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Money Plant Care: The Ultimate Guide

Money Plant Care: The Ultimate Guide

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction
  2. Overview of Money Plants
  3. Watering
  4. Soil Requirements
  5. Light Requirements
  6. Propagation Techniques
  7. Pruning and Training
  8. Common Problems and Solutions
  9. Conclusion
  10. Additional Resources


Welcome to the ultimate guide on money plant care! This article will provide you with comprehensive information about these popular houseplants.

We'll delve into their origins and how to properly care for them, as well as discuss topics such as watering, soil requirements, light conditions, propagation, pruning, and common issues.

By the end of this article, you'll be equipped with the knowledge to help your money plant thrive and grow.

Overview of Money Plants

Money plants, also known as Epipremnum aureum, Pothos, or Devil's Ivy, are native to the Solomon Islands in the South Pacific.

They are popular houseplants due to their low-maintenance nature and attractive foliage. The leaves are heart-shaped and can vary in color, from green to variegated patterns with yellow or white patches.

Caring for Money Plants

Caring for money plants is relatively simple, making them perfect for novice gardeners or those with busy schedules. They can tolerate a range of conditions, but to keep them looking their best, follow these guidelines:

  • Watering: Water your money plant when the top inch of soil becomes dry.
  • Soil: Use well-draining, peat-based potting mix.
  • Light: Provide bright, indirect light.
  • Propagation: Propagate using stem cuttings or air layering.
  • Pruning: Regularly trim and train your plant to maintain its shape.
  • Pest control: Inspect for pests and treat as needed.


Money plants are somewhat drought-tolerant, but they prefer consistent moisture. Water your plant when the top inch of soil is dry to the touch.

This usually equates to watering once every 7-10 days, depending on the humidity and temperature of your home.

The best time to water your money plant is in the morning, as this allows the plant to uptake the water before the heat of the day causes evaporation. Be careful not to overwater, as this can lead to root rot.

If you notice yellowing leaves, it may be a sign that you are overwatering your plant.

Soil Requirements

Money plants grow best in well-draining, peat-based potting mix. This type of soil retains moisture without becoming waterlogged, allowing the plant's roots to access the water they need without risking root rot.

Fertilize your money plant every 4-6 weeks during the growing season (spring and summer) using a balanced, water-soluble fertilizer. Make sure to follow the package instructions for the correct dilution rate.

During the fall and winter, reduce fertilization to once every 8-12 weeks, as the plant's growth slows down.

Light Requirements

Money plants thrive in bright, indirect light. A spot near a north- or east-facing window is ideal, but they can also tolerate lower light conditions. Keep in mind that variegated varieties may lose some of their color if they do not receive enough light.

Avoid placing your money plant in direct sunlight, as this can cause the leaves to burn and become discolored. If you notice that the leaves are becoming leggy or losing their variegation, try moving the plant to a brighter location.

If your home does not have sufficient natural light, you can supplement with artificial lighting, such as fluorescent or LED grow lights.

Ensure the light source is placed above the plant, mimicking the natural direction of sunlight, and provide 12-14 hours of light per day.

Propagation Techniques

One of the joys of growing money plants is their ease of propagation. You can quickly multiply your collection or share with friends using these methods:

Stem Cuttings

  1. Choose a healthy stem with at least four leaves and make a clean cut just below a node (where the leaf meets the stem).
  2. Remove the lower leaves, leaving at least two on the cutting.
  3. Place the cutting in a glass of water, ensuring the node is submerged but the leaves remain above the waterline.
  4. Change the water every few days to prevent bacteria growth.
  5. After 2-3 weeks, you should see new roots forming from the node.
  6. Once the roots are 1-2 inches long, transfer the cutting to a pot filled with well-draining potting mix.

Air Layering

  1. Select a healthy stem with at least four leaves.
  2. Make a small, upward-slanting cut halfway through the stem, just below a node.
  3. Insert a toothpick into the cut to keep it open.
  4. Wrap the area with moist sphagnum moss, and then cover the moss with plastic wrap, securing it with twine or rubber bands.
  5. After 2-4 weeks, roots should begin to form in the moss.
  6. Cut the stem below the new root system and carefully remove the plastic wrap and moss.
  7. Plant the newly rooted stem in a pot filled with well-draining potting mix.

Pruning and Training


Regular pruning and training will keep your money plant looking its best and encourage bushier growth. Prune your plant by cutting just above a leaf node, which will stimulate new growth from that point.

You can prune any time of year, but it's best to do so during the growing season to ensure faster recovery.

Training your money plant can be done using a moss pole, trellis, or other support structure. Attach the plant's stems to the support using plant ties, allowing the plant to climb and create a more vertical growth habit.

This will also help prevent the plant from becoming too heavy and breaking under its own weight.

Common Problems and Solutions

Money plants are generally resilient, but they can still encounter issues such as pests and diseases. Here are some common problems and their solutions:

  • Pests: Mealybugs, spider mites, and scale insects are the most common pests affecting money plants. Inspect your plant regularly and treat any infestations with insecticidal soap or neem oil. Ensure proper care, as stressed plants are more susceptible to pests.
  • Root rot: Overwatering can lead to root rot, a fungal disease that causes the roots to turn brown and mushy. To treat root rot, remove the plant from its pot, trim away the affected roots, and repot in fresh, well-draining soil. Water sparingly until the plant recovers.
  • Yellowing leaves: Yellow leaves can be a sign of overwatering, underwatering, or insufficient light. Check the moisture level of the soil and adjust your watering schedule accordingly. If the soil moisture is adequate, try moving the plant to a brighter location.
  • Leaf drop: Sudden leaf drop can be caused by temperature fluctuations or drafts. Ensure your money plant is placed in a stable environment with temperatures between 65-85°F (18-29°C) and away from drafts or air vents.
  • Brown leaf tips: This issue can arise due to low humidity, over-fertilization, or high salt levels in the soil. To increase humidity, place a tray of water filled with pebbles near your plant or use a humidifier. If over-fertilization is the cause, flush the soil with water and reduce the frequency of fertilization.


In this guide, we have covered the essential aspects of money plant care, including watering, soil requirements, light conditions, propagation, pruning, and addressing common problems.

By following these guidelines, you can ensure that your money plant remains healthy and continues to flourish.

Money plants are an excellent choice for both beginner and experienced gardeners, as they are both low-maintenance and highly rewarding.

Additional Resources

To help you care for your money plant, we've compiled a list of recommended products and videos:



We hope this guide has provided you with the information you need to grow and care for your money plant. Happy gardening!

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