About Money Plant or Devil’s Ivy:
It’s scientific name is Epipremnum aureum. It is called Devil’s ivy (it is almost impossible to kill). In Indian subcontinent it is called Money plant.It is kept in decorative displays in shopping centers and offices, also used in aquariums.
Every plant is one or the other way touches our spirit. Plants are always givers and by being so they touch our soul. They give oxygen to atmosphere, fruits and fibers to us and shade to other animals. They are caring like mothers. Money plant is considered as a lucky plant which brings wealth, health, prosperity and happiness in the house especially if kept indoors.
It’s originated in Solomon Islands near France. It now grows in many tropical countries also, almost throughout the year (evergreen plant). It has heart shaped green yellow leaves (variegated leaves with two colours). It can be grown in pot with soil and in water alone (if weather is favourable i.e. not too cold or hot)
Health Benefits of Money Plant or Devil’s Ivy:
Besides being lucky, it is largely grown indoors because it requires little care and is also attractively leafy (stripes of green and yellow colour). It is also efficient at removing indoor pollutants such as formaldehyde, xylene, and benzene (in air from respiration etc).Hence, it purifies the air and keep the surroundings fresh.
Feng Shui principles regard money plant as one of the best plants to purify air polluted with synthetic chemicals from furniture and cleaning solutions. It energizes the home by filtering air and increasing oxygen inflow
Vastu experts say plants activate positive energy in our day-to-day lives. They recommend planting money plants inside the house as they bring good luck. They do not recommend growing them outside in the garden, however Vastu experts recommend planting money plants inside the house as they bring good luck
Money plants are mainly used as indoor plant because of the foliage and rapid growth. They are known for their rounded, coin like, seed pods. The plants are generally self-seeding and normally grow as biennials. The leaves produce energy which is stored in its developing root system. Below are the 6 unique benefits of money plant.
- Money plant as one of the best plants to purify air polluted with synthetic chemicals from furniture and cleaning solutions.
- It energizes the home by filtering air and increasing oxygen inflow.
- It is recommended to keep one plant near each computer, television, or WiFi router.
- Placing a money plant in front of a sharp corner or angle reduces anxiety and stress.
- It also helps avoid arguments and sleep disorders.
- Money plants activate positive energy in our day-to-day lives. It is recommended to plant money plants inside the house as they bring good luck
Money Plant or Devil’s Ivy Care:
Devil’s ivy care is pretty straightforward. It takes the name devil’s ivy simply because it’s hard to kill and is actually an invasive species if grown outdoors in many regions.
While that’s bad for people battling it outside, it’s actually GOOD for a houseplant – it means even if you’re a beginner, it’s hard to kill it!
An excellent beginner plant, it’s not fussy at all and can thrive in both bright sunlight or dim lighting inside your home. The only lighting conditions it can’t tolerate are full, direct sun and complete darkness.
If exposed to bright, filtered light, your devil’s ivy will have more yellow variegation in its leaves.
The root system of pothos plants is rather shallow, so you only need to water a little bit to penetrate the roots. Water it as often as needed during the growing months of spring and summer. Just avoid soaking the soil completely and you should be fine.
As far as soil goes, a standard houseplant potting mix is perfectly fine. It should be well-draining, but hold on to enough water to remain moist in between watering (devil’s ivy doesn’t like super dry soil).
Golden pothos is quite hardy and can survive without fertilizer for months on end. However, if you want to produce vigorous growth and foliage, give it a 20-20-20 mix.
Fertilize during the growing season and avoid fertilizing during the winter months.
If the plant stops producing new growth, reduce the frequency of fertilizing to once every two or three months.
Pothos does well in a smaller pot, so feel free to keep it in the pot you buy it in for quite some time. I have had mine in a 6″ pot I bought at the nursery for over half a year and it’s doing just fine!
However you can repot it if you want more vigorous growth. Just add extra soil and pick a pot 1-3″ larger than the existing pot. You don’t need to be extremely careful when repotting because the plant is so hardy.
You should prune your plant to control its shape over the year. Sometimes it will send out vines that look a bit bare except for foliage at the very bottom, so pruning those back will make your plant more aesthetically pleasing.
They grow so quickly that you can prune back heavily to reshape your plant and it will start coming back in no time.
Along with being easy to care for, golden pothos is also one of the easiest houseplants to propagate!
You can simply clip the vines and root golden pothos in water. New roots will form at leaf nodes, which are directly under a leaf.
When you make your cutting, remove the lowest leaves and place the cuttings in water.
You can also propagate by air layering, but most gardeners use the water method because of how quickly the cuttings form new roots.
You don’t even have to worry about trimming the plant for propagation because the vine will start a new shoot at the cut area
Pests and Diseases
Although the plant is susceptible to several pests, infestations are rare. Fungal and bacterial problems are the main cause of failure with this houseplant. These problems which cause root rot and leaf spots can be avoided by making sure the soil is only moist and not soaked.
Pests include spider mites and mealy bugs, but mealy bugs are most common. They can easily be removed by using a cotton swab dipped in rubbing alcohol or an insecticidal soap.