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How to Sow the Money Plant: [Method, Care and Complete Guide]

The Plectranthus verticillatus is popularly known as the Money Plant. 

Originally from the African continent, its good reputation has spread throughout the world .

If you receive a cutting and it grows into a beautiful plant , then do not hesitate: your luck It has been blessed and you will earn a lot of money. 

Important points when sowing the money plant
  • When to sow? There are more than 300 varieties that withstand temperature changes in all seasons of the year.
  • Where to do it? In lands or gardens of sufficient light. It is not recommended that it receive direct sunlight.
  • Growing time? It is a fast growing plant .
  • How to prepare the land? Substrate must contain a lot of organic matter.
  • Best time for transplantation? In autumn .
  • How do we water? Three times a week is enough. You need a humid environment.
  • What pests and diseases does it suffer from? Mealybug, mites, fungi, snails and rot.

Characteristics of the money plant

The money flower is characterized  for its dense foliage and for its very fast reproduction by cuttingswhich will mean that in a few days you can have a new plant to sow. It is also known as the dollar plant or Swedish ivy . It is a perennial plant of the Labiaceae family . Which implies that it is more than likely that it can have uses as an aromatic plant.

When to sow the money plant?

Although this genus harbors more than 300 species of important variations in any season of the year  its cuttings will give new life if you give it the care it deserves.

Where to plant the money flower?

Since it comes from the African continent, it is obvious that  withstands high temperatures in hot or tropical areas But it also adapts to high humidity habitats.

If we have it in a pot bringing good light on a balcony or window, it should be sheltered if the outside temperature drops to more than 10 ° C.

Some species can support up to 30 ° C . Others simply will not tolerate it.

Investigating which is the best species that adapts to our prevailing climate is ideal for them to last several years in our home.

 The money plant must receive light in semi-shadow, nothing to expose it directly to the solar rays, so the privileged place that it will have in our house must meet that primary requirement.

And hanging it (it can be a hanging plant ) somewhere high in the house will allow it to expand a lot and that its leaves fall without major problems when it corresponds.

In short, it does not resist low temperatures and neither the direct incidence of solar rays . It dies if it is very exposed to these situations of abrupt environmental changes.

How do we prepare the land for the cultivation of the money plant?

When choosing a pot as a growing site for our plant , the substrate must contain a lot of organic matter and an excellent drainage system to prevent excess water.

Liquid fertilizers such as compost or manure are excellent for keeping the soil nourished .   The amount? 2 or 3 grams per pot will be enough.

Once a month it will be ideal to apply fertilizers  rich in nutrients  that strengthen the earth.

Worm castings are great for giving you organic nutrients.

How do we water the money plant?

It is not necessary to give it abundant watering.  Three times a week is enough to complement the absorption of nutrients , when the summer master and notice that the land dries faster.

In other seasons of the year, once a week will be enough to water it with water.

A curious fact is that the plant is able to warn us if it has excess water, because its leaves turn dark , like black , which indicates that we must stop and let the substrate dry.

How to sow the money plant step by step?

Planting it is not complicated either. No way.  Let’s see then how we achieve its reproduction and multiplication .

  1. Cut several 3 to 6-inch stems . Remove all the lower stems. Verify that the liberated area is about 5 cm , because you will need it to submerge it in water and make the roots sprout.
  2. This should be done in a transparent container. After about two weeks we will begin to notice good shoots.
  3. The cuttings must then be placed in individual pots . Each bud is in a pot, so that it develops more easily before being placed in its final place.
  4. When the root is already strengthened, in about 20 or 30 days after submerging the stem or cutting in water , then proceed to place it in the definitive pot, with sufficient fertilized substrate and good water drainage.
  5. Do not forget that the selected stems must be thick and the leaves very green, very lively. This guarantees the success in the multiplication procedure of this unique plant with beautiful flowers of various colors.

What pests and diseases does it have?

Although this plant is very resistant to pests and diseases , the mealybug  that attacks leaves and stems can do you a lot of damage.

It must be removed using swabs or cotton buds and a suitable product must be applied to eradicate the pest.

Snails, fungi, spider mites, and so-called rot, which blacken stems and leaves, can also attack you. That is why it is essential to avoid excess humidity.

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