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Timmins, Ontario, Canada
nathalie_can
Aug 3, 2017 6:35 AM CST
Hi everyone,

I need help! I think I should have done a little more research before buying this plant because I think I was suppose to braid it has it grew.

Its almost 10 feet tall, had it for almost 10 years and it used to have so much more leaves before (fuller on branches) and now I think that because it keeps getting taller and taller that it takes away from making more leaves.

I was wondering what I can do to make this gorgeous thing better. I thought maybe I should start slowly braiding the branches? It would stand straight and stronger if I did braid - or maybe cut the branches and see if its going to grow more branches and have a fresh start? Is my pot too big? How often do you change soil? Just water or add some food?

Thanks for reading and sharing your expertise/suggestions/comments, I appreciate it!

Nathalie
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Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
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Philipwonel
Aug 3, 2017 10:14 AM CST
Wheew-Hoe 😮 !!! Well......
Hear we gooooes !!! 😃😃😃

First. She needs more lite. You got a sunny window for her ?
Slowly move her to more light.

Up pot her. Yes.

Branches look like they can still be braided.

Unless you want her 10 feet tall.
I would cut her off to lowest leaves, above where previous braids were cut off, and braid her up. Or you can cut her off wherever yo want her to leaf out, but above where she was cut off originally.

I've seen the same thing done with Ficus.
😎😎😎Philip





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Timmins, Ontario, Canada
nathalie_can
Aug 3, 2017 10:29 AM CST
Thank you Philip for your reply.

She does have plenty of light. She stands in the corner of a 25' cathedral ceiling with windows front ceiling to floor so for that part, she is good...or maybe too much?!? aha

I will up her pot for sure, thanks.

I truly don't want to cut her down, I like that she is 10 feet tall so do you think I can braid her as is...braid each branch as I carefully watch the leaves so I don't break them?

Thanks again for your time, greatly appreciated!

Nathalie
Timmins, Ontario, Canada
nathalie_can
Aug 3, 2017 10:30 AM CST
oh...and as you clicked on the picture and saw her pot....should I go wider, taller or both?
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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DaisyI
Aug 3, 2017 12:28 PM CST
Welcome!

The pot is large enough. I doubt you can braid the stems now - that needs to be done when they are young and pliable. And it wouldn't have worked for this particular plant anyway as it was cut off and the new branches came out on the sides of the braid. You can cut off some of the length if you want it to be bushier. The stems will sprout new branches just below where you cut but the normal growth habit is to grow leaves only at the top of the stems.

BTW, scientific name for this plant Pachira aquatica

Why do you want to do anything if you love the way it looks now?
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Timmins, Ontario, Canada
nathalie_can
Aug 3, 2017 12:35 PM CST
Thanks Daisy for your input.

The only reason why I want to do something with it is because the top is so heavy that its bending as the pic shows and thought it would be best if it was braided or do something else.

The only other thing I can think of doing to help it be "straight up" it to change my "post" that I tie the heavy branches on, they are now weak and the reason why they are bending again.

Make sense?
Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Aug 3, 2017 12:37 PM CST
Yes, find a heftier post. Smiling
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Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
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Philipwonel
Aug 3, 2017 1:02 PM CST
Hi : Nath 😁
Yea. It's me again ! Rolling on the floor laughing
Next size bigger and taller pot.
Leave her tall ! Thats good, by me ! 😁😁😁
Be gentle. Braid dosent need to be tight. Branches will grow in thickness. Be sure to get that new sprout down lower too.
Get yourself some gardeners tape to tie her. Gardeners tape is streachy green tape. It won't gurdile her. After around 6 months you'll prodably be able to take it off.
HAVE FUN !😁!
😎😎😎 Philip. The cool gardener.
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Name: Will Creed
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WillC
Aug 5, 2017 7:18 AM CST
The light is fine and so is the pot. This is an older plant that was never pruned and that is why it is now so tall and leggy. Pruning is the only remedy for that. Had it been pinched or pruned regularly over the years, it would now be a much shorter, but fuller and more compact plant.

I know pruning is scary for many folks and is often not done. Take heart, pruning does not affect the health of the plant, but it does affect its appearance. It is like getting a haircut.

Understand that you can leave it unpruned, but the new growth will continue to emerge only at the tops of each stem and they will get longer and longer. New leaves will not emerge lower down on the stems unless you prune them back.

New growth on any stem will come in just below where you cut it back to. So you get to control how it looks when you select just which stems and where on each stem you cut them back. If you are happy the with the length of any stem, then simply pinch out new leaf growth as it emerges to keep that stem from growing taller.
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Timmins, Ontario, Canada
nathalie_can
Aug 5, 2017 9:36 AM CST
WillC said:The light is fine and so is the pot. This is an older plant that was never pruned and that is why it is now so tall and leggy. Pruning is the only remedy for that. Had it been pinched or pruned regularly over the years, it would now be a much shorter, but fuller and more compact plant.

I know pruning is scary for many folks and is often not done. Take heart, pruning does not affect the health of the plant, but it does affect its appearance. It is like getting a haircut.

Understand that you can leave it unpruned, but the new growth will continue to emerge only at the tops of each stem and they will get longer and longer. New leaves will not emerge lower down on the stems unless you prune them back.

New growth on any stem will come in just below where you cut it back to. So you get to control how it looks when you select just which stems and where on each stem you cut them back. If you are happy the with the length of any stem, then simply pinch out new leaf growth as it emerges to keep that stem from growing taller.


That's exactly what I was afraid of....I was afeaud to prune it and I would kill it but you explained it very well that now for the first time, I understand what needs to be done. So I will cut the brabches and after it grows leaves, I will know how to make it more bushy...lol...thank you for your reply!

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