Question: is my pachira dying?


why is my pachira losing its yellowing leaves?

Pachira: Answer: to cultivate the pachira


Dear Maila,
the loss of the foliage, in full period of vegetative development, is always a symptom of problems, cultural or parasitic. The pachira is a vigorous and resistant plant, which in nature becomes the size of a large tree, while in pot it generally does not exceed two meters in height, approximately. The problems encountered in the cultivation of this plant are those common to most tropical plants grown in pots in the apartment, such as ficus for example. A problem that occurs in the spring may not be due to contingent problems, but to latent problems, also present during the winter, which did not manifest themselves due to the fact that the plant was in vegetative rest. Having said that, I remind you that during the winter the pachiras do not need so much water, they should be watered only when the soil is well dry: in insecurity it is better to water once less rather than once too often. At the arrival of spring, with the lengthening of the days, it is good to increase the watering, always waiting however for the soil to be well dry between two waterings; from March to September, we also supply a good fertilizer for green plants, every 12-15 days, dissolved in the water of the waterings. We try to avoid stagnation, and if the ground were to remain soaked for a long time, perhaps the time has come to repot the plant, supplying it with fresh and rich soil, and a container slightly larger than the previous one. If the leaves are not yellowing due to problems due to excess watering or fertilizer (or lack of both), these could be contingent problems; for example, if you have moved your pachira outdoors, it could be positioned in an excessively sunny area, or in any case much brighter than in the place where you lived at home. If you held your pachira on the terrace last year, insect larvae may have developed in the ground, which are now devouring the roots; if the pachira is placed in a very hot and dry area, perhaps it is affected by red spider mites, of which, however, you should see the thin cobwebs stretched between the leaves.