Money Tree Plant: What Makes it So Special?

Money Tree Plant: What Makes it So Special?

Have you ever seen a little, potted plant with a somewhat strange braided trunk? That’s a money tree plant. It is an amazing tree, which is said to offer so much but requires so little in return.

The money tree is becoming increasingly popular across the globe as a houseplant. But what makes this tree so special? Read on to find out.

Braided pachira
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Why Is Money Tree Plant So Popular?

Have you heard of the Pachira money tree legend?

The legend has it that a hard working farmer from Taiwan found a small Pachira plant growing on his farm one day. He would later become one of the richest people in Taiwan. He attributed his wealth to the Pachira plant, and hence dubbed it the Money Tree.

That’s why this plant is believed to bring wealth, good fortune, as well as prosperity to those who have it in their homes. If that doesn’t mean anything to you, however, there are other amazing features of Pachira tree that can interest you.

This plant is also attractive. Its five braided stems create one stunning trunk, which immediately draws the eye when you enter the room where it is placed. It is a perfect addition to the interior décor and brings out a tropical feel.

The Pachira plant is also often thought of as a gift. The idea that it will bring prosperity to its owner is what makes it a great and thoughtful gift. It can be a beautiful and endless reminder of your good wishes. Namely, whenever the recipient of the money tree sees it in the house, they will remember that you wished them success.

Now, let’s talk about growing and caring for the Pachira tree in your home.

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Where Can You Grow Money Tree Plant?

First, you should realize that the characteristic braided trunk of Pachira plant is not a natural feature. The trunks are actually braided by cultivators when they are still young and supple – before they harden and become woody.

This tree can grow up to 60 feet tall in its native habitat of Central and South American swamps, and up to 6 feet tall indoors. It thrives in USDA zones 10 and 11. If you live in a colder region, it is advisable to only grow the money tree plant indoors.

It does best when it is in full sun to partial shade. The most suitable temperatures are 60 to 65 F. You should not expose it to too many drafts as it may lead to leaf loss. Likewise, you should avoid heater vents, as well as hot, dry air.

You can start growing your money tree plant from seeds or from cuttings.

Money tree plant in living room
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Pachira in room
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How to Care for Money Tree Plant

This plant likes a moderately humid room and deep but occasional watering. You should water it until the water runs from the drainage holes in the pot. Then, let it dry between watering.

If you live in a dry region, consider increasing the humidity. How do you that?

Simply place the pot on a saucer filled with pebbles. The saucer should always be filled with water. The evaporation will boost the humidity of the area. You should fertilize your money tree every two weeks.

A liquid plant food diluted by half is recommended. You should not fertilize the plant during the winter. The Pachira plant hardly needs pruning. However, as part of your routine money tree care, you should get rid of any damaged plant material.  

It is advisable to repot your plant every two years in a clean peat mixture. Avoid moving the plant around a lot. These plants are averse to being moved around. They respond by shedding their leaves.

Final Thoughts

The money tree plant is one of the most popular houseplants around the world. This is attributed to the belief that it can bring good fortune and financial prosperity. Besides, this plant is gorgeous. Its braided trunk and lively green leaves are a beauty to behold. It can add an awesome tropical feel to your room. The plant is also fairly low-maintenance. This article provides the essential information you want to have before you invest in money tree.

 

Resources:

Guide to houseplants



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