Plant Care Money Tree

Money Tree

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Money Tree has a Survivor plant personality Survivor
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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 Bonsai, Alabar chestnut, French Peanut, Guiana Chestnut, Provision Tree, Saba nut, Monguba, Pumpo and Guiana Chestnut

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.

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?

Select the pot size

5"
☀️ Light

Finding light for Money Tree in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Money Tree: 3ft from a window
3ft or less from
a window

Money Tree may have difficulty thriving, and will drop leaves 🍃, without ample sunlight.

Place it less than 3 feet from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of Money Tree in your home 🏡.

🪴 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.

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💡 FAQs
⭐ Difficulty Level

Money Tree is generally easy to care for, though some plant parents report facing challenges with growing it. Check out the reviews down below to read more about their experiences!

Benefits of Growing Money Tree →

Common Money Tree Problems →


💦 Water Needs

Money Tree prefers for the soil to dry out between waterings and should be watered regularly. Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Money Tree Water Frequency →

Money Tree Root Rot →


☀️ Sunlight Needs

Money Tree may have difficulty thriving and will drop leaves 🍃 without ample sunlight. Place it less than 3 feet from a window to maximize the potential for growth. Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement in your home 🏡.

Money Tree Light Requirements →

Money Tree Direct Sunlight Needs & Tolerance →


🐶 🐈 👶 Toxicity

Money Tree is not known to cause harm to humans or pets. Regardless, if you, a family member, a cat, or dog has ingested any plant material, please consult a doctor or a veterinarian.

Money Tree Toxicity to Dogs →

Money Tree Toxicity to Humans →


💨 Humidity

Money Tree doesn’t require additional humidity. Plants absorb most water through their root system rather than their leaves, so the best way to provide humidity for your plants is through watering the soil.

Money Tree Humidity Needs →


🪴 Soil

Money Tree does best in well-draining soil. A good soil will contain lots of organic matter such as coco coir as well as perlite or vermiculite to help with drainage. Adding a handful of perlite to regular store-bought potting soil should do the trick!

When and How to Successfully Repot Money Tree →


💩 Fertilizer

Money Tree should be repotted after it doubles in size or once a year, whichever comes first. Fresh potting soil has all the nutrients your plant needs, so as long as it’s refreshed yearly, you shouldn’t need to use fertilizer. Remember, plants get their energy from sunlight, not fertilizer!


❄️ Dormancy

It’s common for Money Tree to go dormant in the wintertime and you may notice their growth slow down. Waterings should be spaced out more during this time.


🌎 Native Region

Money Tree is native to Central, South America, Africa and India.


🌸 Flowers

Yes, you may see your Money Tree bloom with the right amount of sunlight and water.

Money Tree Flowers →


⬆️ ⬇️ Growth Pattern

Money Tree will branch off as it grows. To encourage branching, pinch off the newest growth at the tip and the stem will branch off into two.

How and When to Prune Money Tree →


🌦️ Growing Outdoors

USDA Hardiness Zone
Money Tree can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 10a-12a. Find your local hardiness zone here.

Money Tree Temperature Tolerance →


🍂 Yellow Leaves

Yellow leaves aren’t always a reason to panic, and can be a normal part of a plant’s life cycle. Unless brand new leaves are turning yellow or all the leaves change color at once, it’s likely just your plant shedding old leaves.

Overwatering and root rot are the most likely cause of problems in Money Tree, since they are sensitive to wet soil. The leaves may also appear to be curling or drooping. Less often, yellow leaves are caused by underwatering, nutrient deficiencies, or pests.

Replace soggy soil with fresh, dry soil and download Greg to make sure your plant never gets overwatered again!


🧐 Troubleshooting

When troubleshooting a sad-looking houseplant, start by checking for signs of distress in its leaves, such as yellowing, browning, or drooping, which can indicate overwatering or nutrient deficiencies.

Inspect the soil moisture; too dry or too wet soil can cause problems.

Ensure the plant is getting the right amount of light, as too much or too little can stress it.

Finally, consider environmental factors like temperature and humidity, and adjust care routines accordingly to revive your plant.


Care Summary for Money Tree

Money Tree

Money Tree


Greg recommends:

Water

0.5 cups every 9 days

Placement

< 3ft from a window

Nutrients

Repot after 2x growth

Based on 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 313
Money Tree has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 289
Money Tree has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 240
Money Tree has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 61
Money Tree has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 59
Money Tree has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 53
Money Tree has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet 18
@goblinbabe avatar
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leaf-1 41 Plants
xp 1,205 XP
globe Hamilton, NJ
04/07/2022

Survived a heater blowing on it full blast for a few months till I figured out what was wrong. 😂 grows very fast during growing season. Moderately thirsty. An easy plant overall!

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Survivor Survivor
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leaf-1 1 Plants
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globe Lawrenceville, GA
03/29/2022

Very easy Maintenance.

Survivor Survivor
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Fast grower Fast grower
@sydsgarden avatar
@@sydsgarden
leaf-1 11 Plants
xp 882 XP
03/27/2022

money trees are quite easy to take care of.
mine has been getting amazing growth and has survived even in a north facing window.

Fast grower Fast grower
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leaf-1 1 Plants
xp 81 XP
globe New York
03/12/2022

he's a cutie

Fast grower Fast grower
@Plantoasis avatar
@@Plantoasis
leaf-1 0 Plants
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globe Leeds, England
03/10/2022

Doesn’t need watering as much as you may think. A few of my leaves died when I left it too long once between waterings but the dead leaves don’t really spread into a dead branch or anything. Very easy for a beginner

Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
@HotshotMena avatar
@@HotshotMena
leaf-1 7 Plants
xp 724 XP
globe Pasadena, TX
03/04/2022

Very good to the eye! Survivor!

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Survivor Survivor
@SpicyCarobtree avatar
@@SpicyCarobtree
leaf-1 3 Plants
xp 64 XP
globe Stockholm, Stockholms län
02/11/2022

I have grown an emotional bond with my money tree

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Browns easily Browns easily
@NotChris avatar
@@NotChris
leaf-1 18 Plants
xp 323 XP
globe Toronto, Ontario
02/02/2022

Big boi

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
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@DaniPhantom avatar
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leaf-1 51 Plants
xp 3,011 XP
globe Laguna Niguel, CA
01/26/2022

I love this plant with all of my heart.
Had a nat problem that was seemingly impossible to get rid of. Only had a nat infestation on THIS particular plant

Pest magnet Pest magnet
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leaf-1 5 Plants
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globe Kansas City, MO
01/19/2022

Tattooed

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leaf-1 4 Plants
xp 98 XP
01/15/2022

Say I Love you everyday

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Survivor Survivor
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@Cheryl
leaf-1 21 Plants
xp 1,303 XP
01/14/2022

I have Two of these great plants

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Blooms easily Blooms easily
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Cheryl avatar
@Cheryl
leaf-1 21 Plants
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01/14/2022

Awesome plant you know says if u get 6leaves on Growth means money or business etc your going get or make money

Fast grower Fast grower
Blooms easily Blooms easily
@liberalbadbtch avatar
@@liberalbadbtch
leaf-1 2 Plants
xp 166 XP
01/10/2022

Yayyyy so cute

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Survivor Survivor
@8plantroom avatar
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leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 191 XP
01/09/2022

So pretty and grows fast. very nice plant for anyone.

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
@wildpurplechild avatar
@@wildpurplechild
leaf-1 49 Plants
xp 4,776 XP
globe Watertown, CT
01/09/2022

I started with the typical 5 braided trunks and this is the only one that survived, and keeps surviving! This thing is a freaking pest MAGNET. Spider mites a few weeks ago, now scale and sooty mold 🙄 Every time I trim one of the leaves new growth pops up immediately though, so at least she’s happy 🤷🏽‍♀️

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
Pest magnet Pest magnet
@BoozyBillsBabe avatar
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leaf-1 46 Plants
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globe Baltimore, MD
01/09/2022

I love this money tree! It came to me looking a little sad from shipping but it has completely rebounded and is thriving now with little effort on my part!

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
@greenvy avatar
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leaf-1 22 Plants
xp 1,863 XP
globe Decatur, GA
01/09/2022

It has truly brought me good fortune. Gorgeous plant with a twisty trunk and tons of small leaves. Grows fast!

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
@BlkAngell avatar
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leaf-1 2 Plants
xp 256 XP
globe Pearland, TX
01/05/2022

Loves sunlight🌼

Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Blooms easily Blooms easily

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