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GARDEN TIME with DOUG – Houseplant Highlight for September – Money Tree

Pachira aquatic, better known as “Money tree” is an easy-care, low maintenance houseplant. This plant gets its name because the Feng Shui practice believes that a Money Tree, when properly placed in a home or business, brings prosperity and good fortune. They are usually found with its trunk braided. The top of the Money Tree has the “lucky” 5 lobed leaf arrangements.  Most, if not all, of this plant that we have to offer you are all with braided trunks, which I find attractive.

The Money Tree plant is native to Central and South America. So, it has to be inside during our colder, wintry months.

Tips for Care

A Money Tree plant grows best in medium to bright, indirect light. Water well until the water drains out of the drainage holes of the pot and then let dry out between watering.

Because they are native to the tropics, it likes humidity. So, if your home is on the dry side, you can increase the humidity by placing the pot on a saucer filled with pebbles. Keep the saucer filled with water and the evaporation will enhance the humidity of the area.

Feed plants monthly in the spring and summer when it is producing new leaves. Use a basic household plant food, such as Jack’s 20-20-20 and diluted to ½ the recommended strength. For the fall and winter feed the plant every other month at ½ the recommended strength.

Money Trees rarely needs to be pruned. For all pet lovers, Money Tree plants are non-poisonous to animals.

The Money Tree plant should be repotted every couple of years and use a quick-draining potting soil. We recommend using our Espoma potting soil. The plants that we now have to offer you do NOT need to be repotted any time soon. What we recommend is to purchase an attractive ceramic or glazed container to set the plant into until repotting is needed.

A Money Tree is a popular house warming and new business gift since they are said to bring good luck and prosperity.

HAPPY ‘INDOOR’ GARDENING

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