A popular and hardy plant, the pachira aquatica of the bonsai family–more commonly known as the Money Tree Plant–has become an increasingly popular these days.  Identified as having ‘mystical powers’, the money plant is thought to bring good luck and good fortune! Hence, its common name is the first of 10 surprising money tree facts.

Money Tree Plant: The plant that gives and gives!

A second fact about the money tree plant is its feng shui iconic symbols, whose imagery includes metal, wood, fire, water and earth.

While a native Central and South America swamp tree, the money plant was quickly adopted by Asian culture. This third fact further includes a symbolic incorporation with Chinese New Year celebrations.

Potted Money Tree

Money Trees are popular house plants used in feng shui.


Fourth, the pachira aquatica commonly sold today has a braided trunk. While it adds a unique quality as a braided money tree, it does not grow this way naturally. Rather, braiding is done by most growers.

Fifth, the money tree, while sold in small sizes can actually grow quite tall. Some sources indicate they can grow up to 10 feet tall, and in their natural habitat, have been known to grow up to 60 feet tall!

Braided Money Tree

Braided Money Tree

Plant Care Extraordinaire

The sixth surprising fact gets to the heart of money tree plant care. As a hardy sapling, the money tree can have it’s height shunted, at least in part through the braiding process. Another way is to ensure leaves are trimmed and pinched off.

Seventh, another money plant care tip is to separate ‘braids’ and replant as ‘pups’ to generate a new sapling. Continue braiding original trunk thereby reducing overall height.

But how to care for a money tree is not limited to trunk braids. The eighth fact gets us to light. The money tree plant loves it, specifically bright light, though not direct light. It can even tolerate low light. It is known to thrive under fluorescent lights too.

Water. Water. Water.

The last two surprising facts are about water. As a creature of the swamp, the money tree plant loves humidity! The ninth fact suggests at least 50% humidity for your tree. Set the plant in a shallow saucer filled with rocks and water. The moisture creates a mini ecosystem your money plant will love. The money tree can also be kept in the bathroom, or you can mist the leaves daily.

Watering Can, Mister

Watering Can, Mister

The tenth surprising fact is that even though your money tree plant needs lots of humidity it requires proper drainage to prevent root saturation. Keep roots moist but not wet. Water every 7 to 10 days or when the top 3 inches of soil are dry to the touch.

And there you have it. Check out any of our money tree plants today and let the luck begin!

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