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Feb 2, 2017 11:05 AM CST

As you can hopefully see below, I have a money tree that was braided when I bought it, and bound with a ring of metal-and-foil wire. I never removed the wire, and the plant has grown very successfully over the last 2.5 years.

A friend suggested I remove the wire. When I began to, one trunk immediately began to droop because it grew too thin within the wire. I'm concerned the plant will eventually choke itself off one trunk at a time (you can see one trunk broke off early on in this way).

What should I do? Leave it as is, or remove the wire and hope for the best, or some middle option of replacing the wire with something supportive but more flexible?

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Name: Philip Becker
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Feb 2, 2017 11:32 AM CST
Go around outside of branches about 2 or 3 places above wire .with some good twine. Then get that wire off the poor thing.
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Feb 2, 2017 11:34 AM CST


Oh poor thing! It should have been removed a long time ago!
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Feb 2, 2017 12:40 PM CST
Oh yes, I agree- remove it, and carefully!! What's happened is the tree has been choked in that area, and it has continued to grow through the middle of it, but it is damaging to the tree. The only reason the wire was there, was to hold its shape, but as the tree grew it needed to be adjusted so the tree was not constricted. Going forward, whatever you use to hold the trunks together, let it be loose enough so it can grow, but then loosen it or replace it when it's gotten bigger. And I would put the twine or (use a pretty ribbon) in a different spot on the trunks and allow that section of the trunks to heal.
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