Ask a Question forum: What is this clear, slimy discharge coming from my Money Tree?

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Name: Sabi
Nothern California (Zone 9a)
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sabigrows
Apr 18, 2018 12:26 PM CST
I got my Money Tree from Home Depot about 1 week ago or so, and I watched a YouTube video on how to propagate them. One person had luck with water propagation, so I gave it a go. I placed it in bottled spring water yesterday with nothing else. No root hormone or plant food mixed with the water.

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Just a minute ago (like 30 minutes ago really) I checked on it, took it out of the water and gently shook off the excess water. But then I noticed what looked like a water droplet indeed was actually a clear, "snot like" slime.

Is this a bad sign?
You can see the droplet of slime in the photo below.

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Name: Will Creed
NYC
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WillC
Apr 18, 2018 12:58 PM CST
I cannot see what you are calling "slime," but I am quite sure the clear, sticky droplets that you are seeing on your Money Tree leaves are droplets of sap. They are perfectly normal and tend to occur more often in strong sunlight.

It may take up to a month or more for roots to develop on the cutting. Plain water without additives is fine.

Be careful about what you find on YouTube.
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Name: Sabi
Nothern California (Zone 9a)
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sabigrows
Apr 18, 2018 1:02 PM CST
WillC said:I cannot see what you are calling "slime," but I am quite sure the clear, sticky droplets that you are seeing on your Money Tree leaves are droplets of sap. They are perfectly normal and tend to occur more often in strong sunlight.

It may take up to a month or more for roots to develop on the cutting. Plain water without additives is fine.

Be careful about what you find on YouTube.


The slime or sap is only oozing from the bottom of the cut stem. Hmmmmm.
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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Apr 18, 2018 1:44 PM CST
Because its a cut - that's the only place the sap can get out of a plant.

Adding a drop of peroxide every time you change the water will help. I would find a container with a bigger opening as your cutting is going to be hard to get out when it starts growing roots.
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