly at [email protected]
I now have a book available on indoor plant care

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