Remember Pachira aquatica is a tropical tree that needs tropical conditions. Here in
South Florida it grows best in full sun, high humidity, and plenty of water. It can
actually grow quite well in swampy conditions although not as vigorous as in an area
with well drained soil. In areas where a Pachira is shaded out by a larger tree or the
area for some reason becomes darker, the Pachira will go into a decline and if it's dark
enough it will not grow at all. Fertilizer will not do much to correct this condition.
In article <86fjkk$539b$1 at reader4.wxs.nl>,
"Jan Luyendijk" <jan.luyendijk at planet.nl> wrote:
>>About five months ago I bought a Pachira Aquatica. According to a label on
>the plant it stands at a place in the house where there is nearly no
>sunshine. The label says the Pachira Aquatica is a strong plant that
>therefore can grow also in a dark place.
>However, in five months time we haven't seen any grow yet. Moreover, the
>last couple of weeks some leaves have fallen off the plant. We have noticed
>that the leaves are colouring brown, like leaves in autumn.
>We give the Pachira Aquatica plant food each month and once or twice a week
>some water on the soil. It is sprayed every day once or twice.
>The temperature in our house is always between 18 and 21 degrees C.
>>We have searched for information about the Pachira on the internet, but
>haven't found any suitable sites.
>>Is there anybody who knows what is going on and can gives us an advice for a
>>Thanks in advance.