Pachira aquatica, most commonly referred to as a Money Tree, is native to the marshes and rainforests of Mexico, Central and South America. Pachira aquatica makes for a versatile indoor plant; it can be kept small as a bonsai or grown into larger floor plants (in the wild Pachira can reach sixty feet in height). Pachira are grown both as a single thick stemmed plant and with a thinner braided stem that is popular in ornamental décor.
Care For Your Money Tree
The Money Tree prefers medium to bright indirect light and can adjust to most living spaces .
Water once a week allowing soil to drain and dry. If you have planters with good drainage we suggest deep infrequent waterings but if you don’t it’s okay. Yellow leaves are a sign of overwatering so start with small amounts and see how the plant reacts.
Similar to humans, plants including the Money Tree prefer temperatures of 65⁰ to 85⁰.
A very light feeder, apply a balanced houseplant fertilizer at half strength once every 1 - 3 months.
- Good Luck and Positive Vibes: Money Trees are rumored to bring good luck and prosperity to their owner. Practitioners of feng shui often use money trees to invite positive energy into living spaces.
- Can Grow Tall: In their natural habitat, money trees can grow up to 60 feet tall but don’t worry, as a houseplant they’ll only grow up to about seven feet over the years with a lot of love and care. If you notice yours is growing too tall you can acclimate it to become an outdoor plant.
- Native To Tropical Wetlands: As aquatic suggests, the money tree is native to Central and South American swamps. Although mostly grown in soil, you can decide to grow it in water but don’t make the mistake of replacing it once it is grown. Money trees grown in water are known to have softer leaves compared to ones grown in soil.