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High Desert, CA(Zone 8a)

i have tried searching for the name of this baby, but all efforts failed.

i was sauntering around L.A, Ca. Chinatown yesterday when i noticed everyone buying this plant. they call it the Chinese lucky money plant. no it is not a lunaria. some of the ones i saw grew to a bush about 4' tall.

the plant is soaking on miracle grow cause it dried out while on journey.

i would like to know the specie name to learn more about the plant and give it the right growing media.

thanks in advance. ma vie

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Looks like an Umbrella Tree-Schefflera. I grow mine in ordinary potting soil in the living room in subdued light.

http://images.google.com/images?q=Schefflera&btnG=Google+Search&hl=en

High Desert, CA(Zone 8a)

Thanks Baa :)! it is Schefflera arboricola ... http://www.plant-care.com/PlantCareTips/030702.asp , deeply appreciate that!

that is very unlikely of me to buy plant out of impulse, but due to the fact i do live in an isolated area, and very rare to go into town. i have to succumb to personal whim at times.

They need some of your special tender loving care MaVieRose.

Peter.

High Desert, CA(Zone 8a)

Thank you so much for the kind complement Peter :D!

My pleasure MVR. I have had mine for 15 years now, it's never grown tall but it has grown extra stems from the roots. I water it under the shower for about 15 minutes at a time, just 4 times a year. It has needed very little expect the odd change of pot and compost each year. They are a wonderful house plant and I hope they do well for you

High Desert, CA(Zone 8a)

i'll keep that in mind. thanks again Baa :)!

High Desert, CA(Zone 8a)

i finally find the latin name of the Chinese money plant
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...................................................................... Pachira aquatica ... http://www.botany.hawaii.edu/faculty/carr/images/pac_aqu.jpg , http://pppis.fao.org/GPPIS.exe$ShowHost?Host=8199 , http://mgonline.com/pachira.html , http://www.floridata.com/ref/P/pach_aqu.cfm

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