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money tree leaf discoloration

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by ritchie902 on September 10, 2004 06:13 PM
i've had my money tree (pachira) for 5 monthes and it has been growing seemingly fine; bigger, new growth all the time. But i first noticed a week ago the leaves started looking like they were fading and becoming not so green, dried out a bit even. If anyone has any ideas or experience with money trees, it would be appreciated if you could help.
by Lily789 on September 15, 2004 01:35 AM
There are many possible reasons for your problem.

How much light do you give it? Mine is placed next to a brght window with indirect light.

Do you fertilize it? Sometimes nutrient deficiencies can cause pale leaves.

Has it been underwatered? Don't let it completely dry out when watering (and on the other hand, don't drown it either). You said the leaves are dried.

No sign of bugs? Mold? Anything?

You should consider some possibilities before you do anything.

Good luck! [grin]

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by ritchie902 on September 15, 2004 06:07 PM
thanks for the tips. my plants is definetly not underwatered, so possibly overwatered or underfetilized. next time i water it, i'll try fertilizing. just curious as to what ratio of fertilizer is best for money trees. i've also read that when you do water them you should let them soak in water for like 20 min. is this true or should i just water it regular style. thanks again.
by Lily789 on September 16, 2004 02:01 AM
Overwatered? Did you check the roots? Without hurting it, try to get a peek at the root ball. They should be white or yellowish, as I've seen on mine.

I guess soaking and watering regular style would both work. I water my money tree regular-style, though I've heard of soaking as another method too. I don't know if money trees like to be soaked or not. I fertilize my money tree with Miracle-Gro, or some other famous brand. Usually they'll feed your plant nicely. [Wink]

Good luck!

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