How to Transplant a Braided Money Tree Plant

Known as Pachira aquatic, the braided money tree is native to South America. The braided money tree can easily grow to more than 6 feet tall. The braided money tree is thought to bring good fortune to the home it lives in. The branches have five oval-shaped leaves, which are symbols of the five feng shui elements of water, wood, earth, fire and metal. Money trees should be transplanted each year or when they become root-bound in their current pot.

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Choose the next-size-larger pot to transplant your braided money tree.

Step 1

Be sure the braided money tree has dry soil.

Step 2

Fill the bottom of the new pot with 1/2 to 1 inch of gravel to improve drainage.

Step 3

Add cactus potting mix until the smaller pot can fit into the larger pot without going over the top.

Step 4

Remove the braided money tree from the old pot by turning it on its side and gently pulling the plant loose. Keep the root ball protected and do not jerk the plant out of the pot.

Step 5

Place the root ball into the new pot, on top of the prepared soil. Position the plant in the center of the pot so it stands up straight.

Step 6

Fill the remaining space in the pot with cactus potting soil mix, leaving at least one inch at the top under the pot's rim. Pack the soil in slightly to provide support and density.

Step 7

Water the braided money tree thoroughly until water drains out of the bottom of the pot and into the tray. Drain the tray after 10 minutes to protect the plant from sitting in standing water.