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Money Plant: The Complete Guide and Care Tips
Are you looking for an easy-to-care-for indoor plant that can bring good luck and prosperity to your home? Look no further than the money plant! Also known as the jade plant or Crassula Ovata, this succulent is popular among gardeners and non-gardeners alike for its attractive appearance and benefits.
What is a Money Plant?
The money plant belongs to the Crassulaceae family of plants. It is native to South Africa but has become naturalized in many parts of the world. This succulent grows up to 3 feet tall in its natural habitat but will be much smaller when grown indoors.
Why is it called a Money Plant?
The money plant got its name from Feng Shui, where it’s believed that growing this plant brings financial prosperity. According to Feng Shui experts, placing a money plant in the southeast corner of your home or office can attract wealth and good fortune.
Care Tips for Money Plants
- Money plants need bright, indirect light to thrive.
- Avoid direct sunlight as it can scorch their leaves.
- If you notice your jade plant stretching towards the light source, move it closer to a window with more sunlight exposure.
- Jade plants are drought-tolerant so avoid overwatering them as they are prone to root rot which could kill them fast.
- You should allow soil dry out completely before watering your jade again.
- You should water thoroughly once every two weeks during summer months; cut the frequency in half during the winter when growth slows.
- The money plant thrives best in low to average humidity.
- Avoid placing your jade plant near high humidity areas like bathrooms.
Soil and Fertilizer
- You should use well-draining, sandy soil to prevent root rot. Add perlite or sand to the soil mix if it isn’t already included, this will help improve drainage.
- Fertilize your money plant once a month with a balanced fertilizer during their growing season (Spring through Summer)
Pests and Diseases
The good news is that these plants are generally disease-free, however, they are susceptible to mealybugs and spider mites. It’s important you keep an eye on your jade plant for any signs of infestation such as webbing or tiny white cotton-like masses on leaves. If you notice any sign of infestation remove infected leaves with clean shears and treat with insecticidal soap according to instructions.
Propagation of Money Plants:
Jade plants can be easily propagated from cuttings taken from healthy stems during their growing season. Use sharp scissors or garden pruners dipped in rubbing alcohol before making each cut.The cutting should be allowed to dry out at room temperature for one day before planting them into moist potting soil mix kept damp but not too wet until roots form which takes about three weeks approximately.. The newly rooted cutting can then be transplanted into a larger pot as it grows bigger over time.
If you’re looking for an easy-to-care-for indoor plant that can bring good luck and prosperity to your home, the money plant is an excellent choice. With proper care, they can thrive and add a touch of beauty to your living space. Remember that Jade plants grow slow so don’t expect them to get too big too fast but with time and patience you will be rewarded with a beautiful healthy plant.