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Plant Diseases/Braided Money Tree Molding


I purchased a Money Tree about two months ago and until now it has been thriving. I noticed when I got it that one of the five braids were completely dead while the others were fine. After noticing that the dead one eventually was getting mushy, I decided to remove it from the braid, which it was so soft it was no struggle, so the other branches weren't affected. After doing so I noticed that the one I removed had a slight attachment to another branch. so there was an indent in the bottom of one of the good branch. These past couple weeks I trimmed my tree back for the winter and it immediately shot out new growth. But the leaf that shot out of the braid that had the indent started to go from a dark lush green to a pale see-through green. I trimmed the leaf off because it was looking unhealthy, and while I did this I noticed a small amount of white mold growing from the indentation in that branch. Although that one braid is affected, I still don't want to lose it, I could not find anything online even close to what mine is doing, should I spray it with fungicide? I have the tree now on my porch to dry out because I noticed the soil was still moist after a week of not watering it while it usually lives in my bedroom. Not sure what else to do, any help would be awesome.

The "mushy" description given may indicate a bacterial or fungal rot that may have developed in the lower portion of the plant.  There is a chance that there is still some infected tissues remaining after you removed one of the braids. Excessive moisture to the roots/lower stem can contribute/accelerate the infection. If the bases of the braids are infected, the plant may eventually succumb.  A bit of TLC may help.  

By avoiding excessive soil wetness or saturated soil conditions, this MAY help reduce a stress condition that could put your plant in jeopardy.  Unfortunately, there is no "magic bullet" that can be sprayed or applied to the plant to reverse this condition. Just monitor your watering regimes and especially avoid overwatering and poorly drained soils.


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Dr Stephen Vann


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B.S. Botany --- Miss. State Univ. M.S. Plant Pathology --- Miss. State Univ. Ph.D. Plant Pathology --- Texas A & M Univ.

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