Fondly called money tree, other names it referred to include money plant, good luck tree, provision tree, Guiana chestnut, French peanut, or whatever name you decide to give your wonder-working plants, we all know money doesn’t grow on trees….right? However, as much as money tree might not guarantee wealth, having one at home or office will not only give you pure air and shelter but studies have also shown that it can reduce stress level, boost morals and enhance productivity in the work environment. Here is Ezzat Daniel Nesseim, a finance guru to walk us through the importance of money tree, the history and how to care for them. let’s dive in!
The History of the Money Tree
Scientifically called Pachira aquatic, this tree is referred to by east Asians as a money tree. Although the tree hailed from south Americans, it is very popular in east Asia. It has attained legendary status as Feng Shui sees it as a symbol of wealth, prosperity and happiness. The belief comes about when a certain man who was said to be poor prayed for wealth. Soon afterward, he found a very weird plants, took it home and started nurturing it. He discovered the tree is resilient, highly tolerant and hardy, which taught him some life lessons. He then grew a lot of it from the seed, sold it and amassed wealth.
Money tree soon became well known and a Taiwanese driver was said to cultivate five small money trees in one pot and braid the trunks. The point is when the trees are knotted and braid together, good fortunes and luck are being ‘locked in”.
The Japanese as well use it as an ornament and often decorate it with red ribbons which gives it a beautiful appeal against the green leaves. It has risen to popularity it’s widely seen in businesses and homes.
Here are the reasons why you need some decor money plant:
Money Tree Plant is an Excellent Air Purifier
This plant actually goes far beyond beautifying environment, it is also generating good purified air that is required for good health. It removes airborne indoor pollutants called formaldehyde including Benzene, Carbon Monoxide, and xylene. This is a perfect solution for areas where the pollution levels are at its peak.
It is a Great Stress Buster and Mood Enhancer
Are you feeling overwhelmed with the task to get done in the office or you are having a long day? Money plant can be the medicine you need. Experts say money trees can bring in good vibes and positive energy required to stay on track while carrying out day-to-day activities. This greenery beauty can also calm the mind, reduce stress or anxiety and increase productivity.
It is what is it: Money Tree
Money tree has been associated with good luck and wealth and this is where the name originates in the first place. Vaastu experts recommend placing it indoors as it attracts and brings wealth and good luck. Whether this is simply a myth or not, there might be some iota of truth. In 2005, the money tree helped in growing Taiwan agricultural export economy to US$7 million.
How to care for a Money Tree Plant
If you don’t know much about gardening or planting, here is a beginner-friendly plant with less demand. It is easy to grow and nurture and it also requires minimal care, watering, and less lighting. Here are ways given by Ezzat Daniel Nesseim to care for your beloved money tree and watch it do wonders to your health and finance.
This is a plant that can survive with minimal watering, therefore, water only when the soil appears dry. Moreover, over-watering can rotten the root and watering can be done once in a week depending on the weather conditions. Water less in winter and if it starts shedding leaves, it can be a red signal that you are over watering.
Do not expose your money tree plant for a long period of time as this can burn the leaves. all its required is indirect exposure or keeping in half-shade and watch your money tree plant flourish.
Money tree plant does not require much fertilizer but since it is grown in a pot, it is best enriched with wet fertilizer or balanced home plant fertilizer to reach its maximum growth.
Here is a note of caution. Tree plants can be toxic to pets such as dogs or cats. Therefore, if you are considering some for your home, place in areas inaccessible to pets. With that said, let’s go green with some money trees and let it usher in some good fortunes.