Q. Can I grow a money tree (Pachira aquatica) in a low light apartment?


Money trees prefer bright, filtered light but will put up with some light shade and continue to grow. The money tree in your home is a juvenile plant that would be protected from direct light by taller plants in its native habitat.  For best health, your plant should be in a room that gets sun for most of the day, but not right in the window. Rotate the plant each time that you water it for balanced development. Strong direct sun can cause sunburn.

Though they can survive poor light conditions, they may slowly decline in health and will lose their attractive features. Low light may, for instance, trigger the plant to become deciduous and lose its leaves in the fall. If that starts to happen, increase light, if possible, and then be patient; the leaves should return with the next flush of growth.

You can find more information on caring for your plant in our Money Tree Guide.

Courtesy of NYBG Plant Information Service


  • Last Updated Jan 15, 2021
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  • Answered By Leslie Coleman

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