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Popularized by feng shui practitioners who believe it will bring positivity and good fortune, the money plant is a surprisingly hardy tropical tree that can withstand a certain amount of neglect. It demands only some light and fairly consistent watering, which makes it a good plant choice for inexperienced growers.

First used as a houseplant in Taiwan in the 1980s—in part because it’s believed to create positive chi, or energy, in the home—the money tree makes a statement with its distinctive look. Imparting a tropical vibe to almost any interior space, the money tree plant typically features five trunks braided together, topped by bright green palmlike leaves. Not every plant this attractive is so easy to grow.

Money tree care isn’t especially difficult because the plant is forgiving. That said, there are some conditions that they find deleterious to their health. Once you learn how to take care of a money tree, you’ll be rewarded with the good fortune of flourishing fresh greenery in your home. The key to growing a money tree indoors is to provide the right amount of light, water, and humidity.

Money Tree Care At a Glance

Common Name: Money tree
Scientific Name: Pachira aquatica
Soil: well-draining with neutral to acidic pH
Light: bright, indirect light
Water: deep, only when the top 2 to 4 inches of soil feels dry
Food: twice yearly with houseplant fertilizer at half the recommended strength
Temperature and Humidity: at least 50 percent humidity; prefers temperatures between 60 and 80 degrees
Propagation: stem cuttings in soil or water
Safety: nontoxic to pets and humans

Money Tree Plant Characteristics

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In addition to its scientific name—Pachira aquatica—the money tree goes by many other names: Guana chestnut, Malabar chestnut, saba nut, Bombax glabrum, monguba, and French peanut.

In its native habitat in Mexico and Central and South America, where it grows in marshy wetlands and bats can pollinate it, the money tree produces yellowish-white flowers that evolve into large seedpods containing peanut-like nuts. Outdoors, this majestic tree can reach 60 feet, but indoors, expectations range from 6 to 8 feet, although it also can be trained to grow as a bonsai.


Even though the money tree is plenty attractive as a houseplant, most people buy it because of its feng shui connection, hoping for the positive energy and good luck it’s rumored to bring. That legend derives from the fact that it grows five shiny, star-shaped leaves on each stem—five being an important number in feng shui, since it represents the five elements: water, wood, fire, earth, and metal.

More recent beliefs hold that the money tree can reduce stress and anxiety and relieve sleep disorders.

Selecting Soil for Money Plants

Money tree soil in a container should be moist but not wet, so a well-draining potting mix is suitable. To enhance drainage, you can add cactus soil, or some sand or gravel. But this plant also likes nutrient-rich soil, so a peat moss-based mixture also works. A pH-neutral or slightly acidic soil provides the best conditions for a money plant.

Typically, a money tree will require repotting about every 2 years. Choose a pot one or two sizes larger than it’s been in—and make sure the container has a drainage hole. If you don’t want your money tree to grow too fast, you can remove part of the root ball when repotting. Then place the plant back in the same container with fresh soil.

Related: 9 Things That Can Bring Good Fortune to Your Home

The Right Light

Although the money tree can tolerate direct sunlight when grown outdoors, the indoor-grown plants should receive bright to medium indirect light for at least 6 hours a day. Be sure to rotate the plant each time you water it so its growth is straight.

Ideally, place your potted money tree near a sunny window, but keep an eye on it; too much sunlight burns the leaves, turning them brown. Conversely, too little light results in yellowing leaves.


While it prefers bright natural light, the plant can adapt to artificial light given off by fluorescent or LED grow lights.


Watering Money Tree

Outdoors, money trees grow in areas that flood and near bodies of water, which probably explains the “aquatica” in its name. Although the plant likes water and it’s difficult to overwater a money tree, it is possible. Avoid leaving the pot in standing water, which can lead to root rot if the soil is too soggy. Overwatering or insufficient drainage can result in leaf drop and death. However, soil that is too dry, as well as low humidity, can lead to yellowing, browning, or drooping leaves that fall off.

Money tree watering is not complicated; only give it water when the top 2 to 4 inches of soil feels dry. Usually, the plants need more water during their growing season in the spring and summer. You can cut back on water in the fall and winter because the plants go dormant and don’t need water for growth.

Fertilizing Money Tree Plants

Any basic liquid houseplant fertilizer works well for a money tree, but it should be diluted to half the recommended strength. You can feed your money tree plant as seldom as once in early spring and once in midsummer, but a better plan is to feed it monthly throughout the growing season. In most climates, you can skip fertilizing in the winter.

For the ultimate money plant food, use compost tea. Compost tea bags soaked in water provide a controlled dose of nutrients for foliage development. This all-natural fertilizer also improves the soil by rebuilding its microbial populations for more nutrients.

Bonsai slow-release fertilizer can help with droopy, yellowing leaves. Jobe’s Houseplant Food Spikes (available on Amazon) provide essential nutrients such as nitrogen, potassium, and phosphorus and other trace minerals.


Related: 11 Signs of an Unhappy Houseplant (and How You Can Help)

Setting the Temperature and Humidity

In its natural environment, the money tree grows in hardiness zones 10 and 11. As a tropical plant grown indoors, the money tree likes warm temperatures and lots of humidity. For best results, keep temperatures between 65 and 90 degrees. Avoid placing the houseplants near drafts, such as by exterior doors or heating and cooling vents.

Most indoor situations are significantly drier than the money tree’s natural home. Because the plants like around 50 percent humidity, it’s a good idea to increase the humidity around the plant by placing it on a pebble tray filled with water, setting a humidifier nearby, or misting the leaves regularly.

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Propagating Money Tree Plants

Want to double your luck? Try propagating a money tree by taking stem cuttings in the spring or summer when the plant is growing. Using sterilized pruning shears or a sharp knife, cut a stem about 4 to 5 inches long with a few leaf nodes. Dip the cut end in rooting hormone (optional) and plant it in money tree-appropriate potting soil. Keep the cutting’s soil moist but not too wet for about a month, which is how long it usually takes new roots to form.

Another option is to place the cutting in water (skip the rooting hormone, if you opt for this propagation method). Wait for new roots to grow from the nodes, then pot the new money tree in its own planter.

Safety Considerations

The money tree is nontoxic to pets, according to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA). It’s also nontoxic to humans. In fact, the seeds can be roasted and consumed; they supposedly taste like peanuts (hence the plant’s nickname: the French peanut). In addition, the flowers and leaves can be cooked like vegetables for human consumption. Oil from the plant’s seeds even be used to make soap.


About the only creatures adversely affected by the plant are sand fleas. People have been known to disperse the seeds on the ground to repel the pests.


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Potential Pests and Diseases

The money tree plant is susceptible to common insects such as aphids and spider mites, which drain the plant’s moisture by sucking the sap out of it. In addition to those small bugs, mealybugs, scales, and whiteflies love the phloem sap from a money tree. The result is yellowing leaves. To eradicate these bugs, increase the humidity and use an insecticidal soap or neem oil.

Red spider mites suck the sap from the leaves, resulting in curled, discolored leaves that fall off. These creatures spread quickly and are easily detected by the tiny cobwebs. Isolate an infested plant and treat with insecticidal soap or neem oil. Increase the humidity to keep them from returning; the pests prefer dry conditions.

These plants are particularly susceptible to mealybugs and scale in indoor conditions. Treat infestations with mild insecticidal soap or neem oil. Fungus gnat babies eat the roots of money trees; the adults eat the fungus that has been growing in damp soil. The result is yellowing or wilting of the leaves. Be sure to let the soil dry out between waterings and check to ensure the pot is the right size and has adequate drainage to prevent insect infestations.

FAQs About Money Tree Care

Still have questions about how to care for a money tree? Here are answers to some common questions.

Q. How much sun does a money tree need?

Money trees require bright, indirect sunlight. Direct light can burn their leaves, but insufficient light results in poor growth.

Q. How do I take care of a money tree indoors?

Knowing how to care for a money tree indoors requires mimicking their native growing conditions: bright light, plenty of moisture, well-drained soil, and lots of humidity.


Q. Do money trees like to be misted?

Money trees love high humidity, so they will appreciate frequent misting.

Q. Where should I place my money tree indoors?

Place a money tree near a window where it will receive bright, indirect light. Once you find a spot that works, try not to move the plant. For feng shui, place it in the southeast corner of your office for financial prosperity or in an east window for health.


Watering, Fertilizer, Sunlight & More

Money tree, also commonly referred to as Guiana chestnut, is a species of tree native to Central and South America that has become an attractive, easy-care houseplant thanks to its hardy nature. First popularized as a houseplant in Taiwan during the 1980s, the money tree is prominent among those who practice feng shui and is believed to create positive “chi,” or energy, in the home. This alone has made it a staple in offices, banks, and homes alike.

Money trees are most commonly sold as small plants with a braided trunk made up of three, five, or seven stems. The trees are braided by nurseries when they are young and will continue to grow this way as they mature. Rarely are they started at home from seed, but if you do plan to plant the tree outdoors, you should start it from seed in the spring. The trees will grow quickly indoors or outdoors, often adding up to 24 inches a year in height.

Common Name Money tree, Guiana chestnut
Botanical Name Pachira aquatica
Plant Type Tree

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Can You Grow Money Tree Inside?

Although they can grow up to 60 feet in the wild, money trees kept indoors will typically only grow between 6 and 8 feet tall and can also be trained as a bonsai if you prefer to keep it small. The key to growing a money tree indoors is giving it the right amount of light and water. The good news is that it's difficult to overwater money trees, which makes them ideal for people who tend to kill their plants with too much TLC.

When grown outdoors, money trees produce stunning yellowish-white flowers, which are eventually replaced by large seed pods with peanut-like nuts inside. However, when grown indoors the plant does not flower, as it requires pollination to do so—a task that is typically carried out by bats in the wild. Despite this, when given the proper care indoors, money trees can flourish and increase the positive energy in your home at the same time.

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How to Grow Money Tree Indoors


Outdoors, these plants can tolerate direct sunlight, but indoors money trees need specific light requirements. They should be placed in bright to medium indirect sunlight, for at least six hours a day.

Artificial Light

If you don't have a sunny window that provides enough light, this plant will also do well under fluorescent light.

Temperature and Humidity

Money trees appreciate mild temperatures and high humidity. Generally, they should be kept between 65 and 75 degrees Fahrenheit, and not placed near any warm or cold drafts. Since home environments are typically dry, you can increase humidity around your money tree by placing it on top of a pebble tray filled with water. You can mist the leaves of a money tree regularly or use a small space humidifier.


Money trees should be watered often and regularly, each time the top inch of soil is dry. Typically watering money trees should become more frequent in the spring and summer months and less frequent in the fall and winter. While money trees thrive with lots of water, be careful not to overwater them, as doing so can quickly kill them. The best way to avoid overwatering your plant is to ensure that the potting container and the soil have the proper drainage.


Your money tree needs fertilizer. Fertilize your plant monthly throughout the spring and summer, when the plant is actively producing new leaves, and bi-monthly throughout the fall and winter. A basic fertilizer blend that has been diluted to half-strength will work best.

Pruning and Maintenance

Pruning is an important part of caring for your money tree, especially if you wish to braid it or train the plant as a bonsai or control its size. Regular pruning of the lower leaves can also help to encourage new growth at the top of the plant.

How to Maintain Braided Money Trees

If you have three young, healthy money trees with slim and flexible trunks, you may want to braid them together and pot them as one plant. Or you can braid new and flexible stems on existing plants. Braiding is thought to trap good fortune in its folds. It's a simple process, just like braiding hair, but it also takes practice and a gentle touch to get it right. Here are the steps:

  1. Stems need to be well over a foot long to successfully braid. Take the plants out of their pots. Snip off excess leaves that may be in the middle of the stem that will interrupt braiding.
  2. You can begin at the base or the top of the plants when you braid, whichever is easiest for you. From whichever end you start, place a twist tie, ribbon, or piece of string around the ends to keep the stems together which will make the braiding process easier.
  3. As you braid, keep it loose; tight braiding damages the plant because as it grows, stems thicken.
  4. Release the braid and see if it stays, but if not, gently and loosely tie it with string, a twist tie, or place a piece of garden tape on it to secure the braid.
  5. Pot the plant in its new home. Stabilize the braided plants with a stake or two that is also very loosely tied to the stem with string. Do not put the stake in too deeply or it can damage the roots.
  6. Braiding will stress the plants so place the pot in a partially shady area for about a month to recover.
  7. After a few months, you can cut off the tape or string holding the braid.

Container and Size

When choosing a potting container for your tree, always ensure that it has ample drainage holes, as money trees don't like their roots to sit in water and can easily develop root rot if proper drainage is not provided. A smaller 6-inch pot is preferred for money trees.

Potting Soil and Drainage

A well-draining, nutrient-rich potting soil is best for money trees. A peat moss-based mixture would be ideal, but a standard quick-draining soil mixture such as regular cactus or flower soil will also work. If the soil requires more drainage, you can amend the mixture with sand or gravel.

Potting and Repotting Money Tree

Repotting your money tree is only necessary if you want your tree to grow larger. If you want your money tree to stay small, keeping it in a small pot is one of the best ways to do so.

Moving Money Tree Outdoors for the Summer


You can move your money tree outdoors in warmer months, but this is advisable for warmer southern regions rather than cooler midwestern, eastern, or northeastern regions.

For two weeks, gradually move your plant outdoors so you don't shock it with the temperature change. Place the plant in the shade for a few hours and bring it back indoors. During the two-week period, slowly move it to sunnier spots before bringing it indoors for the night. Don't place it in full direct sun for too long or the leaves of your money tree may burn. Also, make sure it is not in the direct line of rainfall or the plant could drown if too much water seeps into the pot. A spot with dappled light, but with more sunlight, would be ideal for a money tree.

When to Bring Money Tree Back Inside

In general, bring your tropical money tree back indoors when nighttime temperatures dip below 50 degrees Fahrenheit for a few nights in a row. If the money tree isn't taken indoors in time, the plant may go into shock and experience leaf drop.

Common Growing Problems

Money tree plants are easy enough to grow and maintain, but a couple of problems can crop up. Some simple care tips can alleviate the issues.

Yellow or Brown Leaves

Typically yellowing or browning leaves indicate overwatering or underwatering. One way to tell the difference is to see if the leaves are both discolored and curling, which indicates underwatering. It could also mean you have given the plant too much or too little sunlight so you will need to change the plant's location to see if it helps.

Soft Stems/Trunk

If the stems or trunk is becoming too soft and heading towards mushy, you are overwatering the plant.

Leggy Plant

If you notice there's no new leaf growth and the plant looks too leggy, it may mean you are not giving it enough light. A new location may help.

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what is best for the fat woman, where to place it

The money tree (also called the fat woman and crassula) is easy to care for, so this is a good option for beginner flower growers. But it is very important for him to maintain a balance of light and shadow. From the article you will find out what lighting requirements the money tree has.


  • Suitable conditions for keeping the Crassula
    • Does it like sunlight?
    • How does a tree grow in the shade?
    • Required humidity
    • Can Crassula be kept cold?
  • Where is the best place in the apartment?
  • How to position a fat woman to prevent her illness?
  • Conclusion

Suitable Conditions for Crassula

There are several parameters that must be observed in order for a tree to grow strong, beautiful and healthy. They are as follows:

  • light;
  • humidity;
  • temperature.

Does the sun love?

In the summer, many people put the money tree out into the air, into the light. The fat woman loves bright lighting, and direct sunlight is not contraindicated for her, but still the plant cannot be left under them for a long time. Take the money tree out in the sun for a few hours a day.

Crassula leaves turn burgundy from long exposure to direct sun, this is a sunburn. In this case, the plant must be urgently removed into the shade and sprayed with a solution of epin-extra at the concentration indicated on the package.

If everything is done in time, the plant will recover in 1-2 days. But if this moment is missed, it can die. Therefore, you should be careful and remove the money tree from the sun at the first alarm bells.

How does a tree grow in the shade?

If you keep the fat woman exclusively in the shade, it will begin to experience a lack of light, the branches will stretch, the trunk will become thinner, and the number of leaves will decrease. This plant loves the sun, but not the burning rays of the sun, but diffused, soft light.

It is better to choose a bright place in the house on the southeast side. In summer, when the sun becomes more aggressive, it is recommended to move the plant away from the window and light so as not to damage its delicate leaves.

Required humidity

The money tree does not like abundant watering; for it, excess moisture in the soil is much more destructive than its drying out. With an excessive amount of water, the leaves will initially be good and moderately thick, but over time:

  • leaves and trunk will become heavy;
  • the trunk will not be able to support its weight and will begin to lean towards the edge of the pot.

Not everyone can recognize this signal, some begin to support the plant with sticks, but a healthy and “satisfied” Crassula does without support. Therefore, you need to carefully monitor the plant.

A very easy way to check if a money tree needs water is to look closely at its leaves: if they are dense enough and do not bend, then the plant does not need watering yet.

In summer, the fat woman is watered once every 1-1.5 weeks, in winter - once every 2-2.5 weeks, depending on its condition. In spring and summer, you need to ensure that the soil is moderately wet, this is necessary for sufficient air humidity around the plant.

The money tree does not need an increased moisture content. If the soil is wet enough, you only need to wipe the leaves with a damp cloth for hygiene and beauty purposes so that they do not become covered with dust.

Can Crassula be kept cold?

In winter, Crassula falls into a dormant period, and at this time the ideal temperature is not lower than +6 degrees and not higher than +12. The best option would be + 8 ... 10 degrees, but it is not easy to create and maintain such a temperature in an apartment.

Dangers for a fat woman in winter:

  • if you open a window at the location of the money tree, frosty air will come out from there, and it will harm the plant, it may freeze and die;
  • a cold window sill will also not do any good, because if a damp earthen lump cools, the root system of the crassula will rot.

When opening a window for ventilation, you need to do it in such a way that frosty air does not get on the crassula, it is very dangerous for it, and if the window sill is cold, then you need to put foam plastic under the plant, or some other support that will protect it from cold.

Where is the best location in the apartment?

The money tree loves light and fresh air. If in the summer it is possible to put it on a balcony or at least on a loggia, even a glazed one, so that windows open regularly and fresh air gets in, then this will be ideal.

It is best if the money tree stands in such a place that the sun's rays fall on it in the morning - when the sun is not yet too active, and in the afternoon there was already partial shade. If the sun is constantly shining, the leaves will begin to turn red. In order for the leaves to be bright green, this should be avoided.

How to position a fat woman in order to prevent her illness?

Crassula gets sick infrequently, but with an unsuccessful choice of location, its leaves turn red, wither and fall off, become covered with black dots and spots, the plant begins to hurt. Prevention is better than cure, so you need a sufficient amount of moisture, light and air, then no diseases are terrible.

It is best to put the jade on windows facing east or southwest. The plant is able to freshen the air and absorb odors, so it would also be a good solution to place it in the bedroom. If the tree is large, it can be placed on the floor, next to the window.

Avoid drafts, but do not forget about ventilation.


The money tree is a very beautiful plant and it is not that difficult to take care of it. If you approach this wisely, the flower will give all its best qualities, it will be an excellent decoration in the house. Sunbathing should be moderate, you should not leave the fat woman under direct rays for a long time.

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07 May

All about the plant Crassula or Crassula

If you mention the word "crassula" in a conversation with a person who is far from floriculture, he will shrug his shoulders. If you say "fat woman", then, perhaps, he will remember that he heard such a name. And if you say “money tree”, he will say for sure that he knows him and saw him. And we are talking about one plant.

Crassula's homeland is hot Africa, but it has long inhabited home and office interiors all over the world.

Home care for the money tree

Location and lighting: The money tree loves light. The amount of sunlight directly affects the color of the foliage. For example, if you have flowering varieties, or varieties with variegated leaves, then with a lack of light, the former will not bloom, and the latter will lose their color. Therefore, the best places for her are windows facing south, southeast and southwest. Direct sunlight for Crassula is practically not dangerous. The exception is varieties with a pure green leaf color. From the scorching sun, a reddish edging may appear along the edges of the foliage, or the entire surface may turn red-brown. Therefore, shade such a plant with a curtain during the day.

On the northern windows, the fat woman will need artificial illumination of a phytolamp or an ordinary fluorescent lamp. From a lack of light, the shoots can become thinner, and the leaves of the money tree fall off. In order for the crown to form beautifully and not warp, regularly turn the plant towards the light with its different sides.

Therefore, if the question arises, the money tree prefers light or shadow, then definitely light.

Air : In summer, fat women will be happy if you take them out into the open air - to the balcony, veranda, to the garden. If all this is not there, you can simply lower the money tree to the floor, where it is always a little cooler. Ventilate the room often. Just choose a place where drafts do not fall.

Temperature: Comfortable temperature for Crassula is +22 - +28℃. However, from the end of November to the beginning of February, the plant has a dormant period, and at this time it needs a temperature of about +14 - +16℃. Just put it away from the heating, perhaps near the door to the balcony. And if you have an insulated loggia, then the plant will be able to winter there even at a temperature of +8 - +10℃. The money tree cannot be kept warm in winter. Try to provide her with a three-month winter rest in a cool place, otherwise the plant may fall leaves. Unlike many other plants, daily temperature fluctuations benefit the plant.

Watering : Even in summer, Crassula does not require much water - it is enough to water it abundantly every 2-3 weeks. If the plant is young - in the heat, water it once a week. The exact signal for watering is if the soil has dried out a couple of centimeters deep. In autumn, water every 3 to 4 weeks, during this period, by the time of watering, the soil should dry 4 cm deep. The money tree is watered minimally in winter.

Moisture: Crassula not only does not need spraying, they are contraindicated for her, as this can worsen the appearance of the leaves and lead to their decay. Such unpretentiousness is convenient for those who, due to circumstances, often leave home for a long time, the plant can calmly wait for you.

Hygiene: despite the fact that it is not worth spraying, the plant must be periodically wiped to keep its leaves clean and free to breathe. A small crassula can even be washed under a warm shower in the bathroom.

Soil and pot: Crassula is a succulent whose roots cannot stand constant moisture in the soil. Therefore, pots without a drainage hole are contraindicated for her. It is tedious to choose the right soil. For a fat woman, you can purchase soil for succulents, or you can make the following mixture yourself: 3 parts of sod land and 1 part of leaf, humus, river sand and fine gravel.

Possible problems

Money tree leaves fall off causes:

If the branches of the money tree begin to go bald, the reason, of course, lies in improper care. Even for such an unpretentious plant, you need to create comfortable conditions so that it will please you for a long time. After reviewing these reasons, you will understand what is unacceptable for a money tree.

  1. Crassula foliage may fall off if you water the plant too infrequently. The roots of the flower become thinner, the branches lose their elasticity and the foliage falls off. Therefore, do not allow the earth in the pot to dry out completely, but also do not pour the plant too abundantly so that the roots do not begin to rot. Watering the fat woman should be moderate.
  2. At too high a temperature in the summer heat, an excess of ultraviolet radiation and direct sunlight can leave burns on the leaves, which is why the money tree can also throw off the foliage. Therefore, shade the flower in the summer, or move it from the south window to another place.
  3. The foliage of a money tree can fall off strongly if you “overfed” the plant with fertilizers. An excess of microelements and minerals can be more dangerous than a deficiency. Fertilize the plant only from March to September, in the rest of the year, bait is stopped for the dormant period of the plant.
  4. Too low or, conversely, too high a temperature can cause the money tree to shed its foliage. The plant is comfortable at normal room temperature, extreme drops and cold drafts for it are fraught with baldness.
  5. Do not water the flower with ice water, as this stresses the root system. Water for irrigation should be at normal room temperature, slightly warm.

Money tree pests:

Sometimes a plant can be attacked by a mealybug, which also leads to leaf fall and death of the plant. In order to prevent diseases, keep the plant indoors with a humidity level of no higher than 60% and a temperature no higher than 30 degrees.

Periodic inspection of the plant can help to notice the appearance of parasites in time - a white coating appears on the leaves and branches. If it is, it is necessary to remove the affected foliage from the crassula, wipe the flower with a wet soapy cloth, and then treat it with a special agent. For disinfection, you can use the drug "Aktellik".

Interesting fact

Money tree and its beneficial properties:

The healing properties of the money tree, first of all, consist in the fact that they release phytoncides, which have a detrimental effect on viruses, fungi and bacteria, disinfecting indoor air .

Crassula juice is used to treat diseases. It is added to rinses for tonsillitis and periodontitis, lotions are made for insect bites, cuts, abscesses and herpes, lubricate corns, rub sore spots with arthritis and arthrosis. But we must remember that all manipulations should be only external. Leaves or juice should not be consumed internally, as they contain arsenic.