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Why Money Trees Make Great Houseplants

December 28, 2021

Right around this time of year, people start thinking about the year ahead and any changes they want to make in their lives or resolutions they wish to follow. Sometimes resolutions get a little lofty and hard to keep, which can make you feel like you let yourself down.

Let’s take the shame out of the resolution game and start small: Buy yourself (or your loved one) a money tree. Here’s why.

About the money tree

The money tree is rooted in lore about bringing wealth and prosperity to its owners. It was cultivated by a poor farmer in Taiwan who found the tree growing in his field. After growing several money trees, he was able to sell the trees and they were widely sought after. He credited the tree for his newfound wealth, giving the tree its name. 

Its signature detail is the braided trunk, which is actually several money trees braided together and is thought to symbolize “locking in” good fortune.

The leaves of a money tree stay lush and green year-round. Typically, each stem has five or six leaves, but if you spot a seventh, it’s considered a good luck charm!

In the wild, money trees can grow up to 60 feet tall, but a houseplant will only get up to about 7 feet with proper care.

Benefits of owning a money tree

We can’t promise that a money tree will bring good fortune to your life, but we can promise that it will add a sense of vitality to any room. Here are a few reasons to own or gift one:

  • They are easy to maintain: For a money tree in a 5-inch pot, water with two ice cubes or 3 tablespoons of water once a week.
  • They help purify the air
  • They are pet-friendly (but if your furbaby eats all the leaves, they may get an upset stomach)
  • They reduce stress
  • It adds a tropical feel to any room, but it doesn’t look out of place in chillier months

Ready to jump-start your new year’s resolutions with a money tree? Shop the collection now.