More than a month ago, my husband and I were shopping when we found a plant we fell in love with instantly.
The first thing that caught our attention was its very green leaves, but what really conquered us was its braided trunk. That same day we took our money tree home!
Money Tree, also known as pachira aquatica is a plant native to South and Central America, which can reach up to 18 meters in Nature!
But no worries, in your house it will stay small, so that's why they also usually call it Money Tree Bonsai when planted in pot.
And although it is native to the Americas, Money Tree is very successful in Asia, especially in Japan.
As the name suggests, according to the philosophy of Feng Shui, it attracts good luck in the finance areas and so it even became super popular in Asia. In some countries, it is common to keep this plant in business places to attract wealth.
We didn't know that luck part (but obviously we accepted it as a bonus). What convinced us to bring it home was to find out (we did a Google search right there in the store) that Money Tree is a very easy to handle and almost error-proof plant.
Since then it shines in our living room and, with little care, our Money Tree has lived very well (at least she didn't complain at all, lol). And in this post I'll share with you what I learned by taking care of my plant so you can have yours as well.
Money Tree loves sunshine, but ...
Money Tree is a native plant of sunny and humid areas, so they need to be kept in well-lit environments. However, do not make the mistake of exposing it to direct sunlight, as this may burn your leaves.
So the ideal is to keep it in an area that receives light, but avoid leaving it near the window at times when the sun illuminates your home.
To manage the light on Money Tree - and on my other plants - I I use a device I found on Amazon that measures light intensity. Just look at the scale to know if the plant is getting little, medium or intense light.
Water it regularly, but not so much
Money Tree seems to be a plant that does not like extremes. And although it lives in humid environments of nature, when we have it at home we don't have to water it every day.
In fact, that was the only mistake I made with mine. A few days after bringing it home, I thought it was withered and watered. As it didn't improve, I showered again ... and I was despairing until I found out that I was actually damaging it with so much water.
The ideal is to water it once a week (the exact periodicity depends on the environment of your house) which is the time it takes to dry the land. Money Tree can not be soaked with water, so the ideal is to wait until the soil is dry before watering it.
And remember the device that measures the light? Yes, it measures not only the intensity of light but also the humidity of the soil. Just stick it in the pot to see on the scale if your plant is dry or wet.
Since I bought this device, I had no problem identifying whether my plant was thirsty or drowning.
Avoid drafts of dry air
This tip is very important.
If your Money Tree is in an environment with air conditioning or heating (as is the case in our room) it can't stand in the direction of the air outlet. This is because dry air can decrease the plant's ideal moisture.
If the air outlet is right in the place with the best light intensity (as in my case) you can move your Money Tree to that point in good light hours and remove it from there right away.
Fertilize once a month
Every plant needs, basically, light, water and fertilizer. After all, they need to eat, right?
The normal frequency of fertilization is once a month, but you can follow the development of your Money Tree and adapt the period to the needs of your plant.
After intensive research into fertilizer types I chose to use the Miracle Gro in powder. I consider the most practical for beginners in indoor plants because it is enough to dilute some of the product in water and water it as in a normal watering.
If you live in a really cold winter area, like me, you should stop fertilizing it in the cold months.
Well, as you can see is a plant that requires almost no care. By following these my tips, your Money Tree will remain healthy and will continue to make your home even more beautiful.
If you have any other tips on how to take care of Money Tree, please be sure to leave it in the comments below.