How To Care For And Grow Your Money Tree

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Money Tree

PET-FRIENDLY |  LOW MAINTENANCE | BRINGS GOOD LUCK

Native to: South America

Watering needs: Low (every 2–4 weeks)

Lighting needs: High - provide as much indirect light as possible

Difficulty: Low maintenance

Great for: Beginners, if you get a lot of sunlight through your windows

Pet-Safe: Yes

Looking for a quick introduction?

We've summarized all the essentials in our short Money Tree video, here:

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1.0 Choosing Your Money Tree

2.0 Picking The Right Spot (Lighting, Air Conditioning, Temperature)

3.0 Caring For Your Money Tree (Watering, Dusting, Re-potting)

4.0 Beginner Questions

5.0 Some Common Problems

6.0 Buying Money Trees Online

1.0 Choosing your Money Tree

Money Trees are simple.

It’s Alright If You See:

Small, Tiny Leaves

These are new shoots that will turn into bigger leaves, so the more baby leaves, the better.

But, Watch Out For:

Yellowing Along Leaves

This is how Money Trees show they’re unhappy, followed by the leaves eventually falling off.

2.0 Picking The Right Spot (Lighting, Air Conditioning, Temperature)

Half of plant parenthood is choosing the perfect spot.

Lighting

The best place for a Money Tree is as close to a window as possible, with the largest possible view of the sky. The more indirect light it gets, the larger your Money Tree will grow. 

Money Trees want a lot of indirect light so it’s very unlikely you can overdo it, unless direct light is involved. In that case, try not to let your Money Tree get more than 4 hours of direct sunlight.

Pro-tip: You don’t need to worry about UAE windows, most of them are tinted, so the sunlight coming through is already filtered indirect light, not direct. If you were to keep your Money Tree near a non-tinted window, you would see scorch marks on its leaves within the week. 

Air Conditioning

Place your Money Tree as far away as possible from the direct air escaping from your AC vent. The dry air may cause its leaves to start browning and fall.

Temperature

Like most houseplants, Money Trees are happiest between 18 °C – 30 °C.

3.0 Caring For Your Money Tree (Watering, Dusting, Re-potting)

How to keep your plant alive (and also show your love).

Watering

Water when the soil is completely dry

The most important care tip when it comes to Money Trees is to let their soil dry out completely between waterings which could take between 2–3 weeks, depending on how much light it gets (the more light, the faster it will dry out) and how high the temperature is (the hotter it is, the faster it will dry out). 

An easy way to check if it's time to water is to insert your finger into the soil. If you feel even a little moisture, then it's best to wait a bit longer.

Don’t forget that, like all potted plants, your Money Tree should never be sitting in excess/ standing water.

Dusting

Once a month, gently wipe away any dust on your plant.

Wiping your Money Tree free of dust with a damp rag once a month will help it soak in light and breathe through the little pores on its leaves (stomata).

Re-potting

Leave it in its nursery pot

Money Trees don’t need to be re-potted for about a year. And they don’t need fertilizer for about 2 years. 

Time to re-pot

When re-potting, transfer your Money Tree into a pot that's about 1–2 inches in diameter larger than its current one (or one or two sizes up).

Remember, always go for a pot with drainage holes.

As for soil, it's essential you get a well-draining potting mix that is able to drain and not hold a lot of moisture. Peat-based soil with some perlite, sand, and compost will be do the job.

When in doubt, reach out to our team at hello@plntd.ae, and we’ll help you identify whether the soil bag you’re considering will work for your Money Tree.

Pro-tip: To keep watering simple and easy, you can simply re-pot your Money Tree into a larger nursery pot and place that nursery pot in a larger planter.

4.0 Beginner questions

Ask away, grasshopper.

How easy is a Money Tree to care for?

Money Trees are straightforward plants and very easy to care for once they’re placed in a spot they’re happy in.

The perfect spot would be somewhere with a lot of indirect sunlight since Money Trees require a lot of light to survive and support their leaves. So, place your plant as close to the front of a window as you can (not to the side of the windows), but be careful to avoid more than 2-3 hours of direct midday sunlight (i.e. the hottest point of the day).

The second aspect of plant care is watering. As Money Trees are native to tropical rainforests that go through long periods of rainfall, followed by drought, they have thick trunks and are able to store a lot of water (similar to ZZ Plants and Cacti).

To keep your Money Tree healthy, try to mimic these conditions as closely as you can when watering your plant: water your plant deeply, making sure to saturate its entire soil bed, then leave it to dry fully before rewatering again. 

Can I use UAE tap water to water my Money Tree?

Yes. Money Trees can be fed using UAE tap water.

However, to ensure your plant is as healthy as possible, it is best to account for the high level of chlorine and calcium found in UAE tap water (like tap water in most places):

To combat this, make sure to:

  1. Leave tap water out for 24-48 hrs before using it. This will allow minerals time to evaporate.
  2. Water all the way through the soil until water is dripping out the bottom of the nursery pot. This will ensure any excess build of calcium (and other minerals) is flushed out from the soil.

Finally, look out for tell-tale signs of too much chlorine or calcium:

  • Scorched brown tips at the leaves = too much chlorine
  • White crystals on the soil = too much calcium
Will AC harm my Money Tree? What temperature should I set it to?

Money Trees are tropical rainforest plants that thrive in wet, humid climates.

ACs achieve the opposite results: they make the temperature colder, and the air dryer.

If you start to notice brown spots forming on the tips of your leaves, then it may be that the environment around your Money Tree is too dry.

Here are some steps you can take when deciding where to place your Money Tree in a room and managing your AC’s air flow:

1. The ideal temperate for Money Trees, as with most indoor plants, is between 18°C - 30°C at night, and 22°C - 27°C during the day. Though it CAN tolerate lower temperatures, you'll need to REDUCE your watering drastically, as the risk of overwatering increases the lower the temperature is.

2. Whenever possible, place your Money Tree as far away from the AC vent as possible. To combat the drying effect of the AC, you can mist your Money Tree with water and a mister to replicate its native climate. For this to be effective, you'd need to mist your plant at least once a day.

3. Alternatively, and best of all, you can use a small humidifier to keep the air around your Money Tree constantly more humid.

Do I have to re-pot my Money Tree as soon as I receive it?

In short, no.

Once you receive your plant, place it in the spot you plan to keep it in (whilst still in its nursing pot) and allow it at least 6 months (ideally 12) to acclimate to your home's temperature and light levels.

Once acclimated, you can choose to either re-pot your plant or leave it in its nursing pot.

5.0 Some Common Problems

Not much when it comes to Money Trees. Like we said, they’re easy to care for.

Drooping Leaves

Cause 1: Too dry

Suggestion: Check its soil for moisture level and water if needed.

Cause 2: Too much light

Suggestion: Move it slightly away from the window, but not too much since Money Trees do prefer a lot of sunlight. Moving it about half a meter away from the window should do the trick.

Leaves Falling off Within a Week

Cause: Not enough light

Suggestion: Move your plant to a place with more sunlight, but not outdoors or under direct sunlight. If this is not possible, consider investing in a grow light for your plant.

Leaves Have Lost Their Shine

Cause: Accumulation of dust

Suggestion: Once a month, gently wipe away any dust on your Money Tree’s leaves with a damp rag.

Light Brown Scorch Marks

Cause: Too much light

Suggestion: Move it slightly away from the window. Not too much since Money Trees do prefer a lot of sunlight, so moving it half a meter away from the window should do the trick.

6.0 Buying Money Trees Online

When shopping for a plant online, look out for the following:

Height

If you're looking for a table-top plant, then go for one that's 40cm tall. A 60cm tall plant would work well on a low side-table. Plants about 1 meter or taller would work well as statement floor plants.

Note: Stated heights will always include the height of the plant AND planter.

Pot style

This is all about the vibe you're looking for, and you'll typically have a choice amongst different colors and shapes.

If you're looking for subtlety, we suggest a circular pot in white. To make more of a statement, look for contrasting shapes and colors!

Delivery

It goes without saying that your plant supplier should meticulously package all plants.

When you personally buy a plant from a store, you're able to rush it home, ensuring it stays outside for as little time as possible. But when you order online, your plant will ride-share with a lot of other plants all on their way to their new homes.

Depending on where you live, weather can play a big part in your plant's health along the way.

If possible, ask your plant shop what precautions they take to ensure your plants stay as safe as possible en route to you.

Reviews

Reading customer reviews is a good way to get an idea of the customer experience provided by the seller (here's ours, by the way), but you need to practice caution there.

Don't expect to be able to tell a fake review right away, some reviewers can be great con artists, and some negative reviews can be fake to harm the seller.

Your best bet is to zoom out and look at multiple comments from multiple categories to get a good overview of whether you can trust this company and/or their review section.

For example, look at how recent the reviews are, and how spread apart. Was there a sudden spike of comments in a short amount of time? Do they sound like they're all written by someone rehashing the same template? Do they all sound too positive to be real?

Yes, going all detective on reviews can be a chore, but Future You will thank you for it.

Returns and refund policies

Things can go wrong.

Sometimes it's no one's fault, and sometimes there's nothing anyone can do.

So the best practice is to offer (and honor) a no-questions asked return/refund policy. Check out the seller's policy before you make a purchase, so you know you're insured in case things don't work out.

You can check out our return/refund policy here.

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