Braiding Money Tree: Why, How-to + Tips



This gorgeous houseplant, also known by its botanical name pachira aquatica, saba nut, or Guiana chestnut, is made up of two and six individual plants braided or twisted together.

By weaving the trunks of young money trees together and letting them grow, you can expect a stunning result that should last for years. Let’s take a closer look at how to make and care for braided money trees.

Why Money Trees Are Special

These hardy trees are native to South and Central America. They’re tropical but still don’t like overwatering. If you can avoid that, you should find them simple to grow.

Will a Money Tree Braid Itself?

It’s easy to assume these trees twist around as they grow, but this isn’t how they grow naturally. So instead, braiding them is a simple process that you can apply to either indoor or outdoor money trees to make them structurally stronger and enhance their appearance.

How Many Can You Braid Together?

Remember, braiding doesn’t have to be a three-strand pattern. There are various kinds of braids to choose from, just like braiding hair or fabric. 

Why Do People Braid Money Trees?

- So they look fuller - For aesthetic reasons - To give more stability

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