Pachira Aquatica - Guiana Chestnut
The braided trunk isn’t a natural feature – in plant nurseries, the supple young stems of young plants are braided together before they turn woody.
If you’re a plant lover, I imagine you’re probably sick to the back teeth of reading about plants that ‘invoke’ prosperity and good fortune on a household. But the truth is, for hundreds of years many plants have been seen as a sign of wealth and luck, either because at times only the rich could afford them, or to maintain their good health you had to have your wits about you (a sign of education). Whatever the history, for us, the Pachira Aquatica will always be the ultimate money houseplant.
The Pachira Aquatica has sprawling umbrella-like leaves that open up into an open palm shape. You’ll often find the truck of the tree expertly brained into an intricate pattern that takes shape over make years. And like with other equally sort after plants, it comes with many names - Mexican fortune tree, Provision tree, Malabar chestnut, and Dollar Plant. Whatever you choose to call it, it’s always supposed to ring good fortune, though we’re just happy with it looking good in our homes.
Part of the Malvaceae family, it’s a tropical evergreen tree, native to central and parts of south America, where it can reach 20m tall. Despite it being a tropic, it doesn’t need a huge amount of watering – it can store water at the base of its swollen stems.
(All plants come in plastic grow pot unless otherwise stated)