How to grow Pachira aquatica

Pachira aquatica grow and care -‎ tree of the genus Pachira also known as Malabar chestnut or Water chestnut, Pachira aquatica perennial evergreen plant but in cold winter become deciduous plant and also used as ornamental plant sometimes as bonsai, can grow in mediterranean, subtropical or tropic climate and growing in hardiness zone 10+.

Leaves color is green, shape ovate the leaves connected in like lobed structure of 5-7 leaves

Flower white flower with big stamens,

Pachira aquatica flower

Nutshell cover is green – brown, when the nuts ready to eat the cover open and the nut fall with the cover from the tree. Nutshell soft brown with strips, nut color cream-white, size 1-2 cm the shape look like brain

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How to grow Pachira aquatica growing and care:

Plant the tree in a place that you could recognize the nuts on the floor

What is the best way to start growing?
Plant / Seed

Is it necessary to graft or use vegetative reproduction?

Difficulties or problems when growing:
When the tree grow too fast up sometimes in the wind it can fall

Planting season:
Spring, summer, autumn

Pests and diseases:

Pruning season:

How to prune:
Recommend to cut it when it’s not establish the root

Size of the plant?
7-15 m, 21-45 feet

Growth speed in optimal condition:
Medium growing / Slow growing

Water requirement:
Small amount of water / Average amount of water

Light conditions in optimal condition for growing:
Full Sun / Half Shade / Full Shade (can survive but won’t grow good)

Is it possible to grow indoor as houseplant?
Yes, but need light

Growing is also possible in a planter /flowerpot / containers:

Blooming information

Bloom season:
Late spring – early summer

General information about the flower
White flower with big stamens

Pollination is done by:

Edible nuts

Nuts harvest season:
Late summer – early autumn

Nuts pests or diseases:
Birds, and if it’s fall on the ground slugs

What can be done with big quantities of Pachira aquatica nuts?
Eat raw, roast, milk

Work requirements on the nuts:
Sometime it’s impossible to find the nuts on the floor, put masking tape when the cover of the nutshell is green

How long does it take to bear nuts?
2-5 years

Scientific name:

Pachira aquatica

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Blooming Seasons
  • Spring flowers
  • Summer flowers
Edible Parts
  • Edible Nut
Culinary uses
  • Beverage
  • Cooked
  • Eaten raw
Flower colors
  • White flower
Harvest Season
  • Autumn Harvest
  • Summer Harvest
Ornamental parts
  • Ornamental flower
  • Ornamental fruit
  • Ornamental leaves
  • Ornamental plant
Plant growing speed
  • Fast growing plants
  • Slow growing plants
Plant life-form
  • Evergreen
  • Perennial plant
  • Tree
Plant Uses
  • Bonsai
  • Edible plants
  • Indoor plants
  • Ornamental plants
Planting Season
  • Autumn Planting
  • Spring Planting
  • Summer planting
Plants sun exposure
  • Full sun Plants
  • Part shade Plants
  • Shade Plants
Watering plants
  • Big amount of water
  • Regularly water
  • Small amounts of water
Hardiness zone
  • Hardiness zone 10
  • Hardiness zone 11
  • Hardiness zone 12
  • Hardiness zone 13

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