Pachira or Money Tree is a good choice for anyone wanting to explore indoor trees for their homes. It is virtually kill-proof, can be maintained however you like it, and has a strong immunity against common houseplant mistakes like overwatering and neglect.
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Below is a general care guide for Pachira plants which can slightly differ depending on variety.
Light & Temperature
Place your Money Tree in medium to bright, indirect light. Rotate it weekly for even and balanced growth on all sides. This plant also does well under fluorescent lights.
Watering, Humidity & Misting
Money trees prefer thorough but infrequent watering. Deep soaking at least once a week will usually be enough to keep the plant happy. Leaf drop could indicate under watering. Ensure that the soil of your Money Tree is evenly moist. To boost humidity, mist the plant daily or place its pot on a tray of wet pebbles.
Soil and Repotting
Choose a fairly sandy, peaty soil for your money tree. The soil should be able to drain quickly and not hold a lot of moisture. The Money Tree can be repotted once every 2-3 years once it has outgrown its pot.
The easiest way to propagate a Money Tree is through cuttings. Cut a 6 inch branch cutting with several leaf nodes and snip off the lower third of the cutting, then dip the cut end in rooting hormone. Insert the cut end into a fresh potting mix.
Use a balanced fertiliser formulated for houseplants. Follow the directions on the label of our Down to Earth. organic plant food. Ensure the soil is moist before applying any fertiliser.
Money trees are non-toxic and is therefore safe around kids and/or pets.
Under the right care and conditions, your plant will grow happy and healthy. But here are some issues you may encounter while caring for a Money Tree:
Scales, bugs, aphids and spider mites - When spotted, wash off the plant and apply neem oil.
Fungus gnats - When spotted, cover the soil with sand or pebbles to prevent them from laying eggs or hang sticky traps to catch the flies.
Yellowing leaves - This is can be due to overwatering, too little humidity, fertiliser issues or a combination of these factors. Adjust these factors appropriately and go for the routine where your plant look healthiest.
Molds on the soil - This is usually due to very wet soil. Cut back on watering and maintain a moist but not soggy soil.
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