Australian Chestnut | Castanospermum australe
Australian Chestnut | Castanospermum australe
Australian Chestnut | Castanospermum australe
Australian Chestnut | Castanospermum australe
Australian Chestnut | Castanospermum australe
Australian Chestnut | Castanospermum australe
Australian Chestnut | Castanospermum australe

Australian Chestnut

Castanospermum australe

Regular price £15.00 £0.00

As the name suggests, this plant is native to Australia, particularly coastal areas. Technically, the Chestnut grown as a houseplant is still a baby plant, and the chestnut from which it grows is visible at the base of the plant. For this reason, it's sometimes known as the Lucky Bean or Jack's Beanstalk. It grows dense, glossy leaves on long stems and usually flowers in the summer, producing small or orange clusters of blooms.


In the wild, it's common to see the castanospermum australe reach over 100 ft! Indoors, it grows slowly, approaching a more reasonable height of 2 ft in its starter pot. Repotting will encourage it to grow, as it tends to restrict its size to the amount of space available. This plant does well in bright spots and doesn't like environments colder than 10 degrees, but take care to keep it out of the midday sun, as that can damage its leaves. Regular pruning will keep them growing densely, and watering once per week is recommended

Growing pot size: 12cm diameter.

Pets: Can be toxic if ingested

Excludes Decorative Pot

Looking for pots?

I fit best in 12cm pots and 13cm pots.

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How to care for the Australian chestnut

Bright Indirect Light

Bright Indirect Light

Find me a spot that gets no more than 4 hours of direct sun, or my leaves might dry up or get scorch marks

Medium Watering

Medium Watering

Wait for the top 2-5cm of my soil to dry out between waterings. This is roughly every 7 days in summer and 10 days in winter

Care

Care

I am easy-going. Just snip off any dry leaves and give me the occasional dusting to keep me looking my best

How this plant cares for you

Form

Form

The shape of my trunk and canopy triggers an evolutionary response that will help you feel calm and safe

Colour

Colour

The bright green colour of my foliage colour triggers an evolutionary response that will help you feel vital and healthy

Pattern

Pattern

My naturally occurring fractal patterns activate your alpha response, putting you in a relaxed yet wakeful state

Want to know more about how we break down plant wellness benefits? Read our post about it here.