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Jadegreen24
Dec 16, 2018 6:33 PM CST
Help! My money tree is so sad. Please look at the photo and help me save it. It's in a large indoor pot with holes in the bottom. Regular potting soil from the store. I water it once a week or so when the soil feels dry. Indirect indoor light in a generally bright room. Thank you in advance!
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Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Dec 16, 2018 6:38 PM CST
Hi Jadegreen24, Welcome!

It may be my eyes but the container looks quite large for the size of your Money Tree (Pachira aquatica) and the soil looks quite dry. When you water, be sure to allow the water to run completely through the soil until it's exiting the drainage holes.

I'm sure others will be along with suggestions and advice soon.
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WillC
Dec 17, 2018 6:27 AM CST
A agree with Lins assessment. What is this plant's history? Is it a rescue?
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Woodland park, CO
Jadegreen24
Dec 17, 2018 9:39 AM CST
Thank you Lin and Will. Yes, it is a very large pot! Should I downsize? I bought the money tree from home depot maybe 6 months ago. It was healthy (though perhaps not thriving) until two months ago when it began dropping leaves and yellowing.
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OpieDoodle
Dec 17, 2018 11:32 AM CST
I agree it looks like it is in too big of a pot.
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WillC
Dec 17, 2018 1:34 PM CST
It looks like all of the stems have been cut down. What prompted that? How long ago? Is it still in its original HD pot?

Sorry about all the questions, but it is hard to assess without better information.
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Woodland park, CO
Jadegreen24
Dec 17, 2018 1:48 PM CST
The money tree suffered some damage a month or two when it was chewed on by a mischievous dog. I believe it was ailing before that, though. When I bought the plant it had those short, chopped off stems. I think the tallest stem was damaged by the dog. I replanted it shortly after bringing it home into the large pot it is currently in. For the sake of full disclosure, I killed a money tree before, so I am certain that I am the problem!
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WillC
Dec 17, 2018 2:39 PM CST
I think the dog is more of a problem than you! In general, it is best not to repot your plants as a lot can go wrong when it is done incorrectly. Fortunately, Money Trees are pretty tolerant of under and over watering so I think yours will recover as it is.

Move it close to a sunny window. As soon as the surface of the soil feels dry give it enough water so that the soil surface gets dry again in about a week. With this plant better to water too soon than to wait too long. Adjust the amount of water accordingly. You should see some healthy new growth emerging within a couple of weeks. Trim off the damaged leaves as they will not recover.

Send us a progress photo in a month or so.
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