aka pachira aquatica
Money Trees originated from Central and South America. The braided trunk of the tree isn’t naturally occurring. This feature is created by cultivators braiding young trees manually.
Variations include Malabar Chestnut, Provision Tree, Guiana Chestnut and French Peanut.
avoid direct sunlight
Too much direct sunlight will cause the leaves to curl, yellow or burn.
water + feeding
water when dry
However, these plants can still do well without watering too frequently.
safe for humans and pets
Money Trees are even recommended for people with allergies or asthma.
Although it’s recommended not to keep this plant in your bathroom because it’s believed this will “flush” good vibes away.
Money Trees appreciate a humid climate, with about 50% humidity.
small to medium
At home, your money tree could grow between 3 to 5 feet. In the wild, these trees can grow up to 60 feet tall.
get a humidifier
Prevent yellowing and dying leaves by increasing the humidity in the plant’s environment.
popular in feng shui
This plant usually sprouts 5 leaves on a stem, and 5 is a very important number in Feng Shui.
beyond the basics
soil + potting
Money Trees need a sandy, peat-moss based soil. Consider adding Miracle-Gro® Sphagnum Peat Moss to your plant’s soil. Don’t forget to use a pot with drainage!
when to repot
Money Trees usually need to be repotted every three years. The best time to repot is during the spring time, to promote growth. While you can cut back on some root growth, be sure not to take off more than 25% of the roots.
The best way to propagate your Money Tree is through a cutting. Take your 6 inch branch cutting, with several leaf nodes, and allow to root in water. Promptly transfer to a soil mixture with peat moss.
Money Trees are very attractive to aphids and mealybugs. You can use a gentle insecticide like Ortho® Bug B Gon® ECO Insecticide Ready-to-use to prevent these creepy crawlies from returning.
why are my plant’s leaves drooping or turning yellow?
Watering issues. If your Money Tree’s leaves are drooping it could be as simple as inconsistent watering. Keep a schedule and check the soil’s moisture level to understand its needs. If the leaves are yellowing, it’s likely due to overwatering. It’s time to water when the top 2 to 4 inches of soil are dry.
why is my plant’s trunk spongey and soft?
Sounds like root rot. This happens when a fungus has attacked your plant’s roots and is a sign that you’ve been overwatering. Root rot can be fatal if it’s not caught early. The best chance you can give your Money Tree for survival is to repot immediately, removing as much old soil as possible.
what is this gross, sticky sap?
Guttation. This it totally normal! If the rest of your Money Tree looks healthy, there’s nothing to worry about. But… if you see little dark bumps on your plant, it could be a pest infestation.
why are my plant’s leaves curling?
Overwatering. Avoid excessive watering and finger test your plant’s soil when you’re about to water. Make sure you’re only watering when the first 2 to 4 inches of soil are dry.
why are my plant’s leaves falling?
Too much sunlight. Too much bright, direct sunlight can cause your Money Tree to drop leaves. Another common cause is if your Money Tree has recently moved to its new home. Dropping a few leaves as your plant adjusts to its new home is totally normal.