How to braid a 5 stem money tree


We Tell You How to Braid a Money Tree in 6 Easy Steps

Braided money plants look splendid and greatly compliments almost all home decor. You can learn how to braid a money tree yourself, instead of buying pre-braided and pricey plants…

The money tree or money plant Pachira aquatica, is a tropical wetland species of plant, which is native to Central and South America. The plant can flourish to its fullest when allowed to grow in indirect sunlight and in humid conditions. The money tree has thick, fibrous stems, which can be easily manipulated into braids.

The braided stems, add an aesthetic charm to the plant, making them look exotic. These plants are available in miniature bonsai sizes as well as tall and sturdy versions. Some can grow as tall as 7-8 feet while being grown in an artificial environment, such as at nurseries, home gardens and greenhouses.

Step 1

Your first step requires that you make sure that the money plant is still young and supple. The shoots must not be tampered with until they reach about 14 inches in height. Braiding the shoots prematurely can cause permanent retardation to the growth of the plant. It can also cause the shoots to scar, which will remain even after the plant attains maturity.

Step 2

You may braid the money plant once the shoots are adequately long and there are at least 3-5 shoots growing. You will need to start from the base of the shoot where the plant stems begin to emerge. You will need to take two shoots per hand and keep the central shoot as it is if there are 5 shoots present in your plant.

Step 3

Now gently begin to make a normal French plait, by twisting the money plant shoots over each other. You will need to lean over the plant, while you are attempting to braid the stems. This will help you untangle the leaves on the upper parts of the plant, while you’re twisting the shoots at the lower half of the plant with your hands.

Step 4

Once you reach the leafy part of the plant, you will need to stop braiding by just a few inches. Thereafter you may secure the braid with some duct tape or a coir string. Do not wind the string or the tape too tightly around the plant, thereby providing some breathing space.

Step 5

Once you have braided the plant, you must place two stakes on either sides of the plant. This will provide support to the plant and prevent it from leaning sidewards. You may tie the shoots with the stake by using a string.

Step 6

Re-braiding the money plant must be done only after a few months have passed and the plant shoot has grown taller. You must open the string or duct tape and braid the new parts, until you reach the leafy parts. Repeat the entire procedure of tying the braid with some more coir strings. You might need to replace the older stakes with longer ones.

Precautionary Measures

  • Once your money plant has reached a suitable height, you may remove the stakes and the strings, so as to let the plant grow freely. By then the shoots will harden up and the braid will become rather permanent. It is ill-advised to try to re-braid an older plant as the stems would simply not be able to withstand the force being applied on them. They will snap under pressure as these would no longer be as flexible as they originally were, while being young shoots.
  • These plants do not require a lot of water. Keep them away from direct sunlight, as that would cause the plant to dehydrate. Leaves turning yellow is an indication of dehydration in money plants.

You can add a touch of novelty and uniqueness to your home by placing braided money plants in your garden and inside the house.

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Braiding Money Trees: How, Why, and When to Do It

Did you know that the braided Money Trees we all know and love are actually multiple Money Trees? These beautifully designed houseplants are, in fact, two to six individual Money Trees (Pachira Aquatica) twisted together, each of which would survive on its own in nature.

Money Tree lovers often wonder how to braid their Money Tree – and the answer is that it’s easier than you think. By gently weaving together young Money Tree trunks, binding the braid, and maintaining it as the plant matures, you can create beautiful braided styles that will last for years. 

Wondering if you could learn to braid a Money Tree? With the right techniques and plants, of course you could! Keep reading for a complete overview of Money Tree braiding and some tips to keep your braided tree healthy and beautiful. 


What Makes Money Trees Unique?

A Money Tree, also known as Pachira Aquatica, Guiana Chestnut, or Saba Nut, is a relatively hardy plant native to Central and South America. Even though it is a tropical plant, it can be a bit sensitive to overwatering. But aside from that condition, most plant lovers find it easy to grow.

Money Trees can tolerate artificial and indirect sunlight, as well as most indoor temperatures. They are able to grow as a small desk plant or as an indoor tree, which can reach heights of six feet tall. 

A tidy plant, Money Trees can also be popular because, when in good health, they rarely shed leaves and do not require continual repotting. Aside from its long life and ease of care, these plants are also special because of their frequently braided stems. This gives the tree a unique, artistic appearance and adds elegance and exotic charm to the plant while maximizing its foliage canopy’s beauty. 


Do Money Trees Braid Themselves?

The lovely intertwined stems of a Money Tree can look so perfect that it’s easy to assume that the tree is shaped that way naturally. However, this isn’t so. The braiding of plant stems is a practice that can be introduced to indoor or outdoor plants to enhance their natural beauty, provide structural support, and add cultural meaning. 

Nearly any trees or plants with soft, pliable stems can be braided, and it is common to see Hibiscus, Ficus, Azalea, and Bay Leaf plants with braided stems. And for some plants, like Lucky Bamboo and Money Trees, the braiding is so popular, it is rare to see these plants without their famous braids. 

Keep in mind that when most people think of braids, they think of a specific, three-strand design, but stem braiding can take a variety of forms. The definition of a braid is basically any decorative, interlacing of strands, and isn’t limited to a particular style of braid. 

Some braided plants feature only two trunks, twisted together to form a spiral shape. This can be especially attractive for plants with densely packed leaves that form a “leaf ball” at the top of the structure. However, some braided plants may incorporate up to six strands. Even more intricate styles can include interwoven strands that are then molded into vase or trellis shapes, or even coils.

Since Money Tree stems are thicker at the base and more fibrous than plants like Lucky Bamboo, it is rare to see them braided into intricate shapes. However, it is common to see a Money Tree with several interwoven strands.  

These popular styles can be beautiful additions to homes or offices and can add sentimental values to plants given as gifts. 


Why Are Money Trees Braided?

There are several reasons that a Money Tree’s stems might be braided as it grows. These reasons may include: 

A Fuller Appearance

In the wild, Pachira Aquatica can grow up to 60 feet tall. They are thick-trunked, full of dark, glossy leaves, and even bear “fruit” in large pods that contain edible nuts. However, many domestic Money Trees grown indoors don’t exceed 3′ tall, with some grown as bonsai plants, 16″ or smaller. 

Since these plants are tropical in origin and are part of the leaf canopy of rain forest areas, they tend to have minimal foliage at the plant’s bottom. Instead, most of the leaves of the tree are found toward the top. 

As a result, solitary Money Trees tend to look tall and wispy, with slender trunks. And while Money Trees have beautiful leaves, they are also long and thin, contributing to a skinnier looking plant.  

But when several Money Trees are added to a single pot, the trunks and the spread of leaves appear fuller and lusher, offering a healthy, attention-grabbing appearance. 

Stability 

Since Money Trees tend to be tall and thin, with a cluster of leaves at the top, they can be fragile on their own. While this may increase the likelihood of a stem snapping during pruning, repotting, or relocation, it can also increase the likelihood that the plant will bend under its own weight. 

If you are intending to grow a larger Money Tree, between 3′ and 6′ tall, braiding stems together can provide increased stability for the plant, decreasing the likelihood of broken stems or trunks. 

Adding increased stability can make it safer to handle the plant without risking harm to its sensitive stems, or causing “plant shock,” with the impact of the movement. 

Aesthetics

As previously mentioned, an elaborately braided Money Tree can be a sight to see! Twisted or woven using two or more stems, a braided Money Tree can make a beautiful, exotic addition to any space.  

Additionally, the complexity of the braided stem can give the Money Tree an unusual, high-end quality that makes these plants an excellent choice for gift-giving, elevating it above a more basic potted plant. 

Symbolism

The popular legend of the Money Tree dates back several centuries to a poor farmer who discovered the Pachira Aquatica growing in his field. He was captivated by its beauty and hoped that selling the plant could help him provide for his family. In this story, the sale of the plants was so successful that he became wealthy, and named the plant the Money Tree. 

While this is a beautiful fable, the truth is very different. Money Trees became popularized in the 1980s, gaining momentum due to the appearance of its braided stems. But just because it doesn’t have an ancient history, doesn’t mean it isn’t filled with symbolism. 

Money Trees are genuinely believed by many to bring good luck and prosperity. Money Trees typically possess clusters of five leaves, and five is an important number in Chinese culture. Therefore, these plants are often associated with the five elements, Earth, Wind, Fire, Water, and Space. 

The braids are also said to “lock-in” prosperity and success, to keep them from escaping the home. For this reason, it is also common to see them braided with five stems, adding to the symbolic power. 

This symbolism has helped make Money Trees popular as graduation and wedding gifts, as a way of wishing good fortune on those embarking on a new beginning. These beliefs have also made Money Trees a beloved staple of Feng Shui practitioners, bringing harmony and success into the home environment. 


Does a Money Tree Have to Be Braided? 

What if you prefer the more natural look of a Money Tree? Does the plant actually need to be braided? Absolutely not! Braiding a Money Tree is a matter of personal choice, and an emerging trend in gardening is “naturalistic gardening,” sometimes called “extreme naturalism.”

Don’t let the term “extreme” fool you – in this case, it is nothing shocking.  The gardening naturalism movement is based on the idea of allowing the beauty of nature to stand on its own – allowing plants to grow exactly as they are and making choices that are appropriate for that habitat. 

In keeping with that gardening style, a Money Tree would likely not be braided and would grow to its own natural height and thickness. But what about those who want to learn the braiding technique? 


Money Tree Braiding 101

Considered an art by some, braiding the stems of plants and sapling trees can be a fun way to level up your skills as an amateur gardener. And while it can look incredibly elegant, it’s actually much easier to accomplish than you think. 

But first, a word of caution. Pachira Aquatica plants don’t easily tolerate changes to their environments, such as being repotted into a new planter or moving to a new location. These types of changes can result in “shock.”

This is because, while plants cannot think or respond to changes in their environments the way we can, they can sense changes, such as different lighting conditions. Since a plant cannot tell if a change may threaten its health, it will often stop growing, go limp, and possibly drop leaves as a result. 

These signs mean that the plant is focusing attention on the health of its roots, which are the most essential part of its body. This is important to know because if you are going to be transplanting Money Trees into a new container to braid them, or if they get a bit too jostled in the braiding process, they may appear sickly for a couple of weeks. This is perfectly normal. Don’t make the mistake of overwatering or using excessive fertilizer – that will only make the plant’s health worse. 

If the yellowing or limpness continues for an extended time, however, you may need to check for other explanations, like overwatering. For more information on watering Money Trees, you can read this article.

But, if no other issues are present, with patience and proper care, your Money Tree should start to look healthy again in no time. 


Braiding a Growing Money Tree 

To braid the stem of several Money Trees together, you’ll need to start with young saplings. Unless all of your Money Tree stems are already in the same pot, you will have to repot them into the same container. The container and soil choices you make will help ensure that your growing Money Tree stays healthy.

First, make sure to choose a large enough planter to accommodate all your stems, but do not choose an excessively large pot. Sometimes plant owners assume that a Money Tree will “grow into” a larger planter, but too much space in the planter will allow water to accumulate. As a result, your plant may suffer root rot, and one or more of the stems may die. 

Also, be sure that the container has at least one unplugged drainage hole. Without adequate drainage, your plant will likely suffer from overwatering as water collects at the bottom of the pot. 

The soil you choose will also be an important factor. Using a soil that is designed to improve plant hydration can be harmful to a Money Tree since they are sensitive to excess water. Instead, consider sandier, well-draining soils, like succulent blends, or soil with perlite and peat moss.  

If you are uncertain of the blend to use, read this article for more information about brands to purchase in-store and how to make your own DIY mixture.

Ideally, you will be repotting sapling Money Trees that are about 7″ to 10″ high, and less than 1/2″ in diameter. They should have a bit of mature coloration at the very bottom, but still, be flexible enough to move. 

You can test this by gently bending them sideways, as you would while making a braid. If they bend easily, then they will be easy to weave together without breaking.

If there are stems lower on the trunks that would interfere with the braid, cut them off close to the trunk with sharp, disinfected pruning shears. Using dirty shears can transfer disease to your plant, so ensure that your cutting edges are clean. Set aside any leaf and stem “cuttings” from the sides of the plant for later propagation. 

Do not cut off leaves and stems that won’t interfere with your braid, such as those toward the top of the plants. Leaves are essential for the health of your Money Tree, and they will help your plants obtain the energy they will need to keep growing. 

When you are ready to start your braid, be careful to keep the weaving loose. As the trunks thicken and mature, they will grow closer together, creating the tighter appearance of the braided plants you see in stores. However, if you pull the braid too tightly at this stage, you may injure the plants. 

Gently braid your way up about 2/3 of the way up the trunks and carefully let go of the stems. If they stay in place, you can leave them as they are. But if they begin to come unbraided, use a bit of garden tape or thick yarn to keep the formation. Don’t tie them together too tight, though – it is important not to damage the trunks or cut into their skin. 

If the newly braided plant appears to lean, you may consider a plant support (like these from Amazon). This will help keep your Money Tree straight as its trunks thicken and mature. If side stems grow on the braided sections, you may prune them away to maintain the appearance. 

In about four to six weeks, you should be able to gently cut and remove any gardening tape or yarn that held the braid in place. The braid should stay, and there should be no damage to the trunks or skin.


How To Keep a Money Tree Braided? 

Although you have successfully started your Money Tree braid, your work isn’t done yet. As your Money Tree grows, you will need to maintain the braid. 

In ideal conditions, which are warm and humid, with plenty of indirect light, Money Trees can grow very quickly. However, most household conditions aren’t quite that perfect. But be patient, if your Money Trees leaves continue to look green and healthy, and the stems look green and firm, your plant is healthy and growing. 

With average Money Tree growth, it may take a few months before you can continue the braid. But once you see about 6 to 8″ of new growth, you should gently continue your braid, as you did before. Once again, do not pull the braid too tight and, if needed, gently bind the braid in place with gardening tape or yarn. 

As your Money Tree grows, you may need to repot the plant. It is safe to do so while the plants are still growing but be careful not to pull on the trunks or damage the root system. 

Eventually, your Money Tree will stop growing, typically between 3′ and 6′ in height. Once it is done growing, your braiding work is done, and your tree will remain braided for the rest of its life. Want to encourage your Money Tree to grow to its maximum height? Check out our article here.


Can You Braid a Mature Money Tree?

As a Money Tree matures, its trunk will become medium brown or beige and grow firm and a little rough to the touch. 

In fact, if you look at braided Money Trees in stores or greenhouses, you may notice that the trunks at the bottom are darker and more mature than those at the top. This is because the plant was braided as a sapling, and the braids were continued as the plant grew.  

Mature, unbraided trunks are usually resistant to bending and movement. At this point, it is not advisable to try to braid the trunk of the tree. If the trunks do not bend properly, they may snap, leaving you with an injured plant. 

If this happens, your tree may slowly recover, growing new stems and leaves. You can propagate the section of the plant that broke. However, it’s better to purposely propagate your plant than to be forced to do so because of accidental damage. 

The one exception to the rule about braiding mature Money Trees might be found in the case of a purchased Money Tree that is growing past its original braid. If you purchase a braided Money tree from a greenhouse and notice that it has started to grow green, unbraided trunk above the braid, there is potential for additional braiding.

If this is the case, you may follow the instructions above and continue to weave the braid once the new growth is long enough to do so. 


How to Braid a New Money Tree 

What happens if you have waited too long to braid your Money Tree? The trunks of your tree are already too firm to braid without danger of harming the plant. Can anything be done? 

Yes! Remember the cuttings we mentioned before? Propagation can be a great way to add new plants to your collection, allowing you Money Trees from saplings and experimenting with braiding techniques as they age. 

One of the easiest ways to propagate a Money Tree is to use cuttings of stems and leaves. Some of the best cuttings to use are stems with a few leaves already on them, such as those removed from the base of a Money Tree braid. Ideally, these cuttings should be fresh, and not more than several hours old, to be most successful. 

Lightly dipping the bottom of your cutting in root hormone (like this one from Amazon) can help increase the growth rate of the new plant, but don’t place the hormone mixture above the portion of the stem that you will plant in the soil. 

It is possible to plant two or three of the cuttings in the same pot. However, do not plant them closer than a couple of inches apart, or the roots may become too crowded. Once you plant your cuttings, pat down the potting mix around the base of the stem, or stems. 

Lightly water the cuttings, and soon your new Money Tree should begin taking root. But, resist the temptation to uproot your plants to continually check on growth, which can damage their newly forming roots. 

Even with ideal conditions of warmth, indirect light, humidity, and water, it may take several weeks before the roots begin to form. And it may take several months before you have the required 7″ to 10″ trunks to begin braiding. 

This may seem time-consuming, but this process will allow you to have a continual supply of Money Trees to grow – braiding them, and propagating them on your own schedule, and improving your gardening skills along the way. 


What if One Trunk Appears to Die?

It sometimes happens that one trunk in the Money Tree braid will appear to sicken or die. While it can be sad to see one of the trees in the braid start to get sick, it does not mean that the whole Money Tree will die. You might wonder why only one tree in a braid would begin to die.This is because plants, even those propagated from the same source, have different levels of heartiness. 

In fact, you can visit flower shops and stores and notice that some plants grow more successfully than others, even under the same conditions. You may have accidentally overwatered the plant, or it may have started to develop blight. 

If the trunk is only slightly soft, it is possible to save the deteriorating plant by adjusting your treatment conditions. But if it starts to turn dark brown or black at the base, or if it seeps liquid when gently squeezed, it will not recover. 

By taking healthy cuttings from the dying tree and repotting the rest of the braid, you may be able to protect your plant and grow a new Money Tree. 

However, the one thing you cannot do is leave the dying trunk in place. Once a Money Tree trunk begins to rot, it will expose the rest of the plant to mold, bacteria, insects, and dangers that could kill your entire Money Tree.  

If you’ve found a trunk in sorry shape, it is time to take action. Get some sharp, disinfected scissors and well-draining potting mix. You will need to propagate what you can and replant the healthy portions of the plant.

If your Money Tree is heavy, you may want to lay the planter on its side, running your finger around the pot’s inner rim and gently moving the planter back and forth to loosen it. 

Once the plant is free, look at the roots and trunks. If one of the stems is squishy and discolored, the roots will be clearly rotted and will be squishy, slimy, and unpleasant smelling. Trim away the dying roots and very carefully cut free the dying plant, so as to not damage the healthy roots. Then, you should be able to gently pull it from the braid. 

If the dead plant does not come out of the braid neatly, you can cut through the mushy trunk to separate it. But be careful not to cut or nick the other trunks in the process, or they may develop rot, as well. When you are done, there should only be healthy trunks and roots remaining.  

If you found that the other trunks had root rot as well, you should also consider pruning the top of the plant, cutting away about 2/3 of the leaves and branches. While it may be frustrating to see your plant lose so many pretty leaves, reducing the size of the plant allows it to conserve energy for healing. 

If you want to reuse your previous planter, wash and dry it carefully with a diluted bleach mixture. Any leftover mold or bacteria at the bottom of the planter can re-infect your healthy plants. 

If healthy leaves and stems remain on the dying trunk, set them aside for propagation. Then replant the healthy trunks from you Money Tree in a pot with adequate drainage holes and well-draining potting mix. 

After this experience, your Money Tree will likely go into shock and look unhealthy for a few weeks. Be careful not to overwater or fertilize at this time and be especially careful about direct sunlight. 

While you will not be able to replace the lost trunk with a new section of braid, your other braided trunks may survive, and any gap left behind may close in time. In a few weeks, you may begin to see signs of new leaf growth, which will tell you that the rest of your braided Money Tree is on the road to recovery. 


Tips to Keep Your Money Tree Trunks Healthy 

I’ve written a large article about Money Tree Trunk issues. If you’re seeing any problems with your tree and have questions, consult this article for answers. But some quick tips for Money Tree care are as follows: 

Don’t water on autopilot! Instead of automatically watering your plant on a particular day, you should always make sure to check the soil first. 

This is because the season, indoor humidity, and other issues can impact the amount of water needed. This can lead to overwatering, if you just add water on a set routine. 

To check the moisture, insert your finger into the soil and feel for dampness. If the soil feels moist, do not water the plant until the soil feels dry 1-2″ down. You can also consider using a moisture meter.

Additionally, avoid pouring water directly on the trunk of the Money Tree. Water sitting on the trunk can invite the growth of mold and bacteria. This is also true when misting the tree with water. Instead of allowing the water to stand on the trunk and leaves, mist the air around the plant to increase humidity. 

Also, always remember to remove dead leaves from the planter. These leaves can trap moisture and mold in the pot, causing bacteria to grow close to the trunk of your plant. 

While it seems like a lot to remember, Money Trees are forgiving plants. 

With patience and healthy plant care habits, your Money Tree can grow for years, bringing exotic beauty to your home or office, and making beautiful gifts for those you love. 

Money will not grow on a tree, even if it is called a money tree: how to make a fat woman bloom - DIY in the country

Money tree is one of the most popular potted plants. At the same time, a rare owner can boast that it bloomed with him.

When the fat woman blooms, a real golden rain will soon fall on the head of its owner. Despite the unpretentiousness of the plant, it is not difficult to achieve its flowering, knowing a few secrets. In order for Crassula to bring you material prosperity, start caring for her in a special way.

Those who were lucky enough to see this bewitching spectacle, when buds of delicate shades bloom and become flowers, dream of seeing it again. We tell you how to achieve the flowering of the money tree.

There is an ancient Chinese legend about a money tree whose branches were made of coins and gold. It is worth shaking the tree, and gold coins themselves fall from it. The rain of gold coins is one of the most favorite themes in Chinese art and among Feng Shui lovers who are confident in the power of ancient symbols.

How Crassula blooms

The money tree is called the plant Crassula or Crassula. Flowers on it are only in the cold months and they appear no earlier than 36 months after planting.

Flowers (most often pink, but there are also yellow, lime and scarlet) are similar to small coins - that is why the plant was popularly called the "money tree".

Inflorescences look like stars with a pinkish center. The plant usually pleases with its flowers from 60 to 120 days. The room during this period is filled with a sweet smell that Crassula emits.

How to make a plant bloom at home

In caring for a fat lady, this is the most difficult thing. Many flower growers believe that when the money tree blooms, the inhabitants of the home will have financial replenishment.

In order for the tree to please with flowers, you should follow the rules:

  1. The plant does not like to be near TVs, computers and prefers places away from heating devices.
  2. As soon as the outside air temperature reaches +15 ℃, it is advisable to move the crassula pot to a balcony or loggia and make sure that it is not hotter than +25 ℃.
  3. In winter, the plant must be fertilized using ready-made cactus compounds.
  4. The fat woman is given the sunniest and most well-lit place in the apartment.
  5. The money tree will get sick if the bud is constantly waterlogged. It is even worse if water stagnation appears in the pot. During the spring-summer season, the plant is watered no more than once a week, in winter once every 14 days.
  6. Crassula pot should not be left in a draft, otherwise it will wither.
  7. In the spring, a pruning procedure should be carried out: the tops of the plant are shortened with secateurs or a sharp knife.

What to do if the money tree is not going to bloom

It often happens that a florist follows all the rules for caring for a plant, but it is in no hurry to form buds.

The reason may be the soil is not suitable for the plant or the pot is too small. In these cases, it is advisable to transplant fat woman into a larger container in new soil.

It is advisable to purchase not a plastic, but a ceramic pot for a money tree, it is stronger and more reliable.

Transplantation is carried out according to the following scheme:

  1. Drainage is poured on the bottom of the container to a height of 3-4 centimeters. It can be either expanded clay, or brick chips or river pebbles.
  2. Carefully remove the plant from the pot and place the roots in a new container on the drainage layer.
  3. Loose earth is carefully spread on the sides of the pot, periodically tamping it so that the plant does not fall on its side.
  4. The top layer is a mixture of sawdust and eggshells - this composition will ensure the preservation and retention of moisture for a long time.
  5. The plant is watered with warm water.

Young plants can be replanted, an adult tree may die after such a procedure, so the “aged” fat woman is only supported with top dressing and dust is removed from the leaves with a damp piece of cloth.

Experienced flower growers believe that if treats the money tree with love and affection, it will certainly want to please its owner with beautiful flowers and a wonderful aroma.

Video: Crassula does not bloom? How to make the money tree bloom!

7 rules to make the money tree bloom

To make the fat woman look prettier and bloom, thereby attracting financial well-being, you just need to properly care for it. Here are 7 basic rules for the "money tree" to reward with its healthy, beautiful, flowering appearance.

Money Tree: Rule 1

Flowering can be expected from the age of 5 or 7 years. Therefore, it is worth working hard and growing a fat woman to such an age.

Money tree: Rule 2

For a tree to be lush, the roots must be allowed to grow in breadth.

To do this, a low pot, but wide, is selected for the plant, drainage is poured on the bottom. In a high capacity, the roots and the tree itself are stretched, broken off.

Money Tree: Rule 3

The plant requires moderate watering. In the hot season, it is recommended to pamper the plant with water only once a week, and in winter, reduce watering to once every two weeks. As for spraying, in the summer you can carry out the procedure at least daily, but not under the scorching sun. For spraying use morning or evening hours.

Money tree: rule 4

Choose the brightest location for the fat woman that you can find in the house. If it is possible to expose the plant to the yard or balcony, you can please it with fresh "walks" in the summer. Just accustom the fat woman to bright sunlight gradually so that her leaves do not get burned.

Money tree: Rule 5

It is enough to replant the plant once every two years. To do this, take a larger pot. It should be higher and wider than about 3-5 cm. When transplanting, transshipment is used, empty places in the pot are filled with fresh soil.

Money tree: rule 6

Bright greenery and fleshy leaves can only be obtained by regularly feeding the plant. April is used for this procedure, as well as the end of June.

Feeding twice a year is sufficient for this plant. Fertilizer is used for cacti and other succulents.

Money Tree: Rule 7

Be sure to inspect the plant. This will allow you to water the plant in a timely manner, brush off the dust from it, remove dried leaves, break off new unnecessary shoots in time. You can plant them and get small "money trees".

Love the plant, take care of it, using these 7 tips and the "money tree" will soon please you with an abundance of flowers.

What Feng Shui Says

According to the ancient eastern practice of organizing space, jade tree should be placed in the wealth zone, which is located in the southeastern segment of the dwelling.

See also: Feng Shui in the garden - Your cottage and Feng Shui secrets

To enhance the beneficial effect on the trunk, you need to tie a red ribbon, and make decorations from banknotes on the stems.

According to Feng Shui , the dust that accumulates on the leaves impedes the circulation of monetary energy.

Why didn't Crassula bloom?

If you take care of the plant properly, it may refuse to bloom due to pest infestation.

Carefully inspect the stems and leaves. Aphids and spider mites cause the leaves to dry out, brown oval-shaped tubercles testify to the defeat of the scale insect.

If you find a sticky white fluff, the Crassula is affected by a mealybug. In such cases, in order for the money tree to bloom, it must be cured: treated with compounds to eliminate pests.

Another common disease of Crassula is fungi. To get rid of a fungal infection, it must be treated with fungicides, cut off damaged parts, disinfected or replaced the soil and pot.

As soon as your money tree releases the first buds, make a cherished wish. According to legend, the more abundantly the tree blossomed, the faster it will be fulfilled.

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Feng Shui Money Tree

Chinese Feng Shui has been helping people to harmonize their lives since ancient times. There are many rules, methods, symbols and signs in it.

One of the feng shui directions for attracting wealth is the feng shui of flowers, because they not only help to purify the air of the room and decorate the interior, but also harmonize the energy of the whole house. Therefore, planting a flower is considered the most acceptable and environmentally friendly Feng Shui method to attract money and material wealth.

Feng Shui Money Tree

According to Feng Shui, plants with fleshy, rounded leaves attract wealth.

Feng Shui considers the money tree in two versions: the crassula or crassula is the most common plant, and the zamiokulkas is the dollar tree. The fat woman has rounded leaves that look like coins, and the zamiokulkas is green oblong. This flower is believed to attract dollar bills.

The main condition for money feng shui to work is the correct location of the tree. It must be placed in the wealth zone, which is located on the southeast side. It is also necessary to surround him with care, love and good care, and then the results will not keep you waiting.

Feng Shui money tree - fat girl

In questions about how to grow money tree, feng shui has certain rules. And the first of them is that it is best to plant a fat woman yourself. There is also a belief that it is the stolen offshoot of this money flower that gives the most tangible results in attracting material wealth. Therefore, quietly pinch off a leaf or spine from a neighbor, girlfriend, friends or relatives. Or maybe you have such a plant at work, just look around.

Before planting, dry the roots a little, put drainage on the bottom of the pot, and bury a couple of coins in the earth mixture, as in the fairy tale about Pinocchio. When the flower grows and gets stronger, you can decorate the trunk by tying it with a red ribbon - this ritual works flawlessly, and income streams will not keep you waiting.

Decorate the tree with coins on colorful ribbons on New Year's Eve. You can use chocolates. Do not forget to water your "financial expert", talk and be friends with him, ventilate the room well, and this miracle talisman will immediately begin to bear fruit in the form of receipts to the bank account.

Many people are already convinced that the flower is sensitive to the financial situation of the family. If your income grows, then the tree grows, leaves increase, if income decreases, the tree withers and needs to be urgently reanimated. There is also a belief that when the owner makes a large purchase, the tree simply sheds its leaves. It is important not to forget about the tree that brings prosperity to your home, not to leave it unattended.

Zamiokalkus - feng shui dollar tree

The dollar tree has become more and more popular in recent years. Its name means to attract, to help in earning dollars. It is best if this flower is presented to you on your birthday, New Year, wedding anniversary, housewarming or other holiday associated with the start of something.

The dollar tree is a symbol of prosperity. Caring for him is not difficult, you must adhere to the same principles that are important in caring for a fat woman.

Feng Shui Artificial Money Tree

Feng Shui for money also uses artificial analogues of money trees to attract wealth. There are a lot of them on store shelves now, but it's best to make a money tree with your own hands. Turn on your fantasy, imagination, and this tree will surely attract monetary energy to you.

Decorate your own tree with coins. It is best if the coins are real and from different countries - this way you will still attract travel, business trips abroad.

Make holes in the coins and hang as many of them on the tree as possible, but in such a way that they look harmonious. On the branches of a tree, you can seat a small figurine of a dragon. This will enhance the symbolism and fill the tree with additional energy. For the Lunar New Year, hang red lanterns on the branches of a tree. They will portend you prosperity and well-being in the coming year. Feng Shui also offers to put an artificial money tree in the wealth zone.

Believe in miracles and they will definitely come to you!

watering, top dressing, pruning and replanting

Crassula, or fat woman, is popularly called the money tree. Many believe that it brings the owners good luck and wealth. Perhaps this is due to the fact that the leaves of the plant look like round coins.

Not everyone knows how to take care of a money tree, but improper care can have a bad effect on its growth and development.

Contents:

  • Description of the money tree
  • Growing conditions
  • Propagation methods
  • Watering and fertilizing
  • Pruning and transplanting
  • Consequences of improper care

Description of the money tree

The succulent plant belongs to the genus Crassulus of the Tolstyankov family. There are about 3 hundred species of this unpretentious plant. Among them there are species that look like a tree, a bush, climbing and erect. In nature, in Africa and Madagascar, it grows on wet and dry soils, depending on the species.

Most commonly grown at home:

  • Tree
  • Cooper
  • Carpet
  • Spatula

Tree-like or oval jade is most often grown in apartments. Under natural conditions in southern Africa, it can reach a height of up to 3 m. In an apartment, the maximum height of a tree reaches 1.5 m. But it looks beautiful and holistic within a few months after planting. The trunk is thick, filled with moisture. The leaves are the same, shiny and thick, dark green in color. The root system is superficial, so the plant may be unstable in a pot.

In nature, the money tree blooms with white, light pink or milky flowers that cover the entire tree. They are similar to those that other succulents bloom with. This rarely happens at home. This is not surprising, because Crassula begins to bloom only at the age of 8-10 years. Crassula grows very slowly. It lends itself well to formation and, together with other flowers, serves to create whimsical compositions, bonsai.

Growing conditions

The money tree, like any succulent, grows well in a sunny place. If there is little light, the shoots of the plant may stretch out, while the leaves will become thinner and fall off. But direct sunlight on the leaves can cause burns. Therefore, in the summer it is better to protect them at lunchtime. The money tree loves fresh air, so in summer it can be taken out to the garden or balcony. You can open windows and ventilate the room.

Crassula is a southern plant, so it does not tolerate hypothermia.

In winter, if the temperature drops below 10°C, the plant may die. In summer, it does not like extreme heat. It is desirable that the temperature in the room does not rise above 28 ° C. A short-term increase in temperature will not hurt the plant. The optimum temperature for the money tree is 20-22°C.

Humidity does not matter much to the fat woman. After all, she stores a solid supply of moisture in the leaves and uses it during periods when the soil dries up. But you can spray the plant. Do this carefully so that drops of water do not accumulate in the axils of the leaves.

Propagation methods

Money tree is propagated at home by cuttings and leaves. If there are seeds, you can sow them, but the growing process will be much longer than from cuttings.

Features of cuttings:

  • The fastest way is to transplant a shoot on which roots have already formed. This happens when the humidity is high. Therefore, for rapid reproduction, you can often spray the air around the plant, ensuring that roots appear. But this is a risky way, because spraying can lead to leaf rot.
  • Usually in spring or summer the stem is cut with a sharp knife, sprinkled with crushed charcoal, left for 2 days, then planted in a pot with loose soil. Water moderately, do not overmoisten.

Propagation of the plant by leaves:

  • For propagation by leaf cuttings, cut them, dip the cutting site in charcoal and keep it open for 2 days so that the wound dries up a little.
  • On the third day they are planted in small bowls. The soil should be rich in sand. Set up in a well lit area. Cover with a glass jar.
  • Ventilate periodically, first for 5 minutes a day, then increase the time without shelter. When a young plant appears near the leaf, remove the jar.

In the same way, the money tree is propagated by cuttings without roots. They will appear a few weeks after the cutting is planted in the ground. Crassula is not very demanding on the composition of the nutrient mixture in which it grows. The soil can be bought at the store.

Suitable soil for succulents is suitable for fatwort. It is easy to prepare the land for planting a money tree from garden, leafy soil. In order for the soil to pass water well, the components are taken in equal amounts, sand is added. The resulting mixture should be slightly acidic, pH 6.0. Crushed charcoal will protect the root system from rotting and disease in case of ingestion of large amounts of water and will serve as a source of useful minerals.

A pot for planting a money tree is taken with large holes for the outflow of water.

It must be heavy so that the ground part does not turn it over. It is better to use ceramic, with large holes. A drainage layer of expanded clay or gravel is laid at the bottom. You can use pieces of foam or broken bricks. Pieces of broken flower pots are disinfected before laying on the bottom so as not to bring pathogens.

Watering and fertilizing

Money tree shoots tend to turn towards the light source over time. Therefore, over time, the tree can tilt strongly in one direction. To avoid this, you need to periodically rotate the pot around its axis.

It is not necessary to water the money tree often, only after the clod of earth in the pot dries up. Usually in the summer it is 1-2 times a week. During the dormant period, which begins at the money tree in September and lasts until March, the money tree is watered no more than 2 times a month.

An excess of moisture is much more dangerous for a fat woman than its lack.

If the soil dries out, it will take it from the leaves and stem. Therefore, the plant can be left unattended for a couple of weeks. And from a large amount of moisture, the root system can rot.

The money tree is rarely transplanted, so it needs regular feeding. Apply fertilizer for cacti no more than once a week.

Pruning and replanting

The money tree needs crown correction. If no pruning is done, the plant will grow like a bush. At first, all young shoots that grow in the lower part of the trunk break off. It should remain bare until the plant reaches a height of 30 cm. Cut shoots can be used to propagate and grow new bushes.

Then pinch off the top, which causes the growth of side shoots. In the future, in the spring, all shoots that violate the shape of the crown, broken or damaged are removed. By pinching and cutting off excess shoots, they change or correct the shape of the crown.

Crassula does not need frequent transplants. It grows slowly, so it can stay in the same pot for 2-3 years:

  • When she grows up, choose dishes that are a couple of centimeters larger than the previous one. A wide ceramic pot is preferable because the plant can topple over on its side. This is due to the fact that the root system of the plant is small, and the crown can develop strongly.
  • Transplantation is carried out in the spring, if the roots are covered with a clod of earth. Choose a period when the soil in the pot is dry.
  • Turn the flower pot upside down, tapping on the walls so that the soil falls away from the walls faster.
  • Take out a clod of earth with the roots of the plant, shake off the soil.
  • Examine the roots, remove damaged and dark. If there were any, treat the root system with a fungicide.
  • Move to a new pot with a pre-filled drainage layer and a small amount of substrate.
  • Fill the areas between the roots with prepared soil. Its composition is the same as when planting a young plant.
  • Do not water for the next week to prevent root rot.

Consequences of improper care

Usually the money tree grows well and does not require special care. But sometimes it loses its attractive appearance. This can be caused by such factors:

  1. Leaves darken, wrinkled, fall off. Brown spots appeared on them and on the stems. This is due to lack of moisture. It is recommended to water the plant once and see if watering has a beneficial effect on it.
  2. The leaves have become pale and withered due to too frequent and abundant watering. Stop adding water.
  3. The stem is blackened at the base, the leaves wither and wrinkle, fall off. These are signs of root rot.

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