How to Braid a Money Tree Plant


The money tree (Pachira aquatica) is a tropical wetland tree native to Central and South America. The versatile tree ranges in size from bonsai to 7 feet tall and is a good houseplant choice. The money tree is thought to bring good luck, perhaps because it forms five stems on each branch, symbolizing the five elements of feng shui philosophy--metal, wood, water, fire and earth.

Step 1

Braid three to five young, green stems together when the plant stands about 14 inches tall. Overlap them loosely so the plant has room to grow, taking care not to snap the young plants. Stop braiding when you reach leafy growth.

Step 2

Tie a string loosely around the top of the braid and secure the ends of the string to two stakes, placed on either side of the money tree. This prevents the braid from moving or coming undone as the plant grows.

Step 3

Braid the trunk another few inches in a month or two as the tree grows. Again, braid the trunk until you reach leafy growth and tie it off.

Step 4

Untie the string and remove the stakes when the tree has reached the desired height.

Things You'll Need

  • 12-inch piece of string or twine
  • Two 2-foot tall dowels, 1/4-inch in diameter


  • The Encyclopedia of Houseplants: Pachira Aquatica

Who Can Help

  • Cornell University: The Selection, Care and Use of Plants in the Home
Keywords: braiding money tree, money tree, growing money tree

About this Author

Julie Christensen has been writing for five years. Her work has appeared in "The Friend" and "Western New York Parent" magazines. Her guide for teachers, "Helping Young Children Cope with Grief" will be published this spring. Christensen studied early childhood education at Ricks College and recently returned to school to complete a degree in communications/English.