Basic Money Tree Care
Originally from Mexico, the Money Tree is very common throughout the world due to its ease of care, making them great for a wide range of plant parents. When it comes to keeping your Money Tree healthy, they need a medium to bright, indirect light level to thrive and a boost to the humidity level to ensure the leaves don’t dry out.
Detailed Money Tree Care
Bright, indirect light is best for your Money Tree
Ideal lighting conditions for the Money Tree are medium to bright indirect light. So steer away from keeping yours directly in the window as it may receive too much direct sunlight. During summer when the light is very intense it can burn the leaves and the hotspots found near windows can dry out your plant so keep them away from direct light to prevent a range of issues.
Artificial lighting can be used
It’s common for the Money Tree to adapt to fluorescent lighting, making them great for the office. You can also use LED grow lights to supplement light levels during the darker months of the year.
Avoid waterlogged soil
It’s a good idea to water your Money Tree until it’s completely hydrated – you can tell when water starts to appear in the saucer. Do make sure it isn’t sitting in too much excess though as this can quickly become a breeding ground for root rot once the soil becomes waterlogged. Using a moisture meter is also a great way to know when to next water your Money Tree.
Money Trees like a boost to the humidity
Being from a more tropical climate, the Money Tree does have a preference for higher humidity levels. There are several easy ways to increase the humidity for your Money Tree including misting the leaves, using a pebble tray or relocating to the bathroom or kitchen (if there is enough natural light).
Only fertilise in the growth season
As with most houseplants, we recommend feeding your Money Tree once as you go into the growing seasons (spring/summer) with a water based plant feed at half of the package dosage. There is no one-fits-all amount when it comes to fertilising your Money Tree because so many factors including plant size, age, location and light level impact how much fertiliser it can handle.
Money Trees are non-toxic
Money Trees are actually safe for pets, so you shouldn’t have to worry if you’re bringing one home!
Money Tree Care FAQs
Is the Money Tree easy to care for?
Not only do Money Trees look great, but they are really easy to care for as well and adapt to a wide range of environments.
How much sunlight does my Money Tree need?
You want to try and make sure that your Money Tree is receiving indirect light. Keep them away from intense direct light as this can scorch the leaves. They can adapt to some lower light environments but growth will be slower.
Is the Money Tree toxic?
Money Trees are non-toxic and completely safe to have around your home.
How tall does a Money Tree get?
When grown indoors, Money Trees will typically reach about 6-8 feet. They can, of course, become a lot larger when grown outdoors in their native environment.
Common Problems with your Money Tree
Here are some common issues that you might run into. It’s important to diagnose any issues early to give your plant the best chance of bouncing back.
Why are the leaves on my Money Tree are turning yellow?
This is a pretty straightforward fix so don’t worry too much! You’re likely overwatering your Money Tree so just let it dry out a little more in-between waterings. If you’re sure that isn’t the case, it could be that the humidity is too low, try misting your Money Tree down once a week with a good spray bottle.
Why are leaves falling off of my Money Tree?
The most likely issue here is under watering, which is a pretty easy fix. If you’ve only just received your Money Tree dropping leaves could just be a sign of it adjusting to its new environment.
Why is my Money Tree drooping?
If your Money Tree is drooping, it’s most likely getting overwatered. Let it dry out a little before your next watering and find a schedule that works so that the soil is never dry but also doesn’t stay wet.
Why are my Money Tree leaves wrinkly?
The leaves of the Money Tree can sometimes wrinkle up if the plant isn’t getting enough water, make sure you don’t let the soil completely dry out. The leaves should return to normal once you get onto a good watering schedule.