Money tree propagation takes little effort and produces big results. If you have money trees in your home already, you know that they bring good luck. So why not have multiple of them? In this article, we’ll show you how to propagate your money trees.
The money tree is native to South America but commonly grown in Southeast Asia. It has become a common ornamental plant around the world, symbolizing good luck and prosperity for those who take care of it. With its braided trunks and elegant leaves, this beautiful plant will brighten up any room. Additionally, you’re in luck, as propagating a money tree is quite simple.
When you see a money tree at the plant store with braided trunks, it is in fact multiple young trees combined into one pot. As the trees sprout together, their trunks are formed into a braid that will hold as the plant grows over time. If you’d like, you can use our following method of money tree propagation on multiple cuttings, which you can then braid together to replicate this classic style.
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Cuttings: Simple Money Tree Propagation
You can propagate money trees much in the same way that you multiply your other houseplants, which is through cuttings. Here’s a step-by-step guide to money tree propagation, from taking a cutting to planting it in soil and letting it grow.
- Locate a healthy branch of your money tree. It should be a healthy, green section with at least 2 leaf nodes near the end of it. The nodes are where the leaves grow from the plant, and can be found either through the leaves themselves or through little buds coming out of the branch.
- Next, take a clean pair of scissors and cut the section off. Wrap the cutting in a damp paper towel and place it in a plastic bag while you prepare the cutting to take root.
- While your cutting stays hydrated, prepare a small cup or pot with soil. The soil should be relatively dry and sandy (a soil blend for succulents and cacti is often recommended).
- Create a small hole in the center of your soil. Gently place your cutting inside and cover. Lightly water the cutting and watch it grow over the course of a few weeks.
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Plant Care Tips
Hopefully, you have gotten some great results from your money tree propagation. Now how do you take care of all these plants? Money trees grow best inside when placed in medium to bright indirect light. Everytime you water the plant, rotate it 45 degrees to encourage equal growth on all sides. Don’t move your money tree around the house too much, though—they prefer one spot and you might see the leaves droop when placed in different rooms.
In the beginning of the money tree propagation process, you’ll want to water the cuttings quite often. But afterward, water your money trees deeply but infrequently. You can mist your money trees year round, as the plant enjoys humidity and warm temperatures. Always avoid bringing your money tree outside if the temperature is below 65º F.
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