The Braided Money Tree (Pachira Aquatica) is a beautiful and
unusual plant that makes for an excellent addition to any home.
The tree is composed of several trunks that wind around one
another, reaching anywhere from a foot to several feet in
height. The bonsai version is around a foot, while full sized
trees reach up to seven feet.
Plentiful green foliage tops this artistic display providing a
package that is a decorator's delight. In the bonsai style it
makes for a particularly nice addition to the indoor
Caring for any bonsai requires time and thought. But acting on
some simple guidelines your Braided Money Tree can flourish for
years. Growing one from scratch requires expert-level
knowledge, but many will acquire their first Braided Money Tree
after it has developed for a few years.
As with any bonsai, watering is critical. Bonsai generally like
plenty of water, but absolutely require good drainage. That's
provided by two essential factors: soil and pot.
The soil should be a loamy mixture of earth and small pebbles
lying in a pot with one or more drainage holes. The holes
should be covered with wire mesh or small rocks to allow water
to flow but still retain the soil. Adding some river sand to
the mixture will help create porous areas that aid in good
drainage. Some will do well in a mixture of peat, vermiculite
Braided Money Trees prefer a little less water than some other
species. Once per week is plenty. Some will do fine on as
little as a cup per month, but the exact amount will vary with
the size of the pot and the composition of the soil. Misting at
the same time is a good practice. It helps the leaves absorb
some needed moisture and keeps them dust free.
The soil should be allowed to dry out between waterings and
there are several indications of when the proper amount is
being applied. If the leaves become wilted and yellowed, that
is a sign of excessive moisture in the soil. When they become
wrinkled or curled, they're receiving too little.
These trees prefer medium sunlight. Indirect sun is best, but a
couple of hours of direct sun is fine, provided the area
doesn't get too hot. A corner that receives some sun followed
by shade is ideal. As a native of wet, hot regions the Braided
Money Tree will do less well when the temperature drops. If you
keep it outside on the porch, bring it in when the temperature
falls below 50F (10C).
It's generally unnecessary to provide any fertilizer for this
plant, especially in the bonsai size and style. Just trim the
leaves when they die and ensure they get plenty of fresh
With the right care, your Braided Money Tree will provide years