Pachira Aquatica | Money Tree 'Guiana Chestnut'

Asch Building

$28

Origin: Wetlands in Central and South America

Height: Up to 10 ft (3 m) tall

Light: Find a bright spot for your money tree, out of direct sunlight, which can scorch its leaves. It thrives under fluorescent lightmaking this small tree an ideal office plant.

Water: Money tree plant likes water in big gulps. Water thoroughly, until water comes out the drainage holes in the bottom of the pot, then allow the top 1-2 inches (2.5-5 cm) to dry out between waterings. Take care not to allow the potting mix to get soggy, which can cause root rot. And avoid getting water on the trunk, which causes stem rot. Cut back on water in the winter when growth slows.

Humidity: This tropical native likes humid air. Try to keep the relative humidity at 50% or higher. Set the pot on a tray of wet pebbles or use a cool-mist room humidifier.

Temperature: Average room temperatures 65-80°F/18-27°C year-round.

Soil: Use a peat moss-based potting mix with perlite or sand added for good drainage.

Fertilizer: Feed every 2 weeks in spring and summer with an all-purpose water-soluble fertilizer diluted by half.

Propagation: Seeds or stem tips. Take stem tip cuttings in spring, with at least 2 leaf nodes attached. Dip the cut end in rooting hormone powder then insert it in moist potting mix. Be patient -- it can take several weeks to root.