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Saturday, June 23, 2012

Progress on the pachira aquatica money tree cuttings

Back on May 5th, I divided up my money trees because they were getting too large. Here's the old blog. http://stevespeonygarden.blogspot.com/2012/05/dividing-pachira-aquatica-money-tree.html

As expected some of them either made sprouts which means they are also rooting, and some of them rotted. It seems like the general trend is that older sections of wood are better at rooting than the new green sections.

Here is the progress as of June 12th.

Original trunks.




Cuttings.






























June 13th: Here's a picture showing the new root growth coming off of the bottom of the division with a callus already, and the root growth seems to correlate fairly well with the amount of foliage there is. I gave these a shot of roots excelurator to help them root even faster.






June 23d. After only 11 days, the first leaves are much larger, and their growth will only accelerate in the next 2 months as it gets warmer. They are already putting out leaves and it hasn't even been 2 months yet. It seems like the larger the division, or the older it is, the more power it will have to put out new sprouts which can occur anywhere making propagation very easily.

Original trunks.





Cuttings that made it. Just imagine how much root growth has occurred on these guys after 10 days of growth when the top growth has already gone so far.






















It's a pretty big difference in 11 days eh. Here's all of them together to show how large they are already in their pots. They are pretty good for 6-8 inch long cuttings that were taken only 8 weeks ago.

September 23. After 3 more months, these guys are getting too big for their pots.

13 comments:

  1. Great success on your cuttings! I've always wanted to try this or root a leaf in soil. Do you know where I can find a money tree cutting or leaf so that I can try it. I know soon you will have plenty of money trees in your garden!

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    1. I just give them away to people each year and let the main plants get huge again. I didn't have very good success with rooting leaves or young stems, but the woody trunks seem to root very well once the original plant is already adapted to full sun and energized.

      You can probably find these plants at Home Depot or Lowes, but I would suggest letting them get nice and tall before taking divisions.

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  2. Hello,
    I have a pachira aquatica in my office that I have been caring for since I started here back in august 2012 and it has grown 2 feet taller than it has been for the last 3 years(my co workers said it stayed at that one height till i started to care for it) but now it is getting to tall for the office and I want to make another plant out of the top portion since its tall and only has three off shoots with beautiful leaves on each shoot. I want to know if I cut the main root from the top of the bushy part of the tree with the new growth on it and plant it in a pot, will it grow of just die. I don't want to hurt the plant since I know care a lot about its well being :) Please help!

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    1. I can send pictures if needed to help you understand what im talking about. :)

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    2. Hi, it sounds like your pachira is doing great. I would however suggest hold off on propagating it for now because it's still too early. They don't propagate very well indoors.

      I would suggest getting your plant outside in the sun for about a month until it is fully adapted to outdoor conditions. Once you start seeing signs of your plant trying to produce new leaves under full sun, that is the ideal time to propagate, and make sure that you have woody sections that are 8 inches or more in length.


      As far as the conditions, I prefer using well draining soil that I mix myself, and I put mine under full sun while they try to root. I use roots excelurator which is a very powerful rooting hormone, but I think any kind of rooting powder, or honey should be sufficient. It's still kind of early to propagate them, at least here in the northeast where it has been a cold year so far.

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    3. thank you so much for replying back. I dont know what you mean by "woody section" the only woody part I see is the bottom foot. If i was to cut the main stock that is about 3 feet tall but only has 4 thin branches off of the main stock because that is the new growth that has occurred in the last 4 months.

      I am nervous to take it outside because since it was purchased from the store about 6 years ago it has been inside so im scared the sun will burn it even if we introduce it slowly to the sun.

      Is there a way to post pictures on here so you can tell me where you think the best part to clip it would be?

      thank you sooo much for your help!

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    4. You could just send some pictures to me at stevelau1922@gmail.com.

      what I mean by the woody section is anything that is older than the new growth because if you try propagating that, they will tend to rot. 5/8 inch or larger may be a better guideline, and sections should be over 8 inches to have enough energy to put out new shoots/ roots.

      If you take it outside, don't worry about the original leaves burning because they will get replaced anyways. The entire plant will take about a month to get used to the full sun, but once it fully adapts, and starts trying to put out new leaves, then it will be ready for being cut up and propagated. This plant adapts to full sun pretty easily in comparison to most vegetables.

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  3. great man...

    you gave me the courage to cut my tree..

    i was not looking forward to doing it but now im all for it..

    thanks for posting.. i hope others find it..

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  4. Hi there! Do you have any suggestions as to how to propagate a relatively small money tree? I have one that was five braided together but I lost one last year and now I'm down to four. I'm trying to get it back to five, and someone suggested I propagate it. The tree is only about 10 inches tall before they stem out with leaves. How would I cut it? Is it possible for a new tree to catch up to others?

    Thanks for your help!

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    1. I really doubt you would be able to get a plant back to the size of the other 4 that easily and get it successfully braided if one of them died off. They aren't adapted to being grown as a braided plant so you may lose some more as they shade each other out. There should only be one dominant tree at the end unless you purposely prune them to be relatively equal.

      These are pretty easy to propagate as long as you have large enough woody sections.

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  5. hi. i need help. I've had a Money Tree rescue for about two years now. initially,the braid fell apart and i had one stem that i was able to repot. it literally grows one leaf at a time, while the other leaflings are "on deck" waiting to unfurl. its really a sad little plant. its small but it is producing a green "leaf". should i propagate by cutting the top off and rooting it? or just let it be. I've not done anything more as i was afraid I'd kill it.

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    1. Don't try to propagate it if it is indoors because it simply won't have enough energy to sustain itself. You will need to get the plant used to full sun outdoors and growing quickly before thinking about propagation. Then use a strong root gel like azos to help roots form a bit faster.

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  6. I've been looking for a blog just like this with photos of what you did to reroot my Pachira tree. I had a braided money tree and I'm only left with one stem. It's very empty at the bottom and has lots of new sprouts at the top. Thank you so much for your blog! Now I feeling ready.

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