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Money Tree Scorched Leaves (What to Do & Preventive Measures)

Just when you think the rainy season is over, wham! The peak of summer hits you with a string of scorching hot days. It’s exhausting, isn’t it?

Your money tree is feeling it too, bravely enduring the intense sunlight and dry conditions.

Take a closer look, and you might notice issues like brown leaves or even think, “Is my money tree dying?” Most of the time, what you’re seeing is leaf scorch.

To spare you the worry over your precious green friend at home, it’s best to take preventive measures. In this post, I’d like to share some strategies and prevention tips for avoiding and dealing with leaf scorch in your money tree. If you’re struggling with leaf scorch, this advice should come in handy.

What Are the Symptoms of Leaf Scorch in Money Trees?

If your Money tree has leaf scorch, you’ll notice the leaves start to fade, turning from green to yellow or yellowish-green. They might even appear translucent.

Keep an eye out for these signs and check your plant regularly. In some cases, the leaves may even turn somewhat white.

As the leaf scorch progresses, parts of the Money tree leaves will die off. If left unattended, the plant will lose vitality and weaken.

What Causes Leaf Scorch in Money Trees?

Direct Sunlight The main culprit for leaf scorch in Money tree is direct sunlight. When the strong direct sun hits the plant for too long, the leaves will discolor.

This isn’t just limited to Money tree; all houseplants, succulents, vegetables, and flowering plants can get leaf scorch.

If you’ve been raising your Money tree indoors and suddenly move it outdoors into direct sunlight, be careful—it’s at risk of leaf scorch.

Even if your Money tree has been accustomed to direct sunlight, the intense summer UV rays can still cause leaf scorch.

High Temperatures Money tree can also suffer from leaf scorch if exposed to high temperatures, especially if you move an indoor plant suddenly to the outdoors.

If you plan on moving your Money tree outside, start during the milder times of day, like mornings or evenings, and gradually acclimate it to avoid abrupt temperature changes.

While direct sunlight and high temperatures are the primary causes of leaf scorch, cold damage can also lead to leaf scorch. So, if you’re cultivating your Money tree outdoors in colder conditions, be cautious.

How to Prevent Leaf Scorch in Money tree

Move Its Location 

If you’re growing a Money tree indoors, the first thing you should do is switch up its location and observe any changes. Chances are, it’s getting too much direct sunlight.

Try to place it somewhere it’s shielded from strong light, like behind a lace curtain or in a bright but shaded area.

If you’re growing Money tree outdoors, move it to a spot where it won’t get direct sunlight. During the summer, when UV rays are intense, I recommend bringing your Money tree indoors.

Mist the Leaves 

Misting the leaves can help your Money tree cope better with high temperatures and prevent leaf scorch. I do this regularly and it works like a charm!

Use a Shade Net 

If you’re growing Money tree outdoors or can’t move its location indoors, consider using a shade net. It’ll offer your plant some much-needed protection.

What to Do If Your Money Tree Has Leaf Scorch? 

If your Money tree ends up with leaf scorch, unfortunately, those leaves won’t recover. Leaving them poses a risk of further damage, so it’s best to cut off the scorched parts.

If only a section of the leaf is scorched, you can also opt to remove just that part.

Remember How to Care for Money tree to Prevent Leaf Scorch 

It would be such a waste to see the leaves of your carefully nurtured Money tree get scorched. So make sure to take proper preventive measures while cultivating it.

Once a leaf gets scorched, there’s no going back, so be diligent and keep these tips in mind as you nurture your Money tree.

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