Pachira aquatica, a wonderful indoor plant worth knowing

Pachira aquatica also known as Guinea Chestnut , Aquatic Paquira, Guayana Chestnut, Water Chestnut, Apompo, Water Zapotón, Water Sapote, Water Ceibo or Wild Cacao. It belongs to the Bombacaceae family, which is made up of 80 species. It is native to South and Central America.

Characteristics of the Pachira aquatica

It is an evergreen tree  with an elegant bearing that can grow up to 20 m in height. The leaves are palmate, shiny, lanceolate and with 5 to 9 entire leaflets.

The flowers are about 30 cm, which are solitary or axillary, of a pink-purple tone with long red stamens. It blooms at various times of the year, although the flowers last a few days.

Pachira aquatica care

It is a species that is used as an indoor or greenhouse plant, since it does not resist the cold outside or near the heating.

It requires a light exposure, but without receiving the sun’s rays directly. Environmental humidity is essential, which should remain at 60% (for this, it would have to be sprayed very often).

It does not need a demanding soil, it is enough to have good drainage. It should be changed from a pot to a larger one in the spring.

Irrigation should be little, so it is necessary to wait until the soil is dry to water again. If in winter the temperature falls below 18˚C, watering must be minimized.

Pruning should be at the end of the cold season in order to control growth, or to shape it.

The compost should be monthly with a mineral fertilizer during spring and summer so that it can grow vigorous and full of shine.

The multiplication is by means of seeds or cuttings. For the latter, they are made from a branch with healthy leaves so that they can be rooted with earth and sand and then covered with glass for a high temperature.

Without a doubt a plant that could give that unique touch to the home. So if you are looking for a beautiful species, do not hesitate to purchase this specimen. Just consider their care, because although it is not easy, it is well worth it.

Now that if you already have this plant, do not hesitate to give us a couple of tips to make it look healthy and vigorous.

Images courtesy of: Mauroguanandi

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