Pachira Aquatica(Money Tree)
If you saw a money tree, or Pachira aquatica, in its native habitat of Central and South American swamps, you probably wouldn’t recognize it. The tree can grow up to 60 feet tall (versus a max of 3 to 6 feet indoors), and that ubiquitous braided trunk isn’t a natural feature. When grown in a nursery, the supple young, green trunks are slowly braided by cultivators before they harden and turn woody.
- Reviews (0)
To avoid root rot, a money tree needs a sandy, peat-moss-based soil and a pot with good drainage. Although it likes
humidity in general, you should let its soil dry out between watering. A good schedule for most environments is to
water when the top 2-4 inches of soil are dry. Water thoroughly, until water flows out the drainage holes of the pot,
and pour out the excess from the tray so that the roots don’t sit in water.
During the growing season, fertilize once a month with a liquid plant food at half strength, but skip fertilizer in the
Origin: Wetlands in Central and South America
Height: Up to 10 ft (3 m) tall
Light: Find a bright spot for your money tree, out of direct sunlight, which can scorch its leaves. It thrives under fluorescent light, making this small tree an ideal office plant.
Water: Money tree plant likes water in big gulps. Water thoroughly, until water comes out the drainage holes in the bottom of the pot, then allow the top 1-2 inches (2.5-5 cm) to dry out between waterings. Avoid getting water on the trunk, which causes stem rot. Water less in winter.
Humidity: Moderate to high. Try to keep the relative humidity at 50% or higher. Set the pot on a tray of wet pebbles to raise the humidity around it.
Temperature: Average room temperatures 60-75°F/16-24°C;
Soil: Use a peat moss-based potting mix with perlite or sand added for good drainage.
Fertilizer: Feed every 2 weeks in spring and summer with a balanced liquid fertilizer diluted by half.
Propagation: Seeds or stem tips. Take stem tip cuttings in spring, with at least 2 leaf nodes attached. Dip the cut end in rooting hormone powder then place it in moist potting mix. Be patient — it can take several weeks to root.