Hi, it's Ilaria, I'm registered with your site,
I wanted to ask you for advice about my pachira.
I have already read everything that interests you on your site, but now, having spent a winter of suffering (because at home I don't have a very sunny place, and on the balcony it was very cold for her) her leaves are very few and all thanked and half dried.
On the upper part it has two branches bearing the leaves, which continue to always be born from above, and those that have fallen now have left these bare branches. There is no method to revive the leaves even at the center of these branches, affiche you can fill all over again with leaves and not only above ???
Then, almost immediately after having bought it, also from the lower part of the leaves were born, which today are other branches coming out from the intertwined base of the trunk, very full of leaves (some half dry). What should I do with these twigs, I can prune them, to give more strength to the upper part ???
How can I intervene for half-dry leaves that do not fall?
Please help me because I care a lot about this plant, I wouldn't want it to die (it would be my first dead plant, among many).
I thank you for your availability,
Pachira wrinkled leaves: Answer: Pachira
Very kind Ilaria,
Thank you for contacting us about the question on Pachira through the "" Expert
Currently, not much information is available on this type of plant.
Le Pachira, Pachira aquatica also known as Bombax aquatica, is from the Bombacaceae family (like the Baobab), which reaches its natural state in the equatorial zones, high dimensions, but can also be cultivated in pots.
It is characterized by large (30 cm) and green leaves composed of 5-9 oval leaves. It also produces fragrant flowers with long, slightly pink pistils. It produces edible fruits in the period February - August (but in the country of origin Mexico and Central America). It is a fast-growing tree and reaches even 20 meters.
It should be treated as a classic green apartment plant.
Therefore the watering in the winter period must be reduced, water must not be created and leaf sprays must be done to compensate for the excessive dryness of the air given by the radiators turned on.
It must be positioned in illuminated places, it does not come into direct contact with the sun's rays, but neither in excessively shaded places. The fertilizations must be regular, bringing macro and microelements to avoid leaf yellowing. It is advisable to carry out periodical fertilizer additions even in winter, preferably complete with all the nutritional elements.
The Pachira aquatica is not particularly demanding in terms of soil, as long as it has excellent drainage (I would avoid peaty soils). It prefers fairly high temperatures, even if it bears, if kept dry, minimum temperatures of 12-14 ° C.
The combination of stagnation of water with low temperatures that causes yellowing and premature fall of the leaves is very dangerous.
The repottings are done every 2-3 years. In summer it can be placed outside, in bright but not too sunny positions (the ideal is an area exposed to the east where the sun beats in the morning).
His problem, a few leaves and dried and shriveled, can be mainly due to an incorrect intake of nutrients, and with regard to the small branches with leaflets it is advisable not to prune them in this period because they are in vegetative growth.