How to Care for a Bamboo Money Tree


The Chinese hold the bamboo money tree as an important element in feng shui. It is often given as a housewarming gift, the giver believing that it will bring good fortune to the home. Even in the United States, you will often see a bamboo money tree on the counter when you pay your bill after dining in a Chinese restaurant. The bamboo money tree is a tropical, fast growing tree that is very easy to care for.

Step 1

Give the bamboo money tree lots of light but not direct sunlight. The plant will tolerate low light but it may lose some leaves. The preferred temperature range is between 65 and 95 degrees Fahrenheit.

Step 2

Allow the plant to dry out completely before each watering as the bamboo money tree is susceptible to root rot. Money trees rarely need watering more than two or three times per month.

Step 3

Fertilize the bamboo money tree twice a year with a diluted solution (half strength) of a liquid, all-purpose fertilizer.

Step 4

Trim the bamboo money tree to keep it the size you want and to remove any dead leaves.

Things You'll Need

  • Water
  • Fertilizer


  • Llamas, K., (2003). Tropical Flowering Plants. Portland: Timber Press

Who Can Help

  • International Society for Horticulture Research
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Victoria Hunter, a former broadcaster and real estate agent, has provided audio and written services to both small businesses and large corporations. Hunter is a freelance writer specializing in the real estate industry. She devotes her spare time to her other passions: gardening and cooking. Hunter holds a Bachelor of Arts in English/creative writing.