Pachira Five Buds – It is typically grown outdoors in frost-free climates as a tropical ornamental and/or for harvest of its edible nuts. Each palmately compound leaf has 5-9, elliptic to lance-shaped, shiny green leaflets (to 5-10″ long). Large, greenish to yellowish-white flowers feature five long cream-colored petals surrounding 200-250 tightly-packed, red-tipped stamens (to 3-4″ long). Bushy stamens have a shaving-brush like an appearance. Flowers bloom for one day and are fragrant at night. Fruit is a heavy, woody, brown capsule (to 12″ long) that bursts when mature to release edible nuts (seeds) which may be eaten raw or roasted or ground into flour.
Planting & Caring –
Grow in medium to wet soils in full sun to part shade. Plants tolerate close to full shade. They are best sited in locations protected from strong winds. Plants grow well in areas that are flooded for part of the year. If grown away from water bodies, plants need consistent moisture. Houseplants perform best in bright light with moderate but even moisture.