The Lucky Chestnut is originally from Central America, between Mexico and Costa Rica, and is a well-known plant within the Feng Shui philosophy, where it is believed that the plant brings happiness and prosperity to every home that it thrives within.
The name Lucky Chestnut refers to a story about the plant's origins, in which a poor man prayed to God for food, after which he found this "strange" plant. He saw the plant as a sign from God and took it home, where he began to grow the seeds from the plant. He was so successful in selling these plants that he saw the plant as a miracle. Therefore, it is said that the plant can bring life, energy and wealth to all homes it is within.
Botanical plant name: Pachira aquatica
Other names: Lucky Chestnut is also called Money Tree.
Watering: Water the plant about once a week or every 14 days when the soil in the surface has dried out about 3-7 cm into the pot. This is depending on the diameter of the pot your plant is in.
Location: Although the sleek and elegant leaves on Lucky Chestnut may seem fragile, it is actually a rather hardy plant that thrives both in sun and shade. However, it should not be placed in direct sunlight all day. If you put it in a more shady environment, the plant will grow fast, while it will grow slower if put in a darker environment.
Temperature: The plant tolerates temperatures between 8-30 °C.
While your Lucky Chestnut will thrive if cared for as described above, it will always love a little extra attention – and give you growth and beauty in return.
In order for the leaves on your Lucky Chestnut to breathe optimally, it's a good idea to dust off your plant with a soft damp cloth just as you would want to dust off your shelves. However, be careful not to rub the thin leaves.
Lucky Chestnut comes from a more humid climate than Denmark and therefore you will often benefit from trying to increase the humidity around your plant.
If your plant starts to get yellow leaves, it will probably be due to low humidity. In this case, try to spray the leaves using a spray bottle at regular intervals. Only spray a thin layer so that no small "puddles" accumulate on the leaves. If you use an spray bottle, you will also not need to dust off your plant as often.
In its early life, Lucky Chestnut will not need fertiliser, but later your plant will benefit from getting fertiliser about every two weeks, as it will increase its well-being and growth.