Pachira “Money Tree” Bonsai Care Guideline – The Bonsai Plants bonsaitbp Posted on January 7, 2018 Pachira “Money Tree” Care Guideline Money trees are actually water chestnut trees made into Bonsaian, evergreen with lovely bright green foliage, extraordinarily hardy and traditional symbols of good luck, all of which makes them a perfect gift for others or a gift to yourself if you need a little extra positive karma. The Bonsai Plants Braided Money Tree is actually 3/5 individual trees that come together to form this incredibly unique specimen. Money Trees are a great Bonsai for beginners or for anyone that could use a dose of happiness, health and wealth. Climate and Placement Suited to bright, humid, equatorial climates, tropical bonsai prefer common room temperatures, between 65 and 75 degrees F, 3 to 4 hours of direct sunlight, and humidity levels of about 75%. Indoor bonsai are tropical plants adaptable to indoor conditions. Select a spot with good air circulation, but avoid cold drafts, drying heat vents, and appliances with heat exhausts. Pachira prefer sunny areas near windows facing southeast or west. Choose a location that receives morning sun and afternoon shade. Though they grow well indoors year-round, tropical bonsai flourish outdoors on a patio or deck that receives indirect sunlight. They can withstand outdoor summer temperatures up to 100 degrees F, as well as dryer, desert climates as long as they are watered adequately. Bring bonsai indoors when night temperatures fall below 55 degrees F. Do not allow tropical bonsai to freeze. In Japan, bonsai are traditionally displayed against a solid black, white, wood, or bamboo background, or on a stand or pot larger than the tree. Stark contrasts enhance a bonsai’s simple beauty. Watering and Training In fall, winter and spring, water tropical bonsai thoroughly every two or three days. In hot summer months, water daily – especially in dry, hot climates. Use a can or hose attachment that casts a soft, rain-like spray that won’t disturb the soil in the pot. Bonsai can never be allowed to dry out. All bonsai require some degree of seasonal pruning. Regular pruning produces smaller branches and maintains the tree’s miniature size. A simple pair of pointed-nose scissors does the job. Wiring may also be used to hold branches in a desired position or location. Soil, Fertilizer and Repotting Bonsai trees spend years in the same soil and eventually deplete the available nutrients. Providing supplemental nutrition is essential for a healthy tree. Most water soluble and time-released fertilizers work well when used as directed. Bonsai need to be repotted every 3 to 5 years. After receiving your tree, wait at least one growing season before repotting. Using proper bonsai soil is critical. It is important to pot your bonsai correctly. Growing Tips For Money Tree If the leaves of Money Tree are turning yellow and appear droopy, it is a sign of over watering. If the leaves of Money Tree are curled up and wrinkly, it is a sign that the Money Tree is not getting enough water. Money Tree can tolerate several hours of direct sunlight but they should never get too hot. Add small pebbles or gravel to the potting soil to facilitate drainage. If you keep your Money Tree outside, bring it inside if the temperature is below 50 degrees Fahrenheit.