Houseplants are a popular element of interior design now, and you might be wondering how to take care of the new money tree you just bought!
Don't worry, when it comes to the care and placement of your money tree, we've done the research, and we have the answers to your questions.
Your money tree is a beautiful plant that should do well indoors. Place your plant in a room where it'll get plenty of sunlight, and you'll have a fantastic new addition to your home.
A living room is a practical place to place your money tree, but are there other beneficial locations to put it, for either you or the tree?
Let's go over that, and some additional information to give you the best chance at benefitting from the purchase and placement of your money tree.
Where Should the Money Tree Go?
When considering the placement of your money tree, there are several things to consider. First, you need to decide why you bought it.
Do you want to plant it outside or inside? If this is the case, you're merely going to need to place it somewhere where the plant will get the light it needs.
However, many people purchase a money tree for Feng Shui purposes. If this is the case, there are specific places the money tree should be placed, whether you're planting it inside or outside.
However, you are still going to need to balance the optimal Feng Shui location with a place where it will be able to get the light it needs to photosynthesize.
Let's go over some specifics to help you figure out where to place your money tree, regardless of your purpose for purchasing it.
Should a Money Tree Be Inside or Outside?
Money trees are native to swamps in Central and South America, so they are perfectly capable of being grown outside if they are given the correct conditions to thrive in.
When they are planted outside, money trees can survive in USDA hardiness zones 10 through 12, which essentially establishes the lowest base temperatures they can handle, with room for variables like moisture, heat, wind, and humidity.
If you plant a money tree outside, make sure you plant it in a location where it will get full sun during part of the day, and partial shade during the rest.
It can handle being in the shade as long as it isn't there all day. It will have a better chance of survival if it's not somewhere where it's exposed to constant hot wind. It's more of a tropical plant, so it likes humidity, not dry air.
However, don't let the fact that it likes humidity fool you. It's a topical plant so that it may like moisture on its leaves, but you have to be careful not to overwater it.
Regardless of whether or not you plant it inside or outside, place it in soil that drains well, which you can accomplish by mixing soil with perlite, sand, or peat moss.
If you're inside, water it whenever the top two to four inches of soil are dry to minimize the chances that it will get root rot.
While a money tree outside shouldn't be in the sun all day, a money tree kept inside should be placed in a location where it receives bright, indirect light throughout the day.
Don't forget that it is a tropical plant, and while it can adapt to receiving less light to an extent, it is still going to need lots of light.
Feng Shui Principles for Placing a Money Tree
What is Feng Shui?
Feng Shui is an age-old Chinese system of harnessing the energy of your surroundings to improve your life. Feng Shui (pronounced Fung Shway) is also known as Chinese Geomancy.
The essence of Feng Shui lies in the desire to live in harmony with the world around us by altering our surroundings in a manner that utilizes the energy believed to be residing in all things.
Following the principles of Feng Shui, that energy can be harnessed in a way that improves our happiness and can influence us towards specific achievements, such as knowledge, fame, or money, by attracting and retaining the kind of energy that will help you meet your goals.
The Money Tree
Money trees have a special place in the heart of Feng Shui. Each one of their five leaves in each leaf grouping represents one of the five core elements of Feng Shui: wood, metal, earth, fire, and water.
Each one of these elements falls under the classic yin and yang flow of energy, and these, in turn, are used to create a balance of energy and harmony in the home, office, or other areas you want to bring together.
Money trees are used to bring wealth, luck, and success into your home by focusing on the flow of creative energy in your home towards productivity.
This is meant to help you be more successful in your endeavors and everyday life, making you more prosperous and productive through your own actions.
As with all the principles of Feng Shui, placement is absolutely key to the intent you're creating, and the flow of energy you're facilitating.
According to the practice of Feng Shui, if you want to increase your wealth, the purchase of a money tree is a critical first step, but you can't just place it anywhere you want and expect it to have the desired effect.
The southeast corner or area of your space is considered to be the best place for you to keep your money plant. In the practice of Feng Shui, along with many other methods, the southeast area of a house or room is the area where financial exercises should be performed, and where the most and healthiest energies of wealth and prosperity will be drawn.
Placing a money tree is this area is supposed to draw in those energies and keep them there, creating a haven of attainment and abundance.
Can I Put a Money Tree in my Bedroom?
Yes you can! According to Feng Shui principles, you shouldn't place it near the head or foot of your bed, but aside from that, money trees are great plants to have in your bedroom!
In addition to helping attract wealth and prosperous energy, they're supposed to help lower anxiety and promote healthier sleep.
When it comes to physical properties, money trees have many scientifically measurable qualities.
In many different studies, including one done by NASA, money trees have shown to have amazing air cleaning properties, especially when it comes to synthetic cleaners and toxins.
This makes money trees, along with many other plants, prime examples of flora that can have a straightforward and positive effect on your health, keeping your bedroom air clean and toxin-free.
How much sun does a money tree need?
Knowing the light needs for your plants is essential when it comes to caring for your flora. However, since money trees can be grown inside or outside, there are different amounts of light that they are going to need based on the location you decide to place them.
Why? While they'll both need light to photosynthesize, the water you give them will dry up at different rates because of the differences in wind, heat, and humidity from the inside and the outside.
Depending on where you live, this means the soil you plant them outside and the soil where you plant them inside will dry at different rates.
Because of this, the plants are smart enough to slowly adapt to the different conditions you put them in, but only to a certain point. Let's go over the differences so you can give your plant the care (and in this case, the light) it deserves.
Money trees planted outside should be planted in an area where they'll receive a decent amount of bright, indirect light. They can be exposed to some direct light through the day, and they can tolerate shade well too, so long as they don't get too much of it.
When placed in a pot indoors, money trees should be placed in a location where they will receive lots of bright light, more than they would need in most climates when compared to their outdoor relatives.
Placing your plant near a window is ideal, where they will get at least several hours of bright light per day.
How Many Leaves Are Lucky on a Money Tree?
Money trees, depending on the type of tree, the health of the plant, and the amount of sun it gets, will have beautiful glossy leaves in gorgeous shades of green, ranging from shades on the lighter end of the spectrum to a deep, almost forest green.
Money tree leaves grow in groups on the end of stalks, appearing to be separate leaves when they should be considered as part of a central group or leaf system.
These leaf groupings are almost always comprised of five leaves. However, occasionally there will be six leaves per group, and even more infrequently, seven.
If you ever find yourself to be the lucky person who has a grouping of seven leaves together on their money tree, consider yourself lucky!
Similarly to the discovery of a four-leaf clover, finding a group of seven leaves on your money tree is supposed to herald good luck, fortune, and incoming wealth.
Why walk around looking for a four-leaf clover when you could grow your very own lucky money tree right in your own home? They are a more slow-growing plant, so if you're looking for something that's a little more fast-growing, click here for some ideas!