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Questions about My Pachira (money tree) and Dracaena (lucky Bamboo)

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by MeggieQC on October 11, 2005 05:43 AM
Hello everyone

1.I have a Pachira. I got it few months ago. It was very pretty (still is) but the leaves are kind of drooping. I don't know if it's because i need to cut the leaves because they are getting big.What is wrong with it? Also
I would like to know how to make it grow bigger. People on this site have it like 2 feet high. Should I just repot it in 1 size bigger pot?
And how can I clone it?

2. I have a Dracaena Sanderiana (i think it's spelled that way) and it has wax on top of it so it cannot grow bigger. Now is there anyway to clone it and have it grow tall

I love plants. Im not really good with them and I thinks it's because i really don't want them to die so Im always moving them. Watering them and cutting leaves off. (I know not to water them too much)

Thanks for your responses. This is the best site about plants I've found so far.
by Jiffymouse on October 11, 2005 07:27 AM
i don't know about your pachira. but, the draceana will grow side shoots. even if the wax were not on top, it wouldn't grow anymore from the top because the top has been cut off. but the side sprouts will grow quite large given the right conditions.
by MeggieQC on October 11, 2005 08:30 AM
Should I take the side shoots root them and plant them? Also i read a lot on this forum and i think i will put my draceana in soil.

Thanks Again
by Jiffymouse on October 11, 2005 08:33 AM
i haven't. mine are growing in soil, from the main stalk. the only reason to remove them would be to make more plants.
by MeggieQC on October 11, 2005 09:27 AM
Here is a picture of my pachira
it looks sad  -
by MeggieQC on October 11, 2005 09:30 AM
sorry it's kinda big.

I wanted to thank you (jiffymouse) for your quick response. It makes me want to buy more plants now that I know this website , at least im confident ill have a lot of references to keep them healthy
by MeggieQC on October 11, 2005 10:44 AM
About the Pachira

One more thing. When I water it, the soil absorb the water VERY slowly, why is that?

please help me with my sad looking pachira
by Cricket on October 11, 2005 12:15 PM
Hi Maggie,

That is a very pretty Pachira. [Wink]

Sometimes when soil dries out too much it loses its ability to absorb and retain moisture (like a dried out old sponge) and the water floats on the surface for a long time before running down the sides of the rootball. Could that have happened to the Pachira? It could be the cause of wilting leaves if water isn't adequately penetrating the rootball.

The solution is to rewet the soil by removing the inner pot and soaking it in a sink of water for about half hour.

I empathize with your desire for rapid growth but repotting to larger pots doesn't make plants grow more quickly and could actually harm them. Aside from genetics, over which you have no control, adequate light is the most important factor in a plant's health and growth rate. A newly repotted plant will grow new roots to fill the larger pot before growing new foliage so it could take a long time before new growth is visible. Most houseplants prefer to be potbound. It is very easy to over water a plant in too large a pot because the soil stays wet too long. Evenutally this leads to root rot. A general rule of thumb is that unless plants require watering more frequently than every third day, better to leave them alone. If repotting is necessary, use a pot only one size larger.

Why don't you first try rewetting the soil to see if that makes a difference? There should be a visible improvement within a few days if that is the problem.

Please let us know how you make out. If rewetting doesn't help, we'll help you explore other avenues.

BTW, tell us more about the light the plant receives. Is it directly in front of or to the side of a curtained or uncurtained window? What direction does the window face? Is the light obstructed by trees, buildings, or a roof overhang?
by MeggieQC on October 12, 2005 07:52 AM
alright Thank you so much

I will do that right away. I had my pachira far away of a south window. The blinds were close almost all the time, but it's white so it let a lot of light in. Now that I read almost all the posts on here about Pachiras i moved it on the windowsill of a north window. I will keep you posted about my pachira.

I potted my lucky bamboo in soil yesterday. Hopefully it'll make it. Ill keep you posted on that as well

Thank you so much for your quick response
by MeggieQC on October 12, 2005 08:35 AM
Im sorry again

I've tried to rewet my Pachira, but no water seems to get in the rootball. I've put my finger half way down and it's all dried. I had it sit in the bowl of water (room Temperature) for 35 min.

Is it normal that it hasn't absorbed the water?
Should I leave it in there longer?

Sorry to bother you and thanks again

by Cricket on October 12, 2005 10:57 AM
Hi Meggie,

Questions are NEVER a bother!

This is what I would try: Fill the sink with a couple inches of tepid water, deep enough that the water level rises up the side of the pot. (I assume the pot has drainage holes?) Also top water enough so that water floats nearly to the rim of the pot but not so far that soil overflows. Let sit for another 1/2-1 hour, remove from the sink and let the excess water drain. Flush some more water through from the top and check soil moisture with your finger. Between wicking and gravity, the soil should now be thoroughly saturated. If not, let me know.

by MeggieQC on October 13, 2005 06:52 AM

Yea my pot had drainage holes in it. I had to leave it in there for an hour. At an 1/2 hour i checked and the inside was still a little buit dried. But now everything is saturated and I could feel the pot being heavier. I put some water through the top and it went down very quick.

Hopefully this will do it

I will keep u posted about both my plants

by Stupe on October 13, 2005 11:04 AM
Hi Meggie,

I have a Pachira and also the draceana as well.

Both are hardly plants, so i read and requires very lil of water.

Please do let me know about the condition of both the plants as i'm keeping my eyes on my owna s well for every little sign of deteorisation.


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by MeggieQC on October 14, 2005 06:20 AM
I can already see a difference. I tried to braid (it;s already braided but it has grown) the trunks and it didn;t work very well. Does anyone know how to braid it (with the 5 trunks) I think im going to have to practice on how to make a 5strands braid.
How do you not break the branches when u braid it?

THank you cricket for your advice. It looks a lot better. even thought i broke some branches [Frown]

It also has some tiny holes on the leaves and some look eaten at the tip of the leave. Instead of having a nice leaf shape it's a weird shape. Was that cause by the rootball being dry?

Sorry for all the questions but im trying to be better with plants so I can buy lots of them cause they are just so nice!

by MeggieQC on November 09, 2005 11:29 AM
Everytime I water my pachira, it doesn't absorb the water. So I have to let it sit in water for a while. It becomes dried after 4-5 days and I don't want to water it to often because you are supposed to water pachira like once a month.

DO I Need to replant it?

by Jiffymouse on November 10, 2005 05:33 AM
if it is that bad, yes. and, if it is drying out that quickly, you won't hurt it by watering it that often if you are checking the dryness before you do.
by MeggieQC on November 10, 2005 07:12 AM
I will keep watering it every couples of days for a while. IN a couple of week i'll replant it

by Jiffymouse on November 10, 2005 08:15 AM
[thumb] just check the soil first. make sure it is dry to the first knuckle. (about an inch) sounds like you are doing good!
by Stupe on November 21, 2005 02:53 PM
don't need to replant the pachira.

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by MeggieQC on December 23, 2005 12:22 PM
Just a follow up

I planted my Dracaena (Bamboo) in soil and it's growing a lot, but the tips of the leaves are yellow. Ive never seen it growing like that before. I also cloned it and that's also going very well.

My Pachira (Money tree) is now a monster. I replanted it. Every once in a while i gotta let it sit in water cause it stills doesn't absorb really well. THe leaves are so big and there are a lot of new ones too. I might have to cut them cause there are getting too big. DOes anyone know where to cut them exactly? Also one of the trunk is dead [Frown]

Thanks to all of you that helped me with my plant. I'm so happy, they are growing a lot faster.

by Jiffymouse on December 28, 2005 09:47 AM
[thumb] meg, thank you so much for the update! i am sorry i didn't see it sooner. my draceana has browning tips too right now, might be something with the time of year? although, i let my get a little too dry sometimes... [Roll Eyes] if i could get on one schedule and stay there [Big Grin] [Big Grin]

anyway, keep up the good work!
by WuMing426 on December 30, 2005 12:25 PM
I have a draceana that has one stem getting yellow from the top down. Can I save this stem, or just take it out to save the other 2? Is there someissue with the plant, i.e. too much water, not enough drainage?
I have another one, that I've had for about 3 years, and it's doing very well.
Thanks for the help.

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