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Name: Pamela Gregory
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PamelaLynn77
Feb 20, 2017 9:09 AM CST
Updated I added a new comment to this post; please read my last comment for new question. ..

noticed the leaves on my Daughters Money tree has very odd looking holes in it and this surely looks like something is eating it yet I found NOTHING else on the tree such as bugs or anything remotely close to bug or anything for that matter.

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Name: Will Creed
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Feb 20, 2017 1:14 PM CST
The holes and brown patches that are visible in the photo are nothing more than tears caused by physical damage, such as rough handling or someone brushing against the leaves. Not a cause for concern.
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Name: Pamela Gregory
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PamelaLynn77
Feb 20, 2017 3:21 PM CST
Thanks for the info. I am not sure that its being moved around much. Its just sitting on the kitchen counter and I noticed its been getting worse. Idk I'm going to keep an eye on him make sure it dont get any worse. He has been recently moved from one pot to another would this cause the leaves to do this also?
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greene
Feb 20, 2017 6:53 PM CST
The link you added is incomplete and photos #1 and #3 are not loading; can you please try again.
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Name: Sue
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sooby
Feb 21, 2017 6:43 AM CST
If it's on the kitchen counter, is it exposed to anything like a heat source, splashing from cooking or cleaning products? Was it moved from a smaller or larger pot? One thing I would note, without seeing the missing pictures, is that the pot shape looks to be small, tall and narrow which would make it rather unstable and prone to being knocked over. What is behind it in the fourth picture to the right, is it a window or a heater?
Name: Pamela Gregory
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PamelaLynn77
Feb 21, 2017 10:24 PM CST
I added these pic many times every time I reload them onto the web page they just disappear again. I dont understand cause it shows them as loaded on the page for just a minute or 2 then seriously just disappears

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The plant was temporarily put into another pot but then was put back into the original pot , about 4 weeks ago but We were told this money tree is best in this type , size pot for the money tree to grow in. So it was put back into the original pot. It was moved for less than 24 hours.
Since then he has been just fine until I noticed all these holes like in the leaves or tears.. idk what could be causing this. I dont know that its being moved around at all, its not close enough to stove to get splashed by hot food, cleaners, water ect. . I guess I cant say for 100 percent nothing could splash it from stove or even the wash sink but I'd bet its not often that it would happen.
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This last pic is new. These are newer marks , holes in the leaves since I first made this post there is more damage to the money tree.
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Name: Sue
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sooby
Feb 22, 2017 7:04 AM CST
A splash with some cleaning product or other chemical, or something hot, wouldn't need to happen often to do damage, once damage has occurred it would be permanent. The reason I asked about the pot was because Will thought the plant had been brushed against, so I was thinking with an unstable pot it could have been knocked over instead. You didn't answer the question about whether that's a window next to it in the bottom picture of your first post.

When it was moved from the pot did it lose any roots? If it did it doesn't matter how long it was out of the pot, even only 24 hours, if there was root damage. If the rootball was left intact then that wouldn't be a problem, however. Not that I think it has anything to do with the spots unless it was laid down on its side somewhere in the process.
Name: Pamela Gregory
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PamelaLynn77
Feb 23, 2017 4:34 AM CST
Thanks everyone for the info ect...
I think we or you all have figured it out. It was too close to kitchen sink and was being splashed by cleaners and or boiling water. My daughter boils all her water and filling the water contains requires filling them in the sink so the plant would be splashed. So he is being moved away from the sink .
Ps he was by a kitchen window.
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Name: Pamela Gregory
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PamelaLynn77
Mar 19, 2017 5:45 PM CST
Back ladies and gents.. my daughter decided to give this plant to me because he has been a little picky I suppose.
He seems to not like the soil Elizabeth put him in and his trunk seems to be suffering. He not rotted yet but getting soft around the soil line , so I'm assuming this soil isnt working and he needs to get new soil made for cacti ect.. I believe this will fix the problem.
I'm worried about moving him at all since Elizabeth had recently done so when she bought him.
Maybe some tips on a very successful move and what would be the best for the plant??
Any advise would be greatly appreciated! !
I thought we have made it to spring here that benefits my situation? What other things can I do to improve the quality of this repotting???
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plantladylin
Mar 19, 2017 6:26 PM CST
I wonder if it's a possible fungal infection of some sort? Has the plant experienced cool temperatures or been exposed to cold drafts after it's been watered? I have a small Money Tree (Pachira aquatica) plant which stays outside year round and it's been blown over numerous times on windy days but I've never seen leaf damage that looks like what I'm seeing in your photos. That being said, my eye sight isn't the best!

I don't know what is going on with your plant but the following is some interesting reading:
http://www.gardenguides.com/10...
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http://www.missouribotanicalga...
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Name: Philip Becker
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Mar 20, 2017 6:52 AM CST
Soft at base.....dosent sound good.
Get him out of that soil. My cati/succulent mix is equal parts potting soil and aquarium gravel/washed sand. Thumbs up
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plantladylin
Mar 20, 2017 9:48 AM CST
There's a good article here from Penn State that talks about diagnosing and preventing common houseplant problems and correcting them: http://extension.psu.edu/plant...

As Philip mentioned; if the base/trunk area is soft to the touch it might be that the plant is beginning to rot. In nature, the Money Tree (Pachira aqatica) grows in moist, tropical areas where it tolerates wet soils but for houseplant culture it might be better suited for a light, well draining type of potting medium with moderate moisture rather than a heavier soil that retains water and can cause root rot; adding perlite to the soil will aid in drainage.

Over the years, I've heard some people say "Water Once A Week" while others will say "Water Every Two Weeks" and still others say "Stick Your Finger About An Inch Or So Into The Soil And If It Feels Dry, It's Time To Water". Any one of those methods may work for different individuals and different growing conditions but depending on the potting medium/soil, the top inch or so can be completely dry while the roots of the plant might be rotting from sitting in heavy, saturated soil at the bottom of the pot, Proper drainage is a must ... unless of course it's bog plants or plants that grow directly in the water.

I've also heard it said many times that plants should be "Misted" often. Proper humidity is important for plants but more important, is good air circulation. If indoor plants are crowded together without fresh air circulating, stress issues can arise and pests and disease can take hold.

I don't adhere to any kind of set schedule for watering my plants but most of my potted plants stay outside year round and they get watered when it rains. We have high humidity which helps and during dry times I water with the garden hose once in awhile. I do have a few indoor plants and those, as well as my outdoor potted plants are all grown in a combination of potting soil with a lot of orchid bark mixed in. This mixture allows for good air circulation around the plants roots, and makes a light, airy, well draining potting medium. I may go three weeks or more without watering my indoor plants and they are fine but that works fro me. I live in an area where our air conditioning is in use most of the year or the windows are open bringing in fresh air, so this particular method works for my indoor plants but it might not work for someone in a different area of the country whose home is perhaps closed up or has dry air from being heated in the winter.

The combination of proper growing conditions; soil, light, humidity, room temperature and fresh air are all important when trying to keep indoor plants happy and healthy and each individual needs to figure out what is best for their particular plants and their environment and sometimes it's all by trial and error before we get it right. Green Grin!
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Name: Pamela Gregory
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PamelaLynn77
Mar 21, 2017 8:50 AM CST
Thanks a million for the good advice Ladies and Gents. All of this information has helped me with more than just my Money tree. 😆 ty ty ty...
Thanks for all the website URLs, links, ect.
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