Popular houseplant: the money tree

Popular houseplant: the money tree

We know money doesn’t really grow on trees, but you can still have your own money tree in your home, enriching you with the beauty of nature. The money tree (Pachira aquatica) is native to swamps and riverbanks in Central and South America, where it can grow to a height of 18m (60ft). Grown as an indoor plant, it doesn’t reach these lofty heights, though it can eventually reach 1.8m (6ft). We offer beautiful houseplants to cheer up your interior in our garden centre. The money tree is one of our favourites at the moment. Find out all ins-and-outs about this remarkable houseplant.

Money trees and luck

Money trees are often associated with luck and prosperity, although this seems to date back just to the 1980s when money trees started to be bred commerce. However, there’s plenty of symbolism associated with the braided stems said to ‘trap fortune within their folds’ and the five-fingered leaves representing the five elements in Chinese philosophy, earth, wood, fire, water and metal.

Caring for a money plant

Money trees are easy to care for. They do best in bright but indirect light, and can grow under fluorescent lights, so make good office plants. Avoid placing them in draughts or near radiators. The ideal place for a money tree is a bathroom with natural indirect light, where your plant can benefit from the humidity in the atmosphere.

  • Money trees need regular, thorough watering. Although they are native to swamps, letting them sit in constantly wet soil is likely to lead to root rot.

  • Plant your money tree in free-draining compost in a pot with good drainage holes.

  • Water once every 1-2 weeks, allowing the compost to dry out between waterings.

  • When watering, allow the water to drain through the compost into a drip tray, then empty the drip tray so that the plant’s roots are not sitting in water.

In spring and summer, feed once a month with a liquid plant food diluted to half-strength. Stop feeding in winter.

Money trees like a humid atmosphere, so mist your plant regularly. To raise the humidity level around the plant, place it on a drip tray filled with pebbles and partly cover the pebbles with water. The pebbles keep the plant’s roots clear of the water, which gradually evaporates, increasing its humidity.

Coming from a tropical environment, the money tree prefers a warm temperature, around 18-23°C (65-75°F), but it will cope with cooler temperatures down to around 15°C (55°F)

Problems with money trees

Money trees are generally trouble-free, but here are a few signs to watch out for:

  • Mealybugs and aphids: the best way to combat these is to wipe off any pests as soon as you see them, to avoid infestations building up.

  • Dropping leaves: the most common cause is overwatering, so check how damp the compost is and adjust your watering regime accordingly. Insufficient light can also cause leaves to turn yellow and drop.

  • Browning leaf tips: this is usually caused by underwatering.

We have a fantastic range of indoor plants in our centre, so visit us to find the perfect plant for your home.

You might also be interested in:

Maintaining an aquarium

Maintaining an aquarium is easy with these tips to make sure your water, plants and fish are kept healthy, well and in good shape. Especially if you are new to keeping an aquarium there are a few elements to take into account when planning how you will keep it looking great. Aquariums can bring so much joy to a home, from fascinating fish and lush green plants to mesmerising lighting and calming water ripples. Here is how to take care of your aquarium.

Create an easy ...

5 beautiful indoor hanging plants

Indoor hanging plants add an extra dimension to a room, with their foliage cascading elegantly from baskets or spilling down from shelves and ledges. And despite their exotic appearance, many hanging plants are straightforward to grow and take care of. Here are five of our favourite indoor hanging plants.

1. Spider plant (Chlorophytum comosum)

The spider plant gets its name from its shape, forming a tuft of slender, arching green and white-striped leaves. In s...

Prepare your spring garden

Wondering how to prepare your spring garden? As your bulbs pop up through the soil, you will know that spring is definitely in the air. The birds will be singing and beginning to search for nesting spaces, and there will be more days with blue skies and warmer sunshine than we’ve seen over the winter months. Spring is truly food for the soul as we each feel like we are coming out of hibernation and getting ready for the months ahead. Here is how to prepare your spring garden....

How to grow potatoes

Fancy eating your own home-grown potatoes this summer? Now’s the time to start planting. And if you don’t have a big garden, you can still grow early potatoes in a pot or grow bag on a sunny patio. Here are our top tips on growing potatoes.

Which potatoes to grow

Potatoes are grouped into first early, second early, and maincrop potatoes. 

  • First and early potatoes are planted in early spring, and second early potatoes a couple of weeks lat...


Opening hours

  • Monday
    09:00 - 17:00
  • Tuesday
    09:00 - 17:00
  • Wednesday
    09:00 - 17:00
  • Thursday
    09:00 - 17:00
  • Friday
    09:00 - 17:00
  • Saturday
    09:00 - 17:00
  • Sunday
    10:30 - 16:30
Show all opening hours