Written by Ivy
Jan 12 2023
The yellowing of money tree leaves could be brought on by pests, disease, insufficient or excessive fertilizer, sudden, drastic temperature changes, overwatering, underwatering, improper lighting or humidity, or pests.
However, when there are new growths or if it affects lower older foliage, yellowing money tree leaves may occasionally be a sign of natural aging.
We'll examine the various reasons why money tree plants develop yellow leaves, mention some warning signs, and offer fixes or solutions.
Money tree plant (Pachira aquatica) is a popular, easy to care houseplant associated with financial success or good fortune. Here is a quick overview:
Money Tree leaves yellowing may occur on the entire leaf, at the tip, edges, and sometimes the color may be pale green or brown or have brown spots. Additionally, the leaf may have yellow spots on it.
This discoloration may occur alone or with other symptoms like the leaves curling, falling off, wilting, dying off, having holes, and so on. Additionally, it might impact the entire plant, the younger leaves, or the lower leaves.
While trying to get answers to why your money plant leaves are turning yellowish, you need to ask yourself some fundamental questions such as:
Let's examine the various reasons why money trees develop yellow leaves and provide you with some warning signs and remedies.
Overwatering or underwatering, also known as "underwatering," is the most frequent cause of money tree leaves turning yellow., the plants have wrong moisture levels. Let's examine each to see if there are any signs that this houseplant is either overwatered or underwatered.
Overwatering is the most frequent reason why money trees and many other houseplants develop yellowing leaves. Some of the other signs that may indicate you are overwatering this house plant include the following:
Pachira aquatica doesn't like growing in very soggy soils as the roots will begin rotting, and your plant will eventually die.
Besides excessive watering, other causes that may result in the soil being soggy or too wet include the following:
While too much water can wreck havoc, too little water can also lead to a number of issues, including, underwatered money trees will have curly drooping yellow leaves, including yellow tips and edges.
Besides the discoloration, other possible signs of underwatered Pachira aquatica include the following:
A forgotten or skipped watering session, an increase in temperature, or a drop in humidity are all potential causes of underwatering.
Put your finger into the soil and feel it to determine whether it is too dry or too wet. Your plant is underwatered if it feels dry and parched. On the other hand, if it is moist and soggy, you are overwatering your Pachira aquatic.
A soil moisture meter is an alternative method. XLUX by IAGTEK is a great brand that we adore. It is reliable, simple to read, and doesn't need batteries. If the reading is 3 or less, just stick its probe into the water and soil.
In case you are underwatering, you need to increase the frequency of watering and check if the humidity went down (causes quicker drying)
On the other hand, if your plants are getting too much water, think about cutting back on the amount and make sure your potting mix allows the soil to drain properly. Check to see if the humidity level has increased as this will decrease evaporation.
Be sure to know when and how to properly water money trees. In most cases, these houseplants only require shallow watering, and depending on humidity levels, you can water them once or twice a week. On the other hand, water your money trees when 50% to 75% of the topsoil is dry.
When watering, make sure to water the surrounding area rather than the trunk itself (which could encourage root rot). Continue watering until any extra water drains out of the pot's bottom drain holes.
Additionally, remove any extra water from the saucer, drip tray, or cachepot because it might soak the soil in the pot once more.
Money trees require moderate to bright direct light for at least 6 hours a day, and too much or too little may contribute to the yellowing or browning of its foliage.
Although they will grow more slowly, money trees can adjust to lower lighting levels. The leaves of these houseplants will turn yellow if there is insufficient light, which will make it difficult for them to photosynthesize.
Additionally, if your house does not let light in or if it is winter, when light intensity and duration decrease, your plants may wither and become weak and have stunted growth.
Pachira aquatica can easily withstand direct, strong light. However, excessive direct sunlight can cause leaf burn and scorch marks, especially at the edges and in the middle of the summer.
The leaves will also be dehydrated, and the hot sun will reduce the levels of chlorophyll, making the leaves appear paler, yellower, or brownish, beginning at the edges.
Placing your plant close to south-facing windows will allow it to have light for a longer period of time if the problem is too little light for one reason or another.
You could also spend a few dollars on a grow light if your house doesn't allow for enough light or if you can relocate your houseplant. GE Grow Light LED by Savant Systems Inc. are a good pick. It has a 25000-hour lifespan, is cost-effective, and energy-efficient.
You can combine it with Dr. meter LX1330B Digital Illuminance Light Meter to check the light's brightness, making sure it's between 10,000 and 25,000 lux. For bright, indirect light, use this range.
To avoid direct, scalding sunlight, you can move the plant to indirect light, a neutral location, or a glass terrarium for plants.
The best conditions for money tree growth are relative humidity of at least 50% and temperatures between 65 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit., i.e., they love higher humidity than the typical home humidity which is usually 30% to 50%.
Because of this, if they are subjected to low humidity for an extended period of time, the leaves may turn brown or yellow, especially at the edges, and if the humidity is not fixed, they may fall off.
Since humidity and temperature are related, your Pachira aquatica may turn yellowish during winter since a drop in temperature reduces the amount of water air can hold, lowering humidity.
Some of the ways to deal with humidity changes include the following:
The over- or under-application of fertilizer may also be the cause of the yellowing and browning of money tree leaves.
A lack of certain crucial nutrients could occur if your money tree plant is not given the proper amount of fertilizer. For instance, the yellowing of leaves will be caused by insufficient levels of magnesium, potassium, phosphorus, nitrogen, manganese, and iron.
Also, other nutrients, including copper, sulfur, zinc, and molybdenum, may make your Pachira aquatica leaves yellow or brownish. Other telltale signs of nutrient deficiency include the following:
While too little fertilizer is insufficient, too much fertilizer can be harmful and result in lower leaf yellowing and wilting. In addition, their color may fade.
Other symptoms that may indicate over-fertilization include the following:
You must adhere to a proper feeding schedule in order to resolve the problem. A money tree typically needs to be fed once a month in the spring and summer when new leaves are growing.
For indoor or potted plants, we advise using any balanced, water-soluble, or liquid plant food. Observe the directions when using it. We make use of Perfect Plants Liquid Money Tree Fertilizer. NPK ratios that are ideal for Pachira plants were used in its formulation. Once a month, I give the plant a drink from a gallon of water that has a teaspoon of this concentrated liquid fertilizer in it.
Reduce your feeding if it is excessive, and if it is too little, up your intake. Additionally, make sure the soil is always damp before applying fertilizer.
However, please don't feed your Pachira aquatica during winter as the plant isn't growing, i.e., it is dormant.
Occasionally, if it happens to older leaves, the yellowing of money tree leaves is normal. Such a situation will cause some older leaves to gradually turn yellow and then brown, allowing you to see new growth. They could also degrade, which is a bigger problem in the autumn.
If the discoloration results from aging, you shouldn't be concerned because it is common. To allow space for new leaves to grow, we advise you to remove any old leaves.
Yellow leaves could be an indication that your money plant is root-bound if you haven't replanted it in the last two to three years.
You can slide the plant out to see if the roots have curled, or you can look for additional symptoms like roots growing through drainage holes., they don't have space for growth.
Plants that are confined to pots have close-knit roots. They don't receive sufficient nutrition. The lower money tree leaves on your money plant consequently turn yellow or brown.
Repotting will solve the problem of your plant being pot-bound. However, rather than doing it in the winter, we advise repotting in the spring or summer when the plant is actively growing.
Money tree plants prefer temperatures between 65 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit. However, it can withstand temperatures as low as 50 °F (10 °C) and as high as 100 °F (37.8 °C).
As a result, these indoor plants are not frost-resistant, and your money tree will suffer or even die in extremely cold temperatures. That is not the topic at hand at this time. We're alerting you to the possibility that foliage yellowing could result from a sharp, significant temperature change, even if it falls within the acceptable range.
Stopping sudden, enormous temperature changes and placing the materials close to cold surfaces, radiators, fireplaces, or other heating systems will stop the yellowing caused by significant temperature fluctuations.
Although unlikely, pests like aphids, mealybugs, spider mites, or even scale may make money tree leaves turn yellow because they weaken plants by sucking their sap or juices. You might see brown or yellow spots, curly leaves, or both.
Here are signs of the various pests that may attack your Pachira aquatica.
Yellowing leaves, whether spots or the entire leaf, are a defining characteristic of all the aforementioned pests. So, although unlikely, they could be a cause.
Depending on the bug that caused the problem, there may be a treatment or solution. Here is how to manage the various pests:
We've had success using Bonide Ready to Use Neem Oil for neem oil. Insect larvae, eggs, and adults will all perish from it. A fungicide, insecticide, and miticide all in one.
In contrast, we suggest Garden Safe Brand Insecticidal Soap if you need an insecticide. Bonide also makes a good horticultural oil spray.
You ought to be able to control pests with these items. Additionally, they will aid in the management of various diseases like anthracnose, black spots, rust, powdery mildew, and botrytis.
Your money tree's yellowing leaves could be caused by a number of illnesses and conditions. The specific disease and conditions will determine what to anticipate. Common ones include the following:
The upper leaf initially has fuzzy spots that are pale green or grayish in color and will eventually turn yellow. Leaf veins that start on the lower part of the leaf surround these angular spots.
Expect the leaf to become necrotic and turn brown as the condition worsens; alternatively, it could stay yellow, making them a potential source of yellowing.
Treatment options include pruning the plant, applying copper-based fungicides like Bonide Copper Fungicide, encouraging circulation, maintaining dry foliage, and more. Moisture is essential for their growth.
The houseplant will initially have a few tiny grayish spots with brown edges on the lower leaves as a result of this fungal infection, but it will gradually progress upward. The spots cause the leaves to prematurely wilt and fall off as they get bigger, turn brown or yellow, and grow larger.
Remove any affected leaves, apply chemical or organic fungicides, and wash your hands after touching infected foliage if you want to manage Septoria leaf spots.
If the young leaves of your money tree have circular, greenish-yellow spots with brown centers, this could be the result of bacterial spot infection. Following that, spot areas will collapse, leaving holes or disfiguring the leaves by twisting and wilting them.
This condition isn't common on Pachira aquatica like in tomato and pepper plants, including their fruits and leaves. But it might happen.
Finally, you can manage this condition by burning, composting it in a hot environment, or burying the affected pants to stop the spread of this deadly bacterial infection.
You need to understand the root cause if you want to successfully revive your dying money plant with yellow leaves. We discussed a number of causes and provided you with remedies or solutions. Severe root rot or certain infections, for example, may make some cases difficult to save.
Prior to watering, let your plant completely dry out. By inserting a dry pencil into the soil, you can determine whether it has dried out.
If it comes out dry, water should be added. Additionally, it is critical to confirm that the soil's bottom has dried out. It extends beyond the top layer.
When you water your money tree, soak the soil and let the water drip out the bottom into a sink or a saucer.
If your plant is kept in a saucer, drain the water after it has finished draining. Root rot and plant death will result from too much water around the plant's roots.
By misting your tree with a spray bottle of fresh water, you can increase humidity. Additionally, you could include an automatic misting humidifier in the area.
Placing your plant atop a saucer filled with water and rocks is another way to increase the humidity.
Make sure none of it gets absorbed by the soil, or your roots will rot.
Keep the plant at a steady, average indoor temperature throughout the day. Keep your plant away from windows, vents, and areas with strong light.
Your Money tree plant's yellowing could be caused by a variety of factors. Fortunately, most of them are reversible and are manageable.
The Money tree plant is a lush-looking plant that looks great in indoor spaces. Never again will your plant's leaves turn yellow.
I hope this article has given you some food for thought regarding the reason your money tree's leaves are yellow. It's crucial to take into account every scenario so that you can address the appropriate issue.