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Zagreb (Croatia)
claudia_5
May 15, 2020 5:16 AM CST
Hi everyone! So I had to leave behind my beautiful Pachira aquatica (Money tree) and Dracaena marginata (Dragon tree) when the pandemic started and unies were closed (I had them in my dorms and could't bring them home with me when I left in a hurry Sad ). What was supposed to be 2 weeks turned into more than 2 months so that's how long they have stayed there alone without any water. They were on the east facing window. My sister was able to go there today and so she checked on them (pictures below). I don't really know much about plants, so I am wondering if there is any chance to save them? My Money tree doesn't look as bad as I thought it would and I feel like I can help it somehow since it still looks pretty alive, but not sure what would be the necessary steps? And my Dragon tree looks pretty dead, but there are still some green leaves that bring me hope in a way that i could maybe do something...
I got them for my birthday from my grandparents so that's why they mean a lot to me and they also survived a terrible earthquake that hit the city (I was afraid they fell on the ground, but luckily, they didn't!) so I would be really happy if I could save them somehow. Any help would be appreciatedā™„

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sallyg
May 15, 2020 6:26 AM CST
Hi!
That's pretty amazing!
You can cut off all totally brown leaves, and I imagine you have started with drinks of water. Do you have them now?
i'm pretty OK today, how are you? ;^)
Name: Will Creed
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WillC
May 15, 2020 8:17 AM CST
There are office plants all over the world that are dying due to a lack of od attention for an extended period of time. Very sad. Sad

Some plants survive neglect much better than others. Pachiras are tough plants that are hard to kill but also hard to keep looking good. Keep yours close to a moderately sunny window and keep the soil damp at all times. Remove the yellow leaves as they will not recover.

Your Dracaena is not as hardy a plant. It appears that the lower stems are shriveled. If that is the case, then the tissue layer under the bark is no longer viable so the plant has no way to transport water from the roots to the rest of the plant. I hope I am wrong about that, but you should be prepared for its not recovering. In the interim, remove the yellowed leaves, keep it close to a moderately sunny window and water it only when the top inch of soil feels dry to the touch.

Don't repot or fertilizer either plant. Crossing Fingers!
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Zagreb (Croatia)
claudia_5
May 16, 2020 2:10 AM CST
Thank you both so much for your answers and advice! I really appreciate it!
They were immediately watered and I cut off the yellowed leaves. Pachira looks pretty good and Dracaena not so much, so I came to terms with the fact that it most likely won't recover. But I'm very glad at least one of them survived and will try to keep it that way. Thank you again! Smiling
Name: Will Creed
NYC
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WillC
May 16, 2020 8:18 AM CST
Happy to help. Good luck!
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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