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 This is Charlie. 

Tree of happiness

(Pachira aquatica) 

Pot-Ø: 25cm

Height: approx. 105cm

He 

makes you

happy.

 Care tips

  • The Pachira aquatic loves a half-shaded position.

  • Keep the soil moist in summer, but avoid waterlogging in the root area. In winter, the soil may dry a little between waterings. 

  • Regular spraying with water ensures beautiful foliage. 

  • Fertilise once a month during summer.

  • Turn the plant from time to time: it tends to grow towards the light.  

Symbolism, colours & shapes

Pachira aquatica, also known as “Tree of happiness”, usually has two to three intertwined or twisted stems and deep green leaves that resemble a hand with five fingers. The plant grows quickly and forms its beautiful leaf crown quite fast. The structure is extremely impressive thanks to the large leaves on long leaf stalks. This makes the plant appear less massive, as the light can shine through it. Pachira aquatica stores water in its trunk and therefore requires little care. This makes this strong green houseplant attractive for people who love imposing greenery in the house but don't want to spend too much time caring for it.

According to Chinese feng shui doctrine, the leaves that look like green hands with a little imagination, seize luck and hold it in their twisted trunks like a treasure. In Asia, the plant is also called “Money tree”. It is a traditional gift for the housewarming ceremony because it is supposed to bring wealth and happiness into the house. In China, the number 5 stands for the five elements. This also makes the 5-fingered leaves of the Pachira very popular. The effect can be intensified by placing five plants in a round pot, braiding and connecting them.
 

Origin

Pachira aquatica is native to the tropical regions of Central and South America. The name comes from an old Indian language of Guyana and means “sweet water nut”. In its areas of origin, the plant grows mainly in places that are frequently flooded by rivers flowing by. In addition, it thrives in other humid habitats such as shores, bogs and humid mountain forests. In the wild, the plant can reach a height of about 20 m. It blooms with enormously long, yellow petals, from which oval brown fruits develop, which can reach a length of 30 cm. These are used as a substitute for cocoa.

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