We return one more day with a gardening post in which we will teach you to take care of one of the most popular species to decorate the interior of a house: the money plant.
This plant is one of the most common in homes and not only for the legends that accompany it but also for the simplicity of its cultivation. And this is why the money plant is a favorite of beginners in gardening.
Today we will teach you to care for and cultivate this species, but not before explaining some of its most important characteristics.
THE MONEY PLANT: EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW
You may already have one of these plants at home, so you will almost certainly know how to take care of it. But if not, you are interested in reading further.
Before taking action, we will show you some of the most important characteristics of the money plant, because it is worth knowing what species you are facing when carrying out its maintenance.
The care of a plant will depend on the species that it is.
WHAT IS THE MONEY PLANT?
The money plant is an evergreen (perennial) species characterized by reaching about 50 cm tall, having fibrous roots, and succulent branches. It has a herbaceous bearing and is considered a glabra plant. Unlike what you may think by its name, “Swedish ivy” has nothing of a climbing plant, or of ivy, much less Swedish.
Its foliage is perennial because it stays green throughout the year, even in the dry season. The leaves are succulent; that is, they have the function of storing the water and nutrients that the plant needs to survive. Oval, serrated and 5cm x 5cm.
And his flowers?
The inflorescence is formed by small flowers, of color that can vary between blue or purple. The money plant blooms throughout the year, which will make the room in which it is located even more beautiful.
WHAT IS THE MONEY PLANT USED FOR?
As we have told you before, the money plant is used to decorate interior rooms, balconies, and terraces.
Its appearance and simplicity of planting have catapulted it to the preferred ornamentation species. And not only because of these characteristics, but its uses have also been extended due to the beliefs and legends that surround it.
Surely you have heard the phrase “with this plant at home. You will never lack money” “if they give you a plant of money, you will have economic prosperity.” It is not known if this is true or not, but if you are “just in case,” take care of it and treat it as it deserves.
To attract prosperity, it is said that the money plant and feng shui are linked. Since if you place the plant at the entrance of your house and another in the kitchen, you attract abundance and prosperity.
HOW TO TAKE CARE OF THE MONEY PLANT: EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW
And we come to the truly important today, the cultivation of the money plant. If you already have doubts and fear, do not worry. This species is very easy to care for, and its maintenance is deficient.
Also, it is a sturdy and durable plant.
But as you well know, if you have been following us throughout this time, that a plant is resistant and low maintenance is not at odds with 0 care. That is, it will require specific actions on your part to develop correctly.
What you should know about the cultivation of the money plant is what we will detail below.
The money plant will grow in one way or another depending on the light it receives. If you have decided to place them in a shady place, the Plectranthus verticillatus will develop faster.
Given its African origin, this species needs sun, although it should receive light indirectly since an excess of sun rays can cause superficial burns on the leaves.
The best location is near bright windows.
Again we meet a factor that depends directly on the African origin of the money plant.
The perfect temperature for this species is around 20 degrees. Its succulent leaves allow it to withstand higher temperatures, but these are not recommended. Also, if you live in an icy region during the winter, you must protect the plant.
And what about the amount of water you need? This plant does not require substantial risks since its fleshy leaves store the water it needs to develop.
Once a week during the summer, it will be more than enough, and in winter, it will be enough to pour water every 15 days approximately.
It does not tolerate waterlogging, so it is better to water less than more.
The plant of the money tolerates a pruning of maintenance, that is to say, it is grateful that those parts that are in unfortunate or dry conditions are eliminated.
For your plant to have abundant foliage, you must prune it.
You can use a liquid fertilizer (diluted in irrigation water) for indoor plants so that you will get proper development.
In general, it is recommended to fertilize once every fifteen days during spring, and in autumn and winter, it will be enough once a month.
And as we always say, in case of doubt or problem, go to a garden center.