How to Grow a Healthy and Prosperous Money Tree (Pachira Aquatica)

The Money Tree (Pachira aquatica) is a popular houseplant believed to bring good luck and fortune.

With its attractive braided trunk and lush green foliage, it adds a touch of tropical elegance to any space.

Learn how to care for your Money Tree with these 10 detailed tips.

1. Location, Location: Give your Money Tree bright, indirect light. An east-facing window is ideal, or filter strong afternoon sun from southern or western exposures with a sheer curtain. Insufficient light will result in slow growth and leggy stems.

2. Watering Wisely: Allow the top inch or two of soil to dry out between waterings. Thoroughly water the soil until it runs out of the drainage holes, then discard any excess water. Overwatering is the most common reason Money Trees struggle.

3. Humidity Helper: Money Trees enjoy moderate humidity levels. During dry seasons, mist the foliage occasionally or place the pot on a pebble tray filled with water. The evaporating water increases humidity around the plant.

4. Feed Regularly: During the growing season (spring through fall), fertilize your Money Tree monthly with a balanced, water-soluble fertilizer diluted to half-strength. Avoid fertilizing during winter when the plant is less active.

5. Perfect Potting Mix: Use a well-draining potting mix formulated for succulents or cacti. Alternatively, mix regular potting soil with equal parts perlite or coarse sand to improve drainage and prevent root rot.

6. Size Matters: Choose a pot only slightly larger than the root ball, as Money Trees like to be slightly pot-bound. Repot only when roots start poking out of the drainage holes, preferably in springtime.


7. Prune and Shape: Occasionally prune leggy stems to encourage a fuller, bushier growth habit. Pinch off new tips to promote branching. If you desire the iconic braided trunk, you’ll need to start braiding young, flexible stems while still supple.

8. Temperature Talk: Money Trees thrive in average household temperatures between 65-75°F (18-24°C). Avoid exposing them to cold drafts or temperatures below 50°F (10°C).

9. Pest Prevention: Regularly inspect your Money Tree for common houseplant pests like mealybugs, scale, and spider mites. Catch infestations early and treat promptly with insecticidal soap or neem oil.

10. Be Patient: Money Trees are relatively slow growers, so don’t be discouraged if you don’t see significant changes immediately. Consistent care and a suitable environment will ensure your Money Tree prospers for years to come.