by Safa Patel
Indians, in general, hold certain rituals, values, and traditional beliefs in planting individual plants in their households that are believed to bring good vibes, positivity, luck, and happiness. Many plants like Tulsi, Peace lily, Boston ferns, Roses, Orchids, etc., are planted indoors or inside the house compound and premises with a hope to bring in a positive aura, joy, and well-being.
The money plant is one such plant among the others that are believed to bring immense luck and happiness. It is believed to hold many other favorable benefits of planting them inside the house and the house premises. Apart from believing the plant to bring in luck, it is also thought to hold an excellent ability to filter the air and remove harmful chemicals and toxins from it.
Money plant is also extensively used in many households, restaurants, malls, and offices for decoration. Since these plants are an avid climber, they grow well like a foilage and towards the upward direction, provided that they should be given some support.
The money plant is sometimes called 'Devils ivy,' 'Pothos,' and 'Silvervine.'
The money plant is produced using several methods. It is usually propagated through its stem cuttings and then placed in either water or soil.
The fact that the money plant, a good luck charm, which brings wealth and prosperity to its owner, can be poisonous might be surprising for many of us, but the good news that the poison is very mild and not deadly can be a relief. The attractive plant's mere presence is not harmful until the leaves are ingested, especially by children or animals. Its potential to change the PH levels in the body might cause swelling in the mouth, irritation in the throat, slight fever, and in extreme cases, vomiting anddiarrhea. However, contact with the leaves seldom causes an allergy, itching, or rash to sensitive skin.
The money plant (Pothos, Devils Ivy, and the rest) can be grown indoors and outdoors; its adaptive nature helps it thrive in both, regardless of the environmental conditions you provide, and requires minimal care. The attractive shiny green leaves can also grow underwater without soil and fertilizers. However, the plant may not be able to survive if fully submerged in the water.
Money plants are oftenadorned in the aquariums with their roots swaying in the water. Their presence can be beneficial for the fish in the aquarium as it absorbs the excessive amount of nitrates and uses them for its growth, improving the water quality.
It is always a good idea to keep your pets from chewing on the money plant leaves, as cats and dogs sometimes enjoy snacking on foliage. It's not entirely toxic but potentially upsetting at times. The symptoms may include oral irritation, swelling and burning of tongue and lips, vomiting, and shortness of breath in-case of ingestion. A veterinarian shall be contacted if the situation gets adverse.
The money plant to grow well in soil, the following steps should be followed-
Money plant can be quickly grown in water by following some easy steps-
The survival rate of a money plant is usually high. However, it is studied that a money plant survives for a more extended period in water than in soil. It can sustain in water for an extended period and many numbers of years.
Unlike any other, money plants are also in need of some extra. Some Precautions and care to be taken for a money plant in monsoon is mentioned below-
Epipremnum aureum or Scindapsus aureus was given the name 'Money' plant after considering how the leaves of the plant resemble very much like coins. The leaves of the money plant appear to be round and plumped, and hence the name 'money' plant was given to these plants as it resembled money. These plants are native to southern Asia and are a breed of the Araceae family.
The leading causes of the leaves becoming yellow of a money plant include
These are the steps that should be followed to avoid the leaves of the money plant from turning yellow