Make sure to keep the plant away from cold drafts, heaters or AC vents. Dropped leaves: are also caused by relocation shock. Place your plant in a bright location and leave it there while it adjusts. Increasing humidity around the plant can help too. Do not overwater a plant that is shedding leaves. Yellow or withering leaves is often a sign of too little light. Place the Money Tree in an area where it can get more light. It will even do well under fluorescent lighting conditions.
Turn the plant once a week to encourage even growth.
During winter cut back on watering as the plant requires less water. Avoid getting water onto the trunk as that can cause stem rot. You may set the pot on a tray of wet pebbles to raise the humidity. You may add some sand to the soil mix to help it drain faster. Use a general houseplant food diluted by half. Fertilize the Money Tree every second month during autumn and winter if new leaves appear on the plant.
Re-potting into a larger pot will cause the Money Tree to grow larger as well, as it will have more room for its roots. Once the plant has reached your desired size, use a pot of similar size when re-potting and use fresh potting soil.
If you want to keep your Money Tree small snip off the growing tips that appear. The bark produces a red dye, and would also be suitable for creating some handicrafts. The wood is commonly used for ropes and in building and carpentry, while seeds are used for stuffing pillows. The Money tree belongs to the Bombacoideae, a subfamily of the Malvacae family. Approximately 70 species have been discovered.
They come in a shape of a small or large tree and usually have seed capsules containing many seeds. USDA planting zones 10 and 11 have a suitable climate to grow this tree outside. Otherwise, you should grow it as a houseplant. In both cases, keep your plant out of drafty areas. A lower temperature is needed in the winter because the plant is hibernating. This plant loves moisture, but it should not stand in water because this will cause the roots to rot.
Try not to wet the stems. Water once a week from spring to autumn, remove the excess water that gathers in the saucer, and let the top few inches dry off completely before you water it again. If possible for you, try to use only rainwater. If not, distilled water will also work well. You can give your plant an occasional shower, which will also remove any dust from the leaves. If your Pachira aquatica starts dying and dropping leaves, it commonly means you should tone down on the watering.
If growth slows down in the winter, lessen the amount of water you give your plant in this period. The thicker stem at the bottom of this plant is a place where it can store water for drier days, so don't worry that it will dry out too much.
The Money tree plant can endure direct sunlight, but too much will burn its leaves. So it would be best to put it in half-shade or indirect sunlight most of the time. You could also keep it in the direct sun during summer but introduce it gradually.
Otherwise, the leaves could get burned. Since it grows towards the light, you should turn the plant occasionally to avoid asymmetric growth. This plant also loves fluorescent light and is a common choice for an office plant. Once you place it, avoid frequent relocating because the plant might drop its leaves as a result.
Good drainage and highly nutritious substrate are necessary for this plant; the best choice would be peat moss-based soil. Regular cactus or flower soil will also work. You can add some sand or gravel to assure it drains well. Also, use a container with drainage holes. Soggy soil is the most common reason this plant dies, so don't overpot.
Keeping the plant in a smaller pot will also keep it from overgrowing. You can keep your Money tree plant in hydroculture if you prefer that. The bonsai tree version of this plant needs fertilization only two or three times per year. If you want to grow the full tree, use a half-diluted liquid fertilizer every two weeks in spring and summer.
You could also put some fertilizing sticks in the soil if you prefer that. Too much fertilizer could be harmful to this plant or make it grow in height without fully developing its tree crown. Lower the feeding in the winter. If the air in your house is dry, especially in the winter, increase the humidity by placing some gravel and water in the saucer.
You could also frequently mist the leaves to achieve this. The most common technique to breed the Money tree plant is through stem cuttings. The best time to do this is in the summer. Make cm long cuts and place them in water or soil immediately. If you choose to place it in the water first, until the roots develop, make sure it is at least 2 cm deep.
Place the water in a warm and sunny spot. After the roots grew enough, dip the ends in a rooting hormone powder if you wish, and place it in the soil. Be careful in this process because young roots are very sensitive. You can also place it directly in the soil right after the cut, but water usually gives quicker results.
Breeding by seeds is less common but is simpler than cuttings. Start by soaking the seeds in water for 24 hours. Prepare a plant-based substrate in a container and place seeds evenly in the soil. Cover the seeds with about 1 cm of soil, water them, and place them in a bright and warm location. Water evenly for the whole germination process, and place them in individual pots when the seedlings grow large enough.
Re-pot the plant when you buy it because it is commonly sold in too small of pots. Bear in mind, though, that small pots are the only thing stopping this plant from growing into a full tree. Afterward, re-pot only when its roots have outgrown the containers. This happens every few years, and it will keep the soil fresh and will boost the drainage.
You can use a larger pot when doing this if you want your plant to grow further.