Ask a Question forum: Pachira Aquatica (money tree) trimming, rooting, and replanting help.

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foilagelove
Jun 8, 2018 3:57 PM CST
I've had a Pachira Aquatica (braided) for nearly 9 months now. It's stayed green and growing ever since then, it's placed in a well light area of my kitchen.

I've watered it once every two weeks and it stayed healthy until recently, I noticed two of the braids look rotten and a few leaves are turning white/light green on edge.

At the moment we are experiencing tropical like weather with extremely high temperatures followed by rain and humidity, which I know can't be good for the plant.

I'm wondering if I should do some serious trimming on the main tree or do I repot into a larger planter? I need help knowing exactly how to proceed with this, and if you think it would be a good idea.

What's the best possible treatment!



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Name: Will Creed
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WillC
Jun 8, 2018 7:25 PM CST
Please post a photo of the entire plant, including its pot so a proper diagnosis can be made.

How far is it from the nearest window?

How much water do you give it when you water every two weeks?

I assume you have it inside so the weather should not be a factor.
Will Creed
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foilagelove
Jun 9, 2018 3:42 AM CST
Hi Will,

Here's a picture of the entire plant.

The window and balcony door is directly opposite the plant, the door is often left open during hot periods.

Should I cut the braids that are brown or is there any way I could save them.

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Name: Will Creed
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WillC
Jun 9, 2018 6:16 AM CST
Overall, your Money Tree looks healthy. The stems that are completely brown and devoid of all leaves are dead and can be cut off. They will not recover. It is not uncommon for a couple of braided stems to die back and there is no specific cause for this. Likewise, some discolored leaves are normal and can be removed.

You don't need to change the pot, but I do recommend that you water at least once per week.

Any stems that find are too long or leggy can be pruned back to any length. New growth will emerge on the cut stem just below the cut. The height of stems can also be controlled by pinching out new leaves as they emerge.

As long as temps around the plant don't exceed 90 degrees F., that will not be an issue. High humidity is not an issue either.
Will Creed
Horticultural Help, NYC
www.HorticulturalHelp.com
Contact me directly at [email protected]
I now have a book available on indoor plant care
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foilagelove
Jun 11, 2018 6:17 AM CST
Thank you very much Will Hurray!

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