Many exotic plants that live in South Africa and Australia have been in our latitudes for quite some time. And some of these unpretentious guests firmly settled on the windowsills florist. One of these "rooted" houseplants is the money tree. How to take care of him so that it justifies the hopes placed on him?
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Money tree has several names: "bolster", "fatty", "tree of luck and happiness." With such nicknames, the plant is obliged to look: jagged, rather dense leaves resemble round coins. It is believed that a healthy plant attracts financial well-being to the house, so many houseplant lovers, dreaming of becoming Scrooge MacDacks, and breeding fat.
Meanwhile, improper care can completely dispel all hopes of untold riches that are about to fall on your head. Moreover, if the tree rot, then financial losses can not be avoided! In addition to competent treatment, for the bastard is very important psychological climate in the house. If you quarrel often, the plant can get sick, start to languish. But in a benign atmosphere, the money tree will delight you with its healthy appearance, especially since it requires minimal care.
How to care?
Like many indoor plants, the money tree has some healing properties. The juice of its leaves contains arsenic, which has the ability to:
- to numb
- kill viruses.
Therefore, the fatty man is used externally for injuries, inflammation of the mucous membranes and skin rashes. But in order for the tree of luck to show all its abilities, you need to properly care for it.
Zhiryanka not too likes moisture. Florists recommend watering a tree once a month in winter and once every 3 weeks in summer. It is very important to ensure that water does not stagnate in the pan, otherwise the plant may rot. If the water remains, it makes sense to check the quality of the substrate, which can be laid too tight. Or, perhaps, the florist planted his pet in a too big pot. As for spraying, so beloved by many residents of window sills, the money tree does not like this “communication” with moisture at all. Although a couple of times a year, it is still necessary to remove dust from the leaves.
The tree of good luck is the southern guest, so the windows facing the side of "the house of his ancestors" are the best option for the plant. However, direct sunlight is detrimental to the bastard: too tender and sensitive skin on the leaves. True, there is an exception: the variegated variety of the tree of luck, on the contrary, requires direct sunlight. If the bright sun can not be avoided, teach the bastard to him gradually. To do this, shade one or the other part of the window.
As already mentioned, it is better if the windows face south. But east and west are also quite acceptable. You can put a flower not only on the windowsill, but also on the floor (especially during the summer heat) or near the window opening. The money tree normally reacts to the neighborhood with other residents of the window sill, so no isolation is necessary for it.
Zhyryanka refers to the type of indoor plants that love temperature drops during the day. However, these jumps should not be large - within 3-4 degrees. The average temperature for a money tree is 7-10 degrees Celsius in winter and 16-18 degrees in the hot season. If the room cannot provide such an atmosphere in summer, the plant can be identified on the balcony or in the garden.
The money tree is usually transplanted for the first time 2-3 weeks after the purchase, when the plant adapts to a new home. If you purchased a flower in a shipping container, then a transplant is definitely needed. But if the fat one was already bought in a pot, it is recommended to at least change the soil for it. Please note that there are no special requirements for the earth, but a layer of drainage from expanded clay or cork is simply necessary to absorb excess moisture. And also - be careful: the lucky tree has very fragile roots that can be easily damaged during transplantation or first watering. Young fatty woman is transplanted 1 time a year, and an adult tree - 1 time in 2 years.
From a beautiful and healthy plant you always want to cut the stalk to get such beauty into your possession. How to cut the money tree so as not to damage it?
- We separate from the flower part of the stalk with a leaf or leaves.
- We attach a scion.
- We place in the soil and cover with plastic or glass container.
- After a couple of days, when the roots appear on the new plant, you can remove the "greenhouse" and look after it as an adult flower.
Similarly, money trees can be raised with the help of leaves.
The main indicator of a healthy plant is its safe flowering. How to care for the money tree to make it blossom? There is nothing difficult. The appearance of white or yellowish, red, pink, blue flowers is possible only with the right light. On the bastard should be periodically hit by direct sunlight. This is possible in the summer, and only with partial blackout, so as not to burn the symbol of wealth and good luck.
Like any living creature, a money tree can become a victim of various ailments. If rotted leaves appear below, then it is worth while to stop watering. In a more neglected case, it is better to grow a new tree from a cutting. Zhiryanka is rather susceptible to parasitizing mushrooms. In this case, you need to purchase special solutions and process the plant with them according to the attached instructions.
A money tree is a houseplant, which is completely easy to care for. But how joyful it is to observe the full growth of a fatty, his flowering and present himself as a rich man! And just need to follow the rules of irrigation, lighting, temperature control and do not forget to transplant the whole unpretentious southern guest.