ailing 'money tree plant'

roksee(Benicia SF Bay Area)December 15, 2013

hello. I don't know the formal name for this plant. It was just a little guy when I bought it...now it is about 3 feet tall.
It is in a very large tub with holes at the bottom.
It was healthy for a year or so... then this...'
Does anyone know what these leaves are trying to say to me? Thanks
Lynne ps it is in front of a South window, but filtered.

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jean001a(Portland OR 7b)

Please post an image of the entire plant.

    Bookmark   December 16, 2013 at 12:25AM
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roksee(Benicia SF Bay Area)

another view.

    Bookmark   December 16, 2013 at 1:05AM
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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

If I'm not mistaken, this is pretty normal for Pachira. It seems like they give most people a headache.

    Bookmark   December 16, 2013 at 4:27AM
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phal_pal

I'm guessing here, maybe too much water? I have one of these and I let it get pretty dry about an inch down in the soil before I drench it again.

If it were just spots on the leaves I would say sunburn but since the entire leaf is funky I'm going to go with watering issues. The tub looks pretty big.

Maybe someone else with more experience can help.

    Bookmark   December 16, 2013 at 5:50AM
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greenman28 NorCal 7b/8a

It's in a huge volume of potting mix, first of all.
I would downsize considerably - by at least half. Secondly, give it direct light...as much as possible this time of year. Continue to fertilize at 1/2 strength or 1/4 strength if you're worried about fertilizer burn. During the Winter, treat it more like a succulent, watering when dry, which may be every 5 - 10 days depending on weather, warmth, light, and vitality.

Josh

    Bookmark   December 16, 2013 at 11:14AM
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roksee(Benicia SF Bay Area)

thank you all. very useful info...I shall proceed.

    Bookmark   December 16, 2013 at 12:15PM
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greenman28 NorCal 7b/8a

Roksee, I wouldn't advise re-potting into a new potting mix right now (wait until June for the fastest recovery), but I really do suggest that you downsize that pot as soon as possible.

Josh

    Bookmark   December 16, 2013 at 8:35PM
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roksee(Benicia SF Bay Area)

Glad you added that Josh...I would have changed all. Now I will put it back in a smaller and keep the soil as is.
Any suggestions as to what fertilizer to use ?
Thanks very much

    Bookmark   December 17, 2013 at 3:05AM
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roksee(Benicia SF Bay Area)

Glad you added that Josh...I would have changed all. Now I will put it back in a smaller pot and keep the soil as is.
Any suggestions as to what fertilizer to use ?
Thanks very much

    Bookmark   December 17, 2013 at 3:07AM
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greenman28 NorCal 7b/8a

Do you have a fertilizer already?
If not, what do you have available? Garden centers, nurseries, home depot?

Josh

    Bookmark   December 17, 2013 at 11:20AM
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roksee(Benicia SF Bay Area)

I live in the SanFrancisco Bay area so I have access to anything you might recommend, I beleive.

    Bookmark   December 17, 2013 at 1:55PM
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greenman28 NorCal 7b/8a

Indeed! My personal fertilizer is Foliage Pro 9-3-6 by Dyna Gro, and it is available at most hydroponic shops (I know you have those in the Bay). If the shop carries other Dyna Gro products, they should be able to order Foliage Pro if they don't stock it. It runs about $20 for a quart, and you use 1 teaspoon per gallon of water for full-strength during the Summer. The beauty of Foliage Pro is that it contains all the macro and micro-nutrients, so you wouldn't have to supplement with Calcium or Magnesium. One stop fertilization.

Here's a pic of my Pachira.

Josh

    Bookmark   December 17, 2013 at 7:52PM
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roksee(Benicia SF Bay Area)

Josh that plant is absolutely beautiful...and I clearly see that my pot size is WAY off. Do you notice the difference in the 'stem' of my plant as opposed to yours? Are there different varieties or something ? mine is crisscrossed.

    Bookmark   December 18, 2013 at 1:48AM
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greenman28 NorCal 7b/8a

Typically, they're sold braided - several trunks braided together while the stems are green and pliant. But I actually grew mine from a leaf, and so it has just a single trunk. They are the same variety.

Josh

    Bookmark   December 18, 2013 at 2:06AM
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stewartsjon

Don't be upset that a Pachira Aquatica has been troublesome. They were very briefly fashionable in commercial interior landscaping (because they were cheap) until everyone realised how unreliable they were.

The joke at my place was that they were in fact an annual, because after a year they dropped dead.

    Bookmark   December 22, 2013 at 9:00AM
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greenman28 NorCal 7b/8a

They are a very reliable plant when grown halfway properly, StewartsJon.

These plants are a joy to grow.

Josh

    Bookmark   December 22, 2013 at 2:03PM
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roksee(Benicia SF Bay Area)

Hi Josh.... here is a photo of my plant after I downsized the pot....so far so good.
Thanks for your help.
Lynne

    Bookmark   December 26, 2013 at 2:21AM
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MattNorton

how this happened?

    Bookmark   December 26, 2013 at 3:03AM
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greenman28 NorCal 7b/8a

Hey, Lynne!
Thanks for the follow up! I hope you had a merry Christmas. I'm glad to see the tree in the sunlight there...that'll really help it recover. When you downsized, did you get a chance to look at the roots? Were they in good condition, and was there a good root-mass? Healthy Pachira roots have an orange to tan to yellow and white sort of color.

Josh

    Bookmark   December 26, 2013 at 3:34AM
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roksee(Benicia SF Bay Area)

Hi Josh.... well I don't really know what to look for but as I transplanted the roots looked healthy to me... and I'm getting lots of new leaves now ..the way it used to be. So I'm thinking all is well.
It feels good to save someone. :)
Lynne

    Bookmark   December 26, 2013 at 6:57PM
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