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Read This Interesting Story to Know How the Money Plant Got Its Name

By Cody Subscribe to RSS | January 11th 2012 | Views:
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Money plant is one of the most charming plants in the world and it also has a fascinating history to it. The scientific name given to money plant is Scindapsus aureus. Some of the common names given to the money plant are Pothos, Solomon Island's Ivy, Devil's Ivy, and Silver Vine. It's also called as 'Silver dollar' as the size of its seed pods pretty much resembles that of the US silver dollar. And money plant is also referred to as the Money tree. This lucky-charm plant is a native of Southern Asia. They are predominantly grown inside the house while some people have them in their gardens.

Money plants have glossy green leaves in the shape of the heart. The size of their leaves generally measure around 3-5 inches. They are potential climbers and trailers as they have the ability to climb and trail along any of their neighboring object. They climb on objects like stick, trellis, and baskets. When grown in the garden, they tend to climb on the neighboring trees or stems and grow at greater heights.

The presence of the nature-like green colored money plant in your living room adds so much beauty and décor to the surroundings. The braided trunk and the beautiful arrangement of the seed pods in these plants are captivating to the eyes. This is one plant which you need not cosset about as it requires very minimal elements for its survival. The uniqueness of these plants is that they are capable of growing with or without soil. They can thrive for a considerable period of time on a bottle of water without any soil in it. Although there are plants being grown as hydroponics (the technique of adding essential nutrients to the plants that grow without soil), money plants can grow without any extra nutrient as they manufacture energy by absorbing the salts and minerals in the water.

If you wonder why these plants are called money plants then there are a slew of reasons for it. Before that, let me tell you an interesting story that happened several decades back. Once upon a time, there was a poor farmer in Taiwan. One day, he prayed to God for some money. Sometime later, he happened to find a weird plant in his field. He considered it as a gift sent to him by God and planted it in his home and took great care of it. After it had grown well, he sold its seeds to the local people and made some money. Then, he started growing more plants and made good money from of it. Thus, the plant erased all his financial problems. Ultimately it was named as Money Plant. The story of the farmer travelled from country to country. Chinese practiced the tradition of gifting money plants on New Year (as per their lunar calendar). Even US people have great faith in the lucky charm of this attractive plant.

Many people believe that if the money plant grows well then it's a good sign of wealth coming in to the house. But if the plant doesn't survive inside the house, it means trouble as there is a probability that the members of the house may suffer from financial problems. All that the plant needs is good environment that is frequent change of water and exposure to sunlight. Without proper exposure to the sunlight, the leaves are likely to lose their colors. I would also like to add that it would also be better to install a dependable security system like ADT Home Security System to safeguard all your riches.

Money plant holds a great significance in Feng Shui. Experts believe that money plant has the ability to purify the air by removing the toxins in it. It energizes the air with its oxygen and creates a healthy atmosphere. It's also believed that the presence of money plant can help avoid arguments and maintains a good relation among the members of the house. Experts of Feng Shui recommend keeping the money plant near electronic devices like Television and Computer as it will absorb the negative energy from these devices and give out a positive energy. The benefits of money plant are innumerous. It's considered to be a sign of good luck if someone gifts you a money plant. This is said to bring wealth and prosperity to the house. So, start growing a money plant and feel the difference in your house.

Cody - About Author:
Cody is a freelance writer and an ardent nature lover. He enjoys writing on a slew of topics and specializes on topics related to nature and environment. He has installed an ADT Home Security System in his home to safeguard his valuables.

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