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What should I do if one money tree trunk dies?

The money tree is extremely adaptable to most conditions, making it a fabulous indoor plant. However, things can still go wrong. Why do stems on the braided trunk die, and how can you help the tree recover?


Dehydration is one way the stem can die. If the stem is too dry for too long it begins to shrivel. Each trunk of the money tree is an individual plant, so when there’s not enough water, each plant has to compete for resources and this typically results in one of the plants (or trunks) dying. By the time you notice, it’s often too late to save the dried-out stem, but it is possible to save the other few money tree stems. Read on for money tree trunk revival tips.


The second cause of a money tree’s stem dying is it being overwatered. This can cause root or crown rot, which can be extremely damaging or fatal. Money trees can handle more water than most houseplants, however, if the roots sit in water for too long it can cause them to turn brown and mushy. You can tell if the money tree is suffering from root rot if the leaves begin to wilt, discolor, or drop, if you notice a rotting smell from the soil, or if the base of the stem is soft and mushy.

How To Remove A Dead Money Tree Trunk

If one of your money tree stems is dead, don’t worry! You can still save the other stems before they decline, too.

First, you will need to separate the dead stem from the other stems. You should be able to accomplish this with your hands and some patience. It can also be helpful to have a pair of pruners to cut the dead stem into chunks as you carefully unravel it from the living stems. If you do use pruners, make sure that they are sterilized between cuts as a contaminated tool can spread disease. Shop different tools in the Bloomscape Care Tools shop.

Watch Your Watering

Going forward, make sure to test the soil and water when 50-75% of the soil volume has dried out. Water thoroughly until you see water flow out of the drainage hole and discard any excess water in the saucer.

Need more help?

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