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Nothern California (Zone 9a)
Apr 7, 2018 8:05 PM CST
|So, after my dear Mammillaria Hahniana got Orange Rot, I thought I could save her, but I couldn't. Today I checked on her and the orange rot had spread to her entire surface, so I'm super sad. But I went to Home Depot today with my boyfriend and picked out a Money Tree. I'm fairly familiar with their care, since I worked at a gas station and they had one in our window, but now that I have taken one home with me I'm curious about the care.
I read that they can't exactly be put in front of a windowsill. I placed her on a desk NEAR the window. It gets the light but not the blazing heat from the window. I want to eventually Bonsai her, make her thick and miniature. (I know that comes with special bonsai soil mix and fertilizer)
Are there any other special tips I should know? I checked her soil and it was dry all the way through, so I watered her quite a bit, but not enough to where the water was draining, also picked off some dead, black leafs. My house doesn't get the BEST sunlight. The bathroom and on top of the movie case stand in the living room truly do get the best rays of sun. I have a lot of succulents and propagation going on in my bathroom. I also live in Placerville, CA. The temps lately have been 50-60 degrees F. On Monday its estimated to be 80F. So the temp seems to fluctuate time to time...
Any tips you can give me are helpful. I could ask 1,000 questions! Thank you!!!
Name: Will Creed
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Apr 8, 2018 8:30 AM CST
|Bonsai is a technique for miniaturizing plants that starts when the plant is first propagated and the roots and stems are kept carefully pruned from the outset. It is not something that can be done with your Money Tree at this stage. However, you can keep it at its current size by pinching out new leaves as they emerge at the tips of each stem. Because of the braiding, you cannot effectively make the plant much shorter than it now is.
Pachiras do very well in small pots and they are quite tolerant of wide range of soil moisture levels as long as those are kept consistently. I suggest that you always water thoroughly until some water trickles through the drain holes. I also suggest watering when the surface of the soil feels dry rather than waiting for the spoil to dry deep into the pot.
This plant is also fairly tolerant of a range of light. It grows fastest in very bright but indirect light just beyond the reach of the direct rays of the sun. It will grow more slowly as it is farther away from the window, but not more than 5-6 feet away from the nearest window.
It can stay in that pot for a very long time.
Your outside temperatures are not relevant unless you plan to move it outside, which I don't recommend.
I hope I have answered at least 5 of your 1,000 question!
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May 11, 2018 7:25 AM CST
|I think money trees are best "bonsai" as single stem plants. Too often these braided money trees will have 1 of its trucks die off without much reason. That being said here's one of my braided plants I potted in bonsai pot
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