Jimut is a gardening enthusiast who has learned from experience and studying gardening books. He enjoys sharing his knowledge with others.
What Is the Money Plant?
Pothos or Money Plants are very easy-growing, hassle-free and low-maintenance plants. You just put some effort toward its propagation and start growing. It also grows in low light, so you can also keep it indoors. It can be grown in many decorative ways without too much effort. I am going to teach you one of the decorative ways to grow it. I call it "The Living Pyramid."
This article will cover the following topics:
- Preparing the Potting Mix
- Preparing the Pot
- Taking Care of Your Money Plant
- Caring for an Indoor Money Plant
The Money Plant is very easy to propagate. You can do it in two ways:
- You can take a cutting that has a node and a small root elevation, and place it in water.
- Or, you can place it in potting mix.
Actually, the difference is that if you place it in water, the root develops faster; in potting mix, it takes a little more time. Anyway, it’s almost the same. Roots develop in between 1 and 2 weeks. After that, you can pot it.
2. Preparing the Potting Mix
You can prepare a simple potting mix for this plant. Just mix these things:
- 2/5 part garden soil
- 2/5 part compost
- 1/5 part river sand
And you are ready to go.
3. Preparing the Pot
As you can see in the pictures, I used a piece of wood and placed it in the middle of the pot. Just place the wood exactly at the middle of the pot, push it until it reaches the bottom, make sure it is straight, and then make the soil harden to hold it right there.
You should use at least a 12-inch pot and be sure it’s good quality. If it breaks, you will be greatly disheartened because you will not be able to repot it.
I propagated two plants to prepare this; I recommend using two plants. Plant one of them on one side of the wood and the other on the other side. This will help your plant to look bushy and green. Tighten the soil gently by pressing it in. Make sure your plants are parallel to each other and oppositely faced; this will help the plants to grow in a swirling way.
Okay, now you are ready to take care of it.
5. Taking Care of Your Money Plant
There are some simple points on taking care of the Pothos. It’s easy, as I've mentioned. Just go through the following steps to make sure everything is all right.
Many people make mistakes with light for their Pothos plant. It cannot tolerate strong or direct sunlight when it’s small or during its growing period. Never place it in direct sunlight when it’s young. I placed it in a shady corner of my rooftop; the windy environment facilitated its growth.
If you are preparing it for room decoration, I do not recommend starting it in a room. First prepare it in a good environment outdoors; after that, you can take it indoors.
Pothos likes water, gives it a lot of water just makes sure that water is not lagging in the soil and also that your soil is not getting dry. Pothos likes the rainy season, it grows faster in that season too.
You will be happy to know that there is no need for serious fertilization, as it is a low maintenance plant as said. The compost you gave on preparing potting mix work for a long time. You can mix some compost with water and give it to it, once a month.
Never over-fertilize it, it can be dangerous.
It is an essential part for making any decorative plant. You will have to shape it in a good way by pruning. There are some little stages in pruning it.
- When it's just starting to grow and has two or three new leaves, cut or pinch the tip of the two plants, thus facilitating it to grow more branches.
- After that, you will probably have four branches. Let three of them grow up and leave the fourth one to make more leaves at the bottom. This will make it look more like a pyramid. So, cut the tip of the fourth one often if it grows much longer. This will make more branches at the bottom, making it look bushier.
And that’s it.
Tying It to the Stalk
Tying rightly to the stalk is also an important part for this. You will need to tie it to the stock as your plant climb up. There are steps to be followed for this:
- You should not tie it very tightly, or the stems will get crimpled up in those regions.
- You should tie in every 2-3 cm.
- You tie a very supporting knot without tying it tightly. I have shown it in the pictures above.
Follow these steps, and you will be ready to go with it.
6. Caring for an Indoor Money Plant
There are some differences in caring for a plant outside and inside a house. We all know that plants take water from the soil and after utilizing it excrete the extra water from their leaves. The more the water passes through the plant the more your plant will be healthy.
Inside a room, plants cannot excrete out extra water easily because there is more humidity. If your room is as humid as outside there is no problem.
As Pothos require more humidity and less light, they can be grown inside a room easily. However, a minimum amount of light and wind is required.
Always remember, the less the light and more the humidity, the less water and fertilization need to be given. So never over-fertilize or over-water when keeping plants inside a room. Yes, this goes for every plant too.
I hope this helps you a lot, and I would be grateful if you comment on your results after trying this. And please also vote in your views below.
Supriya on May 25, 2020:
Please recommend your tips, thanks
Symmone Lapp on April 08, 2020:
Will my plant die if I disattach it from a wooden steak that it was grown on it’s over grown the steak and droopy like it wants to be freed.
Kimberly Chavez on April 05, 2018:
I have a plant that is already about a foot tall staked. How do I make it bushy at this point ?
Shivam saxena on April 23, 2016:
My pothos is doing good in my living room.
humza on July 09, 2014:
money plant care
diya on January 16, 2014:
This helped to do my assignment
Jimut Dhali (author) from West Bengal, India on July 08, 2013:
Thank You :-)
Thelma Alberts from Germany on June 16, 2013:
I have Pothos in my garden and have just put some of the cuttings in a glass with water, inside the house. I´ll let them climb my kitchen cupboard. They are easy to grow. Thanks for sharing;-)
Jimut Dhali (author) from West Bengal, India on May 02, 2013:
Thank You. :-)
Sunil Kumar Kunnoth from Calicut (Kozhikode, South India) on May 02, 2013:
This is my favorite plant and I love to grow it in my garden soon. Thank you for sharing your knowledge.