Pachira, superb indoors

Pachira is an incredible indoor plant, with rather modern appeal.

Key Pachira facts, a short list

Name – Pachira
Family – Bombacaceae
Type – tree, indoor plant

Height –

  • 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.

Planting pachira

  • Indoors
    Place your tree in good soil mix.
    It is recommended to place clay pebbles at the bottom of the pot to facilitate drainage and avoid having the roots wallow in water.
  • Outdoors
    Pachira is a tropical plant, so it will only grow in specific climate parameters including both warmth and moisture.

Watering pachira

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.

Pruning pachira

  • 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

Pachira is a magnificent tree native to tropical areas in Central America. It has adapted to living indoors perfectly.

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).

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