Pachira money plant care



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Pachira money plant care

Repotting

Regularly repotting will help to ensure that your pachira remains healthy and hardy. Repot pachira into new soil every year or two if the branches start to die back during the rainy season. Care for your plant when potting by adding a small amount of peat or vermiculite and wait for them to dry before watering your pachira. Do not over water and do not leave your pachira in wet or cold conditions as this can cause the plant to rot. You can also prune back the water-logged branches and let them dry in your house.

Cuttings and Propagation

Pachira is an easy plant to propagate but you will need to take care when taking cuttings. Cut the stem below the pachira's first leaf and let the cuttings set for around three days in an airy and warm environment such as a shed or greenhouse. When the cuttings have started to root, take the cuttings out of the pot and stick the roots into some fresh soil, potting on a loose base and gently firm up the soil. The plants should grow very quickly in their new environment.

Pachira does not have the strongest roots and should be watered in the morning and in the evening to ensure a healthy and beautiful plant.

Diseases

Pachira plants are prone to attack by fungi such as Phytophthora, Fusarium and a black sooty mould.

White root rot is a disease which causes the plant to wilt and yellow. In areas where this disease is common it is wise to not give your pachira water at night, so that the water can sit and soak into the soil without causing disease to spread.

Pachira is not susceptible to the powdery mildew which causes powdery white spots on the leaves.

During the rainy season in Indonesia, the root rot fungus becomes very common. This fungal disease spreads by spores. You can prevent this infection by repotting the plant each year and keeping the water level in the pachira in pot very low and allowing it to dry out before watering. You can use a clear stemless glasshouse or shed with a lid to grow your pachira in and you will not need to worry about sporing out of the pachira or attracting root eating animals.

Pachira is also susceptible to mealy bugs, but these pests are usually not that bad. Treat your pachira by spraying the leaves and wait for the bugs to leave your pachira.

Feeding

Feed pachira plants every month or two, and when they start to look yellow, feed your pachira. You can feed your pachira with an organic fertiliser such as blood and bone or for a more intense result feed with an alfalfa meal.

Fungicides

If you spot symptoms of white root rot on your pachira such as yellowing leaves and mottling of the roots, it is best to remove the affected plant immediately as this disease is very contagious.

Powdery mildew and mealy bugs are usually not that much of an issue in Indonesia. In these instances you can rely on your mother’s (rooting tip) method for spotting these pests. The outer leaves of your pachira will change colour in reaction to the pest. Check these leaves for the pest every couple of days and remove the infected leaves to prevent further spread of the disease.

In some cases, pachira can be subject to sooty mould, which is common in Indonesia in areas with hot and humid


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