A beautiful plant to add to your Feng shui stack is the money tree! This tropical plant,native to Central and South America, with braided stalks together is believed to be very auspicious and to bring financial prosperity, hence the name – ‘Money tree’. Well, whether it brings assets or not, this plant, with its vibrant green leaves can be a valuable asset for all plant lovers! It is believed that the stalks, braided when the plants are young in nurseries, help in locking luck and fortune. Each stalk grows five leaves (symbolizing five elements on earth) and that is said to bring luck. Rarely, seven or even nine leaves can be seen, but don’t worry, that’s even luckier! The foliage plant usually has a slightly swollen caudex, to store water. These even produce beautiful cream-coloured flowers in their natural habitat, but rarely so as indoor plants.
Common name: Guiana chestnut, money tree,Malabar chestnut
Scientific name: Pachira aquatica
Size: About 8 ft tall indoors, upto 60 ft in the wild!
Maintenance: Moderately difficult. Figuring out what it wants can be tricky.
Toxicity: Mildly toxic
Where to keep the plant: Pachira makes a great indoor plant. You can keep it in the living room near a window.
Water: Twice a week. A moisture loving plant, it needs to be watered once the top layer of soil has dried. Overwatering however, can kill this plant. Learning to meet its requirement perfectly can be a little tricky. See how your plant responds and change your schedules as required.
Light: Bright,indirect light.This plant likes a mixture of direct and indirect sunlight. During summers, keep it a little away from the sun as too much bright sun can scorch its leaves. It can also thrive in fluorescent lights, so it makes a good office plant.
Soil: Well-draining and highly nutritious soil is required for this plant. Peat Moss based soil is ideal while regular cactus soil also works. A pot with sufficient drainage holes can make sure the water doesn’t stand and gravel and sand can add to the porous nature.
Humidity:Moderate to high humidity.Keep misting it throughout the year or use a humidifier as the Money tree loves humidity.
Food:A liquid fertilizer 3-4 times a year will help provide rich nutrients to your plant. Fertilize only in growing summer and spring months.
Propagation:The plant can be propagated by seeds or semi-woody cuttings – take at least 4 inch long cuttings. Create little saplings and give your greens at auspicious occasions or to anyone who needs a lucky plant!