The money tree or pachira aquatica, is a plant with wide and slender foliage of a dark green. Easy to maintain and able to bloom indoors at any time of the year. It is one of the most requested and best-selling houseplants. This venerable shrub associated with many beliefs can grow to reach 2 meters indoors and 20 meters outdoors. Most often you will find it come with 5 braided stems. It symbolizes financial success in Chinese culture.
- Family: Bombaceae
- Type: shrub
- Origin: Mexico, Central America
- Color: green
- Exposure: bright light
- Flowering: throughout the year indoors
- Soil: potting soil
- Height: up to 20 meters in its natural environment
Location and location:
The ideal temperature for the money tree is around 20°C (68°F). However, it can withstand higher heat if its leaves are not exposed directly to the sun. Thus, the temperature of a house or apartment is ideal for growing pachira aquatica. If the temperature drops below 13°C (55°F), the plant’s growth will slow down and it should never be subjected to temperatures below 5°C (41°F). The ideal place to install your money tree is a place that receives a very bright light without having the direct rays of the sun. Absolutely avoid the proximity of a heat source such as a radiator.
During the summer and spring, the watering of the money tree is done regularly, but in a moderate way. The ideal is to water when the soil is dry on the surface. When the soil dries, do not wait too long before watering, especially during high temperatures since the plant may suffer. In winter, wait until the soil is dry for a few centimeters before watering again. Preferably, water the money tree with water at room temperature earlier than water that is too cold. The temperature difference could induce significant stress for the plant. If the leaves turn yellow, be sure to improve the drainage of your plant’s soil.
Repotting is essential if you want your plant to bloom again. The older and larger the plant, the more repotting is needed. In the early stages, repotting every 2 or 3 years is enough. Then it depends on the size of the shrub. When repotting, choose a pot with a slightly larger diameter and make sure that the bottom of the pot is pierced. Be careful, repotting in a pot that is too large will cause the roots to get lost in the soil and the plant may die.