Growing and Caring for Your Pachira Aquatica, or Money Tree, a Guide

Whether you know it as the Malabar chestnut or the Guiana chestnut, the Money Tree (Pachira aquatica) is a popular houseplant thanks to its braided trunk and colorful, palmate leaves. Plant lovers and Feng Shui experts alike praise this plant for more than just its good looks; it is also thought to bring its owners luck and prosperity. However, just like any other form of life, it needs nurturing in order to flourish. Everything you need to know about nurturing your Money Tree is included in this detailed manual.

The Meaning of Money Trees and Where They Came From

The Money Tree is a legendary and superstitious plant that is thought to have originated in Central and South America. According to Feng Shui, having one in your home will bring you luck and money. The Money Tree is a potent decoration because its five leaves represent the five Feng Shui elements (wood, water, metal, fire, and earth).

-Needs in the Dark

Money Trees prefer indirect, high-intensity light. Although they can survive in dim conditions, they thrive in filtered sunlight and do best when placed near a window. The leaves will burn if placed in direct sunlight.

-Conditions of Heat and Dampness

These plants thrive in the humid warmth of the tropics. They do best in temperatures of 65F to 75F (18C to 24C), but can survive in cooler conditions if necessary. They thrive in typical levels of humidity found in homes, but also benefit from occasional increases in humidity. In drier climates, misting the leaves or keeping a humidifier close by can be helpful.

-Plants and Dirt

The Money Tree requires a potting soil with good drainage. Peat moss, perlite, and orchid bark are a great combination. Root rot can occur if water sits too long in one spot around the roots, so it’s important to use a pot with drainage holes.

Making New Pots and Plants

-Choosing a Receptacle

Pick a new container that has drainage holes and is slightly larger than the old one. If you opt for a decorative pot with a saucer, keep in mind that too much soil can cause the plant to rot if the pot is too big.

Money trees need to be repotted every two years when young, and every three to four years when mature. When the plant is actively growing, such as in the spring or early summer, is the best time to repot it. Carefully unpot the plant, loosen the roots, and transfer them to the new pot filled with potting soil.

-Creating a Braided Trunk

The braided trunk is a common accessory for Money Trees. Separate the trunks carefully and braid them back together to preserve this unique trait. Avoid disturbing the roots if at all possible.

Maintenance & Food Provision


Maintaining a healthy Money Tree requires regular watering. First, let the top inch of soil dry out before you water deeply. Make sure the saucer under the pot can drain excess water to avoid soggy roots.


Feed your Money Tree a balanced, water-soluble fertilizer once every four to six weeks during the growing season (spring and summer). When the plant’s growth slows in the fall and winter, you can reduce its feeding.

Maintenance and Cutbacks


Maintaining the form and vitality of your Money Tree requires regular trimming. Take off any wilted or broken leaves, and trim any stems that look frail. To achieve a denser, fuller plant, it’s important to cut back on straggly branches.


The process of photosynthesis can be slowed if dust settles on the leaves. To maintain their health and appearance, the leaves should be gently wiped with a damp cloth.

Typical Problems and How to Fix Them


Overwatering, which can cause root rot, is a common problem with Money Trees. Make sure the pot has drainage holes and let the soil dry out before watering.


If you don’t water your Money Tree, it will wither and eventually lose its leaves. If the top inch of soil is dry, water the plants.

Spider mites, mealybugs, and scale insects are just a few of the common pests of houseplants. You can kill these insects with insecticidal soap or neem oil.

If you give your Money Tree the attention it needs, it can flourish and become an attractive houseplant. Keep in mind that it requires proper lighting, temperature, and humidity as well as regular watering and feeding. Pruning and cleaning the Money Tree on a regular basis will help it flourish for many years to come. Feel the good vibes and luck it brings into your home.

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