Money Tree - Kokedama Care Center

The Money Tree Kokedama brings good fortune and prosperity, but that’s not all. It’s also known to reduce stress levels and anxiety and promote good sleep. What’s more? The plant is a gorgeous living art piece that brings back memories of tropical vacations while sitting at home. With proper care, money tree kokedama does exceptionally well in indoor conditions, staying with you healthy and fresh for many years.

Origins of Money Tree

The money tree is a tropical plant native to Central and South America. In its natural habitat, it grows in swamps. Legend has it that a Taiwanese farmer prayed for money and came across a small Pachira plant. He cultivated the new plant and sold its seeds, becoming one of the richest men in Taiwan by the time. He gave credit for his wealth to the plant, calling it the “Money Tree” and that’s how the plant got its name.
Today, the money tree grows all around Asia, Europe, and the United States. Its ability to adapt to indoor conditions also makes it an excellent houseplant.

How To Care For Money Tree Kokedama

Money tree kokedama is a low-maintenance plant. You won’t have to put in much effort to keep it healthy and fresh. Here’s what you need to know.

  • Light
Money Tree grows best in moderate light. Direct sun can turn the leaves yellow or even burn them. When kept indoors, put it in a room where plenty of natural light enters. When placed outdoors, it should be kept in a shaded spot.

65 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit is the ideal temperature range to keep your money tree kokedama happy.
  • Humidity
It’s a tropical plant and grows best in high humidity. The plant will appreciate regular misting on its leaves.

  • Water
Water when the moss ball of the kokedama feels very light. Cut back on watering during winters since the plant is dormant and requires even less moisture.

Water the plant by immersing the moss ball in a bowl of water. Leave it soaked for 10 minutes before removing it. Let the excess water drain out before placing it back in place.

  • Plant Food
Feed the money tree with diluted houseplant fertilizer every month during the spring and summer months when the foliage is actively growing. Feed it by adding the fertilizer to irrigation water.

  • Pruning
Cut off a few large leaves growing from the stem of the plant every month or so encourages new growth. If you want to keep the plant short and train it as a bonsai, trim off the growing tips.

  • Propagation
Money Tree is easy to propagate from cuttings. Cut off a stem in spring. Make sure it has at least two leaves. Treat the cut with rooting hormone before rooting it in fresh potting soil. It will take a few weeks to develop roots and establish a new plant.

  • Common Problems
Excessive sunlight and overwatering are the two most common problems the plant encounters. If scales, aphids, and mealybugs sometimes bother the plant. Spray the plant with a horticultural oil spray if you notice any pests.

Is Money Tree Kokedama Pet-Friendly?
According to ASPCA, Money Tree is non-toxic to pets. However, ingestion may cause nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea. If you notice any symptoms in your pets, contact a veterinarian immediately.
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