Money tree plant maintenance & care

Updated February 21, 2017

The Money Tree -- or Pachira Aquatica -- is commonly given as a gift due to its legendary ability to bring prosperity and fortune to the owner. A money tree plant is relatively simple to care for and can grow up to 7 feet tall.


Money trees can tolerate both full sunlight and shade, but prefer medium light. To keep this plant healthy, place it in an area where it will receive plenty of indirect light or move it from a position that gets full sun after a couple of hours.


Avoid over-watering money trees, as too much water will cause the leaves to curl. The best way to approach watering this plant is to allow the soil to become dry to the touch before watering again -- if the leaves become dry, water the plant more frequently.

Potting Soil

The money tree plant thrives in soil with good drainage properties. Keep this plant in a relatively small container and use potting mix designed for cacti. Perlite or sand can be added to the soil to ensure that it does not become compacted as it dries out.

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