Money Tree Plant-Pachira Aquatica Help Me Care for It!

I purchased this money tree about 2 weeks ago. I’ve watered it twice. I read you should spray it daily with water which I do. Some of the leaves have brown spots, some have holes, some are limp and appear to be dying. Please, what am I doing wrong and how can I help this plant thrive? Thank you so much for your time.

Hi Joanne,

My first suggestion is to stop spraying the leaves. It looks like the plant has Anthracnose leaf spot which is a fungal diseases that causes leaf spots and other damage. The disease can be prevented by quickly removing any diseased leaves that fall off, watering well and then not watering again until the soil has dried out, and keeping the leaves dry. Commercial fungicidal sprays usually help control the problem.

Water a Money Tree well and then allow the top 1″- 2″ of soil to dry out before watering again. A Pachira aquatica requires less water during the winter months. Be sure to use a container with bottom drip holes to prevent over watering and root rot in a Money Tree Plant.

A Money Tree grows best in medium to bright indirect light. This plant even does well under fluorescent lights.

You can read all of my care tips for a Money Tree Plant (Pachira Aquatica) in the Popular Houseplant section of the website.