Information On Pachira Plant Care

This article is about the pachira plant, also known as the good luck plant.

The pachira plant, also known as the money tree is a tropical plant native to Central America. It has five leaves on top and a twisted trunk. It is really not a plant but is more like a tree since it can grow up to ten feet tall.

Some people believe that this tree can bring wealth and good fortune to any home that it occupies. Many people give the money tree, or good luck plant, as a house warming gift or a wedding present for this reason.

Choose your pachira plant from a reputable nursery. Choose a plant with bright green leaves and a healthy appearance. Never choose a plant that has any brown leaves or any other signs of disease or damage. As with any other house plant, when you get the plant home you should check the pot to be sure that the soil is moist. Place the plant in a well lit area or a window where it will receive filtered sun.

This is a good plant for a beginning gardener because it requires very little care. It can survive being over watered occasionally as well as being left a little dry once in a while. During cooler weather and especially in the winter the pachira plant requires very little water. It should be allowed to dry out in between waterings. It is fairly resistant to most plant diseases and pests.

If the plant is intended to be a house plant it should be planted in a small pot to keep it from growing very large. The bigger the pot the bigger the plant will grow. In addition to the small pot you can keep the size of the plant down by keeping it cut back. Cutting back requires cutting or pinching off all new leaves that appear. The leaves that are cut from the plant can be cooked and eaten. This plant does very well outside in a shady or sun filtered patio during warmer weather. It is a tropical plant though so it needs to be brought inside during cold weather. The pachira tree is attractive to butterflies as well as bees so care should be taken when placing the plant in areas where people will be gathering.

This plant prefers sandy soil and should be kept moist at all times. In between watering the plants, leaves can be misted with a spray bottle and warm water. It should never be put in direct sunlight as direct sun will burn the leaves. It also needs to be fertilized about once a month with an all purpose fertilizer.

The pachira plant produces round fruit. Inside the fruit are the seeds which can be eaten raw or roasted. Roasting gives the seeds a chestnut texture and flavor. The seeds can be stored for months in a cool dry place until ready to use.

The pachira plant is non toxic to pets and animals although if pets ingest it they may have mild vomiting or diarrhea. Most of the time these symptoms will pass just as they do if your pet eats grass. If in doubt of how your pet will react to eating this plant, contact your veterinarian for advice or treatment.

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