When you are looking for a new and different plant to place in your home, screened in porch or office you might want something that is both unique and beautiful to look at. The Malabar chestnut, commonly known as the Money Tree, might be just what you are looking for. This beautiful plant has unique star shaped clusters of leaves that can add a tropical flair to any home.
The Money Tree, also known as the Feng Shui Money Tree, is considered by many to be a symbol of good luck and wealth. The plant can be grown indoors or out and the size pot that it is planted in will determine the size of the plant. If the plants are grown outdoors they can reach heights of up to 70 feet! For our purposes, we are going to talk about using it as a houseplant. The tree usually has five trunks that are braided together. The braiding helps to control the trees outward growth and it is said to lock in the good luck.
The Money Tree is very easy to grow and does not require a lot of care. The plant requires indirect light and does well in low light conditions. This makes it a great choice for an indoor plant. The plant would look awesome in a bathroom or even on your desk in your office. If you place the plant outdoors it would be best to place it in a shady location. In addition, the plants like humidity, which makes an enclosed porch or a bathroom an ideal location.
You generally do not have to water this plant on a daily basis. About once a week is often all it will need. The Money Tree does not like to have its legs sitting in standing water so be sure your pot has drainage. The plant likes the lower soil moist but the top slightly dry.
Misting your plant can be beneficial, especially if you keep your plant indoors with AC. The plant can benefit from a monthly feeding of a water-soluble fertilizer such as Miracle Gro. Use only half the recommended amount listed on the label.
In addition to being easy to water and fertilize, they also require no regular pruning. You can trim the plant to help shape it but that is totally optional.
Container grown Money Plants my need occasional re-potting. As the plant matures, it eventually will outgrow the pot. You should only have to repot the plant about once every two years or so. A soil mixture of peat moss and perilite will make a nice mix to plant the tree in.
This beautiful plant has another desirable plus -- it is cat friendly. We all know that most felines love to chew on plants. Although this plant could cause some stomach irritation, it is essentially a cat safe plant. It is non-toxic to pets.
So the next time you are looking for that totally different and unique plant, try a Feng Shui Money Tree. In addition to the beauty, it just might bring some good luck along with it! The plant is available at many local nurseries.
Joe Zelenak has more than 30 years experience in gardening and landscape. Send emails to firstname.lastname@example.org or visit his website, www.hometowngarden.com.