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Q.Money Tree is having a rough time :(

Zone Gatineau, Québec, Canada | melissagoesbananas added on June 26, 2019 | Answered

Hey there! So I noticed maybe two months ago that my money tree plant started having yellowing leaves. My dad had been gone for awhile so it hadn’t been watered regularly. I took over the care for this plant and started watering it more often. Still, new yellow patches were appearing. I decided to put it in front of another window where more light gets to it. This made the problem worse. It’s still forming new healthy leaves tho! The roots don’t seem to be rotting, I don’t know what’s happening and now it’s forming weird brown spots on top of the yellowing leaves 🙁 Can someone help?

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Answered on June 26, 2019

I see signs of fungal infection, and signs of overwatering.

Yellowing leaves, depending on where they occur, are mostly a sign of nutritional deficiency, or lack of light. Since the plant in question is tolerant of low light, it will come down to nutritional deficiency.

They will tolerate just about any well balanced plant food.

Now, pair that with overwatering, and you have a recipe for infection. A simple broad spectrum fungicide will suffice to kill off the infection.

Make sure to wait until the soil is almost bone dry down to about 2 or 3 inches before watering again. If this has no drainage to let out extra water from the container, then you may want to wait a little longer between watering.

This article will give you more information on the care of Shefflera: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/houseplants/schefflera/schefflera-plant-care.htm

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