Money Tree (Pachira Aquatica)
Plant Care Instructions*
The Money Tree with its bright green palm looking leaves looks both like a tree and palm. The Money Tree gets its name because the Feng Shui practice believes it will bring positive energy and good luck to the owner.
Room temperatures from 65-75ºF (18-24ºC) are suitable, and no lower than 50ºF (10ºC).
Try your best to provide the plant with as much light as possible - without direct sunlight which can scorch the leaves. During the winter the amount of daylight time decreases, which will naturally tell the plant it's time to rest and slow its growth down, so do not become concerned about it no longer producing new shoots and leaves.
Thoroughly water the plant once the soil becomes dry and remove excess water from the pot tray. During the winter the Pachira will slow its growth right down and will not need to be watered anywhere near as much like in spring and summer. Do not over-water or have the plant in a pot which can become waterlogged.
A peat moss based mix is suitable. A good mix can be made with 2 parts peat and one part perlite or sand (for drainage).
A balanced liquid fertilizer diluted should be fed to the plant every 2 weeks which will encourage growth and healthy leaves. Feed from spring and stop just before winter or when growth really slows down, whichever comes first.
Re-pot once every two years, during spring. The Pachira won’t need a pot much bigger than the one it resides in now, if it's grown more, otherwise the same pot will be fine. Keeping the tree small requires the plant to stay in a small pot with only a soil change.
Above average room humidity is the best growing conditions to grow a money plant. During the summer increase levels with a humidity tray (tray with pebbles and water which the plants sits on) or a humidifier. During the winter avoid the plant becoming affected by dry air from artificial heating.
* Standard care recommendations - you may need to adjust based on your home or office environment.
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