Help with Pachira - Josh
I'm hoping you can give me some advice. My Pachira is a few years old and is struggling. I know that I need to change the mix it is currently in, and I'm wondering if I need to go with a smaller pot as well. The mix is from quite a long time ago, so I don't know the particulars, but I do know it has bark, turface, grit and vermiculite in it. Yes, vermiculite. I've been watering every week to ten days. I've tried the skewer thing, but I can't seem to tell when dry is dry. The water has Foliage Pro in it, mixed according to the directions.
The plant always seems to be adding new growth, but the leaves never seem healthy or vibrant. There are always some yellow leaves, and now the leaves seem to be blanching of all color at all.
I know this is not the time of year to repot - but I feel like if I don't intervene, it will die.
Can you point me in the right direction? I assume its struggling with the mix/water issues, but I don't know if the pot size is wrong as well. It is in an east facing window, the brightest I have in the house. The plant is 2 feet tall, measuring from the mix to the top of the plant. The container is 13" in diameter, and 13" deep, but within the container I put a false bottom with drain holes in it, so in actuality, the mix is probably in the top 8" of the pot.
Thoughts on what I can do to save this guy? What proportions of mix to use? Is the pot size ok? I'm going to attempt to add pictures.