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North Carolina (Zone 7a)
Jan 9, 2017 4:19 PM CST
A few months ago, I purchased a young Money tree (Pachira aquatica). Since, the plant has appeared to be perfectly healthy, but a few weeks ago, one of the individual trunks suddenly died, and the leaves on that specific trunk browned and fell off in a very short period of time.

You can see in the following pictures how the trunk has died off and shriveled. The first image was taken shortly after I bought the plant; the second image was taken today.

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My question is, does anyone know why this may have happened? I've been keeping it in good lighting and watering it consistently, about once a week. The other trunks still seem to be perfectly healthy.

Secondly, how should I handle the now-dead trunk? Should I try to remove it from the plant, or leave it in place?
Name: Elaine
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Jan 9, 2017 7:05 PM CST
Hi and welcome, Welcome! Hope we can help you out here. The leaves you have left look quite nice and healthy.

I think what you have there is 4, or maybe 5 plants all in the same pot. It's a ploy by growers to sell a plant that looks much more bushy and lush than it would with just a single stem. I've never seen it done with a money tree before.

If that is the case, it's almost inevitable that the weakest plants will be choked out by the stronger ones in the long run. I would pull the whole plant out of the pot, and cut out the dead trunk very carefully so as not to destroy too many roots of the other plants. While you've got it out check out whether the roots have filled up the pot and are going round and round at the bottom. If they are, I'd gently spread out those roots and re-pot the whole thing in a larger, deeper pot.

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Name: Hetty
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Jan 9, 2017 7:50 PM CST
I agree
North Carolina (Zone 7a)
Jan 10, 2017 2:21 PM CST
Thank you very much for the advice! I'll do that!

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