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Pachira aquatica

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Money tree is a plant which belongs to the Pachira genus.

Plant has edible nuts and edible young leaves.1 Flowers are fragrant.
Plant is flood resistant & drought resistant.

This tree has shine, palmate, green leaves and smooth green bark. The showy flowers have narrow petals that open like a banana peel showing yellow-orange stamens. Grown for its edible nuts that grow in a large and woody pod. The nuts can be eaten raw, cooked or ground into flour to make bread.2

Blooms appear in these approximate colours:   Arylide yellow and   Floral white. The mature flowers are of a single form. When ripe, fruit appear in these approximate colours:   Grade 1 Paint Green and   Light brown. Leaves appear approximately as a   Apple green and   Kelly green

It is a flowering edible houseplant / fruit that typically grows as an evergreen, which is defined as a plant that retains leaves throughout the year.

Money tree is known for growing to a height of approximately 58.45 feet (that's 17.98 metres in metric) with a tree habit.

Brazil is believed to be where Money tree originates from.

Be aware that Money tree typically needs a fair amount of maintenance and care in order to grow successfully. Ensure that you are aware of the soil, sun, ph and water requirements for this plant and keep an eye out for pests. Pay attention to weeding, feed and pruning schedules to ensure your plant remains in peak condition.

This plant info is provided by the myfolia gardener's wiki. All details about Money tree have been kindly provided by our members.

How to grow Money tree

  • Partial Sun

  • Indoor

  • High

Plants can be grown in almost full shade but like some sun.1

Try to plant in a location that enjoys partial sun / indoor lighting and remember to water often. Use Zone 10 - Zone 12 as your guideline for the appropriate climate for this plant. Ensure your soil has a ph of between 5.0 and 6.5 as Money tree is a moderately acidic soil - weakly acidic soil loving plant. Keep in mind when planting that Money tree is thought of as half hardy, so remember to watch your frost dates and ensure you have this plant protected when the temperature dips.

See our list of companion Plants for Money tree to see which plants you should plant in close proximity to encourage growth.

Growing Money tree from seed

Ensure a seed sowing distance of 58.45 feet (17.98 metres).

Transplanting Money tree

Ensure that temperatures are mild and all chance of frost has passed before planting out, as Money tree is a half hardy plant.

Harvesting Money tree

When grown as a houseplant it will rarely flower.1

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Money tree Etymology

Named money tree because the person who discovered it sold seeds and made a lot of money.1
Named “water chestnut” for it’s desire to grow in moist areas and seeds that taste like chestnuts when roasted.1

The species name is Latin for “aquatic”.2

Money tree Folklore & Trivia

Native to tropical forests of Central America.1

Other names for Money tree

Provision Tree, Saba nut, Malabar chestnut, water chestnut, French peanut

Carolinea macrocarpa,Bombax macrocarpum,Bombax glabrum,Pachira macrocarpa

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