Pachira aquatica growing 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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Requirements for 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
Spring, summer, autumn
Pests and diseases:
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
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 as houseplant?
Yes, but need light
Growing is also possible in a planter /flowerpot / containers:
Late spring – early summer
General information about the flower
White flower with big stamens
Pollination is done by:
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?