☘ Origin: Central and South America.
☘ Botanical Name: Pachira Aquatica, Guiana Chestnut
☘ Family: Malvaceaeis
☘ Common Name: The Money Tree
Symbolism: The braided trunk of the Money Tree is said to be able to trap fortune within its folds. The five leaves typically found on a stalk are said to represent the five elements of balance: earth, fire, water, wind, and metal. Finding a stalk with seven leaves is incredibly rare and also said to bring immense luck to the owner.
Position your Money Tree in medium to bright indirect light, turning it every time you water it for even growth and leaf development. This plant will also adapt and do well under fluorescent lights.
Prefers deep but infrequent watering. To prevent root rot, make sure your plant is never standing in water. Let the top 2”- 4” (5-10cm) of the soil dry out between waterings. Your Money Tree requires less water in the winter months, when growth slows.
Prefers a bit of extra humidity so make sure you increase the humidity in the winter months with a pebble tray or a humidifier. It will also appreciate regular misting year round.
Feed once a month in the spring and summer when it is producing new leaves with a water-soluble, well-balanced plant food. No fertilizer is necessary during the winter when plant growth naturally slows. Always make sure the soil is damp before applying any fertilizer.
This plant is safe for pets, according to the ASPCA.
Try not to move your Money Tree very often, they prefer to stay in the same spot. If you do need to relocate, you may see a bit of leaf drop. Not to worry, it will adjust.
● Do Not Overwater! This will cause leaf drop and root rot that eventually could kill the plant. The worst thing you can do regarding watering is "give it too much".
● Make sure your plant is not placed near Heat or AC source. It is best to keep consistent room temperature throughout the seasons and not turn off Heat or AC when away or traveling. The best temperature ratio for almost any plant is (15°C-24°C).