Money Tree Plant Care Instructions


The Pachira atuatica has many names, including money tree, fortune tree, water chestnut, Malabar chestnut, Guiana chestnut, provision tree and Saba nut. Known to grow up to 60 feet in height as an outdoor tree, the money tree has become a decorative indoor tropical plant known by its commonly braided trunk and distinctive palm-like leaves, which can grow 12 inches in length. The money tree plant blooms seasonally and can produce nuts.

Step 1

Move the money tree plant to an area in your home brightly lit by the sun. Although the money tree enjoys full shade and full sun, keep it out of direct sunlight when inside your home because of the heat the sunlight creates.

Step 2

Water your money tree frequently and often, keeping the soil moist but not flooded. Money trees love water, and as an outdoor tree are often found along the edges of swamps and rivers. Money trees flourish in high humidity, it is important to keep the soil moist.

Step 3

Apply an all-purpose liquid fertilizer monthly. Check frequently for spider mites, as they cause the leaves to drop prematurely. Spider mite damage appears as tiny yellow or white speckles on the leaves.

Things You'll Need

  • All-purpose liquid fertilizer


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Cecilia Harsch has been writing professionally since 2009. She writes mainly home improvement, health and travel articles for various online publications, including LIVESTRONG.COM and GardenGuides. She has several years of experience in the home improvement industry, focusing on gardening, and a background in group exercise instruction. Harsch received her Certified Nurses Assistant license in 2004. She attended Tarrant County College and studied English composition.