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How to Repot a Money Tree [Easy Steps]

Repotting a Money Tree is a significant event, as it demands a luxurious space to accommodate its root growth and ensure its prosperity.

Generally, Money Tree requires repotting every two to three years in the early spring. You need to unpot the plant, prune the decayed roots, and insert them in the new bigger terracotta pot with a well-draining potting mix.  

Follow this article till the end for quick and failproof tips to repot your Money Tree.

How often to Repot Money Tree (Pachira Aquatica)?

Repotting is stressful for your Money Tree as the plant faces transplant shock, resulting in stunted growth.

Unlike other plants that demand yearly repotting, Money Tree will be happy if you repot it every 2-3 years or longer.

Always repot your Money Tree in the early spring or summer but avoid it in winter as it enters dormancy.

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Money Tree likes permeable potting soil mix and well-draining pots.

If your Money Tree shows these signs, there may be a hint to repot your plant immediately.

  • The overgrown roots of your Money Tree and emerging rooted from drainage holes 
  • Plant leaves turning yellow, brown or curling  
  • No sign of growth
  • Water running through the pot straight when irrigating

You must relocate your plants occasionally, even if they are not suffering from any condition.

How to Repot a Money Tree?

Though being rootbound, Money Tree keeps growing and reaches a height of 8 feet indoors. You need not delay repotting the plants if the pot has cracked or shows other sick symptoms. 

  • Irrigate your Money Tree a week before repotting and prepare a new container 1 inch bigger than the plant with multiple holes.
  • Invert the pot, tap it from the base until the plant safely escapes, and analyze the rootballs for tangled, mushy, and dark roots.
  • Rinse the plant in water to separate the tangled roots and discard the infected parts.

You can trim some of the root growth of the Money Tree but remember not to cut more than 25% of the roots.

  • Pour the Money Tree soil or potting mix into the new container, place the tree at the top of the mixture, and gradually fill it, ensuring the top of the rootballs is 1 inch below the rim.
  • Mix the potting soil with the appropriate peat, pine bark, and vermiculite ratio. For cheaper options, use the homemade potting mix.
  • Place the plant in a cool area with bright and indirect sunlight after repotting to prevent transplant shock.
  • Mist the plant regularly, or use the bottom watering method.
Always use sterile equipment for pruning the damaged roots to prevent further infection. Also, ensure you provide the following plant care after repotting and transplanting Money Tree. 
Methods to care your Money tree after repotting.
Never keep your Money Tree at frequently opening doors or ventilation; otherwise, the plant may lose leaves.

FAQs Regarding Money Plant Repotting

How do you water a money tree after repotting?

You need to water your Money Tree once 2-3 times every month after repotting or transplanting. Or check it by sticking your fingers on the pot; the 2-4 inches dry soil requires water. 

How do you encourage the growth of a Money Tree?

You must provide 8 to 12 hours of indirect bright light, a temperature of 65-85ºF, and water 1-2 weeks, with humidity of 50 to 75%.

Also, offer well-draining soil with 6.0-7.0 pH and monthly balanced fertilizer to boost growth. 

Can I plant a Money Tree in regular potting soil?

You must use sandy peat-moss-based soil while planting Money Tree; otherwise, it may face many issues and eventually death.

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Offer Care After Repotting 

After repotting, even the slightest environmental change may trigger the transplant shock.

In such cases, examine the plant as it will be susceptible to pest infestation. Also, give your plant weeks to adjust and regularly water the plant.