Hobbyists all over the world have fondly embraced lovely little wonders in bonsai trees. They are good household companions that require little amount of care, although you need to hone your skills in pruning. One that has stood among the rest is the braided money tree plant. If you intend to go with this gardening trend take a look at the facts.
Looking back in time. The money tree plant is a special type of bonsai that traces its roots in Taiwan during the 80s. A Taiwanese truck driver showed interest in braiding the stems of multiple trees together to come up with a unique form of bonsai. His success led to the circulation of the plant in almost every Asian country. It started to sell like hot potatoes particularly in China during New Year festivities due to the associated luck and fortune.
Going into details. This braided bonsai is a native of the swamp lands of South America. It is technically termed as Pachira aquatica. It is a combination of different trees that can be created by braiding the trunks together. 10 to 18 inches is the ideal height but there are variations that can grow up to an astounding 7 feet. It is composed of bright green colored leaves that are allowed to freely grow outwards. This is done to ensure that the lucky leaves make their presence felt.
Understanding meanings. The money tree plant has been commonly used as a gift. The best feature that is has to offer is the great fortune linked with the leaves. Look for the plant that has seven leaves as it is the rarest. The number of leaves is proportional to the amount of great fortune awaiting you. Basic plant types have five or six leaves and the four clover. There is money in the plant. Feng shui experts suggest that it should be placed in the room of the house or office where financial affairs take place. The reason behind this is the positive energy that the plant can provide.
Ample care is needed. Here are the different aspects of plant care that will require your utmost attention.
- Watering should be performed weekly for the winter and monsoon seasons and every other day for the dry season. Excess watering can lead to shedding of the leaves and rotting of the roots and stem. The soil should be given enough time to dry.
- 3 to 4 hours of alternate sunlight and shade is good for the plant. Extreme heat exposure for a long period can result into the destruction of the leaves. The money tree plant can thrive in a cold environment but with moderation. It needs to be situated in warmer spots during winter.
- This plant likes a well drained soil. A synthetic soil mix consisting of perlite, turface, small gravel, haydite, grit, and organic topsoil can work wonders for its growth. Additives like peat moss that can lead to accumulation of water are not advisable.
- Spring is the best time for pruning. Be sure to get rid of callouses and older foliage. Stems should be cut back in order to produce lateral branch. This will increase the size of the trunk enabling the plant to support the weight of the leaves via induced root growth.
Protect you money tree plant from pests. Watch them bloom and propagate en route to a better outlook in life.