Money Tree Problems

willows88March 6, 2013

Hello, I'm adding a couple photos of a plant we have that's not doing so well. We transplanted it into a bigger pot a few weeks ago as these problems had already started and it had been in a small pot for a bit too long. The problems continue of course as can be seen here. It gets watered about once a week as we let the soil dry up well before watering again. I have no way of determining the pH of the soil but I understand the plant is supposed to have between 5 and 7. Its watered from the water cooler and not from tap water. My guesses are excessive salt buildup on the roots, which I thought would be cured by transplanting, nutrient deficiency, which, again, I thought would have been cured by a bunch of fresh soil (regular house plant potting soil), or a pH imbalance, which is skewing the proper intake of nutrients.
Any input anyone can provide would be greatly appreciated!

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One of two more photos.

    Bookmark   March 6, 2013 at 5:43AM
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And the last of the photos. Thanks!

    Bookmark   March 6, 2013 at 5:44AM
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Ahh, forgot to mention that it only gets indirect sunlight, between 4 and 6 hours a day, I imagine.

    Bookmark   March 6, 2013 at 5:45AM
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greenman28 NorCal 7b/8a

It needs more light, as close to a bright window as possible :-)

How did the roots look when you re-potted? These plants do much better in a fast-draining mix, rather than a heavy potting soil.


    Bookmark   March 6, 2013 at 9:48AM
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Thanks for the response, I'll move it into another room that gets more direct light.
Regretfully I didn't take a close look at the roots when I repotted. And I definitely think this soil is more on the heavier side. I've been much more lenient with the way I'm watering it than I was right after I transplanted it. Maybe this and more light will bring it back around a bit. :)

    Bookmark   March 7, 2013 at 12:17PM
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Try repotting it in the same container--but use a mix of 50% cactus/palm soil and 50% potting soil. This will lighten up the mix, allowing it to drain faster. Make sure your pot has a drainage hole! The plant likes to be pot bound and will thrive in bright light with slightly damp media at all times. See if that helps! :)

    Bookmark   March 10, 2013 at 3:56AM
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greenman28 NorCal 7b/8a

A mix of peat-based cactus soil and peat-based potting soil really won't increase drainage. If you must use a pre-bagged potting mix, cut it with 75 percent coarse Perlite. I, however, recommend a mix of durable ingredients, such as screened bark, turface, and some other grit - quartz, granite, small gravel, scoria, et cetera. In a truly free-draining mix, these plants are a breeze to grow.


    Bookmark   March 10, 2013 at 2:04PM
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