If you’re a new “plant parent,” taking care of a money tree would be ideal. This low-maintenance houseplant is suitable for both novice gardeners and seasoned green thumbs looking for a decorative plant for their home.
Money trees or pachira aquatica are popular symbols of luck and prosperity in Feng Shui. Its popularity grew in the 1980s in Taiwan until it spread through Japan and East Asia. If you’re interested in growing a money tree, this article will help you properly care for it so it’ll grow beautifully.
1. Give it indirect sunlight
Just like how to care for golden pothos and snake plants, money trees don’t need too much bright and direct sunlight because it might dry their leaves. Place it in a location with indirect sunlight, such as in your living room or a dresser in your bedroom. It can even live in an office with fluorescent lighting. Rotate it regularly, so the rest of the plant gets even light distribution.
2. Drain after watering
Water your money tree when you notice 1 or 2 inches of its topsoil is already dry. Check every 1 or 2 weeks. Pour enough water that it spills into the drainage holes. This ensures that your money tree gets enough water. To avoid root rot, wait a few seconds until all the excess water spills into the drainage holes and the tray. Throw away the excess water. It’s best to use a well-draining potting mix with a bit of sand and gravel.
3. Temperature & Humidity
Your money tree will thrive in warm temperatures between 65 and 75 degrees Fahrenheit. But as a low-maintenance house plant, no need to worry too much as your money plant can withstand changes in the temperature. However, your money plant will need extra moisture. Make sure to mist it regularly or in a pebble tray to keep it cool.
It’ll take around 2 to 3 years for your money tree to be ready to be repotted. You’ll know it’s time to repot if you notice roots growing out of the pot. Repotting your money tree is easy. Simply dig out the roots carefully, ensuring you don’t damage their roots. Then, transfer it to a new pot with nutrient-rich soil.
Pruning helps care for your money tree by allowing it to control its size. Regular pruning helps encourage your money tree to grow more. To do this, use pruning shears and trim off dead and damaged leaves. When you notice a brown or wilted leaf, clip it off at the base. To help your money tree grow healthy, cut off unwanted growth right after the leaf node at the bottom.
There you have it! We hope this article is beneficial to you as you grow and care for your money tree. Always remember that no matter how low-maintenance a houseplant is, they still require a lot of attention and care.