What Is Money Plant ?
Money plants (pothos) are evergreen climbers that can grow up to 20 m high, requiring very less care. They are easy to grow, both in soil and water. Money plant care is quite easy and needs no extra efforts. I have also grown money plant in old bottles and jars. The money plant can be grown as an indoor or outdoor plant without much worry.
I propagate most of them on my own. These are very forgiving and hardy plants.
It is also called devil’s vine because it is almost impossible to kill. Pothos is a hardy indoor plant with long trailing stems growing upright producing beautiful heart-shaped dark green leaves and also in shades of yellow or white. Pothos can be placed at several different locations in the home: You can grow it in hanging baskets where the long stems trail down, let it climb a pole or trellis, or grow horizontally along a table top.
Let’s talk about them in detail…
Sunlight is one of the most essential part of any plant’s growth. It is needed in making food by carrying out the process of photosynthesis. Money plant can thrive and survive in almost any light condition. It is best when placed in bright indirect sunlight, as the direct sun can parch the leaves. It does well indoors even when placed in darker spots. However, it does best and grows faster under bright light conditions.
Money plants need a well-draining soil which can drain out the excess water.
Feeding with an organic compost once or twice in the growing months can help get a bushier and heavy foliage ( basically more leaves). Preferring an organic fertilizer is always good.
They also do very well in Leca balls with water along.
Pothos is a tropical plant and loves humidity and heat.The more humid it is, the better. To increase the humidity, you can keep it on a tray of pebbles and fill it with water.
Plant your pothos in a well-draining soil and water them regularly. The roots of some indoor pothos can rot easily if placed in low drainage soils. Always let the top soil dry and then feed more water.
HOW TO GROW AT HOME?
Propagation– Pothos are so easy to propagate and care. Just cut off a piece of the stem around 6″-10” , remove the lower leaves & place it in water. Replace the water every week and ensure that the nodes are immersed in water. Within a week the roots develop, once the roots develop repot it in soil and ensure proper moisture and light conditions.
You can also continue growing the cutting in water and keep it in a mason jar or old glass bottles. Upcycled bottles make great planters for pothos.
Money plant has also got an advantage of cleaning the air. It not only provides pretty looking landscape but also removes toxins found in carpet, paint, plastics, insulation, by purifying the air around them. They take in the bad & release the good. Pothos is the most commonly grown indoor plant.
All parts of the plant are poisonous and are harmful for pets and children.
SECRET TO A BUSHIER PLANT
Keep pruning the long vines, if you want side growth and a bushy plant. You can keep adding a sea weed solution or a vermicompost. I recommend using these or a home made compost as even a bit in excess won’t harm. But a chemical fertilizer can be too strong and also leaches out in water. Giving it good amount of light also helps in growth.