If you saw a Money tree or Pachira aquatica, in its native habitat of Central and South American swamps, you probably wouldn’t recognize it. The tree can grow up to 60 feet tall (versus a max of 3 to 6 feet indoors), and that ubiquitous braided trunk isn’t a natural feature. When grown in a nursery, the supple young, green trunks are slowly braided by cultivators before they harden and turn woody.
DETAILS: Plant height: 16-20in; Nursery pot width: 4in
LIKES: Copes with medium to low light but happiest in a well-lit spot. During Winter, it's best to move him nearer windows to maximize light levels.
DISLIKES: Money isn't the biggest fan of dust collecting on his leaves. It won't cause damage but you will notice he doesn't look his best. So, occasionally wipe any dust of the leaves with a damp cloth. It's a little time-consuming but the results are worth it.
HEALTH BENEFITS: Found to remove volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that emit from synthetic building materials and furnishings. Also cleanses the air of Carbon Dioxide. Win win.
WATERING AND FEEDING: Although it likes humidity in general, you should let its soil dry out between watering. A good schedule for most environments is to water when the top 2-4 inches of soil are dry. Water thoroughly, until water flows out the drainage holes of the pot, and pour out the excess from the tray so that the roots don’t sit in water.
LIVING WITH PETS AND CHILDREN: Nothing to worry about here. That said, we wouldn't recommend eating his leaves!