Ask a Question forum: Extremity of leaves turning brown - pachira

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Robinmes
Nov 19, 2017 8:24 AM CST
Dear community,

As you can see on the attached picture, the extremity of the leaves from my pachira are turning brown. It has some sunlight. I water it once a week, leaving the soil dry in between. I don't use fertiliser. It is in a quite small pot but my plan is to wait for the spring before changing for a bigger pot.

Would you have any advice to solve this issue?

With my best thanks,

Robin.
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WillC
Nov 19, 2017 11:30 AM CST
Seeing only a couple of leaves does not allow for a good diagnosis of your plant. Pachiras quite normally develop some yellow and brown lower leaves as they age and add healthy new leaves on top. As a result, they tend to become quite leggy over time. The only solution to that is pinching out the new leaves as they emerge or pruning the leggy stems after they have become too tall and leggy.

If you allow the soil to get very dry, that may promote more leaf discoloration than usual. Pachiras are pretty hard to over water.

This is a tropical, non-seasonal plant that can be pruned an repotted at any time. Pachiras are normally kept in relatively small pots. I would suggest repotting only if you are having trouble watering it enough to keep it from drying out excessively. You may want to just water a bit more frequently than once per week.
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Nov 19, 2017 12:17 PM CST
If it is Pachira aquatica, specifically, it is as its' name implies, a naturally aquatic species that does not cope well when soil moisture gets too low.
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Robinmes
Nov 19, 2017 12:20 PM CST
Thank you for your replies. It seems that it may be underwatered. My flat is very warm and I will probably have to water it more often.

Best wishes,

Robin.

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