If you are planning to set up an indoor garden or introducing some greenery into your home, money plants are ideal for you. Also known as Pothos, Devil’s Ivy and Silver Vine, they are commonly found in subtropical and tropical climates around the globe. Money plants are evergreen and arguably the most trouble-free houseplants to grow and maintain.
These beautiful indoor climbing vines have heart-shaped foliage (leaves) that instantly add a splash of color, freshness, and calmness to your living space. Unlike most plants, they release oxygen at night, promising you a peaceful sleep and longevity. It is advised to plant one money plant in each room and kitchen.
NASA lists them as air-filtering plants for their ability to remove toxins such as formaldehyde, benzene, and xylene from the air. Money plants are also said to bring in prosperity and financial success, which is why they are popularly called lucky plants. Vaastu experts recommend keeping them inside the house for good fortune.
Scientific name of money plant: Epipremnum aureum
How to grow money plants?
Often seen cascading down the stairs, walls, or hanging baskets, money plants need slightly acidic soil, moderate-to-high humidity, cool temperatures, and bright, indirect sunlight to flourish. It takes nearly six to eight months for a stem cutting to develop into a full-fledged money plant.
Let’s quickly dive into indoor gardening with these easy-to-follow steps to grow money plants.
1. Select a healthy money plant.
2. Cut off a piece of its stem with 3-4 nodes (slight swellings on the stem from where leaves emerge). The cutting should be about 5-15 inches long.
3. Money plants can be easily propagated from cuttings in both soil and water.
For growing money plant in water: Put the money plant cutting in the glass jar or plastic bottle with at least one node immersed in water.
For growing money plant in soil: Insert the node of the cut stem into the soil of the pot. You can either place upright support in the soil for the vines to wind around it or hang the container on the wall for the vines to trail down the sides of the shelves.
4. Place the new money plant in a well-lit area, preferably against the wall where it receives abundant indirect light and adequate moisture.
5. The new roots of the money plant will develop within a week or two.
How to take care of money plants?
● Pothos enjoys high resistance to insects. However, it can be infested with mealybugs, spider mites, and scales at times. Use pesticides, alcohol rub or neem spray to control the infestation. If the problem persists, do away with the plant and start with fresh stem cuttings.
● Money plants are known for requiring no fertilizers. If you want, you can use compost or seaweed solution once a month to help them grow foliage. Refrain from fertilizers if you are growing your money plant in water as that can attract fungi.
● You might observe your money plant appearing thinner or less bushy. Usually, it occurs due to the vines growing limitlessly without proper pruning or trimming. To make your lucky plant looks denser and healthier, clip it from the tip. This will make the plant initiate side growth from another node on the stem. You can use these cuttings to propagate more plants.
● Blackening of leaf edges and tips can be due to overwatering. Ensure that the pot has a proper drainage hole at the bottom for letting out excessive water.
● Pale leaves indicate excessive exposure to the sun. Dry brown edges are attributed to underwatering. If you notice browning of leaves, pluck those leaves.
● Use tap water as it provides essential nutrients to your money plant.
● Replace the water every week or when it becomes turbid or cloudy.
Sticky test for watering money plants
A money plant should always be potted in well-draining soil. Watering the money plant can be a bit tricky as its roots can rot due to overwatering. This is where the Sticky Test comes to the rescue. All you have to do is – check whether the soil sticks to your finger. If it does, wait for it to dry out completely before you go ahead with your watering can.
● Being a highly invasive species, money plants twine around trunks and often end up destroying the trees and nearby vegetation. Hence, it is better to grow them in a pot inside the house.
● All parts of a money plant are poisonous due to the occurrence of insoluble calcium oxalates. Ingesting them is one of the chief causes of accidental poisonings in children below 5 years and pets. Keep the money plants in places that are beyond their reach like high up on the wall.
● Although a money plant can grow happily in all types of light, it is unable to survive in temperatures below 10-degree Celsius. A sharp drop in temperature can lead to stem rotting along with limp leaves. You can avoid that by placing them in the warmest room and watering them with warm water.
These problems can be dealt with the right knowledge. Money plants are certainly great for decorating living spaces and improving air quality. I hope this article eliminates all your doubts and would help you go green!