The Money Tree, botanically named Pachira aquatica, is native to tropical zones of Mexico, Central America, and northern regions of South America. It makes an ideal indoor plant, tolerating conditions common to house and office interiors.Placement:
Your money tree will grow best receiving bright indirect light to partial sunlight and in temperatures between 60°F and 85°F. Lower light is tolerated, but if too low the growth tends to become stretched and lanky. Temperatures down to 50°F and as high as 100°F are tolerated. The plant is not frost hardy and should never be exposed to temperatures below freezing.
The money tree will benefit from higher humidity than is usually found indoors. Daily morning or early afternoon misting of the foliage will temporarily increase the humidity around the plant. For a longer term increase in humidity, keep the potted money tree placed on a tray filled with moistened pebbles. As the water evaporates from the tray, the air surrounding the plant is humidified.
It is best to keep the soil evenly moist or to allow it to dry only partially when the money tree is actively growing. During cooler winter temperatures, when growth slows down or stops, it is best to allow the soil to approach dryness before thoroughly watering again. Never allow the soil to remain soggy or waterlogged. Be sure to empty out any water that collects in the the decorative container so the grow pot does not sit in water.
Repot every year in early spring into the next size larger grow pot. Use a packaged house plant mix that retains moisture yet drains well. Always use a grow pot with drain holes.
Prune any overly tall or long branches to keep your plant compact and to encourage branching.
Apply a general house plant food at half recommended strength every two weeks from March to August. Fertilize only when the soil is moist.
Pests that may attack money trees are spider mites, mealy bug, and aphids. High humidity and frequently washing off the leaves of your plant will discourage insect problems. If insects do become a problem, thoroughly spray your plants, including lower leaf surfaces, with a house plant insecticide, carefully following label directions.
Plant material such as this product should not be eaten. While most plants are harmless, some contain toxins.