The money tree plant is aslso known as malabar chestnut, Guiana chestnut, and provision tree. Here is a photo of my money tree. I bought it in the late spring of this year. It’s grown quite a lot and seems to be very tolerant to neglect! It’s also tolerant of low light, as I have it placed at the side of a North facing window. I soak it about once few weeks now that the weather is cooling down. I’m keeping it in a small pot so that it won’t grow too big. I wish it was smaller but it was the only one left. In the wild they will grow up to 18 m (59′).
The money tree (Pachira aquaticais) is native to Central and South America. It grows in swampy areas and marshes. The trees are cultivated for the edible chestnuts that they produce. The leaves and flowers are also edible – I imagine it’s the fresh tender leaves that would be eaten. The branches produce 5 to 7 leaves. The ones that produce seven are more rare and sought after.
Money trees are very easy to take care of. They are drought resistant and will do well in low light, which makes it a little harder to kill through neglect. Despite that, try to keep it well watered and it will thrive for many years. The succulent Crassula ovata also goes by the name “Money tree” and it is also native to South America and easy to care for.
House plants help to keep the air inside our house clean from toxins and chemicals. They also produce negative ions which is beneficial for removing dust and smoke from the air, improves the mood of humans, and many other benefits. Commercial air filters that generate negative ions also produce ozone which is bad for our health – especially our lungs.