Braided Money Tree Planting Guide

Popular for their good looks, easy care and - if your believe in such things - positive energy, Money Trees are a happy addition to your home or office space.

Choosing a Growing Site

In the warmest parts of the country Braided Money Trees can be grown outdoors, but for most of us these trees are valued as great windowsill plants. While your Money Tree can spend some time outside in the shade during the summer, it needs to come indoors when the temperature begins to drop below 50 degrees. Choose an indoor site that’s away from drafty windows and hot/cold air vents.

Preferred Light for Money Tree

Braided Money trees prefer bright, indirect light. Choose a spot near a window, but not where the plant receives direct sunlight as the foliage tends to burn in direct sun. These trees can also be grown successfully under florescent lights. In the case of florescents, more light is usually better, so a single light fixture hanging from 12 foot ceiling likely won’t be enough.


Your Money Tree comes planted in a small pot and that’s by design. Large containers with lots of soil retain larger amounts of moisture. Your tree is happiest when its soil is allowed to dry out a bit between waterings. Soggy soil and overwatering can promote root and stem rot. Give your plant a generous watering and then allow the soil to dry out almost completely. Yellowing leaves are often an indication of overwatering. Money Trees tend to grow more slowly in the winter; cut back on watering a little during that season.


Braided Money Trees are light feeders and don’t need frequent applications of fertilizer. During the most active growing periods, in mid-spring and mid-summer, just add a few drops of any water soluble fertilizer in when you water, following the manufacturer’s instructions.

Insider Tips

  1. Brown, crispy leaves can be a sign that the air is too dry. This is easily remedied by placing a shallow pan of pebbles under your plant. Add ¼”-1/2” of water to the pan. The pebbles keep your plant from sitting in the water. As the water evaporates, moisture is added to the surrounding air. Or, mist your plant a couple times a week.
  2. In indoor settings, leaves that turn brown may also indicate that your tree isn’t getting enough light. If your tree is far from a light source consider moving it closer to a window where there’s indirect sunlight.
  3. Relocation shock; plants sometimes drop leaves as they adjust to their new location. A few lost leaves aren't grounds for concern.
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Success Snapshot

Light: Indirect light

Soil: Average, well drained

Water: Average, allow soil to dry between waterings

Uses: Indoor plants

Tip: Good starter plant for new gardeners

GUIDE: Braided Money Tree

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