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Pachira aquatica (Money tree)

Beginner
skill rating
1 hour care
per year
0.5m
Max height
0.5m
Max spread
5-10 years
To maturity

Plant details

Botanical name

Pachira aquatica

Other names

Money tree, Provision tree, Shaving brush tree, Guiana chestnut, Water chestnut

Genus

Pachira Pachira

Species

P. aquatica - P. aquatica is a tender perennial grown as a houseplant. It is often sold as multiple plants with their stems plaited to make 'one' plant. It has green shiny ovate leaves and an arching habit.


Pachira aquatica is: Evergreen

Habit

Arching

Foliage

Dark-green in All seasons

How to care

Watch out for

Pests

Generally pest-free

Diseases

Generally disease-free.

General care

Propagation methods

Division


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Where to grow

Pachira aquatica (Money tree) will reach a height of 0.5m and a spread of 0.5m after 5-10 years.

Suggested uses

Containers, Indoor, Sub-Tropical

Cultivation

Grow indoors in a partially shaded position. Water regularly, applying a balanced fertiliser each month. Maintain humidity with regular misting.

Soil type

Loamy

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade

Aspect

East, West

Exposure

Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Indoor heated (H1)

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Botanical name

Pachira aquatica

Other names

Money tree, Provision tree, Shaving brush tree, Guiana chestnut, Water chestnut

Genus

Pachira Pachira

Species

P. aquatica - P. aquatica is a tender perennial grown as a houseplant. It is often sold as multiple plants with their stems plaited to make 'one' plant. It has green shiny ovate leaves and an arching habit.

Foliage

Evergreen

Habit

Arching


Colour

Foliage

Dark-green in All seasons


How to care

Watch out for

Pests

Generally pest-free

Diseases

Generally disease-free.

General care

Propagation methods

Division


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Pachira aquatica (Money tree) will reach a height of 0.5m and a spread of 0.5m after 5-10 years.

Suggested uses

Containers, Indoor, Sub-Tropical

Cultivation

Grow indoors in a partially shaded position. Water regularly, applying a balanced fertiliser each month. Maintain humidity with regular misting.

Soil type

Loamy

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade

Aspect

East, West

Exposure

Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Indoor heated (H1)

Defra's Risk register #1

Plant name

Pachira aquatica (Money tree)

Common pest name

Lance nematode; Nematode; Lance

Scientific pest name

Hoplolaimus spp.

Type

Nematode

Current status in UK

Absent

Likelihood to spread to UK (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

2

Impact (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

4

General biosecurity comments

Nematode species potentially affecting a wide variety of crops; prohibition of soil likely to mitigate risk substantially; keep under review in light of interceptions or findings should they occur in the EU.

Defra's Risk register #2

Plant name

Pachira aquatica (Money tree)

Common pest name

cotton mealybug

Scientific pest name

Phenacoccus solenopsis

Type

Insect

Current status in UK

Absent

Likelihood to spread to UK (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

3

Impact (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

3

General biosecurity comments

Watching brief for potential impact on tomato production in the Mediterranean. Other southern European countries likely to be more at risk. Precautionary action will be taken on findings on planting material to protect glasshouse crops and botanical gardens.

Defra's Risk register #3

Plant name

Pachira aquatica (Money tree)

Common pest name

Scientific pest name

Spilostethus hospes

Type

Insect

Current status in UK

Absent

Likelihood to spread to UK (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

1

Impact (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

3

General biosecurity comments

Seed bug unlikely to pose a significant threat to UK plant health.

About this section

Our plants are under greater threat than ever before. There is increasing movement of plants and other material traded from an increasing variety of sources. This increases the chances of exotic pests arriving with imported goods and travellers, as well as by natural means. Shoot is working with Defra to help members to do their part in preventing the introduction and spread of invasive risks.

Traveling or importing plants? Please read "Don't risk it" advice here

Suspected outbreak? Click here for contact details to report to the relevant authority.

Date updated: 7th March 2019 For more information visit: https://planthealthportal.defra.gov.uk/

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i would like one of these plants is there anywhere i can get one in the UK or maybe the seeds? can you help? look forward to receiving your reply.Lynda x read more

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