Aquatic Pachira, a species that is not at all easy to cultivate, as are all those coming from tropical rainforests, the biggest problem is knowing how to regulate the amount of water to be supplied to this plant. Its scientific name is Pakira, or Bombax, aquatica, belongs to the family of Bombacaceae and looks like an elegant plant with intertwined trunk thanks to curious and complex ad hoc techniques. It also makes flowers, but rare to see when it grows in the apartment.
There Aquatic Pachira arrived in Europe recently, it comes from the Far East, from countries like China, Japan and Thailand, places where there are environments with the characteristics that she adores. At the sight of the Aquatic Pachira it has a woody stem, even 2 m high, in nature, with rather large leaves that can have from three to five lobes, all of an intense green color.
Do not be surprised if we see it for sale with a trunk that looks like a work of art: it is often intertwined to increase the scenic effect and makes even the green thumbs of citizens try to cultivate a Aquatic Pachira in home. Adopting it and making it grow serene, it is not impossible, to make it flourish, almost at home. When it is at ease, it produces flowers similar to those of albizzia, white or cream and red, very beautiful.
Note: if you have problems with your pachira, you can read the guide how to cure aquatic pachira.
Pachira: the money plant
Of course the fact that the Aquatic Pachira it is also called a money plant can alone be a reason to buy one of this seedlings and try to dedicate ourselves to it. This nickname originated in the lands from which it itself comes, in the Far East, where it is believed that the Aquatic Pachira it is a tree of good luck because the 5 leaves it shows attract money, then the trunk takes care of it. In addition to this curiosity, we can reveal that there is a kinship with the baobab and the chorisia.
Pachira: how to grow it
To fix one Aquatic Pachira in a plastic pot, let's get 16 cm in diameter if the plant is 30 cm high, then if there are more plants in the same container, don't let a fight break out between them, let's divide them as soon as possible. For the rest you need a universal soil to which you add a handful of perlite and a little peat to slightly acidify it.
The drainage must be absolutely maximum, and never ever ours Aquatic Pachira he must be in direct sunlight, he hates them. The ideal location is the bright shade, never below 8 ° C, better if at home it enjoys temperatures between 18 and 26 ° C.
You can arrange to arrange the plant even outdoors, between May and September, as long as it is in the shade, while in the rest of the year it is better for it to enjoy apartment climate. In addition, from April to September, every 30 days, the Aquatic Pachira it must be fertilized with a liquid product for green plants and the tips and dry leaves must be cut and removed.
If you like cultivate the aquatic pachira with the braided stem technique, so as to obtain a trunk in the shape of a braid, you can follow the instructions contained in the article dedicated to "plants with intertwined stems“, Where we dedicate ourselves completely to the pachira.
Watering, the most delicate phase of the cultivation of this type of plant, as of tropical origin, it must be balanced. The leaves give the signal: if it is too abundant, they wither without drying up first, and it can even be a prelude to death, if watering is scarce, the tips of the leaves dry up.
Pachira with yellow leaves
The leaves of ours Aquatic Pachira they can be damaged by our poor ability to water them at the right time and with the exact frequency, but we are not the only ones responsible. For example, if discolored areas still appear with traces of green, it is iron chlorosis and it is good to wet it with irrigation water and seize it, once a month, then used decalcified water.
Another case is that in which the leaves have small discolored spots all over the surface: this is the fault of the red spider, I told about it in the article "Red spider", complete with advice on how to hunt or prevent it.
In the event that the tips dry up and then infect the rest of the surface of the leaves, then we are the culprits. I'm forgetting to wet our plant as we should, similarly if we are exaggerating we will see the apex of the leaves become soft and brown, and the rest turn yellow as a result, sadly.
Pachira: how to cure it
Other tricks to better cultivate the Aquatic Pachira concern the environment that must be quite humid, you can help yourself by vaporizing the foliage every day with "light" water, which is almost essential in summer for heat and in winter for heating the apartment.
For the problem of "When to wet", a tip may be to check when the soil is dry by putting a finger in it and feeling if it is cool and wet to the touch. Only if it is not, can we proceed with watering.
This evergreen plant that comes to Europe from marshy and tropical areas, is much appreciated both for its tropical air and because it is actually very decorative, in the trunk as in the leaves, very large and of an intense green color. A Pachira aquatic in vase, diameter 25 cm, can be easily purchased online for less than 35 euros, it is a great adventure for those with the passion for indoor plants and he wants one that not everyone, in terms of skill, can afford.
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