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Hi! I have a mini, desk sized money tree that looks a hot mess. It has become my responsibility to rejuvenate it and bring it back to life, but I don't know much of the background and don't really know how to mess with this plant. I've seen a lot of posts and info floating around, though I figured posting would make it a lot easier since normally the money trees are super large.

I'm unsure of how frequent or infrequent this plant was watered, as well as where it was even located within my office. However, it wasnt in a cold or hot environment, and I am located in san francisco, so it's not really anything but an event tempered temperature.

What I do know:

- this is the small, desk sized version
- its brown up to maybe the last 2 inches of the stalk
- the 4 leaves (5 before i moved it) are yellow with some green and a little bit of pinkish tinge to it
- there is nothing growing from the stalk, just the leaves from the top of it
- i cant currently see the roots and i don't want to disturb the soil until someone tells me to lol















  • Hello Natalie image

    That's not what I know as a Money Tree here in the UK so I'm not sure what you've got there, but it's not very happy.  I'm not usually the one who gives up on a plant, but I think you've been given an impossible task - I think it's too far gone.

    I think I'd ditch that one and get another plant.  Sorry.

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • It looks like it may have been a Schefflera (known as umbrella plant here in UK) but the compost is exhausted, there is no visible root growth and that leaf (only one, made of several leaflets) has had it. I agree with Dove, get something else.

    You could try a peace lilyimage They are easy to look after and are top of NASA's list for removing air pollutants. Good light, not direct sun, water when leaves start to droop a little, don't over water. Plenty of care info online. Good luck!

  • Thank you! 

  • KornoKorno Posts: 99

    Money trees really don't like water and they get root rot so easily. Mine likes to be dry all the time, every few weeks i give the top layer of soil a small drink. If you still have roots there then change the soil and give it some peat in the mix. Give it plenty of direct light too.


    My money tree had a dying phase



  • Thanks! Youre giving me hope! lol

  • KornoKorno Posts: 99

    As long as there is a little bit of healthy roots in there then please don't give up on it image
    Remove The dead roots, remove any damp soil round the roots & Keep it dry (it feels wrong but it's honestly how they like it)
    Only water the top couple of inches of soil when it's 100% dried up you can check by dipping your finger in the soil.
    It took 6 months for mine to start showing any new growth at all so it must have been quite ill lol.
    This is what it looks like now (I had to untangle the plaitt to remove a rotted trunk)


     I really hope this helps you! and please let us know how you get on image


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