Money Tree (Pachira) Pruning - please help!

starsnrockets81February 26, 2013

Hi everyone,

I have the worst of black thumbs, but have somehow kept this money tree, which I received October of 2011 as a gift, alive. It's been living in the fluorescent lights at my desk at work, and has grown quite quickly since then. I water it every few days, but besides that, nothing. It gets about 12 hours of light from the fluorescent each day.

The height from my desk to the fluorescent lamp is about 24 inches, and the tree has grown so much it's hit the lamp and can't grow any more, so I would like to prune it to keep it small, so I can keep it on my desk. I've read other threads on how to prune, but I'm afraid of just chopping the whole plant off to foster new growth. How can I best achieve a shorter, more mushroom-shaped tree? Is there anything else I should be doing for it? Thank you!!

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teengardener1888(NY Albany 5a)

Its okay. Pachira grow in moderate light. Dont prune or it will ruin the form and maybe kill the plant. It looks exellent. Probally better than i could do. And i have a super green thumb

    Bookmark   February 26, 2013 at 2:53PM
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greenman28 NorCal 7b/8a

For best results, prune around the Summer Solstice. It isn't easy to keep these trees either short or bushy/compact. You can prune the trunks back to 2 or 3 healthy leaves....or you can take a risk and chop lower down the trunk, below the leaves. Indoors, the plant won't grow as well or recover as well as a plant treated to the Summer in bright, outdoor shade.

Josh

    Bookmark   February 26, 2013 at 10:50PM
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