Fast-Growing Tropical Houseplant
|Botanical Name:||Pachira Aquatica|
|Common Name:||Money Tree|
|Light:||Bright Indirect Light|
|Watering:||Water when compost feels dry. Drain excess water|
|Feeding:||Once per month in the growing season|
|Humidity:||Misting regularly recommended|
|Room:||Bedroom, living room or office|
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Pachira Aquatica is a fast-growing tropical houseplant with braided stems and large oval-shaped fresh green leaves.
Pachira is native to the swamps of Central and South America, hence its scientific name ‘aquatica’. It’s an easy-care plant with an extraordinary look because of its woody twisted stems – something you don’t see on many other houseplants. As it ages, its twisted stems get taller, fatter, and even more entwined.
A more common name for Pachira aquatica is Money Tree because it’s considered good luck. The locked-together stems and fived lobed leaves are said to bring good fortune and prosperity in Feng Shui. This makes Money Tree a very popular housewarming or wedding present, but equally, it’s a great gift for yourself.
It suits most rooms of the house, purifies your air, and isn’t toxic. If you want a low maintenance unusual houseplant then a Money Tree will suit you down to the ground.
How To Water and Feed Pachira Aquatica
Despite having native roots in swamps, Money Tree doesn’t need lots of water. It’s best to place it in a sink of water and let it soak up what it needs when the compost feels dry.
After a few hours let it drain freely, mist the leaves to wash away dust build-up, and pop it back into the display pot.
Regular misting helps light absorption and creates a humid, swamp-like atmosphere that’ll make a Money Tree feel right at home.
It grows very quickly, so feed it every three to four weeks in the summer with a diluted houseplant fertiliser. It won’t need food or much water in the winter.
How Much Light Does Pachira Aquatica Need?
Money Tree needs bright indirect light. Too little light and it will get leggy or refuse to grow, but direct light will burn its tropical leafy foliage.
Where to Put Pachira Aquatica
The best place is a windowsill that’s bright but not in the sun’s direct glare. A desk, shelf, or table near a window is a good bet too.
Avoid radiators in winter because the hot air is drying to foliage and creates brown tips. Anywhere drafty should be avoided too. This is a tropical, swampy plant that likes humidity and warmth.
Money Tree is known for its tough nature and ability to survive indoors without too much fuss. Be careful to drain its roots well after a soak and avoid the hot sun.
If you can manage that then Pachira aquatica will bring you years of luck.