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Albany, NY
Jan 25, 2018 12:05 AM CST

My money tree got a bad case of root rot so I changed the soil from the stock potting soil they had at the store to a peat moss, builder's sand, and perlite mix.
I put four Miracle-gro Fertilizer Sticks in and aerated the soil, then watered very lightly. The soil is mostly dry and I've had to cut off all the rotten roots (about 50% of the system) and every leaf, as they were all bone dry and cracked.

So my question is: Can a money tree in good soil and water conditions grow its leaves back after it has lost all of them?
Also: What would be the best lighting situation for me to put this tree in in its current state of health? Thanks!

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Jan 25, 2018 12:44 AM CST
I've only had a Money Tree since October and I don't know the answer regarding getting it's leaves back though I'm inclined to think it could. I'd put it where it gets good light, take out at least 3 of those fertilizer sticks and raise the humidity about the plant way up.
I'd of transplanted it into good old Miracle Grow soil as I don't know what kind of growing medium it needs.
Hope it recovers.
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Name: Daisy I
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Jan 25, 2018 11:39 AM CST

Where there's green, there's hope. The reason your plant developed root rot was proabably overwatering. A plant with no roots can't support leaves so they fell off. Re-potting in good potting soil would have helped but what you mixed is not good potting soil.

As Jmorph suggested, a better choice would have been Miracle Gro soil. Remove all the fertilizer sticks - fertilizer is for healthy plants, not plants in distress. The pot you chose is way too big. Find a pot that barely contains whatever roots are left.

Good luck!
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Name: Will Creed
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Jan 25, 2018 3:00 PM CST
I agree with what Daisy has posted, although I think the potting mix you used is fine. Be careful that you don't over-react to the root rot by under watering. It will be in a fragile state and sensitive to both under and over watering until the root system has recovered. When the roots are healthy, Money Trees are quite tolerant of a wide range of potting mixes and soil moisture levels.
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