How to get rid of bugs on money tree

Money Trees and Pests: What To Do About Gnats, Bugs and Other Insects

Houseplants have become a decorating staple. Interior designers create must-have palettes of houseplants, similar to the way they pick paint colors. Money Trees, in particular, are a well-loved and popular choice. They are beloved by novice plant owners and also famished bugs. After you bring home your Money Tree, you may be wondering how so many insects can inhabit one plant. Do Money Trees really attract bugs and pests?

Do Money Trees attract bugs? Like all other plants, Money Trees are part of the natural food chain. Many bugs and pests will seek out a Money Tree’s sap to feed on as it provides nutrients for these insects. Other pests are attracted to the indoor conditions that Money Trees live in and stay for the free meal. 

At first, the thought of pests can freak out even the most advanced houseplant owner. But don’t worry, your Money Tree isn’t doomed to host infestations of biblical proportions. Since it is a houseplant, you can easily control the conditions to create a hostile environment for would-be pests.

The Most Common Money Tree Pests

When you first bought your Money Tree, you were hoping to have a potted piece of the tropics in your home. However, you did not sign up for the entire tropical ecosystem that has taken up residence in your Money Tree. Luckily, you can remedy this situation by identifying the issue and taking a few easy steps to exorcise the pesky pests.

While there are many pests and infestations that your Money Tree can have, we will go over the most common ones that you might experience. This is easy. No prior experience is needed to successfully debug your Money Tree.

It can be scary to find out that you have little vampires feeding on your Money Tree. Pests such as mealybugs, scales, aphids, spider mites, and whiteflies love to use your plant as a food source. They are primarily interested in the sap from your Money Tree.

Phloem sap is a favorite of these pests. This is what transports mineral elements, sugars, and nutrients from the roots to the leaves. These pests attach to stems and leaves and suck out the phloem sap while secreting “honeydew.” Honeydew is just a nicer term for the sweet, sticky poop these critters leave behind.

Fungus gnats, another common pest, aren’t interested in the leaves from your Money Tree. The babies will eat the roots of your Money Tree, while the adults dine on the fungus that has been growing in damp soil. 

There are two main groups of pests you will be dealing with. The first set is akin to Goldilocks. Your Money Tree provides climate conditions that are just right for them to live in, and they stay for the free food. Fungus gnats, spider mites, and whiteflies seek out your house and Money Tree for their comfy environment. 

The next group is going to be there if they get a chance. Mealybugs, soft brown scale, and aphids are equal opportunists. They aren’t specifically searching for your Money Tree, but they will invade if the opportunity strikes.

The good news is that most of these infestations use similar pest control methods. You can even take proactive steps to ensure your Money Tree is not a never-ending buffet.

Gnats: What To Do About Them

Have you watered your Money Tree only to notice a cloud of flies materializes out of nowhere? These are most likely fungus gnats. Fungus gnats can prove problematic for your Money Tree because their larvae eat the roots of your plant. These adult gnats live for about a week and can lay 300 eggs in the soil. The larvae hatch a few days later and commence their buffet on your Money Tree’s roots. Yuck!

This heavy feasting can stunt the growth of your Money Tree. You might notice the leaves wilting or turning yellow. Not to mention, it’s just gross to have flies buzzing around your house.

Fungus gnats are attracted to moist soil. This moist soil grows fungus that adult fungus gnats feed on. It is this condition that first brings adult fungus gnats to your Money Tree.

If you suspect you may have fungus gnats, here’s what to look for:

  • Small flies that resemble a mosquito.
  • Flies are about ⅛ of an inch long.
  • Fungus flies aren’t strong flyers. They won’t travel too far from your Money Tree. You’ll mostly notice them near windows and when you water your plant.
  • ¼ inch long larvae with a black head and a whitish/ see-through body.

To combat that infestation and shut down the buffet, there are a couple of things you need to do. First, make sure you are not overwatering your Money Tree. Remember, the soil needs to dry out between waterings. Allowing the top 2 inches of soil to dry will kill the fungus gnats’ larvae.

Next, double-check your tree is in the right sized pot. A pot that is too large will hold on to excess moisture, setting the perfect conditions for gnats. Your soil should be a well-draining soil similar to a cactus mix. Soils with more organic matter tend to hold on to moisture longer. Fungus gnats and their babies love this.

To get rid of these annoying pests, you could pair a biological pesticide with a yellow sticky card. Products like Mosquito Bits’ are hostile to fungus gnat larvae while safe for pets and people. This will kill the larvae from the inside while the yellow sticky cards will take care of the adult flies that buzz around your Money Tree like a garbage pile. Yellow happens to be their favorite color.

If you want to rid yourself of these adult gnats without killing them, consider making a small trap to catch the gnats and then releasing them outdoors. Place a piece of fruit at the bottom of a dish and cover it with plastic wrap. Puncture a few small holes with a pencil in the plastic wrap. The gnats will fly in to eat the fruit and won’t be able to get out. You can then take them outside, a safe distance from your houseplants, and let them go.

Red Spider Mites: What To Do About Them

Have you noticed your Money Tree seems to be getting an early start on decorating for Halloween with spider webs? This could be a sign of spider mites. Spider mites are a pest that shouldn’t be ignored. They can quickly kill your Money Tree by feasting on the sap of the leaves. These leaves curl, discolor, and ultimately fall off the tree.

Spider mites are attracted to the relatively dry conditions in your home, and the lack of predators doesn’t hurt either. Without this limiting factor, spider mites will quickly infest all nearby houseplants.

If you suspect a spider mite infestation keep an eye out for:

  • Spiderwebs concentrated on the leaves of your Money Tree.
  • Dusty looking leaves that look dry from afar.
  • Small holes in the leaves of the plant.
  • Tiny moving dots. Spider mites are too small to see clearly.

Once you are sure that your Money Tree has spider mites, immediately quarantine your plant until you’re certain the infestation is over. You will want to treat the infestation as quickly as possible. 

To treat, you can create a homemade insecticidal soap. Mix 1 tsp of mild soap with 1 liter of lukewarm water and spray this mixture on the leaves’ undersides. Use this instead of chemical-based pesticides as the mites will quickly adapt and survive additional chemical sprays.

To prevent future infestations, use a neem mix for maintenance. Add an extra 1 ½ teaspoons of neem oil concentrate to the above soap and water mix. Neem oil takes longer to be effective, so it makes a better preventative measure. Incorporate this into your regular Money Tree care.

Also, increasing the humidity around your Money Tree will deter future spider mites who love dry conditions. Mist your Money Tree, add a pebble tray, or turn on a humidifier to keep the humidity higher.

Whiteflies: What To Do About Them

After you bumped into your Money Tree, a white cloud materialized and then disappeared into your Money Tree. No, your favorite houseplant is not practicing to become a magician. You have a whitefly infestation. These tiny flies are so small that they can even fit through window screens! They seek out your home due to the warmer temperatures. Once you suspect you have them, you must move quickly because their population will explode.

Whiteflies, similar to aphids and scales, suck on the sap from your Money Tree and excrete honeydew. While these whiteflies may not spell certain death for your Money Tree, they rob your plant of vital nutrients, eventually retarding the growth. Again, with honeydew comes sooty mold. This mold isn’t harmful, but who wants mold in their house?

Try and catch these annoying little critters early before you inhale a few every time you pass by your Money Tree. Here are some telltale signs:

  • A white cloud of moth-like bugs emerges whenever you brush by a leaf. (If the white bugs didn’t fly, they would be mealybugs.)
  • They like to collect on the undersides of leaves.
  • They create sticky honeydew on your Money Tree and its surroundings.

Since adult whiteflies will flee if you slightly disturb them, you have to treat the younger flies attached to your tree and the adult escape artists separately. The insecticide soap we made for other bug infestations can be used for the juvenile bunch (1 tsp of mild soap with 1 liter of lukewarm water). Spray them with the soap focusing on the underside of the leaves. Catch their tricky parents with the yellow sticky cards. You can also gently take a vacuum to the adults if you want an immediate solution.

If you love finding ladybugs on your weekend hikes, they actually are great predators of whiteflies. You can buy live ones online to save you the time of finding and transplanting them. As with other infestations, a neem spray is a staple for preventing a whitefly takeover. You may not be able to prevent these tiny nuisances from entering your house, but you can be prepared.

Mealybugs: What To Do About Them

Your Money Tree seems to be growing a fuzzy coat on its leaves and stems. No, your plant is not gearing up for winter, it might be a mealybug attack. Mealybugs enjoy drinking the sap from your Money Tree. They prefer the new growth on your tree and tend to congregate around these areas, but they won’t turn down a meal on other parts of your plant.

Mealybugs are destructive because severe infestations can cause your Money Tree to wither and die. Heavy infestations also produce a large quantity of honeydew that promotes sooty mold fungus. This dark-colored fungus compromises your Money Tree’s photosynthesis ability. They are a type of scale.

Look out for these telltale signs of a mealybug problem:

  • Small white fuzzy bugs.
  • White cottony growths around leaf nodes and stems.
  • Leaves look shinier than usual due to honeydew.

To kill these critters immediately, you can take a cotton swab dipped in rubbing alcohol and soak them. You may have to repeat this a few more times to get rid of the infestation. Homemade insecticidal soaps work well with them also. Add a teaspoon of mild soap to a liter of water and spray your Money Tree.

For long term maintenance, use neem oil in your insecticidal mix. The soap and water combination won’t last past the spraying. Neem oil will deter these pests from returning.

Soft Brown Scale: What To Do About Them

Your Money Tree seems suddenly sticky to the touch. You notice the leaves are shinier and have a weird tackiness to them. Money Trees are resistant to many pests, but scales are a formidable enemy. It might be easy for a novice to assume the small little brown dots that have taken up residence on their plant are just part of it. 

The soft brown scale extracts the sap from your Money Tree, and like the mealybug, produces honeydew. Your Money Tree’s leaves will turn yellow and fall off in time from the lack of nutrients. The honeydew also attracts a host of other pests like ants that love to eat it. Black sooty mold grows from honeydew also and will cover the leaves of your Money Tree.

You can identify soft brown scale by looking for:

  • Small round brown growths on your Money Tree.
  • Round growths are hard to remove.
  • Sticky leaves from honeydew.
  • Pot or items below Money Tree are sticky.
  • Black sooty mold, indicative of honeydew.

The Soft Brown Scale is particularly hard to get rid of because they are like the armored tanks of Scales. Their hard bodies make them resistant to many pesticides and insecticides. Oil sprays can be used on these scales because it coats their hard shells and prevents them from breathing. You can buy ready-made oil sprays, like horticultural oil online.

The oil sprays are handy because they will also kill sooty mold that frequently accompanies these infestations. For best results, the horticultural oil should be sprayed when scales are in their crawler phase. They are more mobile then and softer. In this stage, they are more susceptible to sprays and insecticides. You will need to consistently spray your Money Tree for a month.

Aphids: What To Do About Them

Aphid populations seem to explode out of nowhere. They breed like rabbits to quickly infest your Money Tree. Their meal of choice is also the sap from your plant. 

These little insects can barely be seen with the naked eye, but produce enough honeydew to attract a parade of ants and sooty mold. Treat their infestation quickly to halt their population growth. While most cannot fly, they birth aphids with wings when they need to migrate to colonize your other houseplants.

Since they enjoy the younger greener parts of your Money Tree, if left to their own devices, you will notice curling, yellow leaves that are misshapen. This may stunt the future growth of your Money Tree.

Here is what you need to know to identify an aphid infestation:

  • Sticky honeydew on your Money Tree’s leaves, pot, or on the floor below.
  • Tiny, usually green pear-shaped insects with 2 long antennae and 2 tube-like structures on their rear.
  • They typically cluster together in groups on your plant.

Insecticidal soap also works for aphids. Use the above recipe for the insecticidal soap (1 tsp of mild soap with 1 liter of lukewarm water). Remove any parts of your Money Tree that are heavily infested with aphids. It may be easier just to remove these parts and treat the rest of your tree. Reapply the insecticidal soap every couple of days for 2 weeks.

Neem oil will work quickly on these soft-bodied insects. To prevent further infestations, use a horticultural oil during winter months to kill the aphid eggs that overwinter. Diatomaceous earth is also a great preventative. It is made from fossilized ocean organisms. When aphids walk over these sharp pieces, it cuts their bodies.

Tips On How To Avoid Bugs On Your Money Tree in The Future 

To prevent future infestations of these pests, you can take proactive steps to deter these takeovers. A little planning and new habits will save you from cleaning sticky honeydew off your floor while simultaneously choking on your whitefly cloud.

The first thing you need to be aware of is the condition you bring plants home in. When looking to adopt a new plant baby, thoroughly inspect its leaves, stems, and soil. Pick a plant that is pest-free to the best of your knowledge. Each new houseplant you introduce has the potential to infect your current houseplants, including your Money Tree.

Once your Money Tree is home, make sure the conditions aren’t too dry or too humid and stuffy. Insects that are quickly drawn to these conditions will be less likely to make the pilgrimage if your home isn’t a climatic fit.

Choose the correct pot size for your Money Tree. Pots that are too large encourage extra moisture retention that certain pests thrive in. Put well-draining cactus potting mix in your pot with a little extra perlite or other well-draining material. Since Money Trees require such deep watering, well-draining soil is essential to their root health. If you are concerned about nutrients, remember that you should routinely fertilize your Money Tree to keep it healthy.

Properly watering your Money Tree is critical in preventing some of these pests. Stick a finger into your Money Tree’s soil. Only water it when the top 2-4 inches are dry. When you do water, water it until you can see droplets of water coming out of the pot’s holes. After an hour, empty the pot saucer.

Money Trees love a good misting. Misting also deters pests from making your Money Tree their home. Add a bit of neem oil concentrate to your misting bottle. Neem is effective on most pests that your Money Tree will encounter, but it will need to be absorbed.

Neem oil is absorbed by your Money Tree and disperses to all the tissues of your tree. When pests attempt to feed, the neem oil stops them in their tracks and even prevents larvae from maturing. Neem oil interferes with mating and even suffocates some insects. Neem oil is the GOAT (greatest of all time) of pest management.

Neem is also one of the safest environmental choices you can make. It won’t accumulate in your soil or need to be washed off. Your kids and pets will be safe. 

To receive all these beneficial effects, use a neem soil drench once a month. To a quart of warm water, add a teaspoon of castile soap and a tablespoon of neem oil. Mix and use this to water your Money Tree.

The roots will absorb the neem and distribute it through its vascular system. This same recipe can be used to spray the leaves and stems. This little habit will guard against most infestations. Did I mention this concoction prevents mildew and root rot!

Does A Money Tree Attract Bugs? (Common Bugs+How To Get Rid Of Them) – Simplify Plants

The money tree is a popular house plant that is resilient and easy to care for. Like the other houseplants, even the money tree can attract bugs that can become a big problem if not treated on time.

Let’s find out more about the bugs that can attack your money tree and how to get rid of bugs from your money tree.

A healthy money tree doesn’t attract any bugs. However, if the living conditions are inappropriate, then the risk of bug infestation is relatively high. Overwatering, excess humidity, and improper ventilation are some primary culprits that attract bugs like spider mites, gnats, mealybugs, etc.

While some bugs attack the money tree to feed on the plant’s sap, other bugs get attracted if the plant is overwatered and is living in a low light condition.

Let’s understand more about the different kinds of pests that can attack the money tree and how to get rid of them.

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What are the common bugs that attack money trees?

The common bugs that infect the money tree are: 

  • Gnats
  • Whiteflies
  • Mealybugs
  • Spider mites
  • Aphids
  • Scales

Let’s study more about these bugs and find out how to identify them and the signs that can tell you that the pests infest your money tree. We will also discuss the ways of eliminating these stubborn pests.


If you notice tiny flies on your money tree, these are most probably are fungus gnats. If you have an overwatered money tree, it is likely to attract gnats. 

Since the soil remains moist, it develops fungus, and the fungus gnats feed on that.


  • Small flies that look like mosquitoes.
  • 2.5 mm long body.
  • Found near or on the soil of the money tree as they are weak fliers.
  • The larvae are 1/4 inch long with a black head and white transparent body. 


  • Wilting leaves
  • Yellow leaves
  • Stunted growth
  • Brown scars on roots


If you notice a white cloud near your money tree, the plant has a whitefly infestation. These bugs are incredibly tiny and populate very fast. 

These bugs suck on the sap of the plant and excrete honeydew. You might also notice mold along with this.


  • A cloud of white bugs is seen whenever you move or brush the leaves.
  • Found on the undersides of the leaves.
  • Create honeydew on and around the money tree.


  • Yellow spots
  • Stunted growth
  • Curling leaves
  • Powdery mold


If you notice a white and fuzzy substance on the leaves and stems of your money tree, then mealybugs have infested your money tree. These bugs also feed on the plant sap and excrete a large amount of honeydew and promote mold.


  • Fuzzy white bugs
  • Cottony substance around the stems and the nodes of the leaves.
  • Honeydew makes the leaves shiny.
  • Oval shaped
  • Brown or cream colored


  • Yellow leaves
  • Defoliation
  • Wilting
  • Stunted growth
  • Leaf drop

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Spider mites

Spider mites are hard to notice with naked eyes, but if you see web-like structures on your plant, you can guess that spider mites have infested the plant. Spider mites suck the nutrition out of the plant, making the leaves and stems weak. If the condition worsens, the plant can even die.


  • Extremely tiny brown or red spiders
  • Webs on the underside of leaves
  • Visible as tiny dots
  • Its eggs are not visible
  • Dust-like on the leaves 


  • Curling of leaves
  • Dry leaves
  • Weak plant
  • Dropping leaves
  • Brown spots on the foliage


Aphids can attack your money tree if the plant is placed in an area with high humidity. 

If you already have a plant infected with aphids and if the money tree was placed near it, the aphids might have interested the money tree from there as they can even come to the wind.  


  • Tiny green pests
  • Red, brown, or blue
  • Populates fast
  • Attacks new growth
  • Eggs look like tiny dogs


  • Stunted growth
  • Yellow leaves
  • Leaf drop
  • Deformed foliage
  • Sticky residue


Scales are tiny bugs that suck on the step of your plant and absorb all the nutrition from it. Unfortunately, scales can also invite ants. 

You will be able to identify scales only if you look closely at your money tree. 


  • Brown rounded lumps
  • Colors can vary from brown to white
  • Oval shaped


  • Yellow leaves
  • Stunted growth
  • Leaf drop
  • Deformed leaves
  • Brown marks on leaves

Why do money trees get bugs?

If pests have infested your money tree, you need to take action as soon as possible and eliminate the bugs before they kill your money tree.


Overwatering is a severe problem and can lead to pest infestation in the money tree. The money tree does not enjoy sitting in the water for long.

If the drainage system of the money tree is not working well, it can lead to overwatering. If the drainage holes under the pot are not letting the excess water drain out, the plant will end up sitting in the water for longer than required.

If the money tree is exposed to too much water, the roots fail to function correctly. Due to this, the plant is unable to absorb any moisture or nutrition and becomes weak.

This not only invites pests but also causes fungal and bacterial infections.

If overwatering is the problem, you need to: 

  • To check the drainage system and make sure that it is working properly.
  • The potting mix should be well-draining.
  • Avoid watering the wet soil and wait for it to get dry.
  • Please the plant in a bright environment where it gets 6 to 8 hours of indirect light.

High humidity

If your money tree is placed in an area with high humidity levels, it can increase the chances of pest infestation.

Giving the money tree more water than required can increase the humidity for the plant. Misting the money tree frequently can also increase the moisture for the plant.

Pests require a moist environment to thrive and grow. Therefore, plants that are placed in high humidity areas are vulnerable to pest infestation.

Lack of air circulation

Keeping the money tree in an area that has good airflow is good for the health of the plant. Good airflow does not allow the humidity levels to increase.

If there is good airflow around the plant, the soil will get dry quickly and will not remain moist. This is not the ideal condition for pests.

If your money tree lacks proper air circulation around it, it can be the reason behind pest infestation in the plant.

How to get rid of bugs on money tree?

If you notice bugs on your money tree, you should get rid of them as soon as possible. Otherwise, they might do some severe damage to the plant from which it will not recover.

Here is how to get rid of the bugs on the money tree:

Isolate the plant

Once you identify the pest infestation, and if your money tree is grouped with other plants, you will need to isolate it so that the other plants don’t get infected.

Prune the damaged parts

You need to get rid of the affected and damaged areas to allow the plant to recover faster.

Use sterilized pruners to prune the damaged leaves and make sure to dispose of them. Use gloves while pruning the money tree, or wash your hands thoroughly after disposing of the damaged parts of the plant.

Shower the plant

Showering the money tree is an excellent idea to get rid of the pests. During the initial stages of infestation, it can help get rid of the pests without using pesticides or miticides.

Wash the plant thoroughly so that the water reaches all parts of the plant.

Use organic miticides

You can use organic miticides to get rid of the pests, and these don’t cause any harm to the plant.

You can choose from any of the following options.

Neem oil: Mix 2 tsp of neem oil with 1 gallon of water and spray it all over the plant. Continue for two weeks to see results.

Rosemary oil: Use diluted rosemary oil or any other horticulture oil and spray it on the plant. The pungent smell will repel and kill the bugs.

Cinnamate: Dilute cinnamate and spray on the money tree every three to four days till the pests get killed. Cinnamate is non-toxic and safe to use on plants.

You can also use a commercial miticide that is organic. I prefer this one.

Use household chemicals

If you don’t have the above miticides available, you can use household chemicals.

Rubbing alcohol:

  1. Add rubbing alcohol to water with the 1:1 ratio.
  2. Spray it all over the plant and wash it with normal water.
  3. Use this regularly.

Dish soap: You can mix 1 tsp mild dish soap with 1-liter water. Spray it on the plant and wash it off with plain water. Keep doing this till the pests persist.


commercial pesticides

You can opt for commercial pesticides available in the market, but they often contain harmful chemicals that can have bad effects on the plant.

Before purchasing the pesticide, read the instructions carefully. Avoid getting a pesticide that can harm the plant.

Final Words

If you want to prevent the bugs from infesting your money tree, you need to avoid overwatering the plant and keep it in a bright spot where it will get enough indirect sunlight.

Use well-draining soil and a pot with working drainage holes so that the plant doesn’t get overwatered.

You can spray neem oil solution on the money tree every month to protect it from pests.

Reference: NYBG, WIKIPEDIA, CABI, Missouri Botanical Garden, Common insect pests and diseases.

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What is the money tree afraid of, or how to keep the fat woman healthy

Money tree (or fat woman) is considered a completely unpretentious plant with strong immunity. But crassula can suffer from pests and diseases due to unscrupulous care. Any ailment can be cured at no particular cost if it is detected at an early stage by identifying it by the signals that the plant gives. One of the most common signs is falling leaves.


  • 1 Who is the Crassula

    • 1.1 Video: Care for Tolstyanka

  • 2 Diagnostics of malaise

  • 2.1 Table: Causes of malaise of cash

  • 2.2 Photo gallery: Symptoms of malaise

    9000 3 Crassula treatment

    • 3.1 The plant turns yellow and sheds leaves

    • 3.2 The stem is stretched

    • 3. 3 Crassula grows slowly

    • 3.4 It decays the barrel, the leaves become soft or

    • 3.5 on the leaves appear black spots

    • 3.6 Sliding plant, its parts are dry

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    • 3.9 White dots or silver coating appeared on the leaves

  • 40007

    4.1 Damage to the fat mushroom

  • 4.2 Bacterial bacterial bacterials Lesson

  • 5 Insects-Vrediters

  • 5.1 shield

  • 5.24 9000 9000 9000 9000 9000 9000 9000 9000 municipal cup mealybug

  • 6 What to do to reanimate Crassula

  • 7 Video: how to make the Crassula bloom

  • Who is Crassula

    Crassula was born in South Africa, and got its name due to thick and fleshy foliage. It has many varieties and propagates in two ways: seeds and cuttings.

    Homeland Crassula - South Africa

    It is believed that this plant is able to purify the air in the room where it grows, as well as bring prosperity and material prosperity to the house. The fat woman is called the money tree and is referred to as a talisman plant.

    When keeping Crassula at home, you should be careful not to get direct rays on the foliage and stagnant air. The fat woman feels best on the southeast window in a regularly ventilated room. The plant tolerates the winter period perfectly on the southern windows, and in the warm season it prefers to be in the fresh air.

    Crassula feels good on a lighted window without direct sunlight

    Watering Crassula a couple of times a week, if there are hot days, and at a temperature of 18–23 ° C, one watering is enough. In autumn and winter, it is better not to keep Crassula near heating appliances, despite her tolerance for dry air.

    Crassula may not survive the direct sun or the scorching heat of the battery

    Feed the fat woman no more than twice a month in summer and once a month in winter. The ideal fertilizer for this plant will be something that suits cacti and succulents (only at a dosage halved). Any top dressing is applied to moist soil.

    Don't repot the fat lady too often. This should be done as a last resort, when the root system of the plant has already filled the pot. This usually happens every three years. As a soil for a fat woman, a mixture for cacti is suitable. The pot should be taken shallow, lay out a drainage layer at the bottom.

    Crassula's superficial root system makes it possible to grow it in shallow containers

    Video: Caring for the Crassula

    Diagnosis of ailments

    Under unfavorable conditions and inattentive care, diseases affect Crassula.

    Table: causes of ailments of the money tree

    Symptoms of ailments Causes of occurrence Elimination measures
    Leaves turn pale and fall Constant waterlogging of the soil. Insufficient watering. Irrigation with cold water. Excess nutrients. The consequence of stress and the desire to leave offspring as soon as possible. Reduce soil moisture or resume soft and moderate watering with warm settled water. Stop feeding for a month.
    Stretching stem Abundant watering in low light or during cold weather. Adjust watering frequency and average daily temperature. If the stem stretched out in winter, then dry it with an earthen ball, provide additional lighting and increase the temperature of the content to 23–25 o C.
    Red spots on foliage Bacterial outbreak. Remove affected leaves. Treat the plant 2-3 times with a complex antibacterial preparation (for example, Fitosporin-M) with an interval of 10 days.
    Slow growth Lack or excess of nutrition. Water scarcity. Poor lighting. Rest period. It is necessary to adjust watering, fertilizing and lighting intensity (provide additional illumination of the fat woman up to 10 hours a day).
    Stem rot If the plant has not returned to normal after a drying period, transplanting will not help. In this case, the fat woman can be saved only by rooting the surviving cuttings.
    Leaf yellowing Lack of light. It is necessary to provide the plant with bright diffused light for 10-12 hours a day.
    Leaf softener Irregular irrigation. If the drying of the earthy clod does not work, then a transplant is required. The roots should be freed from rot, washed in a solution of potassium permanganate and only then transplanted into a new soil.
    Black spots Sunburn. The plant begins to turn black due to a fungal infection, which appears due to poor ventilation of the room and waterlogging of the soil. Shade a fat woman or treat with Fundazol (10 g per 10 liters of water). Reduce watering, provide the plant with an influx of fresh air.
    White dots Crassula is full of moisture, which she receives not only from the soil, but also from the air. Therefore, it evaporates excess water on the surface of the foliage, opening the pores. Irrigation needs to be adjusted and air humidity needs to be reduced.
    Leaf reddening Exposure to direct sunlight. Lack of fresh air. Few nutrients. Shade the plant if it is in a sunny position. If, along with redness, the leaves are also wilted, then the fat woman is starving and needs to be fed.
    Silver coating The plant has survived the stress and is recovering. Powdery silver pollen on the leaves is a sign of "pushing out" of dead cells. This symptom does not provide any action. The fat woman will renew itself.
    Leaves shrunken Heavy bay after a long drought. Such fluctuations in the condition of the soil harm the plant, it becomes stressed and dies. The first symptom of problems is wrinkling of the leaves.
    Dry brown spots Insufficient watering. Crassula should be watered regularly with warm and settled water until the soil dries out 3–5 cm deep.
    The plant is drying up With dry leaves, the plant can signal both waterlogging of the earthen clod and the fact that the roots have filled the entire pot, and it's time to transplant. When such symptoms appear, it is necessary to inspect the root system and at the same time dry the earthen ball. If the plant is cramped in the old pot, then it needs to be transplanted.

    Photo gallery: symptoms of malaise

    Withering of the trunk of the crassula may occur due to its death during flooding Drying out of the soil provokes the appearance of dry brown spots on the foliage
    Excessive watering leads to rotting of the stem Sunburn can easily be confused with a disease
    Softening of foliage and branches can occur
    Black spots on the crassula may be a sign of fungus. 0118 Crassula treatment

    In almost all cases of illness, the plant can be saved. It is important not to start the situation and take the necessary measures in time.

    The plant is turning yellow and shedding leaves

    One of the most common problems that a cultivar grower faces is leaf fall. There may be several reasons for this. The main one is improper watering.

    Irrigation with cold water can kill the plant. Problems may arise due to differences in air and soil temperatures. Dampness in cold conditions provokes not only leaf fall, but also the appearance of mold and the reproduction of fungus, so you need to water the plants with warm settled water, always taking into account the temperature of the environment.

    Incorrect watering of the plant can lead to the loss of foliage

    The stem is stretched

    When there is not enough light, the plant suffers from a lack of nutrition, because it receives it not only through the soil, assimilating the roots, but also through the leaves, through photosynthesis. As a result, when there is little lighting, and the fat woman receives watering in the amount of the norm, the growth of the body accelerates, and the plant does not have time to develop and stretches upwards with all its might to the light source. Therefore, to form a beautiful bush, you need to put the plant in a well-lit place. But do not forget that shading from direct sunlight is required.

    Lack of light with abundant watering will unsightly stretch the stem of the Crassula

    Crassula grows slowly

    This problem does not have an unambiguous solution. If the development of the fat woman is too slow, you need to think about the correct mode of watering, lighting and top dressing. During the dormant period, the plant must be provided with proper conditions.

    Stem rots, leaves become soft or shriveled

    Excessive water in the soil causes these symptoms. The first step is to dry the clod of earth well. You may have to transplant the fat woman into a new soil. However, you need to be prepared for the fact that the plant will not be able to recover. Then the output will be the propagation of Crassula with the help of healthy cuttings.

    Crassula leaves shrivel due to heavy flooding after a drought

    If Crassula has been on a lighted window for a long time without watering, then you should not immediately rush to water it. The fact is that the roots of the plant wrinkled and dried up without moisture, and after the newly received water they will begin to straighten out. If you give them more moisture than they can absorb in this state, the roots will crack, and in a new environment, too damp, they may rot. It is not surprising that the leaves of a flooded flower shrivel after a drought.

    Black spots appear on the leaves

    Florists often confuse bacterial spot with sunburn. Distinguishing these spots is easy if you understand the nature of their occurrence. The burn always occurs locally, that is, in the place where the beam was directed, and does not spread in any way after the disappearance of solar exposure. Dark spots resulting from a bacterial infection gradually capture the leaf blade.

    For treatment against bacteria and fungi, it is very effective to use Fitosporin-M. One part of the substance is thoroughly dissolved in two parts of water, and then the resulting mixture is diluted again with water already 10 times, and the fat woman is treated with this solution along the foliage.

    The plant is sluggish, parts of it are drying out

    A plant withering may indicate that the roots are already cramped in the pot. This means that it is time to transplant the crassula. Do it better in the spring. Of course, if the plant is sick and is in danger of death, then you can’t wait. In addition, a drying plant signals an incorrect watering regime - excessive or insufficient.

    The leaves turn red

    The change in color of the leaves from green to reddish is a reason to shade the jade from the sun. The foliage also acquires such a shade with a lack of fresh air (then the room needs to be aired daily) and nutritional deficiencies.

    Excess light and lack of fresh air leads to reddening of the leaves

    The roots darken and rot

    systems. To do this, after removing the plant from the pot, thoroughly rinse the roots under warm running water, and then, after carefully examining the processes, remove the damaged areas. After the plant has only healthy roots left, dip them for 15–20 minutes in a light raspberry solution of potassium permanganate for disinfection.

    In order to avoid the development of a bacterial infection and fungus, which could also cause the root system to get sick, it is recommended to plant a fat woman only in treated and disinfected soil and a pot. To do this, the earth is calcined in the oven for an hour at 200 about C, and the pot is doused with boiling water, steam or rinsed with a cool solution of manganese or a 20% solution of whiteness.

    White dots or a silvery coating appeared on the leaves

    Light dots indicate that the plant is oversaturated with water. In this case, it is necessary to dry the earth by reducing watering. A silvery coating is a sign that the plant has experienced stress and is now recovering. No measures other than proper care should be taken.

    A silvery coating on the leaves of the crassula indicates recovery from stress

    Why the fat woman is sick and how to deal with it

    There are also dangers arising from the activity of fungi or bacteria that love dampness and cold. Plants with weak immunity are especially susceptible to them.

    Crassula infection by a fungus

    Fungi and bacteria are the most common causes of ailment in Crassula. Provoke their appearance can be an excess or lack of air or soil moisture, air temperature or lighting.

    The most vulnerable period of time for Crassula is winter, when daylight hours are short. In addition, temperature fluctuations are constant in houses due to the low temperature outside the window, combined with the operation of the heating system.

    The fungus affects immunocompromised plants

    Crassula may be affected by soft rot or gray rot caused by fungi. At the same time, brown spots appear on plant tissues, which increase with time and eventually cover the entire plant. It is necessary to transplant Crassula into new soil in time or root healthy cuttings (when the disease is not yet at an advanced stage). Otherwise, the rot will quickly spread throughout the bush and the plant will die.

    Stop the spread of putrefactive lesions can be a sharp reduction in watering and increased ventilation. The affected areas near the bush are cut off, and the wounds are disinfected with potassium permanganate, brilliant green or an alcohol solution. After processing, the sections are powdered with ash or crushed coal.

    Crassula infection with bacteria

    Identification of the bacterial infection of Crassula is very problematic, since the external symptoms of the disease are practically indistinguishable from fungal ones.

    Symptoms of bacterial and fungal diseases are similar.

    Rot caused by bacteria is treated with fungicides. This is followed by a series of antibiotic treatments on the foliage using penicillin or gentamicin. Penicillin has no toxic effect on plants even in severe doses. Therefore, you can not be afraid to destroy a fat woman, especially since injections will be the most effective help for her, and it is better to contact specialists with this question.

    Insect pests

    Plant parasites are something that any houseplant breeder, including the owner of a money tree, faces. Dealing with pests is much easier than dealing with bacteria or fungi.

    Scale insect

    Scale insect is quite easy to detect: on the surface of the leaf and stem, you can see light brown tubercles or spots with a yellow tinge.

    It's easy to fight her. Insects are harvested by hand, and then the plant is treated with soapy water or Fitoverm. This bio-remedy must be used according to the instructions, it is safe for humans and plants, but extremely effective against plant pests.

    Scale insect on the Crassula leaves clear signs of its presence

    Spider mite

    Spider mite is a very small insect that causes colossal damage to the plant. Despite their small size, the tick can be seen with the naked eye. It looks like a small gray or red dot, which is in constant motion. A striking manifestation of a tick attack is a web that envelops the leaves of a fat woman, as well as yellowing or browning of the leaves.

    Spider mite leaves visible traces on the occupied plant

    Having found a mite on a crassula, you should immediately spray the plant and immediately put a bag on the jade, tightening it on the pot. In conditions of high humidity, the tick will die. Other means to combat the pest will be a soap solution or Apollo preparation.


    This is a fairly frequent visitor to the Crassula. He loves to settle down on the roots and in the axils of the leaves, eating plant tissues and gradually weakening the immunity of the bush. In addition, it also spoils the appearance of Crassula, covering the greens with mealy secretions resembling cotton wool.

    Mealybug on Crassula is visible to the naked eye

    The mealybug is easily washed off the foliage with a jet of water. After getting rid of insects, the crassula is treated with a cotton swab dipped in an alcohol solution or garlic infusion. Preparations Fufanon and Aktellik also do a good job with the pest.

    Root bug

    Root bug settles on the roots of the Crassula. Finding it there is not easy. This usually happens during the spring transfer of the plant to another pot.

    When attacking a mealybug, the roots of the plant should be washed under running water (temperature 50 ° C), and then the root bundle should be treated in a solution of Fufanon or Aktellik (twice with an interval of 7-8 days).

    Root bug develops its activity inside the root system

    What to do to reanimate Crassula

    The most common problem in keeping Crassula is rotting of the trunk. Having at his disposal a beautiful mini-tree with fleshy foliage, the beginner, apparently, succumbs to the false impression that such greens should be fed intensively, and begins to mercilessly flood the crassula.

    Meanwhile, if you don't let the soil in which Crassula grows dry out, excess moisture at the root collar will cause tissue rot and the stem will separate from the roots. In this case, it is impossible to reanimate the plant.

    The bay of the plant leads to the death of the trunk of the crassula

    The only way to save the plant is by rooting the cuttings. To do this, you need to perform a certain algorithm of actions.

    1. The plant must be carefully examined and healthy cuttings of at least 10-12 cm should be selected.
    Crassula cuttings must be healthy and strong
    1. Selected cuttings are carefully separated from the mother plant and left to lie down for a day at room temperature for drying. The branches are rooted in water. First, their trunk is exposed, clearing the leaves. Cuttings standing in water should not be in the bright sun, they will be more comfortable in partial shade. By the third week, the plants will be ready to be moved to a separate pot.
    Crassula cuttings will quickly take root in water
    1. To transplant a rooted branch into a pot, prepare a container: wash the pots in hot water and soap, and then disinfect in a strong solution of potassium permanganate. The container should not be large, as it is a transshipment point for the cutting.
    The container for the cutting should be commensurate with the shoot.
    1. A drainage layer of expanded clay 7–8 cm is laid out on the bottom of the pot, and up to half of the container is covered with a mixture of equal parts of river sand and soddy soil. With a pencil in a pot of soil, make a hole of 2-3 cm, where the cutting is carefully placed. Not reaching the edge of the pot 2 cm, add the remaining soil mixture. The stalk is watered with settled water at room temperature. Each subsequent moistening is carried out only after the earthen clod has dried.
    Improper watering can cause cuttings to rot.

    A young plant should not be moved to another location until fully rooted in the soil and finally transplanted.

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    It has long been a stereotype that the fat lady is one of the most unpretentious plants. Despite the resistance of Crassula in relation to many factors, it can fall ill due to the elementary inattention of the grower. Timely measures taken will save the plant.

    • Author: ZveTana Annvil