Money plants get their name from their seeds, which resemble silver dollars when dried. In many Asian cultures, money plants symbolize good luck and fortune. Money plants need protection from winter weather. Originally from the Solomon Islands in Asia, these plants cannot survive winters with average temperatures reaching below 50 degrees Fahrenheit. Follow the simple steps below to protect your money plant.
Bring your plant indoors before the first frost. If your money plant is potted, bring it inside and set it by a window with plenty of indirect sunlight. It will also do well on an enclosed porch where temperatures are often higher than the outdoors.
Place your plant in a low-traffic area. Tuck the pot in a corner or near a window where it can get plenty of light but is not at risk of being knocked over. Money plants are slow-growing and may take time to grow back broken branches.
Bury the pot below ground. If your money plant is too big to bring inside but is still potted, bury the pot below ground to help insulate the roots. Bury it near a corner or wall where the plant will be protected from high winds.
Cover the plant with fleece. In cold weather, wrap the branches and base with blankets or plant fleece for insulation. You can also wrap the entire plant in plastic for another protective layer.
Spread mulch around the base of your plant. Whether the plant is indoors or outdoors, this will help insulate the base and roots of the tree and prevent frost damage.
Water your plant. Money plants need infrequent watering during winter but should still get a good dose of water every few weeks.
Keep clippings. Clip a few small branches from your tree and root them in water. This will provide a backup plant in case your money tree doesn’t make it.
Things You Will Need
- If snow falls on your winterized money plant, immediately brush it off as to not accumulate weight and threaten the fragile branches.
- If your plant is outdoors, do not water during freezing temperatures. The water could freeze around the roots and kill the plant.
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