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Chinese money tree: tips for care for the lucky thaler and the right location according to Feng Shui.

Money tree or lucky thaler plant: the perennial has proved to be a real lucky charm for the Chinese. For this reason, it is also enjoying increasing popularity in this country. But a Chinese money tree can do even more: it also offers health benefits. We explain which location is optimal for the plant according to Feng Shui and what else you should consider when caring for it.

Chinese money tree: The right location

Chinese money tree care tips and location

In China, the money tree is considered the lucky charm par excellence. Feng Shui teachings say that the plant brings prosperity and money into the house. Provided that it is planted in the right location. A corner in the southeastern part of the garden is considered optimal.  In the house, too, a place in a southern corner is most favorable.

By the way, this also corresponds to the needs of the plant . For the money tree prefers a bright, sunny location. However, it can easily thrive in direct sunlight It feels best, therefore, exactly on an eastern windowsill, where it can enjoy the morning sun and be spared from the strong rays of the sun in the afternoon. Southern window, where the plant is bright for hours, is also well suited.

What does the Feng Shui teaching say?

Furthermore, the lucky coin plant should be located as close as possible to the purse. If you additionally place a coin under the flower pot, then the lucky charm can completely unfold its powers.

However, a Chinese money tree can do much more than just promise luck and money. It brings good energy into the house and especially into the so-called Yin rooms. Yin energy (from yin and yang) stands for darkness, peace and silence. Therefore, the best place for the plant is the sleeping area.

These health benefits bring a Chinese money tree.

Chinese money tree care transplant in pot

However, the exotic plant offers other, practical benefits: its leaves absorb water and then release it again. Thus, they can influence and regulate the humidity in the room. Therefore, the plant is really good for the bedroom or even the living room, where you spend most of your time.

Plants as lucky charms: that’s why the money tree is a good gift

Even in this country, the money tree is becoming more and more popular and can be found more and more often in homes. It is also one of the most popular plants given as a gift for good luck. The low-maintenance perennial is considered a symbol of prosperity and is therefore given as a gift at the end of the year or on birthdays.

Are you also one of the people who received a money tree as a gift for New Year’s Eve? Then you’re probably wondering what else there is to consider when caring for it. We explain in the following.

Chinese money tree: this is what you should consider when caring for it.

Money tree care useful tips and location according to Feng Shui

Fortunately, the money tree is a low-maintenance plant. In the following, we list the most important care tips. If you follow them, then the perennial can live up to 10 years.

  • Repotting: the first thing you should do as a new owner of a money tree is repotting. The right time is in January to March. The money tree is a heavy plant that has a large trunk and thick leaves. Therefore, it needs a sturdy, preferably clay pot or tub made of metal. It should not be much larger than the transport pot.
  • Pruning: Also in spring is the right time for pruning. If you just got the plant, then you do not need to cut it.
  • Potting soil: It prefers a humus-rich substrate with high sand content and neutral pH.
  • Water money tree correctly: Allow potting soil to dry out and water only after a finger test. Water sparingly during the winter months. Water the plant from the bottom or directly into the soil. The leaves should remain dry.
  • Fertilizing: During the summer months, fertilize the plant every 10 days. In winter, you can administer fertilizers once a month. You can use cactus fertilizer, it is perfect for the money tree.
  • Propagation: money tree is a long-lived perennial, but it becomes unsightly from the 7th year. Fortunately, it can be easily propagated by cuttings. You need branches that are healthy and at least 5 inches long. They should also have 6 leaves or more. The branches are placed cut side down in growing medium and will form roots in the next 10 days.

Money tree care: pests and diseases

Chinese money tree care transplant in pot


The money tree is an undemanding and very resistant plant. It is rarely attacked by pests. Usually this happens if you water the plant too much or if you moisten the leaves regularly. Moist potting soil and impermeable substrates promote waterlogging and this favors fungus gnat infestation. To prevent this, you should regularly check the underside of the leaves for signs of pests.