Plant Care Money Tree

Money Tree

4.7 out of 5 (482 experiences)

Money Tree has a Survivor plant personality Survivor
Money Tree has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower

About Money Tree

The money tree is native to the tropics and thrives near wetlands and swamps. They have extensive edible and medicinal properties and are used in Central America to treat kidney disease, urinary problems, and skin conditions like rashes and sores. 🤒

The amount of oil in money tree seeds is almost double the amount found in soybeans, one of the most widely grown sources of oil. And last but definitely most tasty: the edible seeds of this plant taste like peanuts when raw, and like chestnuts when roasted! 🥜

Taxonomy

Pachira aquatica
Pachira
Malvaceae
Malvales

Also known as

Mini Money Tree, Money Tree Pachira, Mini Pachira, Money Tree Bonsai, Brussel's Bonsai Braided Money Tree, Braided money tree, Alabar chestnut, French peanut, Guiana chestnut, Provision tree, Saba nut, Monguba and Pumpo

How to care for Money Tree

Water

How often to water your Money Tree

Water needs for Money Tree
0.5 cups
every 9

Money Tree needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of Money Tree

Water 0.5 cups every
9

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

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5"
Light

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Plant care guide for Money Tree in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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Growing Money Tree in Pittsburgh right now

Light needs for plant Money Tree in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Plant growth potential is currently very low 📉

November 29th, 2021

Sunlight intensity as measured by “net radiation” in Pittsburgh is currently very low 📉.

The availability of high quality sunlight in your home impacts ability for plants to thrive and is key in d…

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Light needs for plant Money Tree in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Sunlight intensity will decrease by 30.3% ☀️

November 29th, 2021

Pittsburgh is trending towards lower sunlight intensity!

The amount of sunlight in Pittsburgh is expected to decrease by 30.3% over the next 2 weeks to an average of 6.5 megajoules of energy per m…

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Light needs for plant Money Tree in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Daylight will decrease by 1.2 hours 📉

November 29th, 2021

This month, Pittsburgh is getting an average of 7.9 hours of clear sky sunlight per day.

Hours of daylight will decrease by 11.3% over the next two weeks. Your plants will get 9.1 total hours of d…

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Finding light for Money Tree in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Money Tree: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Money Tree love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to ensure it receives enough light to survive during this time of reduced sunlight intensity in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania ⛅.

Money Tree does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

Nutrients

How to fertilize Money Tree

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Money Tree: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Money Tree after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

FAQs
Difficulty Level

Money Tree is generally considered an easy-to-care-for plant and makes a great choice for beginners!


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Care Summary for Money Tree

Money Tree

Money Tree


Greg recommends:

Water

0.5 cups every 9 days

Placement

< 1ft from a window

Nutrients

Repot after 2x growth

Based on your location in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

What other plant parents say

Money Tree has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 275
Money Tree has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 253
Money Tree has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 215
Money Tree has a Pet friendly plant personality Pet friendly 101
Money Tree has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 55
Money Tree has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 50
Money Tree has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 45
Money Tree has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet 16
Nataleigh avatar
@Nataleigh
leaf-1 1 Plants
xp 26 XP
globe Greensboro, North Carolina
11/27/2021

Hearty plant that can put up with a little neglect

Survivor Survivor
Fast grower Fast grower
Essential avatar
@Essential
leaf-1 2 Plants
xp 54 XP
globe Houston, Texas
11/18/2021

I love this plant. It brings good luck and fortune. Highly recommend this indoor plant along with it’s friends.

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Pet friendly Pet friendly
Survivor Survivor
Blooms easily Blooms easily
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@Taytaybucks
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 175 XP
globe Knoxville, Tennessee
11/18/2021

A money tree is a fun plant to manage and it’s rewarding to watch grow. They require some attention initially but they aren’t super picky about their environment as long as you give it plenty of indirect light. It’s been fun to watch the leaves and count how many grow them. I’m hoping for 7 soon on mine!

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Fast grower Fast grower
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Survivor Survivor
Jhb chb avatar
@Jhb chb
leaf-1 4 Plants
xp 153 XP
11/10/2021

Easy to care for loves the light in kitchen window! Beautiful plant!

Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Pet friendly Pet friendly
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Ti avatar
@Ti
leaf-1 25 Plants
xp 1,321 XP
11/07/2021

Easy plant

Yourlocalgardenier avatar
@Yourlocalgardenier
leaf-1 4 Plants
xp 67 XP
globe Lancaster, California
11/06/2021

The only hard part about this plant is that don’t water it to much or it dies I love this plant so much

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
Pet friendly Pet friendly
Pest magnet Pest magnet
Yuh avatar
@Yuh
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 268 XP
10/14/2021

Grows so fast for me and not demanding for care! I love my money tree

Survivor Survivor
Fast grower Fast grower
Plantsfearme avatar
@Plantsfearme
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 99 XP
10/12/2021

Make sure to keep it watered and some sunlight.

Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Tatianamoss avatar
@Tatianamoss
leaf-1 52 Plants
xp 3,756 XP
globe Denver, Colorado
10/11/2021

One of my favorite plants! He gets bright indirect light from a west facing window (he’s off to the side so he only really gets direct light for less than an hour during sunset). He puts out new leaves all the time!

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Kylie avatar
@Kylie
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 113 XP
globe Portage, Indiana
10/10/2021

very easy care plant!

Survivor Survivor
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@Alorxmanthing
leaf-1 8 Plants
xp 235 XP
globe Lynnwood, Washington
10/10/2021

I’ve killed a few of these, I get really superstitious about these so I hope Johnny lives. These are finicky plants( at least for me). It to much water, not to much fussing.

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Jenlcolon0825 avatar
@Jenlcolon0825
leaf-1 18 Plants
xp 555 XP
globe Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
10/06/2021

Gorgeous and easy to care for

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
Barrcoop avatar
@Barrcoop
leaf-1 22 Plants
xp 509 XP
globe Phillipsburg, New Jersey
10/03/2021

Was on the ropes until I put it outside for the Summer

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Survivor Survivor
Emily avatar
@Emily
leaf-1 12 Plants
xp 261 XP
globe Indian Harbour Beach, Florida
10/02/2021

Always have a bit of an issue with little bugs but is great!

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Survivor Survivor
Pest magnet Pest magnet
Anthonyr avatar
@Anthonyr
leaf-1 12 Plants
xp 645 XP
globe Lakeway, Texas
09/28/2021

Seems to thrive with minimal direct light.

Survivor Survivor
Conrad avatar
@Conrad
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 147 XP
globe San Marcos, California
09/28/2021

Awesome plant that is rumored to bring abundance and wealth but a bit fickle with watering and environment. Can’t be directly under an AC unit as they don’t like the cold and they want to be thoroughly watered every 1/2 weeks depending on the dryness of their soil. Overall a great plant to have in your home for aesthetic and spiritual appeal.

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Pet friendly Pet friendly
Esthergrace avatar
@Esthergrace
leaf-1 12 Plants
xp 501 XP
09/24/2021

UGH I LOVE MY MONEY TREE. She’s a very fast grower once they finally get used to their space, and she’s been through it and is very resistant. Definitely make sure the soil drys between watering. I give a 4/5 because the trimming and beauty upkeep can be confusing.

Survivor Survivor
Fast grower Fast grower
Michaklos avatar
@Michaklos
leaf-1 19 Plants
xp 697 XP
globe Dundee, Scotland
09/21/2021

AMAZING PLANT. Easy to take care of.

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Survivor Survivor
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@Hootie hoot
leaf-1 25 Plants
xp 531 XP
globe Westerville, Ohio
09/18/2021

Be careful of overwatering and root rot! These supposedly love water but have smaller root systems so I recommend potting in as small of a pot as possible with fast draining soil. If the soil is not drying out as quickly as you’d expect, might need to try something different (more sun, less water, different soil, smaller pot, etc)

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