Pachira (Money Tree plant) - Care tips
Pachira (Money Tree plant)
We PLNTSlovers always want all kinds of plants! And we love trees as much as we love small plants, but it is barely impossible to put trees inside your house, right? We have the solution for you! Have you ever heard of Pachira? This family is a genus of tropical trees from Central and South America, Africa and India. And there are around 77 species identified in the world, which means you can find your favorite indoor trees between 77 possibilities! There are a lot of different sizes, in nature some species can even grow up to 25 meters high.
Pachira are a real asset if you are searching for a large indoor plant. Some of the species are even well-known in Asia where the leaves are a symbol of Feng Shui. This tree-like plant family can also grow fruits for some species: an oval woody capsule opened by a number of divisions and containing many seeds.
Pachira plant care tips
Light and placement for Pachira
Pachiras are fast growers and fairly easy plants. For this strong lady, bright but indirect sunlight is best. Place her a metre or two away from the window in summer and move her to the windowsill in winter. A room with a temperature between 12°C and 24°C is good, and since she thrives in a humid environment, a big corner in your bathroom is also perfect to put her in. If you are looking for a large plant to add some greenery to your office environment, Pachira is always a good choice.
Despite the humid natural environment she comes from, she is not a thirsty lady. Or should I say that this strong green beauty has been given a super power! She can store water at the base of her swollen stems. So make sure you do not over-water your Pachira, because she does not like wet feet. The best thing to do is to let the soil dry out a little before watering again. Make sure that the excess water has drained away afterwards, and as with almost every plant, it is better to water less in winter, because your green friend is not actively growing then. As mentioned before, Pachiras love a humid atmosphere. You can use a watering spray to mist her leaves regularly and even sometimes wipes the leaves if you want to pamper your greenery.
If you want your beauty to shine bright in your home, giving her some PLNTS Nutrition once a month every few weeks, during the growth period in Spring and Summer will help her grow faster and get even more green umbrella leaves.
We know…Pachira are really pretty strong ladies right? Almost intimidating for other plants! But we love them too much not to try to propagate them. Creating our own little Pachira forest, what a dream, isn’t it?! Of course, we are here for you, and we can already tell you that propagating your big lady is not that difficult. The easiest way is by stem cuttings during the growth season. Late spring or Summer, this helps your plant to recover from the shock. With clean and sharp pruning shears or a sharp knife, cut off a stream around 10-15cm long and put it at least 2cm in the water. After a little patience, a bundle of roots will thrive. It means you can repot your cuttings!
Most common pests on Pachira
We see them everywhere. Little white fluffy cotton bugs underside leaves. Mealybugs again! Pachira tree plants can suffer from these little pesky insects. Be aware to always check the leaves of your plant, you can even use a magnifying glass to spot them easily. Also, scale insects like the strong stem and branch of the Pachira. If you want to be sure you are not mistaking a pest from another, you can check our PLNTSdoctor page to identify and eliminate your plant pests! You can also visit our shop for biological pest control.
Are Pachira poisonous for your pets or children?
Did we tell you that the Pachira Aquatica is also named the Money trees? Well, unfortunately your green beauty won’t grow money.. But she’s safe for your pets and children! This strong lady is even recommended for people with allergies and asthma. So be reassured, your furry friends can’t be harmed by your green friend.
Pachira plant for sale
At PLNTS.com, we have the beautiful Pachira Aquatica in our shop! We have her in a large size and many pots for you to find the perfect match for this beautiful green lady. As we trust in dreams and ambition, we hope your soon new-coming Money Tree will bring you good fortune because here at PLNTS.com, we got you covered for your plants dreams!
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