Sick Money Tree (Pachira Aquatica)
My money tree has not been very happy during the winter months. I haven’t helped by not rotating it frequently enough so that the the leaves got equal sun exposure. I recently lost one of the trunks and cut it out (I think to mould but I’m not sure as it didn’t start at the roots). The leaves have been very unhappy looking and I’m just wondering if it’s due to lack of light exposure or if anyone had any ideas what more it could be. Furthermore, I recently noticed that the tips of two of the trunks have dried out, even though they have healthy growth underneath. I am unsure whether to trim off the tops or to leave them alone as I don’t want to damage them unnecessarily. Any suggestions welcome! Thank you. Photos for reference.
Certified GKH Gardening Expert
I do see what seems to be the start of a bacterial infection. This is what is causing the discoloration and blotches on your leaves.
The stump rotting back is natural, though. This should not rot below the new growth. If it does, then the bacterial infection is far beyond salvagable.
A fungicide will usually take care of most bacterial infections, but proper watering will be the only sure-fire way to keep this from happening again.
Make sure to let the soil dry down thoroughly to about 3 inches down before watering again. Overwatering is the most common cause for infection.
Here is an article that will help: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/garden-how-to/info/using-fungicides-in-garden.htm