Pachira (Money Tree) Care Guide

Welcome to the Pachira Aquatica care guide! In this comprehensive guide, we will provide you with all the information you need to successfully care for your Pachira Aquatica plant. Also known as the Money Tree or Guiana Chestnut, the Pachira Aquatica is a popular houseplant known for its unique braided trunk and lush green foliage.


The Pachira Aquatica thrives in bright, indirect light. Place your plant near a window where it can receive plenty of natural light, but avoid direct sunlight as it can scorch the leaves. If you notice your plant leaning towards the light source, rotate it every few weeks to ensure even growth.


Proper watering is crucial for the health of your Pachira Aquatica. Water your plant thoroughly when the top inch of soil feels dry to the touch. Ensure that the pot has drainage holes to prevent water from sitting in the bottom, which can lead to root rot. Avoid overwatering as it can cause the roots to suffocate.


The Pachira Aquatica prefers moderate to high humidity levels. You can increase humidity by placing a tray of water near the plant or using a humidifier. Mist the leaves occasionally to provide additional moisture.


These plants thrive in temperatures between 65°F and 80°F (18°C - 27°C). Avoid exposing your Pachira Aquatica to extreme temperature fluctuations or drafts, as it can cause stress and damage the plant.


Feed your Pachira Aquatica with a balanced, water-soluble fertilizer once a month during the growing season (spring and summer). Follow the instructions on the fertilizer packaging for the correct dosage. Avoid fertilizing during the winter months when the plant is in its dormant phase.


To maintain the desired shape and size of your Pachira Aquatica, prune it regularly. Remove any dead or yellowing leaves, as well as any branches that are crossing or overcrowding the plant. Pruning will promote healthy growth and prevent the plant from becoming leggy.


While the Pachira Aquatica is generally resistant to pests, it can occasionally attract spider mites, mealybugs, and scale insects. Inspect your plant regularly for signs of infestation, such as webbing, sticky residue, or tiny insects. If pests are present, treat them with an appropriate insecticide or wipe them off with a damp cloth.  You can find more detailed pest information on our Pest ID and Treatment pages.


If you wish to propagate your Pachira Aquatica, you can do so through stem cuttings. Take a cutting from a healthy stem, remove the lower leaves, and place it in a container with moist soil. Keep the soil consistently moist and provide the cutting with bright, indirect light. Roots should develop within a few weeks.

With proper care and attention, your Pachira Aquatica will thrive and bring beauty to your indoor space. Enjoy the lush foliage and unique braided trunk of this wonderful houseplant!