Pachira aquatica – An Exotic, Rare, and Beautiful Plant Known by many different names, including the Money Tree and Guiana Chestnut, Pachira aquatica is an exotic and beautiful rainforest plant originating from tropical Central and South America.
This attractive plant is considered rare, with its unique foliage and crisscrossing trunk giving it a delicate and whimsical appearance making it the perfect plant for any home. Understanding the natural habitat of this plant is critical to successfully nurturing it in your home.
Tips for nurturing your Pachira aquatica
Avoid direct sunlight, but provide bright indirect light – preferably near an east, west, or south-facing window
Ideal temperatures of 21-31°C (70-88°F), but can tolerate cooler temperatures (down to 13°C/55°F)
Soil type and drainage
Plant in a potting mix that is high in moisture and has good drainage
Keeping the air around the plant relatively humid, either through misting or by adding a humidifier
Moderate watering; only when the top 2-3 inches (5-7cm) of soil are dry. Water: Water with treated/filtered water
The Pachira aquatic is Non-toxic to both humans and animals
Use a balanced liquid fertilizer diluted to one-quarter strength every two months during the growing season
Troubleshooting common pests and diseases
Watch out for common pests such as whitefly and mealybugs, and treat any fungal diseases with garden fungicides. Common problems such as yellow leaves or root rot can be solved by ensuring the soil is free draining, with optimum levels of humidity, temperature, and light.
Propagate the tree every few years using seeds, stem cuttings, air layering, and grafting. Nurturing your Pachira aquatica will be your reward as its rather unique foliage grows tall and leggy, adding texture and beauty to any home. A conversation piece like no other, you won’t regret adding this plant to your indoor jungle.