Sad looking Pachira money tree
Hi - I'm new, but have been reading for a while. This sounds like a wonderful community!
I am a well-intentioned but mistake ridden wannabe houseplant person. I bought a beautiful Pachira from a chinese antique dealer on the Upper East Side. His shop was filled with the most beautiful horribly expensive antiques that started at thousands of dollars but I really wanted to buy something and finally my gaze alighted on this tall plant smushed in a corner surrounded by fat green Buddhas. Anyway he practically gave it to me - 10 bucks I think, and I tooled it home happily where we lived happily - until now.
Sigh. The tall stem (4 feet?) isn't growing any more leaves and they've all got transparent and fallen off. The shoots growing out of the base of the trunk - little better but losing color at their tips and curling. I know - it seems like I should water it but the soil (and I'm shoving my hand in there) is moist. I've moved it closer to the (north) window. Should I cut off the tall stem since theres no more leaves on top and maybe the juice isnt making the long commute? Should I water it anyway? I'm afraid the root might have rotted somehow. Help?