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Money Tree Plant Care
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Where to grow Crassula ovata?
A money tree prefers a bright and sunny spot. Winter
temperatures should not be below 50 degrees F/10 degrees C. You can grow
outside for the summer months if you like but it should be sheltered
from too much rain.
Watering A Jade Plant
Money trees hate to be over-watered. Signs of over-watering are leaf dropping, mouldy stems and drooping of the stems or brown leaves. This is the
most important thing to remember with jade plant care.
Water only if the soil has dried out. Test the surface with your
fingers. If it feels moist do not water! You might only need to water
every 10-14 days.
Watering frequency will depend on the temperature, plant size, pot size
and amount of sunshine the plant is exposed to.
Add a general purpose plant food to the water once a month during the growing season.
During the winter months, particularly if you are keeping the plant in a cool place there will be very little need for watering.
Jade Plant Propagation
Most succulents like the money tree are very easy to propagate. Take a
leaf or stem cutting and let it dry for a few days. Then insert the
into a fee draining compost. A cactus mix will do a good job. Keep only
slightly moist. The cuttings will root very quickly.
You might also find pieces of your plant that broke off and started to
produce roots without being put into soil! You can carefully plant these
Pruning Money Trees
If your plant gets too big or top-heavy you will have to consider
pruning your plant. Cut back the branches evenly around the whole plant
its size. If that is well done you won't even notice that the plant has
been pruned. Always try to keep the natural shape of the tree in mind.
Pests And Diseases
Mealy Bugs and scale insects can become a problem. You can safely use
insecticidal soap or other organic sprays to get rid of these pests.
Treatment has to be repeated several times to catch all the bugs that
might be still hatching from eggs.
Don't use chemical sprays that contain malathion on money tree plants.
These can damage or kill them because all Crassulas are sensitive to
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