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Pachira with crumpled new leaves

Question: pachira with crumpled new leaves

hello and congratulations to the full site of the network ... I wanted to know what could be the causes that bring my pachira to give birth to the new crumpled leaves ... thank you in advance for your help!

Answer: pachira with crumpled new leaves

Dear Christian,
the first thing I think of when I see new small leaves and crumpled growth is humidity: a plant in full development, which receives little water (in the air or in the ground) tends to suffer and produce an asphyxiated foliage, of dimensions reduced and more or less crumpled. In the case of the pachira it is not a plant that needs large amounts of water, but especially when it produces new shoots, it is good to water it regularly, avoiding however to leave the soil completely wet, soaked with water. In addition to the humidity provided with the watering, it is important that the plants also enjoy the correct environmental humidity; often at home, due to an air conditioner or heating system, the air is excessively dry, and the plants suffer; in this regard, in summer it is advisable to move the plants outdoors, exposed to the elements, or it is possible to vaporize the leaves, or place a cold humidifier close to the pots, to increase the free humidity in the air. But the crumpled leaves can also be due to other problems: for example aphids and leafhoppers, which prefer young and tender leaves, where they nest and lay eggs; the young insects pierce the leaves and suck their lymph, causing a deformed development, characterized by boils and points where they bend and seem to twist. In that case, however, you should see the bugs with the naked eye, perhaps not directly on the leaf, but between the folds that formed during its strange and crumpled development. Try to take a leaf and break it, looking among the ravines, if you see insects it is good to treat the plant with a systemic product, which enters the circle in all the leaves, to definitively eradicate the insects that have attacked it. It could also be a problem related to fertilization: potted plants should be repotted every 2-3 years, and fertilized every year; this is because the soil in the pot is little and the plant could have consumed all the mineral salts present over the months. So, at least once every 15 days, provide a balanced fertilizer, for houseplants or potted plants, avoiding excesses; avoid fertilizing the plants in the middle of winter, or risks that the minerals are deposited in the soil without being used by the plant.