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Pachira Money Tree Plant

Learn How to care Money Tree Plant, growing  Pachira  Aquatica, History of the Pachira Money tree, uses and more about this plant. It is a tropical evergreen estuarine species plant, which is native to the banks of the river from Mexico to the tropical rainforest of northern South America. The money tree is usually a tropical ornamental plant and is grown out in frost-free climate for edible nuts. Money Tree Plant is cultivated in Hawaii and southern California.

In traditional Feng Shui, there are some plants along with other things which are considered to be a positive energy wealth plant; Pachira is such a plant which is to increase the energy and wealth and display it in the money center. For this reason, it is also called a money tree, although it is also very famous in other areas as the houseplant and bonsai.

History of the Money Tree Plant

Nowadays, Money Tree Plants will be found around Asia, Europe, and the United States. In Asia, this plant has great cultural significance and it is often decorated with red ribbons and other ornaments. These plants are a symbol of good fortune; it is believed that this plant can bring prosperity (wealth) to your home. Each of its branches has five leaves, which represent five fundamental feng shui elements (wood, water, fire, earth, and metal). It is possible to find a branch with six or seven leaves, though it is quite rare. The extra leaf section indicates your great fortune. Read more.

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Classification

Scientific name             Pachira Aquatica

Common name              Guiana chestnut, Chestnut, Malabar chestnut

Plant type                     Houseplant

Sun required                 Full Sun to part shade

Flower color                  Opens like a banana peel and Hair like yellow-orange stamens

Blooming                      Seasonal bloomer

Soil                              Medium to wet soil

Soil PH                         6.0- 7.5

Zone                             10-12

Popular name

Pachira Aquatica is also known by many common names, Guiana chestnut, Chestnut, and Malabar chestnut. In addition, it is often sold commercially in the name of a houseplant or money tree plant, money plant or as a bonsai.

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Growing condition of Pachira aquatica

Soil and location

Pachira is winter hardy to USDA zones 10-12, where it is grown in medium to wet soil in full sun to part shade.  These plants can tolerate close to the entire shade, they fit best in protected areas with strong winds. These plants grow well in flooded areas too, they require frequent moisture.

Watering

Upland trees often require adequate water so that the soil is continuously moist. According to Missouri Botanical Gardens, indoor plants also require frequent moisture, but in moderate amounts. Potted soil which is very soggy or flooded, it can promote fungal diseases.

Temperature

This plant sits well in the middle of the room. Do not keep this plant under the temperature below 50 degrees F (10 degrees C) as it is tropical plants and can cause damage to the plant by low temperature, however, it can tolerate moderate cold temperatures for a while.

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How to care Money Tree Plant ( Pachira  Aquatica)

  • Place the money tree in a simple humid room and give it deep water, as long as the water is not flowing out of the lower surface of the container. Before re-watering, let the soil of the pot surface dry up, and re-water.
  • If you are in hot or dry areas, then keep a pot on a pebbled soccer which will increase humidity. Soccer full of water and pebbles will increase vaporization and humidity.
  • Give it a fertilizer every two weeks, for this, you use dilute food half dilute food. Do not fertilize the plants in winter.
  • The pachira plant does not need spraying anytime, but to take yearly care of your money tree remove the damaged part or dead branches of the plant, you need to prune,it encourages the growth of the plant.
  • After every two years, re-pot your pachira plant and use the new growing medium. Do not transfer the plant too much.
  • The money tree does not like to leave its leaves and move it over and over again. Keep them away from the drafty areas.
  • Take Pachira money tree to the dappled light area in the summer days, but take it inside before the fall. Read more.

Repotting

Potted pachira plant usually comes in a small container or poly bags. Therefore, it is recommended that you re-pot it again after the purchase. Keep repeating this process every 2-3 years for plants health.

Pest’s problem Money Tree Plant

According to the Missouri Botanical Gardens, these trees do not have serious pests or diseases. However, the Money Tree Plant developing inside the house may suffer from mealybug. In the leaves and stalks, soft, small brown worms are visible in clumps. To get rid of mealybug, take them out on a warm day, put a strong stream of water, it will also clear the dust from the leaves.

Uses of PachiraPlant

Garden use

The attractive tropical plant for frost-free areas, which is very popular as houseplant and bonsai.

Culinary use

Its raw and cooked seeds taste like peanuts, when they are roasted in oil, it chestnuts taste. Roasted seeds look like cocoa. Flour made from seeds can be used to make bread. Roasted seeds are used to make drinks. Young leaves and flowers are also cooked and used as a vegetable.

Medicinal use

The skin of immature and green fruit is used in the treatment of hepatitis. Its bark is used to treat stomach problems and headache. The crushed leaves are used in skin burning sensation.

References

  • http://homeguides.sfgate.com/care-pachira-plant-48078.html
  • http://www.missouribotanicalgarden.org/PlantFinder/PlantFinderDetails.aspx?kempercode=d445

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