Houseplants forum: Pachira money plant

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plantobsessed
Mar 7, 2018 6:16 AM CST

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Anyone know the proper care for a pachira money tree? It's giving me so many problems! When I bought it it was in a pot with no drainage. It took me about a month to get a new pot and transfer it. When I took it out of the first pot it seemed to me the roots just broke off (I didn't use excessive force when I took it out) then I repotted it hoping that wasn't root rot. I also found and cut the rubber band I found at the base. It's still yellowing AND gets brown leaves. I have to clue why I can't figure this out. Does it need more sun? It's in a north west window
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WillC
Mar 7, 2018 10:03 AM CST
This is a ubiquitous plant and one that is actually quite hardy in a variety of conditions.

Pachira Aquatica will grow just fine in very small containers without drain holes and filled with soil and water. In fact, there is one on the cover of my book, "Don't Repot That Plant." But their roots can also adapt to growing in a pot and soil similar to the one yours is now in.

Yours may be struggling a bit to adapt to its new pot and is losing some leaves as a result. It does best in very bright, but mostly indirect sunlight. Within a few feet of an uncovered NW window should be fine.

If left unpruned or unpinched, Money Trees tend to get very leggy and weedy, getting ever taller while naturally shedding older leaves lower down. New leaf growth is always at the top ends of the stems. The only way to get new foliage lower on the stems is by pruning any stem back to the point where you would like to see new growth come in. This pruning is also the only way to eliminate the bare, leggy stems.

Pinching out new growth as soon as it emerges is a way to keep that stem from getting any taller without pruning it. However, it must be done repeatedly.

Neither pruning or pinching damages the plant in any way.

What is that white object you have inserted in the soil?
Will Creed
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New York, ny
plantobsessed
Mar 7, 2018 12:38 PM CST
It's a water/ sun meter. I've been struggling with it for a while. When it was in the pot with no drainage it was getting yellow leaves, that's why I thought maybe it was over watered. I had read that it's supposed to be an easy plant. I guess I'll just leave it alone and water it once a week (or whenever it looks dry)
Name: Will Creed
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WillC
Mar 7, 2018 2:50 PM CST
It's pretty hard to overwater this plant so I doubt that was the reason for the yellow leaves. If it was very potbound as you described, it is more likely that it was underwatered, especially if you were relying on a meter for moisture readings. Inadequate-light will also cause yellow leaves or it may have been just the normal aging of some of the older leaves.
Will Creed
Horticultural Help, NYC
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Contact me directly at [email protected]
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plantobsessed
Mar 8, 2018 2:24 PM CST
Now that I know this plant likes to be watered I bet that was it. I'm always afraid to water
Name: Will Creed
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WillC
Mar 9, 2018 11:38 AM CST
It is true that overwatering for most plants can be deadly whereas underwatering will cause leaf loss, but the plant will survive. In that sense, the conventional warning about not overwatering makes sense. Unfortunately, many folks go to the opposite extreme.

Not commonly understood is that moving a plant into a pot that is too large is the most common cause of overwatering.
Will Creed
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P4p5
Jul 29, 2018 12:39 PM CST
I'm in Montréal Québec and let my money tree outside all summer just after spring pruning. Been doing this for years and it's just booming and beautiful.

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Name: Will Creed
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WillC
Jul 29, 2018 3:25 PM CST
@P4p5 - The plant in the photo is a Schefflera arboricola more commonly called an Umbrella Plant. A Money Tree refers to a Pachira Aquatica, an altogether different plant species.
Will Creed
Horticultural Help, NYC
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