The Money Tree also known as Pachira aquatica is a plant that has many legends and beliefs originating from China.
Many people have probably told you that money doesn’t grow on trees, but they do! Sort of…
Although there are many tales and stories as to its beginnings, the most common story is that a truck driver in Taiwan had decided to braid the trunks of five small trees in a single pot. A more legendary tale floats around of a very poor farmer who was very down on his luck and spirit. One day, he found a very curious looking plant with braided trunks. Upon inspecting the plant, he found the plant to be very hardy and resilient, and took this as a lesson that he as well should learn to be resilient and strong. From the seed of this miraculous plant, he grew more of them and sold them.
Today, money tree plants are very commonly found in homes and offices because of their ability to survive with minimal care. The money tree plant is also highly idolized by those who practice feng shui because they commonly sprout five leaves on a stem. Five is an important number in feng shui because it is believed that everything within the universe is made up of five distinct elements: water, wood, fire, earth and metal. It is believed that if you place a money tree plant in an area that is exposed to areas concerning money, the money tree plant will bring the owner good luck and fortune. Often adorned with red ribbons and symbols, the money tree plant is perfect as an office/business gift because of its ability to grow in low light, minimal watering and care, and the wealth and good fortune it brings.
Money Tree Growing Instructions
No matter which way your money tree is shaped when you get it, the plant does best in a bright spot and regular watering. This is a good houseplant if you tend to overwater plants, as it appreciates (but doesn’t need) constantly moist soil. Being a tropical, money tree also appreciates abundant humidity. If the leaves start to have brown, crispy edges, placing it with other plants or near a small humidifier can help.
You can prune money tree at any time. Pruning money tree will help it grow to be more full and bushy.
Fertilize money tree no less than two times a year with a regular houseplant fertilizer. You can fertilize it more frequently if you want it to grow faster. Make sure to follow the directions on the fertilizer package, though, to avoid over fertilization.
Note: Money tree is not intended for human or animal consumption.
Indoors: High light
Indoors: Medium light
Constantly moist soil, Medium water needs
Purifies the air
Super-easy to grow