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Money Tree Care

The Money Tree is a perfect indoor foliage plant to give your home a tropical feel. Native from Mexico to northern South America, the Money Tree is also very popular in Taiwan and other East Asian countries.

How to care for your Money Tree

Use these instructions to care for a Money Tree. This guide will tell you how to water a Money Tree; its light, temperature, humidity preferences and any additional care it might need to help it grow.

Money Tree

LIGHT

Position your Money Tree in medium to bright indirect light, turning it every time you water it for even growth and leaf development. This plant will also adapt and do well under fluorescent lights.

WATER

Your Money Tree prefers deep but infrequent watering. Water the plant until it runs from the drainage holes. Once water drips from the bottom of the pot,  stop watering and empty the saucer. To prevent root rot, make sure your plant is never standing in water. Let the top 2”- 4” of the soil dry out between waterings. Your Money Tree requires less water in the winter months, when growth slows.

HUMIDITY

Your Money Tree prefers a bit of extra humidity so make sure you increase the humidity in the winter months with a pebble tray or a humidifier. It will also appreciate regular misting year round.

TEMPERATURE

Your Money Tree is most comfortable in temperatures between 65-80 degrees.

FOOD

Feed once a month in the spring and summer when it is producing new leaves with a water-soluble, well-balanced plant food at half the recommended strength. No fertilizer is necessary during the winter when plant growth naturally slows. Always make sure the soil is damp before applying any fertilizer.

ADDITIONAL CARE

Try not to move your Money Tree very often, they prefer to stay in the same spot. If you do need to relocate, you may see a bit of leaf drop. Not to worry–it will adjust.

TOXICITY

Your Money Tree plant is safe for pets, according to the ASPCA.

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What's a Money Tree?

Botanical Classification: Pachira aquatica

About

The Money Tree is a perfect indoor foliage plant to give you a tropical feel. With its braided stem and bright green palm looking leaves, it looks both like a tree and palm. Native from Mexico to northern South America, the Money Tree is also very popular in Taiwan and other East Asian countries.

The Money Tree gets its name from the Feng Shui belief that it will bring positive energy and good luck to the owner.

Fun Fact:

It has been said the Money Tree may reduce stress, anxiety, and may also help relieve sleeping disorders.

Pictured Left: Money Tree
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Don’t be alarmed if your Money Tree drops a few leaves upon arriving at your home. Your plant is simply adjusting to its new environment and will be acclimated in no time!
- Plant Mom

Money Tree

Easy and graceful, with large leaves and a braided trunk
very easy, perfect for beginners, medium to bright indirect light
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