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Money Tree Plant Care Guide

Money tree plant care is easy. Pachira aquatica adds lovely tropical elegance to your home or office. It also brings emotional positivity. This indoor tree is pet safe and filters the air. Of course you need to bring it home.

This wonderful tree is native to Mexico. It also grows throughout parts of south America and Asia. In its wild state this tree grow up to 60 feet tall. Which is rather intimidating for a houseplant.

However, Indoors it will grow to only 6 to 8 feet tall in a small pot. The Chinese money tree can also be bonsai trained to one foot or so. This is manageable in any size home.

Money Tree Plants fill your home or office with happy energy and good fortune. Stress reduction and best luck are all associated with the Guiana Chestnut.

For these reasons (and because it is so pretty) It is popular with Feng Shui decorators.

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Our money tree plant care guide teaches you everything you need to know about keeping this interesting indoor tree happy and thriving. Find a place in your home for it’s beautiful green elegance.

The money tree is a good plant for beginner plant owners. This easy care plant will grow in a tall upright form and add beauty and life to your home with just a little bit of care.

More Easy Care Houseplants

All of these indoor plants are beautiful and easy to grow. Read our plant care guides to learn more about them.

Braided Money tree stems:

The stems are braided which adds that unique and classy look with the leafy palm like top. But that is not the only reason the nurseries grow 3 to 5 trunks together and braid them.

The braided trunk of the Chinese Money Tree is said to trap fortune within its folds. The five leaves typically found on a stalk represent the five elements of balance: earth, fire, water, wind, and metal. Finding a stalk with seven leaves is incredibly rare and brings immense luck to the owner.

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How wonderful that a member of your plant family captures good fortune for you. And it cleans the air and is non toxic to humans and pets. Lot’s of wins with this one.

money tree plant care is simple. potted Money tree sitting on table by window.

Braided Money Tree plants enjoy bright indirect light and a little fertilizer in the growing season.

Find It’s Favorite Spot:

Money tree plants do not appreciate being moved about. If you move your money tree or had it shipped to you it may go into slight shock and lose a few leaves.

It will recover with good growing conditions. But it is best to find it a good spot and let it stay there. Fiddle leaf figs are also very finicky about where they grow.

Both these indoor trees need you to find a good growing spot and leave them there.

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Chinese Money Tree leaves. A close look.

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Money Tree Plant Care Guide

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Pachira aquatica is a stately tree Plant that offers a touch of tropical elegance. It is popular with Feng Shui decorators.

Positive energy, stress reduction and good luck are all associated with the money tree or Guiana Chestnut.

This small tree has glossy dark green leaves, and a brown trunk and stem. It can grow 6 to 8 feet tall indoors. The stems are often braided which adds that unique and classy look to the overall look with the leafy palm like top.

This Care Guide will teach you how to keep this plant happy indoors all through the year.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Difficulty easy

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Instructions

Money Tree Soil Preference:

  1. Money trees prefer well draining soil. The roots will rot quickly if they sit in moist soil.
  2. A mix of cactus potting mix with 25 % perlite mixed in will keep the roots happiest. filling small pot with soil for cutting A regular soil mix can be used with 50% perlite added.
  3. Make sure your pot has drainage at the bottom. Do not use a pot with no drainage hole for this plant.pot with drainage hole
  4. A heavy soil potting mix is not recommended for this plant.

Pot Size and Type:

  1. The money tree can grow in many different kinds of pots, I like to plant mine in ceramic pots with a drainage hole.
  2. Repot every second year or when roots come out the drainage holes on the pot bottom.
  3. Don't jump to a huge pot from a small one. Just go to the next size up pot. If you want to keep your money tree a manageable size for indoors don't put it in a huge pot.money-tree plant .
  4. Choose a pot just larger than the root ball.
  5. Money tree plants are best repotted in the spring and summer months when they are actively growing.

Lighting:

  1. Guiana Chestnut grow best in bright indirect light. They even thrive under fluorescent lights. So they do well in office buildings.
  2. In constant hot direct sunlight the leaves can get burnt.
  3. They enjoy 6 to 8 hours of strong INDIRECT light per day but will tolerate lower light.

Watering:

  1. Pachira aquatica enjoys DEEP infrequent waterings. Soak the plant and let it drain.
  2. Allow your money tree plant to get pretty dry. Keep the soil dry half way down into the pot before heavily watering it again.
  3. In dormant winter months reduce watering to when the soil is dry.
  4. Never let this plant get wet feet. Money trees are susceptible to root rot. Heavy wet soil attracts fungus gnats.
  5. But they DO like humidity. Set your money tree in its pot on a pebble tray with water to allow evaporation to rise through the palm like leaves of this small indoor tree.
  6. They also enjoy frequent misting.

How to Fertilize:

  1. Apply a good quality plant food at half strength (linked in materials) monthly through Spring and summer.
  2. Decrease feedings by late Fall and allow the plant to rest through the winter months.

Temperature:

  1. The money tree plant will do best in temperatures between 65-80 degrees F.

Pests:

  1. The Pachira aquatica is a hardy resilient plant. However all plants can get attacked by pests.
  2. Stress by longterm overwatering, poor light, extreme temperatures and soil conditions are contributors to plant stress..
  3. Spider mites, mealy bugs, scale, thrips and whitefly are the most common houseplant pests you will see.
  4. Read our post on How to get rid of aphids and other pests with our homemade pesticide soap recipe or neems oil.
  5. To minimize the possibility of pests be sure to check all nursery plants before bringing them home.
  6. Quarantine all new plants until you are sure no pests live in them.

How to Propagate stem cuttings:

  1. Propagate during the growing season when the light index is high and it's warm.
  2. Cut a branch or stem at least 6 to 8 inches long off the plant using sterile pruners. Choose one with several nodes on it.
  3. Dip the cut end of your branch cutting into a rooting hormone.
  4. Place the stem or branch cutting into a pot of wet medium like perlite or sand cut side down.
  5. Place pot in a bag or small greenhouse to produce humidity.
  6. If this is not practical frequently mist the cutting.
  7. Place near a window with bright indirect light.
  8. After 6 to 8 weeks roots will grow. Through the growing season you may see growth on the stem.
  9. After several months repot into a good soil mix.

Notes

The money tree is a good plant for beginner plant owners. This easy care plant will grow in a tall upright form and add beauty and life to your home with just a little bit of care.

The only thing money trees require is proper conditions and the care outlined in this care guide.

One other thing.

Money tree plants do not appreciate being moved about. If you move your money tree it may go into slight shock and lose a few leaves. It will recover and be fine. but it is best to find it a good spot and let it stay there.

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