Light Need: half shade
Origin and care
The pachira Aquatica originates from Brazil, Panama and Costa Rica and belongs to the Malvaceae family, also known as a cheese herb family.
The Pachira differs in care from many other house plants. This plant needs a lot of water once every 3 weeks. Because the Pachira stores water in the trunk, the soil must be dried out before watering again. In the summer, the soil may be slightly moist before the houseplant receives water again. Do not give too much water, this will cause the plant with its roots to stand in the water and root rot may occur
In the winter the air is drier due to the heat of the central heating. Regular spraying prevents leaf loss and also removes dust and possibly vermin.
The Pachira likes light but no direct sunlight. A place on the North or East is better than the south side. If the leaves turn yellow, the plant gets too much light, then place the plant + - 1 meter farther from the window. If the leaves grow too fast (stretching), the Pachira is too dark and needs to be moved a little more to the window.
It is sufficient to provide the pachira with fertilizers only during the growing season (spring and summer). Use liquid food for this (see alternative products). It is important that you never feed in the winter and do not give an overdose. (see instructions for use).
If the Pachira is on its way, the plant will drop its leaves. This is also possible if the plant receives too much water.
The pachira is an ideal plant to give as a gift