Problems with money tree plants

Updated February 21, 2017

A money tree plant is not a tree that has money as leaves but one that, traditionally, is supposed to bring good fortune, prosperity and good luck. This plant is frequently used in Feng Shui to balance out the five elements in a room. They can be grown in containers and often are given as gifts.

Droopy leaves

Leaves turn droopy and brown or fall off when there are contaminants or microorganisms in the water. Do not water the tree with water from the tap; use rain water or distilled water instead. The plant will return to normal in a few weeks. If the leaves turn yellow and then fall off then you are watering the plant too much. Let the soil dry out before watering.

Leaf holes

Insects can infest the plant and cause damage to the leaves. Inspect the plant once a week for any insects or other pests. If you should find any insects, isolate the plant and apply insect spray. Overinfested plants will need to be removed from all house plants permanently, and if the infestation is really bad then the plant should be thrown out. Wipe the leaves regularly and spritz with water to keep humidity correct and keep insects away.

Wilting tree

The money tree will start to wilt if it gets too much sunlight. Place the tree in indirect or partial sunlight. Wilting will also occur if the temperature is not correct. The money tree grows best in temperatures from 15.6 to 29.4 degrees Celsius (60 to 85 degrees Fahrenheit).

Frequent disease

If the money tree is catching a lot of disease then you will need to repot the plant. Repot the plant annually to ensure it does not become root bound.

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About the Author

Liz Tomas began writing professionally in 2004. Her work has appeared in the "American Journal of Enology and Viticulture," "BMC Genomics" and "PLoS Biology." She holds a Master of Science in food science from Cornell University and a Bachelor of Science in biochemistry from the University of New Hampshire. She is pursuing her Ph.D. in oenology at Lincoln University.