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Aberdeen, SD
Nov 22, 2017 11:34 PM CST
So I'm not sure what type of tree I have, I'm pretty sure it's tropical and I bought it at walmart. It's been doing very well until recently. Suddenly, half of the leaves started falling off, and now another quarter are browning. Im not sure why. Ive been watering it the same, not too much or little, I rotate the tree every once in a while and I hadn't in a while so I'm not sure if that's why? But I also don't know if it's due to the fact that it's really cold in my state and I have the tree by the window (obviously , it needs sunlight). But I've also been looking into other factors and I see it could be possible this is just a sort of hibernation almost? Bottom line, I need help! I love my tree and I don't want it to die!
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I included some pictures of what the tree looks like, so if someone could identify the tree too that might help. Thanks!
Name: Deb
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Nov 22, 2017 11:43 PM CST
I'm sorry for your plant. Walmart is not in my universe, by choice.
I want to live in a world where the chicken can cross the road without its motives being questioned.
Name: Tofi
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Nov 22, 2017 11:54 PM CST
The tree is a money tree (Pachira Sp) could be P. aquatica. Yes it is tropical, it can be huge tree in my country, big fruits loaded with big edible nut/seed.
I by no means experts in growing them indoor, but my guess it could be combos of temp/light/humidity changes due to cold season), seems there are root problem (exposure to cold). I would not grow tropical plant in glazed ceramic pot, since they has no good aeration, and seems cant keep temperature well, tends to cause cold root problem... especially on caudiciform plant (as pachira, the swollen stem and root contains lots of water and susceptible to rot in cold)
keep the plant in humid, bright light, but warm place. reduce watering bit and only water until soil bit dry.
check if the roots rotten.
some one else will give better solution/ advices soon I hope.
Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
Nov 23, 2017 7:46 AM CST
I agree with, Tofi . Tofi , you got it right on the nose . 👍
Anything i say, could be misrepresented, or wrong.
Name: Will Creed
Professional indoor plant consultan
Nov 23, 2017 9:16 AM CST
Pacira aquaticas are relatively tolerant indoor potted plants. I suspect that Walmart may the culprit in this case. The density of the leaves in the photos suggests that your plant came almost straight from the ideal conditions of the nursery where it was grown and then to the store. In other words, it was not acclimated properly before being sold. That is the likely reason it is now losing so many leaves.

The pot is fine and does not need to be changed. Make sure you have it reasonably close to a sunny window, although it should not get more than a couple of hours of direct sunlight falling on its foliage each day. Keep the soil damp at all times. Water it as soon as the surface of the soil feels almost dry.

I think if you follow this advice, it will slowly stop shedding leaves and you will see lots of healthy new growth at the tip ends of the stems. In time, you will need to prune it back to keep it from becoming very leggy and unwieldy.
Will Creed
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