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Does a money plant grow better in water or in soil?



With the growing urbanization, demand for indoor plants is rapidly increasing. In metropolitan cities, most people live in apartments where windows and balconies are the only options for gardening.

When it comes to a list of indoor plants, Pothos or Indian Money Plant tops the list. Two qualities, in particular, have made it the most loved plant in India, that is, longevity and the ability to survive in almost any situation. Its vibrant green colors, shiny leaves, and growth pattern make it an alluring plant.

People have different reasons for planting this indoor plant. According to popular belief, it works just like a money-making device; its presence brings financial prosperity to the homeowners. Some people grow it at home only because of its beauty.

Another name of this plant is Devil’s Ivy, as it has been told that this plant brings good luck to the homes. Well, some people prefer this plant only because of its low maintenance and air-purifying qualities. However, it is much adorned in all the ways.

New gardeners or people who have recently started taking an interest in gardening often ask a question. Where does a Devil’s Ivy grow better- in water or soil? It can produce both in water and soil.

You can opt for your preferred medium to grow the plant. In this context, you need to remember one thing. You should not shift this plant from soil to water or from water to soil as it can harm the roots of the plant. By growing this plant in water, you will get soft leaves, while plants grown in soil may not produce such soft leaves.

If you want to grow it in water, you can consider the following facts:

Meet its requirements

  • A glass bottle/vase/jar with a wide mouth
  • Clean and fresh water
  • Fertilizer

Follow the steps

  1. First, take a glass or vase, or jar. Using a transparent one would be a wise decision as it allows you to track the development of your new plant’s roots. However, you can transfer it from a transparent jar to a dark-colored vase to refrain the lights from escalating the growth of the algae.
  2. You should fill the bottle/vase/jar with clean and fresh water in the next step. This plant can grow well in tap water. If your water contains chlorine, then you should let it sit for at least 12 hours. It can evaporate the chemical during this period. After 12 hours, you can fill your bottle/vase/jar with the water.
  3. The first two steps are compulsory, while the third one is optional. You can apply fertilizer to the bottle/vase /jar before placing the plant into it. It will boost better growth of the plant. Like many gardeners, you can use an all-purpose fertilizer having a balanced strength of 1/6 to ¼.
  4. Once the fertilization is done, your bottle or vase is ready for plantation. Put the cut side of the plant down into the water. You need to ensure that the lower end does not contain any leaves on it and its nodes are soaking in the water.

A few pointers to maintain the plant

If you are thinking about how to maintain your Money Plant, then you can take the following pointers into account:

  • The jar or pot water must be changed at least once a week. As the roots need ample oxygen for proper growth, the water keeps losing oxygen with time.
  • You can use a diluted liquid fertilizer every 4-6 weeks to boost the overall development of the plant.
  • You need to place the plant’s pot in a spot from where it can receive enough brightness. It prefers only brightness and indirect light. The direct afternoon sunlight can spoil the plant and obstruct its development.
  • You need to clean the plant’s pot regularly. Always keep your plant away from algae. While cleaning the pot, replace the plant in another clean jar.
  • This plant may not survive in temperatures less than 10 degrees centigrade. Keep it in a place where the temperature is more than 10 degrees Celsius.
  • Gardening needs patience. While growing Money Plant, you may also need to be patient as it may take a few weeks to develop the roots.

Perhaps there is no other plant that can be grown so quickly like this one. So what are you waiting for? Start indoor gardening with this good luck plant!


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