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If Money grew on trees.

We all here the expression if money only grew on trees. Don’t we wish… The truth is there is no magic tree, however we can still enjoy the story on how this tree came to be.

The story goes that in the 1980s, a Taiwanese truck driver tried making bonsai with multiple trees, and braiding the stems together. The money tree plant was the result, and it can be found for sale in almost any Asian market. The trees are heavily handled while they grow, so that the stems can be braided into a central trunk of three, five, or more stems. The top of the plant is allowed to grow outward normally, so that the lucky leaves can flourish.

Nowadays, these trees are enjoyed by many especially in the Asian community. They believe they are supposed to bring good luck and fortune. It is particularly associated with China, and the plant is often given out at Chinese New Year complete with red banners and other lucky decorations.

Money Tree Plant Facts

  • According to legend, the money tree got its name when a man prayed for money and discovered he could grow several trees from one, allowing him to become rich.

  • Money trees can grow up to 7 feet tall! » Money trees are popular with feng shui practitioners, who believe the plants create positive energy. Money trees typically have five to six leaves on each stem.

  • It’s rare to find a money tree with seven leaves on each stem; if you find one, hang onto it because it could bring you good luck.

Come on in and pick up one of these lovely Bonsai today… many to choose from and who knows your luck might even change.


Care

See below on tips where to place in your home based on feng shui and how to care for your money tree plant.

A plant with leaves in clusters of seven, another powerful number, is considered to be especially lucky. The lucky trees can often be found in powerful places in the home, because plants and living things are supposed to be good for feng shui.

LOCATION

Money trees prefer bright, indirect light and moderate-to-high humidity. Direct sunlight can lead to leaf-scorching, but the plants can do relatively well in low light. Exposure to too many drafts, though, may cause leaf loss. Heater vents and hot, dry air also need to be avoided.

Even though the bathroom might be a great location for your money tree temperature-wise, it’s the least recommended place for a balanced feng shui home and the least likely place for your money tree to bring you good fortune. Make sure your money tree in a bright area. To enhance humidity-fill a shallow tray with small rocks, adding water to partially cover the rocks, and setting the plant on top.

According to traditional feng shui, the love area of your home is the southwest corner. We’ve all probably heard the expression that love and money don’t mix, so keeping your money tree out of this area should be an easy one to remember.

OK…if you aren’t someone who believes in feng shui principles, your best bet might be finding a place where your money tree complements your décor and receives the natural, indirect light it craves. And even if you think the myths around money tree’s ability to bring luck and good fortune aren’t real, there’s no denying that these little trees make an attractive addition to any home.

Money trees can survive outdoors in summer but otherwise need to be houseplants.

SOIL

To avoid root rot, a money tree needs a sandy, peat-moss-based soil and a pot with good drainage. Although it likes humidity in general, you should let its soil dry out between watering. A good schedule for most environments is to water when the top 2-4 inches of soil are dry.

Repot your money tree every two to three years during spring, or if you notice your tree seems overly thirsty.

Repotting Your money tree should be fertilized once in the spring and once in the fall with timerelease money tree fertilizer.

 WATER

Water thoroughly, until water flows out the drainage holes of the pot, and pour out the excess from the tray so that the roots don't sit in water.

FERTILIZER

During the growing season, fertilize once a month with a liquid plant food at half strength, but skip fertilizer in the winter. Always follow the directions on the label of your fertilizer.

WARNING

Over watering and too much sunlight are the most common causes of problems with money plants, though they can also suffer from scale insects, mealybugs, and aphids. Bugs can be treated with a systemic insect control, or horticultural oil spray.

Nikola UzelacFall