Pachira is an incredible indoor plant, with decisively modern appeal.
Key Pachira facts, a short list
Name – Pachira
Family – Bombacaceae
Type – tree, indoor plant
- 32 to 64 feet (10 to 20 m) in its natural environment
- 6 ½ feet (2 meters) as an indoor plant
Exposure – abundant indirect light
Soil – soil mix
Foliage – evergreen
Flowering – January to December
The planting, repotting, watering and care are all good practices that will increase the pachira’s growth and protect it from disease.
It is recommended to place clay pebbles at the bottom of the pot to facilitate drainage and avoid having the roots wallow in water.
Pachira is a tropical plant, so it will only grow in specific climate parameters. Crucial is to have both warmth and moisture.
Water abundantly when the soil around your pachira dries up, but don’t wait for it to be totally dry.
- Space the waterings during the winter season because its needs are reduced.
For strong growth and magnificent leafage, you can add leaf plant fertilizer.
What to do if pachira leaves turn yellow
If the leaves are turning yellow, this is usually because there is excess water or that drainage is insufficient.
You must then:
- Stop watering and only resume watering when the soil is dry, in moderate amounts.
- Increase drainage, that is, ensure water can flow away. Put clay pebbles or gravel at the bottom of the pot.
- Check that there are good-sized holes at the bottom of the pot and that water doesn’t stagnate inside it.
What to do if pachira leaves turn brown
This is usually a sign that there’s a lack of water and the surrounding air is too dry.
- In winter, place it further away from radiators and other heat sources.
- All year long, mist water on the leaves, preferably with non-hard water.
- No pruning is formally required.
- However, you can prune in spring above an eye to encourage growth of new shoots.
Tips on how to grow pachira
When growing it in an apartment, you can place it near a light-emitting window, but without direct sun, especially during the most exposed hours of the day.
Ensure constant moisture levels by often spraying water on its leaves.
If the tips of leaves turn brown, it is because the surrounding air is too dry.
Don’t add any fertilizer during the dormant state from October to March.
Smart tip about pachira
In winter, the plant fares well at the temperature of an unheated lean-in in winter, provided it doesn’t drop below 40°F (5°C).