☘ 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 sunlight for at least six hours a day. If you don't have a sunny window that provides enough light, this plant will also adapt and do well under fluorescent and grow lights.
Give your plant a turn every few days to expose all sides to light for even growth from all sides.
Money trees should be watered often and regularly, each time the top inch (2.5cm) of soil is dry. Typically watering money trees should become more frequent in the spring and summer months and less frequent in the fall and winter.
While money trees thrive with lots of water, be careful not to overwater them, as doing so can quickly kill them. The best way to avoid overwatering your plant is to ensure that the potting container and the soil have the proper drainage.
To give your plant the absolute best, room-temperature rainwater and bottled spring water are your best options. Any water containing sugar or salt will hurt your plant!
Money trees appreciate high humidity. Prefers a bit of extra humidity so make sure you increase the humidity around your money tree specially in the winter months with a pebble tray or a humidifier. It will also appreciate regular misting year round using filtered-water.
Feed once a month in the spring and summer when it is producing new leaves with a water-soluble, well-balanced plant food, and bi-monthly throughout the fall and winter. Always make sure the soil is damp before applying any fertilizer.
This plant is safe for pets, according to the ASPCA.
➕ Additional Tips
The key to growing a money tree indoors is giving it the right amount of light and water. The good news is that it's difficult to overwater money trees, which makes them ideal for people who tend to kill their plants with too much TLC.
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).
Above all, make sure you’re ready for plant parenthood.
💡 These essential care instructions are just guidelines; watering frequency, care routine will vary depending on location, light, temperature, humidity and air circulation in a space -- and most of all on your care.
💡 Your plant relies on you to give it healthy living conditions and deserves plenty of TLC. In fact, the mere act of paying attention to it on daily basis -- or "listening | talking" to it, if you will -- is one of the most important things you can do as a plant parent.
💡 If you see any signs of distress, you may need to act immediately to save your plant.
💡 On top of useful plant care advice, is expanding your knowledge and self-study in regard to your specific plants types. Further reading is a great resource for learning all about your plants, and the proper care that each of them needs along with any signs of distress or diseases. You can learn which are the best spots for your plants in your home, how to grow different plants, how to water your plants correctly, how to treat immediately and more.
💡 At the end of the day, you’re the plant’s guardian and your plant cannot survive without your love and care.