Pachira Aquatica

Latin name

Pachira aquatica


(“pack-EYE-rah ah-KWAT-ik-ah”)

Common name

Malabar chestnut



How easy is it care for?

Pachira aquatica is a highly decorative tree with large, compound leaves with five to nine leaflets, not dissimilar to those found on Schefflera species (umbrella trees). Also known as Guiana chestnut or Malabar chestnut, the stems are often braided, or have very swollen trunk bases and are smooth. When mature, the trees produce striking flowers and large nuts All our potted plants come in compostable coir pots.

Caring for your plant


Medium-high – high


The soil should be kept moist, but not wet. It will tolerate occasional overwatering and underwatering. The foliage benefits from misting with tepid water


More mature plants can be pruned to maintain a good shape


Dilute fertilizer added to the water at every watering will be beneficial

Pest & Diseases

If the air is dry, two-spotted spider mites may be a problem. These can be deterred by regular misting. Sap feeding pests such as mealybugs and scale insects may also be found. Mealybugs should be removed by cleaning the plant with a damp cloth or paper towel, and scale insects rubbed of the plant with a blunt tool such as a wooden lolly stick

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Mill Road,
CM22 6AA

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