If you've picked up a pachira as a houseplant you should definitely take very good care of it. Pachira are often called money trees. In the Feng Shui philosophy, they are one of the plants said to bring good fortune into any home where they thrive. You certainly don't want your money plant to shrivel up and die.
Pachira are easy to recognize because of their somewhat unusual appearance. They have five leaves on each branch, symbolizing the five basic Feng Shui elements: metal, wood, water, fire and earth. When you buy the trees in nurseries, they are often made up of five intertwined trees, which are sometimes arranged in a spiral and sometimes braided. Since this plant symbolizes good fortune, maybe it can introduce more than one type of green into your home or office. Despite this illustrious reputation, the pachira tree has only been popular as a houseplant since the early 1980s. It was discovered in Mexico in the mid 1960s and achieved its lucky reputation in Taiwan.
Fortunately, your new money tree will be relatively easy to care for. It probably came in a relatively small pot. This is okay because pachira respond well to root crowding. Keep your soil slightly dry as this plant has a tendency for root rot. You can water your pachira two or three times per month, but make sure to empty the drainage tray below if it fills with water. You can curb this tendency to root rot by adding river sand to the soil to help with drainage or by adding a layer of gravel to the bottom of your pot. Place your pachira in partial light. Your pachira will tolerate too much sun or not enough sun, but for optimal growth you should find a happy balance. If your tree looks tired, you should prune the larger leaves. This will encourage new growth. Your pachira may also respond well to weekly misting. Your pachira does not require any fertilizer. In the wild, pachira produce giant flowers and edible nuts, but houseplants will never flower. Even if your pachira were to flower, you may never find out. Pachira are night blooming plants that bloom for just a single night.
If you want to get the maximum Feng Shui benefits from your pachira and start reaping the rewards of the good care you take of your money tree, you need to place it in the right spot in your home or office. Place the pachira tree in the south eastern corner of your living room or office if you are hoping to attract wealth. If you place the tree in the east end of your house or business you can reap benefits related to family harmony, health and scholarship. A pachira in the easternmost point of your room can also help you to complete projects. Your pachira should never sit in a bedroom or bathroom. Pachira only belong in living rooms, dining rooms or offices. If you follow these care instructions, perhaps your pachira will live up to it's reputation as a bringer of good fortune.