When it comes to houseplants, there are lots of different types to choose from. Whether you want something small and compact or something a little more challenging, there’s the perfect plant for you out there. Another great option is the Chinese money plant (Epipremnum). This trailing vine grows relatively slowly, which makes it a fantastic option for those that don’t have a lot of time to dedicate to their plants. They also tend to be pretty low maintenance, so it’s perfect for newbie houseplant owners. Let us take you through everything you need to know about caring for a Chinese Money Plant…
How to Care for a Chinese Money Plant: A Beginner’s Guide
Growing a houseplant can be challenging, especially if you don’t have much experience. In fact, some of the most common indoor plants are also among the most difficult to take care of. That’s because they often come with cryptic care instructions that even seasoned horticulturists struggle to understand. How do we know? Because numerous well-meaning souls keep asking us about how to grow a fiddle-leaf fig, an aspidistra, or a peace lily. If you love plants and want to learn more about them, including how to care for them so you can be successful in future plant endeavors, read on for some helpful information about keeping houseplants — specifically Chinese money plants — happy and healthy in your home.
What is a Chinese Money Plant?
A Chinese money plant (or money tree) is an indoor plant that can grow up to 2 feet tall. The plant’s leaves are variegated, with light and dark green markings, which is how it got its name. Chinese money plants are native to parts of Asia, including the Philippines, Myanmar, and Thailand, and are widely cultivated in tropical areas around the world. Chinese money plants produce fleshy, rounded stems with stiff, pointed leaves that grow in clusters. The leaves are about 3 inches long, about an inch wide, and grow in pairs. Chinese money plants are also know as “penny plants” because the leaves are shaped like coins. The plant is also sometimes called “potato” because its leaves resemble spud-like tubers.
Tips for Growing Chinese Money Plants
Choose a sunny spot. Chinese money plants are tropical plants, which means they need lots of sunlight. To boost your houseplant’s growth, place it in a sunny window. If you live in a cooler climate, or if your windows aren’t very sunny, you can also supplement with artificial light. Be sure to keep the leaves shaded with a sheer curtain or blind or they may burn. Alternatively, you can put your money plant in a grow lamp. Water and fertilize regularly. Water your money plant when the soil feels dry to the touch. To prevent over- or underwatering, set up a moisture meter or get a soil moisture gauge. If you’re not sure how much fertilizer to apply, check the product’s label for instructions. Prune regularly. Chinese money plants grow in vine-like patterns, so snip off the bottom leaves from time to time so the plant can grow upward. Cut back the tops as well to help promote branching.
Care Guide for Chinese Money Plants
Temperature: Chinese money plants thrive in warm temperatures. Keep your plant away from drafts and heat sources like fireplaces and radiators. Humidity: As tropical plants, Chinese money plants need high humidity to thrive. You can do this by placing the plant in a room with high humidity, such as a bathroom or kitchen. If your house has low humidity, you can mist the plant regularly with water to increase it. Light: Keep your plant in a bright spot, but not in direct sunlight. If you have lots of sunlight in your house, rotate the plant regularly to prevent leaves from getting scorched. Soil: Use a potting soil mixture with plenty of organic material. Fertilizer: Feed your money plant every few weeks with a balanced fertilizer solution.
How to Care for a Chinese Money Plant in Winter
Chinese money plants thrive in warmer temperatures. But what do you do if the winter season is on its way? If you’re in a warmer climate, the plant may be able to survive outside. If the temperatures in your area aren’t warm enough, or if your plant is in a shaded window, you’ll need to bring it inside. There are a few things you can do to give your plant a healthier and happier winter. – Keep the temperature warm. Keep your plant in a warm, sunny room. – Give it more water. Chinese money plants need a lot of water, so be sure to water your plant regularly. – Rotate the plant. Every few weeks, rotate the plant so each side gets more light. – Fertilize it. Every couple of months, fertilize your plant with a balanced fertilizer.
If you love houseplants but have always struggled to keep them alive, Chinese money plants are a great choice. This easy-to-care-for plant thrives in warm temperatures and low-light conditions, making it ideal for people who live in apartments. Plus, Chinese money plants are relatively easy to propagate, making it a great choice for budding horticulturists who want to experiment with growing their own plants! If you’re new to the world of indoor gardening, Chinese money plants are a great place to start. They’re easy to care for, and they come in a variety of different shapes and colours, making it easy to find one you like. So what are you waiting for? Grab a pot, some soil, and one (or more!) of these easy-to-care-for indoor plants.