Money plant

eileen_plantsJuly 1, 2006

I just bought a money plant yesterday and am having trouble finding it in any of my plant books. Can anyone share some info about this plant's needs as to water and light and what its Latin name is? Is it related to a schefflera? Any info much appreciated...Thank you!

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birdsnblooms

Eileen, it's botanical name is Pachira. Nope not related to Schffleras at all.
They prefer being underpotted, and planted in well=draining soil. Light should be medium..they don't need to be placed in hot sun. In winter, soil should dry out throughly before watering..Toni

    Bookmark   July 1, 2006 at 9:36PM
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amany(MI / 6)

Money Tree? I think I have a money tree too...

I'm sorry. I just couldn't help myself! :-)

    Bookmark   July 1, 2006 at 9:45PM
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birdsnblooms

Amany, that is so creative and cute..LOL..I love it. Got any hundreds on that tree? LOL..Toni

    Bookmark   July 1, 2006 at 10:01PM
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amany(MI / 6)

Not yet Toni. I'm hoping it will grow a few hundreds when it gets bigger. (smile)

    Bookmark   July 1, 2006 at 10:03PM
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eileen_plants

Hi Toni thanks for the tips. I'm a bit confused now because after looking at the hilarious picture amany posted, I'm not dure what I have is a money plant. It is braided and has leaves almost identical to a schefflera. A different variety, perhaps? Any suggestions? The florist told me it was a money plant.

    Bookmark   July 3, 2006 at 1:55PM
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breenthumb

Amany, good one. Fertilize, fertilize, fertilize. And let me know when you have cuttings to spare. LOL

Eileen, I don't have a money plant but it comes up often on this forum. At the top of this page you'll find a search function where you can type in Money Tree or Pachira to find lots of posts. One of the best IMO is "Sick Looking Braided Money Tree" because it contains a link that tells all about it. Sorry I can't link it for you but links never seem to work for me. Sandy

    Bookmark   July 6, 2006 at 1:24PM
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lucy(6)

Pachira looks a lot like schefflera, but is not related. You could have a different variety, but I honestly think you've got a whole other plant, very pretty, but I have no idea what it is. Plants get mislabelled all the time at nurseries, and if you can go back there, check for other trees that have the same leaf, and see if they're all labelled the same, or some different, it might help. What I've also done is take a tag, call the mfgr. (google them on the web to find a phone #) and call them, and ask if your 'tri-rounded-lobed' leaves are really a Pachira, or something else entirely.

    Bookmark   July 6, 2006 at 3:20PM
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hajir


do they naturaly briad like that?

    Bookmark   July 6, 2006 at 8:03PM
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senga(z6NJ)

I have some information in one of my books, but it is not in english, so I do not think it would be any help. Anyhow, mine MT grows very nicely(knock on wood), the only thing I think may be hard to achieve is they like to be quite cool in winter time, I keep mine in plant room with temp @ 55 at night, and 65 during day time. It survived winter very fine, right now it is outside, by North wall, grew some new leaves. Water when soil is dry, they like loose soil. Good luck

    Bookmark   July 6, 2006 at 9:09PM
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rahman

Hi, just want to know the latin name for a 'Money plant' the Chinese call ' ONG Plant' ( Goodluck plant?)...A kind of potted plant that growing green fiber stalk with leafs left n right of it. A new shoot normally light green n turn darker when matured. TQ.

    Bookmark   July 17, 2007 at 12:24AM
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micke(6)

the one in the purple pot is a Money Tree

    Bookmark   July 18, 2007 at 12:40AM
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rahman

Hi ,Tq Micke ... I've found the latin name for the said money plant i.e. Zamioculas Zamifolia native of Taiwan ?

    Bookmark   July 19, 2007 at 12:48AM
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micke(6)

That is the ZZ plant, this one here,


    Bookmark   July 19, 2007 at 7:31AM
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birdsnblooms

Micke, your ZZ is gorgoues..It's so compact..Mine has 2 stems..lol..but, I know this is going to come back to haunt me, it's not one of my fav plants..

TQ, are you asking for the botanical name of the Money Tree? It's Pachira..Toni

    Bookmark   July 19, 2007 at 2:43PM
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micke(6)

Well it is pretty right now, I have only had it since Mothers Day (cool gift huh? and they picked one I wanted, goes to show ya it is sometimes worth dragging the kids around the nursery with you) It does have some new growth on it, I need to get a close up pic of what I am assuming is the bloom on it (the little curly q thing hanging to the left) looks like a spath bloom.
okay sorry for hijacking!!

eileen, is what you have a money tree? (or is it money plant? now I am confused!)

    Bookmark   July 19, 2007 at 6:24PM
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dollymolly

Do you have a picture of your plant? Try to upload it if you can. Here are pics of my two money trees. One is almost 7' tall!

http://photos.gardenweb.com/garden/galleries/2007/08/money_tree.html

http://photos.gardenweb.com/garden/galleries/2007/08/baby_money_tree.html

    Bookmark   August 19, 2007 at 8:03PM
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tergrov(7-8)

hey i looked it up its a lunaria biennis plant

    Bookmark   December 8, 2008 at 7:44PM
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greenman28 NorCal 7b/8a

Tergrov, What is?

Money Tree is Pachira, also called Malabar Chestnut.

Josh

    Bookmark   December 8, 2008 at 8:19PM
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beckytorrie

The leaves on my money plant started turning yellow and falling off.
Any advice?

    Bookmark   February 11, 2009 at 12:55PM
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greenman28 NorCal 7b/8a

Yellow leaves are often, though not always, a sign of over-watering.
How often are you watering?

If you're in the cold northern hemisphere, you should only be watering every 7 - 10 days, depending upon:
1). the temperature of the room;
2). the quality of light it receives;
3). and the quality/type of soil in which it grows.

The soil should dry out between waterings.

If the soil is mostly peat-moss, you should change the potting medium when the season is appropriate - otherwise, you'll end up with root-rot/watering issues (no doubt every winter) for the rest of the plant's life.

At this time of year, my Pachira usually looks ratty and sad.

Josh

    Bookmark   February 11, 2009 at 4:49PM
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ajay31_thaker_yahoo_com

i am thinking of what will happen in nature when money plants grow big ?

    Bookmark   May 16, 2011 at 5:45AM
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greenman28 NorCal 7b/8a

They become quite large and begin to produce nuts.

Josh

    Bookmark   May 16, 2011 at 9:42AM
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