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Adamdadz
Jan 11, 2018 8:50 AM CST
Hi everyone!

My money tree has been losing many many leaves over the past 2-3 months (ever aince the winter started here in montreal, canada and this year it's very cold!!)
I haven't watered it in a month because when I dig my hand and forearm in the soil it still seems a bit humid.. but I feel like 5 weeks with no water is a lot.
I killed my yucca by overwatering it last year.. it turned yellow and the roots rotted. So whenever i feel a bit of humidity i do nothing because i am scared 😱

I am posting some photos...by day and by night. i thought maybe it was because the money tree was too far from the window. I heard it likes a bit of light and not too much..

Also, i was thinking the issue could come from the temperature in my bedroom. Could it be that the air is too dry? Would a room humidifier help increasing the humidity?

Thank you SO much for your help. I am new with plants.

Adam
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Name: Will Creed
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WillC
Jan 11, 2018 3:09 PM CST
Fortunately for you, Money Trees are quite tolerant of a wide range of soil moisture and light. But they do have their limits and yours may be approaching its limits unless you take some corrective measures.

First, move it closer to the window. It is the inside temperature that matters. If the air is comfortable enough for you, then your plant will be ok. Just make sure the foliage isn't touching the cold glass or in front of an open window.

Second, the pot it is in is huge. It would have been better if you had left the plant in its nursery pot and set that inside of the very tall decorative planter it is now planted in. Are the roots and soil sitting on some kind of raised platform inside the planter? Or is the soil all the way to the bottom? In any case, all that excess soil is holding onto the water for a long time and that is why it is still damp after 5 weeks.

Allow the top 1-2 inches of soil to become quite dry before adding any water. Then, add just a small amount so that it reaches that level of dryness again in about a week.

Bottom line: More light and less water.

Low humidity is not a problem
Will Creed
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Montreal
Adamdadz
Jan 11, 2018 8:44 PM CST
Thanks so much for your answer. I am going to water it since 4-5 inches is dry.

I put stones at the bottom to elevate it so the water would go in between the rocks and wouldn't submerge the roots. So the roots are elevated now... but i'm guessing it's not the best solution. Ideally I should repot it but I was hoping I could wait until the end of the winter before transferring the plant into a smaller pot.

I will keep you updated if something else goes wrong. Thank you!
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Christine
Jan 12, 2018 7:08 AM CST
I just wanted to add, I'd move the 2 plants off the window sill, the cold will kill them, I LOVE Lovey dubby your floor, its beautiful Green Grin!

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Adamdadz
Jan 13, 2018 11:53 PM CST
Thank you all for your answers. I did what you all said.

I loved the money tree into a smaller pot and closer to the window.
I will keep you updated but you van see the photo in the meantime

I also moved the 2 others next to the window sill. Those were the yucca heads i managed to save when my yucca died so i put the heads in water for 3 months until i got new roots formed and i just planted them in a new pot.

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WillC
Jan 14, 2018 8:42 AM CST
Much better, Adam. Remove the loose soil you added on top. Then, water it as soon as the top half-inch of remaining soil feels dry.
Will Creed
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Montreal
Adamdadz
Feb 12, 2018 12:19 AM CST
Hi!
As promised i am updating you with my money tree..
So after i repotted it and removed the soil Will C mentioned, it started doing fine in the sense that it didnt lose any leaf... but this week something strange happened. The leaves started to lose their pigmentation and become much lighter (very light green that you can see on the photo) Some others are now brown and have fallen off... i can see little buds that have been there for months but they dont want to come out!!!! Or buds that came out and refuse to grow bigger 😒 (2nd photo) I dont mind losing leaves as ling as new ones take the lead and replace them... 😭

Am i doing something wrong?

Thanks...
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lauriebasler
Feb 12, 2018 1:01 AM CST
I think your plant has been through an awful lot. Adjusting and recovering with plants so big can be a slow process, that is just torture to watch.

I believe it's on the road to recovery, but the damage that was done has not all purged. I think it will and it's going to be beautiful. Hang in there, Don't panic and start changing the plants care, or position. I only say that, because this is my weakness. It's tough to do nothing, but it's probably the best thing to do.
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WillC
Feb 12, 2018 6:10 AM CST
Your Money Tree has been through quite a bit of trauma and is reacting accordingly. It will need time to fully recover, as Laurie pointed out.

The soil looks very dry. Make sure you water as soon as the surface soil feels dry. Or perhaps that is loose soil you added on top that is not actually in contact with the roots. If so, remove it.

At least half the plant is facing away from the window and is up against a wall where it receives no light. Move it away from the wall and more in front of the window.
Will Creed
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Montreal
Adamdadz
Feb 12, 2018 8:15 AM CST
Omg i feel so bad for that plant now 😢
Ok i will move her closer to the window (priblem is that there is the heater! This is the issue in my house.. all the windows have a heater underneath as you can see) 😒

I will all keep you updated


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Montreal
Adamdadz
Jul 11, 2018 5:06 PM CST
Hi everyone!

I would like to share how my tree is doing amaizng ever since i listen to your advice last winter. It keeps on making new leaves every month!
I put it on the patio for the summer and it needed a couple of weeks to adjust but it seems to do fine now. The only thing that worries me is the wind.. it gets windy at time snd im scared the branches break eventually.. what do tou think?

Enjoy the progress! Here are some photos.
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Christine
Jul 11, 2018 6:53 PM CST
Great job, she looks wonderful Thumbs up

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