Our November Plant Of The Month:
Money Tree – Guiana Chestnut
These cute mini-trees with a braided-like trunk are called Money Tree, or Guiana Chestnut. They make a great indoor tree and are low-maintenance houseplants. Keep reading for tips on how to care for them, and to learn where they come from.
Origin & Fun Facts
(so you can be the expert)
Native To: These plants are native to Central and South America.
In The Wild: They can be found in swamps out in the wild.
Species: These tropical wetland trees come from the mallow family Malvaceae and their scientific name is Pachira aquatica.
Fun Fact: According to a legend, the Money tree was named because of a man who prayed for money and becoming rich by growing multiple trees from one. Often people symbolize these plants as good luck plants, bringing wealth into a home, prosperity, and adding a sense of feng shui.
Caring is Preparing
(for the elements)
Bright, indirect light is the most ideal. Do not place in direct sunlight due to sunburnt leaves.
You can keep a money tree in any room really, just avoid direct sunlight and corners of the room that receive no light.
A covered porch will be a great place to show off your unique money tree plant..
These plants love their humidity, keep them in a steamy bathroom for the ideal environment or create humidity tray of out small rocks and water, placing the plant on top.
Water when the top 4 inches of soil are dry to avoid over and under-watering.
Signs of too much water:
Yellowing leaves, squishy brown stems, and slow-draining soil.
Signs of too little water:
A wilting plant, and crisp leaves.
Styling Your Money Tree
(in the perfect location)
Money trees look awesome in any space! They provide a great sense of the outdoors, inside. They resemble a bonzai with their thick trunks, so place in a room that you would like a little extra fung shui, like a bedroom or bathroom.
Be careful placing them outside! They do not do well in harsh heat or bright sunlight. Adjust watering schedule as needed and place in a shaded area like a porch or under some type of canopy.
Money trees may cause stomach upset in cats, avoid placing in areas of your home that your pets may reach or nibble on them.