Growing a Money plant is surprisingly easy! You can grow money plant in soil with just a cut node and a well-draining potting mix. You can also grow money plant in water with just a few steps and precautions. Money Plant is mostly grown indoors and its versatile characters comes into light when you can find so many ways of planting a money plant.
Here is the most simple botanist verified recipe to grow a Money Plant:
How to Grow Money Plant in Soil?
- Select a medium-sized pot with drainage holes at the bottom
- The growth of a money plant in soil in the beginning largely depends on your pot size.
- Fill the pot with a rich compost soil.
- Make a hole in the soil about 2 inch deep.
- Insert a node from the cut stem into the soil.
- Keep the soil moist after planting the cut stem.
- Water every alternate days to keep the soil slightly moist.
- One of the advantages of growing a money plant is that it does not require a lot of water,
- So you can water your plant thrice a week, once it starts growing.
- Over-watering leads to root rot and yellowing of leaves with brown tips.
- Because Pothos are mostly vines, insert a stick in the potting soil, so that the vines can climb.
How to Grow Money Plant in Water?
- Take a healthy stem from a healthy money plant of about 20 cm in length.
- Make a sharp cut of about 45 degrees, just above a node.
- A node is a point on the plant stem from which new leaves of the money plant grow.
- Put the stem inside a glass jar, glass bottle, plastic bottle or a ceramic pot.
- Fill the jar with water such that it covers at least one node completely.
- The water should be clean and free from chlorine.
- You can use filtered water, which is chlorine and fluorine free.
- Keep the jar or bottle at a place where the plant can get indirect sunlight.
- You can keep it near a window where it gets low evening sun.
- New roots starts appearing at an approximate 1-2 week's time.
- Change water every 10 days or as soon it starts turning turbid.
- Refill with clean water so that the roots are completely submerged.
- Because they are in water, they do not need any sort of fertilizers
- If the growth is very slow, then a mild water soluble nitrogen fertilizer can be used.
Commonly Available Money Plant Varieties
According to Feng Shui and Vaastu, Money Plants (Epipremnum aureum) are some of the most versatile plants which can be kept both indoors and outdoors. It is also one of most common shade-tolerant household plants and are often seen decorating offices, cafes, shops, balcony gardens. Money Plants are also known commonly as Golden Pothos, Devil’s Ivy, Pothos, etc. They are ideal for removing Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) such as Benzene, Formaldehyde, Xylene and Carbon Monoxide, acting as a natural air-purifier. Apart from that, it also acts as an anti-radiator when placed inside the house, emitted from electronic devices. According to some cultures, keeping a Golden Pothos plant in the south-east direction brings wealth and prosperity to the family.
That being said, Money Plant can be of various types:
The money plants are climbers in nature. With the right moss support they can easily reach height of up to 4 feet. If you want to avoid the time & effort in growing the plant this big then you can always go ahead and buy a healthy grown Money plant from Leafy Island.
After planting a Money Plant, comes the main part: keeping it alive. When the question arises of How to Care for a Money Plant?, the answer is surprisingly easy!
Money Plants are shade tolerant, low maintenance houseplants. They thrive best in indirect light with moderate humidity and room temperature. They also do not require a lot of watering and thrice a week is sufficient. However, misting can be done if the leaves start looking a bit dry. Money Plants also, do not require any special feed to survive and once a while any organic nitrate based fertilizer can be used for a better bloom. You can also use natural fertilizers from your kitchen like used tea leaves, egg shells etc, which provide the plant with its required nutrients.
Staking is required for growing a money plant in pot. Since they are vines, they can use a wooden, plastic or moss stake to grow with proper support, Pruning is also recommended when growing a money plant as it boosts a leafy growth. It also helps in maintaining the size of the plant and removing dead, dried leaves for a proper healthy growth.
So there it is. A whole package powered up into a plant, Money Plant not only adds aesthetics to the surroundings but also is a storehouse of benefits.
Author: Swastika Sarkar, Botanist at Leafy Island
About the Author: Swastika is a Botanist who has been into the research in the fields of Environmental Sustainability and Bio remediation with the use of Biological Organisms. She has presented various papers in both national and international conferences on the use of micro-organisms as a method of Phycoremediation and reducing pollutants from contaminated mediums in an ecologically and environment friendly manner.