The money tree is native to South America and large, green leaves in clusters of fives. It is easily grown both indoors and outdoors and many cultures consider it a lucky plant due to its extreme hardiness and appearance. Occasionally, money tree leave will grow in clusters of seven and is said to give its owner extremely good fortune. Some money trees are grown in clusters of three stalks are braided together while they are green, giving the tree a unique and beautiful appearance.
Purchase a money tree from your local garden center. Some suppliers grow the trees in clusters of three to five in order to braid them later. However, some suppliers may grow one tree on its own. Find a cluster of trees if possible, or purchase three separate saplings to transplant later.
Combine your saplings into a large container if they are bought separately. Fill the container halfway with potting soil. Gently lift each tree at the roots from its original container. Re-plant the trees 1 inch apart from each other. They should be planted no deeper than they were originally.
Fill the soil in around the plants and water the container thoroughly, soaking the soil but not leaving the plants in standing water.
Place two stakes on opposite sides of the trees. The stakes should reach to the tops of the trees. Begin gently braiding the stalks together by crossing each branch over another in alternating succession. Braiding should only be done while the stalks are green or less than 1/2 inch in diameter.
Braid until the stalks meet the leaves and you are unable to continue. Loosely tie a string around the top braid of the tree. Anchor the tree by tying strings to each of the stakes and attaching those strings to the braided tree.
Water the tree as needed. Allow the soil near the base of the tree to dry before watering again. Yellowing or falling leaves is a sign of over watering.
Allow the tree to grow 6 to 8 more inches before braiding again.
Transplant the tree to a larger container when needed but keep in mind that money trees do better in confined or smaller pots.
Apply a balanced, slow-release fertilizer each spring.