Money Tree with Brown Leaves


I was wondering if you would be able to help me…I’ve had my money tree for just over 2 years now. It’s never given me any issues but I’ve noticed this winter that the tips of the leaves are browning and some of the leaves are turning a pale green. I tried reducing the amount of times I water it but I don’t know if that’s making a difference. I leave the soil to dry out but then I don’t know if I should water it because I’ve read online that brown leaf tips can be caused by overwatering. However, I still have new growth shoots coming up still.


Thank you for contacting the Toronto Master Gardeners regarding browning leaves on your Money Tree (Pachira aquatica).  The two key things to consider are water and light. You are correct that overwatering can cause leaf tips to brown but under watering can also cause leaf changes.  It is notable that some of the leaves are turning pale green.  Yellowing leaves on a Money Tree can be related to overwatering.

Money trees like bright, indirect light – so near a bright window but not in direct sun.  Rotating the plant every few days or weekly to ensure all aspects of the plant receive light exposure over time is recommended.

Money trees are tropical plants that naturally grow in wet areas.  However, if too wet they can develop root rot and nutrient uptake from the soil will be impeded.  Monitoring the soil will help to determine watering frequency.  There is no set watering schedule but in general deep yet infrequent watering is best.  Let the top 2-4 inches of soil dry out and then water.  The plant pot should have good drainage holes.  Water thoroughly, stopping when water begins to drain from the bottom of the pot.  If the pot has a tray underneath, ensure there is no standing water left in the tray.

It is encouraging that you are continuing to see new plant growth.  Sometimes browning / yellowing leaves are just older growth.  They can be clipped off as the new growth comes up.

You may be interested in general information from the Missouri Botanical Garden regarding general instructions for watering indoor plants.

All the best for continued enjoyment of your Money Tree!