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Name: Riley Parsons
Vancouver, BC. (Zone 7a)
Aug 15, 2017 12:30 PM CST
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The photo above is of one of the leaves taking on a brown color, it is in a bright location and only is watered when the soil has almost dried out. Was recently repotted as the roots were pushing out the top and bottom. Pretty sure its just going through Stress but is my first Pachira Aquatica, any help is appreciated!! I had put a fertilizer spike of 13-4-5 about a month ago and noticed a lot of great new growth but they seem a little lighter in color? any recommendations on that as well would be appreciated.
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Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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Aug 15, 2017 1:00 PM CST
Hi Riley,

If there is anything left of that fertilizer stake, throw it out. Fertilizing a freshly repotted plant seems like a really good idea but its not. There is always a certain amount of root damage and stress associated with repotting. Adding ferilizer adds to the stress because now the plant needs to put on new growth at a time when its not in a position to do so. Is the stressed leaf on the same side of the plant as the fertilizer stake?

A hint at care is in the name: Pachira aquatica. Aqua. Water. This tree is native to swamps and bogs. Keep the soil slightly moist but never allow the pot to sit in water. When you water, make sure to water ALL the soil surface.

Hope this helps.
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Name: Will Creed
Professional indoor plant consultan
Aug 15, 2017 4:49 PM CST
I agree with all that Daisy wrote. I would add that a single discolored leaf is quite normal and difficult to avoid. Overall, your Pachira looks very healthy. So follow Daisy's advice and don't stress!
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Name: Riley Parsons
Vancouver, BC. (Zone 7a)
Aug 16, 2017 2:26 PM CST
The stake is on the opposite side but what you are saying makes a lot of sense so i will go about getting it out of there. I am quite new to this forum and am very happy to see such quick responses. Thank You for the help!!
Name: Celia
West Valley City, Utah (Zone 7a)
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Aug 16, 2017 3:14 PM CST
You also had a question about the new leaves being lighter in color. That's normal so don't worry about them.
Name: Sally
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Aug 17, 2017 5:46 AM CST
One more thing to watch out for- sometimes the new soil soaks up or drains water much faster than the old rootball- leaving the old rootball dry inside.
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