As the saying goes, money doesn’t grow on trees. But there is a Money tree that can bring you lots of money and good luck. No, it won’t actually grow dollar bills for you. Its feng shui qualities will attract good fortune to your home or office.
Scientifically known as the Pachira aquatica, this tropical wetland tree is native to the swamp lands in Central and South America. The trees became popular in Asia in the 1980s when a Taiwanese truck driver tried making bonsai out with multiple Pachira trees by braiding the stems together. The creative result became a central trunk of five braided stems and at the top of the braid, a canopy of lucky leaves. The appealing aesthetic quality of the braided stems makes this tree popular for decorating the home.
How did the Pachira tree become known as the Money tree? The popular legend tells of a poor farmer in Taiwan who prays for money to relieve him from his financial debts. He finds this plant in his field and believes it to be an answer to his prayers. He brings the plant back to his home and prospers from selling plants grown from its seeds. The tree became symbolically known as the Money tree, meant to bring good luck and prosperity to those who receive the tree as a gift.
The lucky tree has leaves shaped to represent the five main elements of feng shui; earth, metal, water, fire and wood. It is considered good luck if you discover seven leaves on any stem of your Money tree because seven is deemed as a powerful lucky number. The Money tree is usually placed in places where money is kept or where there is a need of money. And wherever the plant is placed, wealth and prosperity will flow towards it.
The Money tree is one of the easiest houseplants to take care of. It can thrive with just a little direct sunlight and if properly cared for, the plant can grow up to six feet tall. Just make sure it gets the proper amount of water and sunlight. It is very important to make sure that the soil is not too moist. Allow the soil to dry in between watering. Too much water is not healthy for the plant. If the leaves start to curl or crinkle, it’s a sign that the plant is getting too much water or not enough. Money trees do not need pruning either unless you want a lot of new leaf growth.
Follow these simple instructions on how to take care of your Money tree and your home or business will prosper with wealth and fortune wherever you place it.
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