The Malabar chestnut (Pachira aquatica), also known as the money tree plant, is considered to be a symbol of good luck and prosperity.
The money tree plant prefers indirect light and will tolerate low light. If the plant begins to yellow or wither, it needs more light.
The plant thrives in humid areas, such as a bathroom. Turn the plant weekly to encourage even growth. Check the new container for adequate drainage and drill more holes if necessary.
Your money tree plant needs water every seven to 10 days. Water when the top 3 or 4 inches of the soil is dry, keeping the deeper soil moist, but not wet. Trees may need more water in hot environments or when indoor air is dry. A daily light misting provides the extra humidity that money trees prefer. A quarterly dose of timed-release fertilizer is the easiest way to feed your money tree, but a twice-monthly dose of half strength water-soluble fertilizer throughout the spring and summer will also provide the nutrients your money tree needs.
Container-grown money tree plants need repotting every two years. A larger container give the roots room to grow and the plant will grow as well. Once the plant has reached the desired size, use a container of similar size with fresh potting soil. A commercial potting mix containing peat moss or perlite provides adequate water retention and drainage for this tree.