Pachira aquatica is a tropical wetland tree native to Central and South America, where it grows in swamps. It is also known by the following names: Malabar chestnut, Guiana chestnut, provision tree, and the saba nut. The Pachira is commercially sold under the name "money tree" and "money plant."
Planting and Caring for Your Plant
Plant the tree in rich soil with good drainage. A potting soil made for cacti with high pearlite content is ideal. Plant the tree in a pot that corresponds with the size plant you desire. Money tree plants will need to be repotted in a larger pot every two years. They prefer to be planted in areas with minimal sunlight. However, they can also grow indoors in full shade. If the tree begins to wilt or appear unhealthy, move it to a location with some indirect sunlight.
Watering and Fertilizing
Water your plant once every 7 to 10 days. Apply just enough water to dampen the soil and use a spray bottle filled with water to mist the foliage of the tree. To avoid potential leaf burn, never dampen the leaves when the plant is in full sunlight.
Feed the plant using a liquid fertilizer with every other watering. Follow the manufacturer's directions to administer the correct amount.