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Re: Money Tree...


My reference says most of what Jim related.  However, it mentions the fruits
are a foot long and 6inches round.  Pretty heavy load for a bonsai. ;+)

Kitty
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "james singer" <islandjim1@verizon.net>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Wednesday, July 27, 2005 3:57 AM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] 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?
> >
> > Blessings,
> > 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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