English name:Money Tree
Latin name:Pachira aquatica
About me:I'm a hardy, mini-tree with a twisted trunk of intetwined veins. By the laws of fengshui, I will bring positive energy, prosperity and good fortune.
Useful to know:
Central and South America.
I could grow up to three meters tall and I am reasonably fast growing.
I prefer bright, indirect light, but I will tolerate some degree of shade. No direct sunlight, please. I actually thrive under fluorescent light, so I'm great for office environments.
Water me when my soil has become slightly dry at the top, probably about once a week.
I should be fine in most households, but please don't put me in a room with temperatures lower than 10°C.
Feed me once a month with a balanced fertiliser during the Spring and Summer.
Wipe my leaves occasionally to remove accumulated dust.
I have fragile stems, so don't be dismayed if I lose some leaves.
Good news: I am pet-safe!
In East Asia, I am often given as a wedding present because I am thought to bring good fortune!