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Re: Money Tree...

Enlarged caudex is normal, Bonnie. They have to be fairly large to produce fruit, I think [but not sure]. The one at Selby Botanical Garden is 10-12 feet and regularly produces fruit. Fruits are large-avocado sized pods that are full of cherry sized nuts that should be roasted before eating. They taste something like chestnuts. Give them light and adequate moisture; I don't know of any problems with them, but I'd keep an eye out for the usual houseplant suspects--spider mites, mealy bugs, etc, and if found, wash them off.

On Jul 26, 2005, at 7:24 PM, Bonnie & Bill Morgan wrote:

I happened upon a couple of bonsai "money tree" [Pachira aquatica] for low
bucks and picked one up for my office and for Bill's. The photos I've seen
on the web look right as far as the leaves, but the trunks on ours are
bulbous at bottom and tiny at the top. Is this a different cultivar or is
there something wrong with them? Will they eventually bloom and produce
(albeit tiny) fruit? Is there anything special I should do for them and/or
are there problems I should look out for?

Bonnie (SW OH - zone 5)

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Island Jim
Southwest Florida
27.0 N, 82.4 W
Hardiness Zone 10
Heat Zone 10
Minimum 30 F [-1 C]
Maximum 100 F [38 C]

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