How To : Care for the Pachira Aquatica [The Money Tree]

How To : Care for the Pachira Aquatica [The Money Tree]

Here at SproutSouth, we sell a large variety of houseplants and indoor plants for your pleasure. One of our most commonly searched plants is the money tree, also known as the Pachira Aquatica. In this article, we'll share with you SproutSouth's guide to taking care of the money tree. 

The Pachira Aquatica, also known as the Guiana Chestnut, or more commonly, the Money Tree, is originally native to central and South America. The Money Tree is a braided tree that can grow up to 6-8 feet indoors, or you can train it as you would a bonsai, and force the tree to remain small.

The Money Tree is often used by those who practice Feng Shui to bring positive energy into one's home. It is considered a lucky plant that brings good fortune and good energy. Because of this, this plant makes an excellent housewarming or hostess gift. 

What type of soil should I use with the Money Tree?

This exotic indoor houseplant prefers well-draining soil. Well draining soil prevents root rot and having solid soil will keep your indoor plants healthy and looking great for years to come. These indoor live plants grow well at bright to medium light levels, and will do best if you allow the soil to dry completely to the touch between waterings. A hearty houseplant, this plant is hard to kill.

 

How often should I water my Money Tree Plant?

You should aim to water the money tree weekly, as it is a water-loving plant. It can tolerate lots of water, but you need to make sure that your planter has a drainage hole as sitting in water for long periods of time isn't good for any plant. You should water the plant until water drains out of the bottom each time you water it. Every time you water your Money Tree, you should rotate it so that the plant grows evenly upward in the same direction and that all the leaves get ample light.

 

What type of light should I use for my Money Tree?

The Money tree plant prefers bright, indirect sunlight. This plant will learn to tolerate growing bulbs, but preferably should always have a natural source of light for at least part of the day. 

 

We hope our guide to the Money Tree, AKA the Pachira Aquatica, has provided some help to you. You can purchase your very own money tree directly from us in our plant section.