My Experience and Tips on Caring for Money Trees Indoor

Follow our journey of caring for money trees in our home.

As we moved into a new home, we were keen to add some houseplants that would add some nice vibrant green to a white-heavy internal space. After some deliberating, we decided to get the money tree. These plants fit the bill for a number of reasons.

Benefits of money trees

First, they were relatively low-maintenance. Both my wife and I did not have the best track records of keeping houseplants alive. We were keen to start with a houseplant that did not require frequent watering. Second, we read the money tree represented a symbol of prosperity and wealth. A perfect companion to a house we just moved into!

While we knew of the money tree’s popularity, we did not expect it to be difficult to the point where none of the garden centres in our area had them in stock. We ended up ordering online and had two lovely money tree plants delivered a few days after.

Where we placed our money trees

There were a few pointers we read beforehand when deciding the best spots in the house to place a money tree. The first tip was to have these plants placed in a space that gets bright but indirect sunlight. The second tip was to not have these plants too close to the radiator.

Based on these recommendations, we decided the living room space would be best suited for both of our houseplants. We positioned the larger-sized houseplant, the Pachira money tree, at the corner of the reception room. We named it ‘Hope’ as it unfortunately did not come to us in the healthiest of states. We were determined to bring the droopy leaves back to life!

Big money tree

As for the smaller-sized plant, the Chinese money plant, we decided to leave it on top of the glass coffee table. We named it ‘Peek a Boo.’ It sounded like a fitting name given its circular extruding leaves.

Chinese Money Plant

Taking care of money trees

With the houseplants now settled, the first order of business we had to take care of was the watering schedule. We read we only had to water the money tree once the top layer of the soil started to look dry. For us, this meant watering the soil once every four to five days. In addition to watering the roots, it was important to mist the money tree leaves on a regular basis. We read these plants thrive when the surrounding air has a relatively high humidity. This made sense noting the money tree’s tropical origins.

The average humidity in our house was between 40 and 50 percent. We decided to mist the leaves once every two days to try and keep the leaves in a healthy state. A temperature + humidity meter can be quite helpful if you have several tropical houseplants indoors.

Money tree sunlight

As you see from the photo above, our money trees do get a bit of exposure to direct sunlight from late morning to early afternoon. We read these plants prefer bright, indirect sunlight. There was a slight concern that having the plant exposed to direct sunlight may eventually result in scorched leaves. We did our best to avoid that by making sure the window shutters were not fully open during the day.

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