In many parts of Asia, one tradition that is commonly associated with having more money is placing a money tree plant inside their homes or offices. People from these parts of the world believe that the money tree can bring good fortune,luck and prosperity. The species used for a money tree plant is technically termed as Pachira aquatica. It is very abundant in swamp lands in South America. The plant itself is already considered to be very lucky by followers of feng shui, mainly because of its five lobed palmate leaves. A money tree plant with leaves in clusters of seven, another lucky number, is considered very lucky.
The money tree seeds come from the Malabar Chesnut variety. It is also recognized as Pachira glabra, provision Tree, Guiana Chestnut, Saba nut and Shaving Brush tree. Brown pod fruit can grow up to one foot long, containing several large seeds that are eaten as nuts. Raw seeds do taste like peanuts while cooked seeds are similar to chestnuts.
Medium to large sized, spreading tree which can grow over 60ft tall. Flowers are very fluffy and showy, having long, foot long petals drooping outwards from their center. Fruits burst open when ripe to expose the large seeds.
Hardiness: It is very resilient tree that can withstand temperatures up to 28F in some sub-tropical climates such as Southern California; however, warmer climates are suitable for money tree seeds .
Growing Environment: Remember that this money tree seeds are typically found near freshwater streams and swamps, so provide ample water when cultivating. Nonetheless, money tree seeds from the Malabar Chestnut can go through periods of drought. Money tree seeds can be grown in full sun or shady areas but shield it from wind and low humidity days. Aside from planting money tree seeds, it can also be propagated using tree cuttings.
Different Uses: Money tree seeds from this variety is good for human consumption. There are several ways to consume money tree seeds: raw or cooked, usually boiled, roasted, or fried. Leaves and flowers can be consumed as vegetables.
The native range of money tree seeds from Pachira aquatica are common in Mexico, reaching as far as Central and South America. Indeed,aside from giving good luck, money tree seeds can be used as a food source too.