If you saw a Molly, or Pachira aquatica, in its native habitat of Central and South American swamps, you probably wouldn’t recognize it. The tree can grow up to 60 feet tall (versus a max of 3 to 6 feet indoors), and that ubiquitous braided trunk isn’t a natural feature. When grown in a nursery, the supple young, green trunks are slowly braided by cultivators before they harden and turn woody.
Molly comes in two different heights:
Plant height: 25" - 30"; Nursery pot width: 4.5"
Plant height: 50" - 60"; Nursery pot width: 10"
(All plant heights are measured from the base of the pot)
Copes with medium to low light but happiest in a well-lit spot. During Winter, it's best to move him nearer windows to maximise light levels.
Molly isn't the biggest fan of dust collecting on his leaves. It won't cause damage but you will notice he doesn't look his best. So, occasionally wipe any dust of the leaves with a damp cloth. It's a little time-consuming but the results are worth it.
Found to remove volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that emit from synthetic building materials and furnishings. Also cleanses the air of Carbon Dioxide. Win win.
WATERING AND FEEDING
Although it likes humidity in general, you should let its soil dry out between watering. A good schedule for most environments is to water when the top 2-4 inches of soil are dry. Water thoroughly, until water flows out the drainage holes of the pot, and pour out the excess from the tray so that the roots don’t sit in water.
LIVING WITH PETS AND CHILDREN
Nothing to worry about here. That said, we wouldn't recommend eating his leaves!