Pachira aquatica is a tropical wetland tree in the mallow family Malvaceae, native to Central and South America where it grows in swamps. It is known by its nonscientific names Malabar chestnut, French peanut, Guiana chestnut, Provision tree, Saba nut, Monguba (Brazil), Pumpo (Guatemala) and is commercially sold under the names Money tree and Money plant. This tree is sometimes sold with a braided trunk and is commonly grown as a houseplant.
How to Care For Pachira aquatica
This tree loves moisture, but you still should never let it stand in water. Therefore, keeping it in a planter with good drainage is essential.
Position it in indirect light indoors, turning it every time you water it for even growth and leafing.
Be sure to water consistently, ideally 1 – 2 times per week depending on humidity. Water all the topsoil, just until the water starts leaking out the drain holes.
For optimal longevity, lightly fertilize the Pachira aquatica 3 – 4 times a year with a water-soluble fertilizer. I use an easy one that you scatter on the topsoil that gradually dissolves with each watering.