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Saturday, June 18, 2011

The Money Plant and Making a Moss Stick at Home

The Money Plant
This plant has been grown from ages, My childhood we had these money plants grown in glass bottles which were displayed on all window sills. They required very less care and grew only in water. Whenever this plant was grown in soil it had profuse growth and would cling to any nearby plant or wall and cover up the area. There was also the belief that growing this plant gives lots of money to the grower and people would steal leaves and stems of this plant in order to grow these money plants.
I had this plant over the years and gown in mud the plant roots clinged to the wall and grew very large. Leave aside the money part I did get scared of the profuse and thick growth of this fast growing climber or creeper. The leaves also grow very large sometimes if it is growing with the support of a big tree or near a continuous water source.
Now according to feng shui this plant was earlier considered a no no, as it indicated that the person growing this will flourish only when they get support of some one and people will always be dependent on support from others. By this belief many people threw away these beautiful plants and some people still avoid growing this money plant.
Leaving aside these beliefs now even in feng shui a growing plant is considered auspicious especially since this plant requires less care and flourishes in any environment, so will your business flourish without much effort.
Money plant has got its name since the leaves of this plant are similar to coins or money and this is best grown when it is planted in containers. I have grown this in water as the mud one grew out of control! The leaves of money plant are of light green, dark green or some times shaded green in colour. It can grow in any shaded area or even indoors. The new leaves come out from the tip of the creeper. Trimming side shoots will give you single long growth or cutting from the tip will encourage side growth to give a more fuller plant.
There are also moss sticks available in the market to guide this plant in the pot. One can also make a moss stick at home using rough rags and plastic stick or rod. Having a strong rod , cover this using a twine made of jute or cotton thread. Use cotton rags and avoid synthetic materials for making this moss stick to encourage growth. Plant this stick deep into the pot and then plant the money plant inside. It would be good to tie the plant to the rod at the base. As the plant takes root, and believe me this is a very fast growing creeper, the plant will send roots and hold on to the moss stick.
According to feng shui upward growing plants are very good for getting profits in business, and especially this money plant is used to promote money luck in the house or office. These plants do not require much care that does not mean that it will grow anyway. There are people who have tried growing this from cuttings and have not succeeded.
Tips: Watering in potted plants is similar to any other plant. Avoid direct sunlight as this money plant will not grow in areas having direct sunlight for whole day.
When starting a new plant from cuttings, first grow it in water. Let the roots develop and then transplant it in pot containing soil for better growth. Please do not allow this plant to grow on your home wall as the roots growth will weaken your walls making cracks which will lead to leakages during rainy season. (Please do not throw away these beautiful plants whatever your beliefs are, grow them in upward directions if need be,  it really may give you money luck!)
Control its growth to enjoy its beauty. The Money Plant has been from ages and is definitely a plant to stay for many.

22 comments:

  1. How do i plant money plant indoors?

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  2. Hi Bhakti,
    Thanks for stopping by.

    money plant can be planted indoors in water and it grows quite well in any glass, ceramic or plastic container.If you wish to plant it in soil try to keep it near the window or where it receives some indirect light.

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  3. Hi. That's v informative. Thanks. How do I increase its growth??? Its foliage is limited as it grows only from tips. Even after cutting it gets a shoot n grows in single line...I see many people s house covered with loads of shoots and leaves...how to do that??? Pls tell me...

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  4. Hi Shell,
    Thanks for the comment.
    The money plant is very easy to grow, only one thing to rememebr is it needs high moisture levels.dampness promotes healthy growth. You have not mentioned whether your money plant is in water or soil.
    You can try to plant the single stem of money plant in curved way in your container, this way most part of the money plant stem is in contact with moisture and soil.
    At least I have tried and successfully grown the money palnt this way, you will have to put some light weight stone on the stem for it to remain in contact with the soil and within few days many roots will emerge (do not let the pot dry, maintain high moisture levels) from your single stem and after thick growth you can plant the different stems of money plant in different container pots or bottles of water. All the best and do let me know.

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  5. Hi, Why is my money plant leaves from white & green now becoming green only?

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    1. Hi Doreen,
      maybe the amount of sunlight it is receiving has changed.
      my money plant was green with young leaves, but has turned into shaded golden with green, will give this a thought.

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  6. Hi,
    I have grown a money plant in soil.
    I would like to ask if using a strong thread as a climbing support for this plant will work. Like tie the end of the stem of the plant to a thread and then tie the other end of that thread to the ceiling.
    Will there be any problem?

    Thanks

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  7. Hi Bhavik,
    yes if your money plant is in soil and a large pot with sufficient nutrition then it will definately climb the thick rope.But since it will not get additional nutrition like from thick moss stick to hold its extra aerial roots , it will grow in single line . All the best.

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  8. Try growing this plant in coco peat it will flourish. every couple of weeks or so i cut the new gowing tips and many more shoots start growing with larger leaves.

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  9. thanks for the information, es sure will try.

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  10. How to cut an offshoot of the money plant to grow it in a bottle of water...thats my concern n m sure its some what tricky n not alll that simple....how u cut ur stem is what willl determine its growth....so please if u could guide me through this.....thanks :)


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    1. Hi Ranjit, no its simple if you observe, look for the section where the roots are visible from the long money plant stem, that's the right place to put in water and make the money grow.
      Here just above or below keeping some stem you may make the cut and dip the money plant in water so that the roots get nourishment immediately, all the best!

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  11. HI. I have a marble money plant plant in a pot with moss stick. It's about a year old but grows very slowly and does not have very thick foliage. Do I need to fertilize it regulary. Also it has been kept inside the house where it's bright but does not get direct sunlight (dhoop)

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    1. Hi Smita, seems your money plant is not happy, otherwise it grows like wild!
      you may try giving it some trip outdoors, some indirect sunlight early morning or evening, maybe a window trip also would be fine, plants also feel bored, even our indoor plants take few trips outside to get the fresh pure light.
      As for fertilizing I have not done this but you may try using some manure, the important part here is the plant gets nourishment from the moss stick ,wetness ,moisture level is essential,drying out of soil will not encourage growth, moss stick which may not be a good quality one.but I feel sunlight will do the trick. try it, all the best

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  12. Thank you rizwana :)...i lll try giving it a shot....

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  13. i saw little worms swimming in my money plant vase. they look like leech with legs.. i grow the plant indoor(office) and with water. i tried to reduce the water and use plant jelly but that doens't help. anyone know how to get rid of these little worms..

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    1. I am so sorry i missed your query,anonymous, keep washing the water of the money plant frequently to avoid worms. that will suffice.
      Maintain clean water and the worms in water are indication of neglect in cleaning stagnant water, or just adding water from top without cleaning the container, of the money plants, not very good feng shui for your office!
      All the Best!

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  14. how icrease growth of moneplant in small period?
    Plz tell me home remedy.
    Some1 told me it will by giving chaypatti/tea leaf which is used for making tea.

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  15. hello anonymous, money plant grows well in damp and wet soil. keep humidity levels high and give strong support, it will blossom faster.
    As far as adding anything I have to be frank never added anything till date, not even any fertilser which is for flowering plants, only one point is do not allow the soil to go dry.try growing in water first, once the roots come up you may plant money plant in soil.
    The very large ones I have seen cling to building walls or huge trees for support, really huge money plants!
    All the Best!

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  16. Hi I have planted my money plant with the stem only in soil and there are no leaves on it. Do you think it will grow with leaves later???

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  17. hello anonymous, if the plant gets enough moisture it may bring out new leaves,but as far as I know some small part of leaves is essential to make food for the plant, photosynthesis.
    But in water it may start off sooner with new roots.once roots are formed it is easy to adjust in soil.Hope this helps.
    All the Best!

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