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help! money tree dying

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by gingersnap on March 07, 2006 03:22 AM
I am the WORST at keeping plants alive. I have killed anything I have owned. I love my money tree and it is dying...all the leaves have fallen off and started growing new ones, but now I see one of the braids is soft and dying.

I misted every week and watered once a month, kept it in a bright room but not in direct sun.

I am actually afraid to have it die, things have been great since around the time I got it, not that I believe it is only because of the plant, but I'm not going to let it die without a fight.


by Dixie Angel on March 07, 2006 04:08 AM
Hey, gingersnap! [wavey] Welcome to The Garden Helper.

I water my money tree once ever two weeks and it is thriving. Do you think you might need to water more?

Someone else will be along shortly, I'm sure, to add some more information to help...


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by Cricket on March 07, 2006 05:21 PM
Hi Ginger,

How near a window is your Pachira? They need bright indirect light - directly in front of a window that doesn't receive direct sunlight is best. Our pupils adjust to light changes so rapidly we don't always perceive it but the amount of available light decreases drastically even a few feet away from a window.

Soft stalks are indicative of a serious root problem. Have you repotted the plant into a larger pot since acquiring it? If you only need to water the plant once a month the soil is staying wet too long which leads to root rot. Conversely, if the plant dried out too much the roots might have shrivelled and don't hold water anymore. It might already be too late but a suggestion is to gently remove the Pachira from its pot to inspect the roots. Trim away all black, brown, mushy or shrivelled roots. If there remain any firm white roots, pot into the smallest pot that will hold the rootball and only water when the top 1/4 of soil is dry.

Houseplants generally do better when they are moderately rootbound - unless the plant requires watering more frequently than every 3 days, you are better to leave it in its original pot. Repotting often leads to overwatering and root rot. If the soil doesn't dry out within 2 weeks it means the pot is too large.

Avoid fertilizing the Pachira. Even healthy houseplants consume very few nutrients, less when they are ailing. Fertilizers are not medicine and should only be given to healthy, actively growing plants.

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