PADDY THE PACHIRA AQUATICA
Also known as the money tree. The money tree is native central and southern America.
Paddy will prefer a bright light but it is important that he does not receive any harsh direct sunlight. The more light paddy receives the faster he will grow, especially in the spring and summer months.
Allow his soil to dry out in between each watering and then once his soil is dry give him a thorough heavy watering with a hose or kitchen tap. Allow all the excess water to drip from his drainage holes and never let Paddy sit in any excess water for a long period of time.
Paddy is from a humid climate and will appreciate moisture on his leaves. To replicate his natural habitat you can place him near a humidifier, on top of a pebble tray or place in a bathroom.
The perfect indoor temperature for him is 10 - 30°C. As long as the indoor temperature doesn't dip lower than 10°C he will be happy. Paddy is not very cold sensitive.
To promote growth use diluted fertiliser every 2-4 weeks in the months from March-September. Do not fertilise in the winter months.
Repot him when the bottom of the nursery pot starts to buckle or you see his roots sticking out the bottom. Avoid repotting in the winter as this could send him into shock, it’s best to wait until spring.
TROUBLESHOOTING YOUR MONEY TREE
Wrinkling/ curling leaves - Paddy will wrinkly or curl his leaves when he is ready for a drink. Check to make sure his soil is dry before you water again.
Drooping yellow leaves - If he starts to droop and yellow he may be overwatered. Make sure he has proper drainage to prevent overwatering.
Yellow leaves - This is a sign that Paddy is not getting enough light. Move him to a sunnier spot. Remove the yellow leaves so he doesn’t waste energy on this part of the plant.
Falling leaves - This is a sign that Paddy is not getting enough bright indirect light. Move him into a sunnier spot.
OUR TOP 3 CARE TIPS
Top tip 1: Thoroughly soak his soil with a hose or kitchen tap a couple of times a year to wash out any bacteria, extra fertiliser or any soil lacking in nutrients.
Top tip 2: Rotate his pot weekly for more upward even growth.
Top tip 3: Clean his foliage once a week with a damp cloth to remove any dust.