The Money Tree plant (Bombacaceae) Also called the Pachira aquatica. The care of money tree plant. This plant is more of a bonsai type houseplant. It will grow about 10ft. tall and the trunk is usually braided given it that natural bonsai look.
Where and how did this plant get its common name?
It comes from an old Chinese story. I’ve read and heard several versions of this story but it goes something like the following.
An old Chinese man was having problems with his finances. So he knelt down and prayed to receive money. After he finished praying, he looked down at a strange looking plant. Thinking this came from the “gods” he started cultivating the plant and propagating it for others. Eventually, the man becomes rich selling this unique plant.
Care of money tree plant for beginners.
City water contains microorganisms and contaminants, that will make your Money Tree lose its leaves or give it a droopy brownish look. Sometimes all the leaves will turn yellow and fall off.
A good way to combat this is to use distilled or rainwater and fertilize with a water-soluble fertilizer on a regular basis. About once per month works best. Make sure your pot drains well and use a good potting soil. Water about once per week and as mentioned earlier use distilled or bottled water.
Where to place this plant
It likes a well-lighted room or artificial light will also work. Place it near a bright window where it will get morning sun and afternoon shade. The money tree plant likes lots of indirect sunlight leave indoors underneath a skylight or large window with blinds would be almost perfect. You will see a big difference within weeks.
Most folks tend to over water this plant. If leaves start to drop and turn yellow you are probably over-watering. Let them dry out before watering again. Use a good all-purpose 20-20-20 fertilizer for better results.
Check your Money Tree plant at least once per week, look for pests, insects etc… Brown tip leaves could indicate over-watering. Be sure to isolate the plant whenever insects are present. Use a good all-purpose insect spray ask for it at your nearest full-time nursery.
Go organic and spray with neem oil at the first sign of aphids or spider mites. More information on insects and diseases on this page. Insects and diseases on plants.
Care of Money Tree Plants
You should clean your houseplants regularly, remove dead or dying leaves. If your plant is over-infested with insects trash it or at least isolate it from other houseplants. Make sure to wrap it in plastic and dump inside your garbage bin.
Guzman’s Garden Centers located in Las Cruces, NM will usually carry the money tree plant. Be sure to ask for them at your local retail/wholesale nursery.
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