UPDATE: After having had my tree (the one in the photo) for almost 10 years now, I’ve added a few items to the bottom of this post. You should see them in red.
The Pachira Aquatica money tree plant is a plant/tree that will do any new homeowner proud.
Pachira Money Tree Plant
Also known as the “Pachira Aquatica“, the Money Tree is a very hardy tree that can vary in size from small Bonsai to 7 feet tall… It will grow in lots of light AND low light. Being well watered, or not very well watered (though don’t OVER water it).
Because of these features, this plant can be an indoor house plant, as well as a tree kept at the office.
Money Tree Origin
There are some interesting theories on where the Money Tree got it’s name from. The most common is due to the fact that it has five leaves on each branch, symbolising the 5 fundamental Feng Shui elements : Metal, Wood, Water, Fire, Earth. The tree is also very commonly found to be made up of 5 intertwined trees. Since this kind of plant symbolizes good wealth, nowadays, people believe not only it brings green color into your room, but also bring luck and fortune to any household, business or people you care.
It is currently quite a popular tree, and some websites are selling this tree along with the other popular Feng Shui plant “Lucky Bamboo”.
Caring for the Pachira Aquatica Money Tree
- Keep the soil/potting soil slightly dry. Too much water is not good for this plant.
- If possible, add some river sand to the soil to help with the drainage.
- Keep the tree in medium light. It can stand sunlight or shade if it has to, but for optimal growth, a bit of both is recommended.
- Prune the large leaves if you would like a lot of new leaf growth. Of course, this is not really necessary unless you have inherited a tired looking tree.
- This tree is INCREDIBLY tough. It’s lost its leaves a few times over the years for various reasons, but always seemed to grow back. DON”T WORRY about not giving it as much water as it may need.
- If you want to increase the performance/size/health of the tree, re-pot it. I’ve just put mine in a bigger pot, and it is LOVING it. The growth has been incredible.
- I’ve also just moved my tree into the garden where it’s getting the same amount of water as all my other plants when it rains. Of course, the drainage is still good, but the tree is loving its new spot. It’s in a semi-shady spot under another tree, and thriving.
I FULLY recommend reading some Feng Shui websites to see where to place the money tree plant. You don’t have to “believe” in it, but things like that originate from somewhere, and Feng Shui is just one of the oldest forms of Interior Decorating. Go on, try it, and let me know if you feel any luckier… 😉