Pachira aquatica

Money Tree Bonsai

Native to the swamplands of Central and South America. Commonly associated with good luck and fortune, Pachira aquatic are popular indoor species. These magnificent bonsai are distinctive for their thick braided trunks and edible brown fruits among their wavy broad leaves. 

Money Tree Bonsai Care Tips

Find an indoor location that is plentifully bright, a sunny windowsill is ideal. This species demands humidity so placing it on a tray filled with wet gravel is advisable. If temperatures remain above 12 degrees C, Money Tree bonsai can be placed in a sunny garden. 

Allow the soil to dry between waterings. Water thoroughly throughout the growing season. Be careful not to overwater as this can damage the root system. 

Money trees thrive with humidity. This can be replicated by using a mister to spray the leaves, as well as placing a gravel tray under the pot to create a more humid microclimate around the tree and reduce evaporation from the leaves.

Solid feeding will make your Money Tree grow robustly. From spring to the middle of autumn, use a liquid feed weekly. For spring a feed high in nitrogen content, for summer a balanced feed and a for autumn a low nitrogen feed. 

Pruning your bonsai is important not only to create or maintain an aesthetic style but to also ensure optimal health. Late winter is the ideal window for strong pruning as it will spur growth in the coming spring. Cut back to one or two leaf pairs in maintenance pruning. Healthy Money trees can be defoliated.

Take care when wiring your Money tree, its soft bark can be easily bitten into by the wire so be sure to remove it in good time. We recommend using wires with a thickness that matches the thickness of the branch: if the wire you choose is too thick you will damage the bark. If it is too thin, it won’t be effective.

Repotting your tree is an important way to provide a fresh and suitable soil mix and ensure appropriate root health. When repotting do not remove more than a quarter of the roots. Repot your Money Tree every two to three years in Spring before its buds start swelling.    

Trees that are ready for repotting will require root pruning, a suitable new pot and appropriate soil mix.

When repotting, do not cut back the root mass by a large amount, and choose a well-draining soil mix that has a neutral or slightly higher PH value of 5-6 but not over 7. We tend to use a mixture of different speciality bonsai soils on our trees. Every species is different so please contact us for free soil-mix advice or to take advantage of our repotting service.

Bonsai make for a one-of-a-kind indoor plant offering elegance, nature and art all in one minute form. Across an array of exquisite and erudite species, they all demand their own specific care and cultivation needs in order for their beauty to flourish. We have an extensive library of care guides for indoor bonsai trees so you can make an informed and considered choice. It’s not about selecting the perfect bonsai, it’s about selecting the perfect bonsai for you. 

Money Tree Bonsai - Typical Queries

A healthy Money Tree will not suffer from health issues. An environment that has too dry an air may bring on mealy bugs or spider mites. Use the correct pesticide and adjust the tree’s environment should this occur.

Money tree bonsai can be propagated from seeds or cuttings. Cuttings can be used from semi-hardwood. A six-inch cutting with several lead nodes is advised. It will take six to eight weeks to show growth. Money trees are rare in that they can grow in just water as a soil medium. 

Money Trees are recommended for beginners for their ease of care and also ease of propagation. It has a simple care regime and is very forgiving of neglect. This low-maintenance plant is a good choice for those new to the craft or with little spare time on their hands.