As another year comes in, millions of people aspire for a luckier year that would bring them more financial wealth, peace and happiness. In many parts of Asia, it had been a custom of many people to place a money tree plant inside their homes or offices to attract good fortune. Usually, people believe that the money tree can bring good fortune,luck and prosperity. The money tree plant is actually a special type of bonsai tree. The money tree plant is particularly associated with China, and is often given out at Chinese New Year complete with red banners and other lucky decorations.
The species frequently used for a money tree plant is scientifically named as Pachira aquatica.It is very common among swamp lands in South America. The plant itself is already considered to be fortunate by followers of feng shui, simply because of its five lobed palmate leaves. A money tree plant with leaves in clusters of seven, another lucky number, is considered very lucky . The leaves, flowers, and nuts of the money tree plant are actually edible so it isn’t just a decorative plant. The lucky trees can often be found in important areas in the home, because plants and living things are very essential for feng shui.
Some thirty-years ago, there was a story about a Taiwanese truck driver who tried making bonsai with multiple trees, and braided the stems together. The result, the money tree plant, can be found for sale in almost any Asian market worth its salt. In order for the stems to be braided into a central trunk of three, five, or more stems, they are heavily handled while grown. The top of the money tree plant is usually allowed to grow outwards so that the lucky leaves would become thicker.
A money tree plant can grow to well over six feet (two meters) in height especially if it is well taken cared of. No matter how a money tree plant is grown, it is a resilient plant that will usually thrive. Just don’t let it get exposed to too much light and never let the plant soak in too much water. One symptom that the plant is either receiving too much or too less water is shown by crinkled or curled leaves.