Lucky Bean

Posted by Hannah Brand on Jul 8th 2024

Weekly Plant Chat: Lucky Bean

Hey Plant Friends!

This week we are talking about Castanospermum australe, more commonly known as Moreton Bay Chestnut or the Lucky Bean Plant. If you love talking about really cool plants, this is the one for you! Lucky Bean sprouts from a large green-brown seed that sits atop the soil and produces glossy, dark green foliage.  


Family of Origin

This plant belongs to the Fabaceae or legume plant family and is native to areas on the east coast of Queensland and northeastern New South Wales, and to the southwest Pacific islands of Vanuatu and New Caledonia.


Plant Care

Light

Indoors, Lucky Bean requires bright light. An east facing window will provide bright light in the morning and indirect light in the afternoon.

Soil

When it's time to repot, Lucky Bean will appreciate a loose and porous soil. Plant in Espoma's All Purpose Organic Potting Mix. Add a handful of perlite to provide extra drainage and aeration.

Water

Allow the top 2-3 inches of soil dry down before giving it a good soak. Cut back on water during the winter months as light levels decrease.

Fertilizer

Fertilize in the spring and with active growth with an all-purpose fertilizer. We recommend Schultz All-Purpose Liquid Plant Food. Cut fertilizer routine in half in the fall and winter.

Hot Tips

Lucky Bean is known as a good luck charm in some cultures used to ward off harmful magic spells and the evil eye!

Keep an eye out for common pests such as mealy bugs. Check for pests weekly while watering and keep a bottle of Bonide’s Insecticidal Soap on hand for easy treatment.

Lucky Bean are toxic to cats and dogs.


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Lucky Bean is available in 4” pots in the greenhouse.



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