How to grow Money plant?

reviewed by Christina Lopez

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.'

How to grow Money plant

How to grow Money plant
How to grow Money plant

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.

Can money plants grow underwater?

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.

Is it poisonous for fish?

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.

Is it poisonous for Dogs & Cats?

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.

Steps for the money plant to grow well

The money plant to grow well in soil, the following steps should be followed-

  • Take a pot that is medium in size and make holes at the bottom surface of the container.
  • Fill the pot with an adequate amount of soil.
  • Make a deep hole in the middle of the box.
  • Insert the node of the cut stem of the money plant inside the hole.
  • Fill the entire gaps of the hole with soil.
  • Water the plant and maintain moisture until the roots start getting emerged.
  • Once the roots are formed, place the pot in a location with partial sunlight and water every 7-8 days.

Tips & tricks for growing money plant in the soil

  • Always go for a money plant vine that looks healthy and free of damage or any infection.
  • Select well-drained soil for growing your money plant as money plants thrive well in well-drained soil.
  • Attach a stick in the middle of the pot to provide climbing support to the growing vines.

Preventions and care for growing money plant in the soil-

  • Select a pot that is desirable to hold the weight of the growing plant and prevent the plant from falling off.
  • Before watering the money plant, always make sure that the soil has completely dried out.
  • Do not overwater the plant as it may damage the roots, resulting in the plant dying.

How to grow Money plant in water-

Money plant can be quickly grown in water by following some easy steps-

  • Select a healthy vine for the money plant.
  • Take a hollow container that is deep in-depth and likely to hold the growing plant.
  • Place and secure the cut stem vine inside the container/jar and fill it with water.

How to care for a Money plant growing indoors in water-

  • The water in which you've kept the money plant should be fresh and clean. You are required to change the water now and then to avoid bacteria.
  • Money plant doesn't like excessive sunlight so keep away from direct sunlight and heat.
  • Occasionally cut the unnecessary growth to groom and maintain the shape of the plant.
  • Use a water-based pesticide spray to get rid of pests like mosquitos and ants attacking and causing damage to the plant.

How long can you keep a Money plant in the water?

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.

Why does Money plant not require sunlight or soil?

  • Money plant is not required to expose to direct sunlight because they have the power to absorb indirect sunlight somehow and through some way. They are also likely to absorb artificial light and grow well.
  • Money plants also do not necessarily require soil for growth because they are prone to grow and survive because of the naturally found salts in the water itself.

How to care for Money plant in monsoon-

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-

  • For money plants placed outdoors, very less watering is required during the monsoon season as the plants already receive it through rains.
  • Money plants growing in soil need to be assured of draining excessive rainwater that is clogged within.
  • During monsoon, the chances of worms and insects affecting the plant are more. Hence, proper care in preventing them should be taken. Like using pesticides at least once a week or whenever necessary.

Why is the plant named 'Money' plant?

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.

Money plant's leaves turning yellow? Here's what you should do

The leading causes of the leaves becoming yellow of a money plant include

  • Too much heat and exposure to direct sunlight.
  • Excessively watering the plant even when it is not required.
  • Lack of appropriate arrangements for drainage of the soil.
  • Not allowing the soil to dry out completely before watering it again

Steps thatshould be followed to avoid

These are the steps that should be followed to avoid the leaves of the money plant from turning yellow

  • Avoid keeping the plant on a windowpane or nearby window to prevent exposure from direct sunlight.
  • Watering the money plant has to be carried out on the soil that is around the surface of the plant and not directly over the trunk of the plant. This is to avoid the roots of the plant from getting rotten.
  • Lastly, some of the leaves do tend to turn yellow after a prolonged period. Cut these leaves that are turned yellow to allow new and fresh leaves to grow and replace them.

About Christina Lopez

Christina Lopez grew up in the scenic city of Mountain View, California. For eighteen ascetic years, she refrained from eating meat until she discovered the exquisite delicacy of chicken thighs. Christina is a city finalist competitive pingpong player, an ocean diver, and an ex-pat in England and Japan. Currently, she is a computer science doctoral student. Christina writes late at night; most of her daytime is spent enchanting her magical herb garden.

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