Tuesday, May 13, 2014

The Money Plant

Sometimes when I am out shopping, I just have to stop by the florist where I worked for several years.  There are always new plants coming out on the market and although this one has been around for awhile, I thought I'd snap it's photo, since it has become quite popular.

This is called a Money Plant or Money Tree and it comes with a superstition attached to it. It's supposed to bring you money and prosperity. That is a good thought. It definitely will be a calming and peaceful presence in your home and that should be helpful for sure.    

The money plant is of tropical origin and its botanical name is Pachira aquatica. It's native to Central and parts of South America and can usually be found in wetland areas. It can become a large houseplant over time but grows fairly slowly. 

You can send plants and beautiful floral arrangements almost anywhere in the world from this florist and they always take extra care with their orders.

Care Instructions----
  • Strong indirect light or some direct sun. Full afternoon sun may be too much and its leaves will bleach if it is too much direct sun.
  • Water when the top of the soil is very dry. 
  • In a 6" (15cm) diameter pot, use about one pint (almost 1/2 liter) of water when necessary. 
  • In a 8" (20cm) diameter pot, water with up to a quart (almost 1 liter) when necessary.
  • In a 10" (25cm) diameter pot, 2 quarts (2 liters) of water should do. 
  • Fertilize regularly for best color.
  • It would prefer some humidity so a daily mist would be helpful although it adapts well indoors.  

  ***To watch short video clips on plant care from my 90's TV series, click here: 


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