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Common Questions About Money Tree Plant Care Answered

December 26, 2017

If you have a money tree plant, you may already be familiar with some of the basic care tips, but what about those questions that go beyond the basics?

Here, we take a moment to answer your most common money tree plant care questions.

Q: What If My Money Tree Plant Gets an Insect Infestation?

A: The most common problematic insects for money tree plants are aphids and mealy bugs. While both pose a nuisance, neither will be harmful to your tree as long as you act fast. For both types of pests, insecticidal soap with warm water can help eliminate the invaders.

Q: I Think My Money Tree Plant Has Root Rot. What Now?

A: Root rot is a common problem, especially if overwatering has occurred. However, don’t panic — it’s not too late to save your tree. To rid your money tree plant of root rot, you’ll need to repot with fresh soil. Remove it from the diseased pot and wash off the diseased soil. Then, repot in a new pot with a good draining, peat-moss based soil. Next, make sure you adjust your watering routine to ensure root rot doesn’t happen again. Aim to provide your tree with only two ice cubes or three tablespoons of water per week.

Q: Why Are The Leaves of My Money Tree Plant Discolored?

A: It’s possible your tree has received too much direct sunlight, which can lead to scorched leaves. Move your money tree plant to a bright area that receives plenty of indirect light, but make sure it isn’t in the path of direct sunlight at any point throughout the day. Also, no Control Release Fertilizer is used in our money tree soil, so if plants start to get pale yellow they might need a small dose of fertilizer.

Q: Why Is My Money Tree Plant Losing Leaves?

A: Like all trees, some leaf loss is normal for money trees. However, if you notice leaves falling off with an unsettling frequency, it’s possible your tree is reacting to draft exposure. This could come from a door opening and closing or placement near a vent. Keep in mind that both cold air and hot, dry air can do damage, so be mindful of where you place your tree.

Q: Is My Money Tree Plant Getting Enough Humidity?

A: Money tree plants thrive on humidity. While some tree owners elect to run a humidifier in the same room as their tree during the coldest, driest months, you can also create a humidity tray. Simply fill a shallow tray with pebbles, partially cover the rocks in water, and set your money tree on top. In addition to providing your tree with some much-needed humidity, this can also create a pleasant aesthetic.

Learn more about money tree plant care. Download our free money tree plant care guide.

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